Mattress Disposal

What can you do with an old mattress? Not much!!! Very few resale shops and donation centers will accept mattresses.  There is an obvious health concern; bed bugs and other pathogens, associated with used mattress. Most weekly trash services will not accept them for curbside pickup.  They just don’t fit into the trash bins very well.  Some services will pick them up at the curb for an additional fee. What other options exist? Illegally Dump Sadly, some people illegally dump them on the side of a back road, on a construction site, or in someone else’s dumpster. None of these practices are recommended and could be very costly when you are caught.  Furthermore, the disposal issue isn’t solved.  It is just a game of pass the buck and let someone else solve the problem.   Burn Another practice that is not recommended.  There are people/companies that will haul them away and do this.  They ultimately take the springs to a scrap yard and claim to “RECYCLE” the mattress. This method is laden with valid reasons why it is not a good consideration, and potentially illegal. Recycle There are some businesses that truly recycle the mattresses and box springs.  In order to be successful, they are in the need of large quantities of mattresses.  Furthermore, the customer pays a fee for recycling. To fill their needs, these companies tend to be located in resort areas in which hotels, hospitals, and universities tend to replace mattresses with greater frequency than a typical homeowner. Right about now you should be asking, “How do you recycle a mattress?” The process is quite simple...

Electronic Recycling….. It’s The Law In Indiana

The title says it all.  In Indiana the law requires you to recycle electronics. The sad reality is that there are many people that for whatever reason is, do not follow the law. How many of you have driven down a back road and saw a TV thrown into the ditch? It is common to see electronics beside dumpster enclosures at apartment complexes, commercial property, or even at construction sites.  All of these examples are illegal on several fronts. The questions remains, “How do I get rid of electronics?” Community Disposal Sites Some communities have “HazMat” collection sites.  They collect and recycle electronics and other “Hazardous Materials”. They are open to the residents of that community and are often times “FREE”, meaning it’s included in your taxes.  Some may charge a small fee for their services.  The challenge with this option is that not all residents may be able to transport their items to the site. Community Electronic Recycling Days Some communities/organizations host a recycling event.  Often times there is a small fee associated with these evets. A great option, however two problems exist.  Is one scheduled when you have a need to get rid of some electronics? And, do you have the ability to get your electronics to the event. These 2 options have a third challenge, you have to all of the work, and you must remove the item from the house, deliver it to a drop off location, and unload it.  Not everyone has the ability nor the resources to do this. AC Trash Hauling offers a 3rd option.  We will pick up the items at...

An Open Letter to Realtors

  What do you do that differentiates yourself from your competition?  Why would a prospective client select you?  Seriously how do you not merely survive, but thrive in the market place? You don’t need to be reminded, but you operate in a very busy and congested industry. Tough questions, but ones that you need to answer concisely and emphatically with your potential clients. I have a few suggestions for you, some simple and obvious, much like the nose on your face. Make the listing and selling process easier for them. Offer services or access to services that would be beneficial to your client. Let’s look at the process of listing/selling/moving for a moment.  What truly needs to take place? Declutter Your client needs to immediately get rid of the unnecessary items in the house, garage, and mini-barn. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Does your client have the means, time, capability to accomplish this task? Offer them access to a professional company that can assist with this process. Home Repairs Most homes need minor repairs and upgrades. Offer the name of a qualified “Handy Man” to assist in this process. Purge At some point in time your client will want or need to purge themselves of all of the unnecessary items in their home. Give them the name of a qualified company that will help them in this process. A professional company is willing to not only haul away ‘junk’ but also haul things to a charity/ministry. Move Day Often times at the last minute a homeowner decides to leave some things behind. It’s that last load of...