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...

Exactly What Is Junk or Trash

We say that we are the trash hauling and junk removal business.  It sounds simple and straightforward doesn’t it?  For some unknown reason it is more complicated than it looks. Exactly what is trash or junk?  This my friends is the proverbial $1M question. Like many of you I quickly went to the old standby, the dictionary to get a definition of “Junk”, and this is what I learned.                       “Old or discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value” Seems straightforward, but I have a little bit of a problem with this definition. First of all it defines Junk as “OLD”.  Is old truly a requirement for JUNK? Second, it also refers the items as “DISCARDED”.  This clearly states that it has already been thrown away. Third, it described as something of “Little Value”.  According to who?  The old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” immediately comes to mind. Let’s rethink the definition of JUNK a little bit and add a few new ideas to the definition. You Haven’t Used It In A Year This could include clothes, a piece of furniture nestled in the back of the garage, old toys or play equipment, a treadmill, your old dusty and musty college textbooks.  By now you should be getting the picture clearly. You Recently Bought A New or Updated One What did you do with the obsolete TV or computer?  Is it tucked away in the basement?  How about the new counter top appliances like to coffee maker or toaster?  Maybe it’s a lawnmower...

Boot Strapping…. A Fundamental Building Block for AC Trash Hauling & More

Boot Strapping doesn’t sound like a sophisticated business model.  It’s not.  It is a common sense approach to business.  It’s a mindset.  It’s discipline. Boot Strapping is the art of starting and running a business with little cash and no debt.  In today’s economy, not the most vibrant economy ever, it is a philosophy that can’t be ignored.  In a more robust economy, it is a process that should not be ignored.  Boot Strapping always has its place in business. The key to Boot Strapping is to exercise restraint and discipline.  Every decision made must show immediate cost benefit for you and your company.  You must make a conscious decision before you spend money, you must avoid the knee jerk reaction in hopes that it will have a positive result. While there is no litmus test for all conditions and situations, a list of questions can be easily generated to test the desire to spend.  Consider asking yourself some of the following: Do we need this, or is it actually a want? Do we have other options to get the same result? Do we have the money to pay for this? How does this fit in with our overall strategic plan for the company? Is there an adverse affect if we were to delay the purchase or action? Embedded in the answer to these and similar questions is a cost effective answer that protects your cash flow while yielding positive results. Consider the process and decision making associated with setting up an office for your business.   It may be beneficial to consider the following questions: Do I need a...

We Haul ALMOST Everything

This is a true story, in fact I just ran into the individual that was in need our our hauling services. We practice what we preach. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. At a recent networking event I was telling people that we have undergone a slight name change this year. We added “AND MORE” to the AC Trash Hauling name. The explanation was simple. Our customers have always asked us to do some unique and interesting jobs. We have long said that we like challenges and phone calls that begin, “I don’t know if you can do this but..” We received not one but two calls with a very similar request. Apparently these two individuals were summoned to the local court house. Following a brief meeting with officials these folks left the court with a “Driving Citation”. The citation is definitely not one to be framed and placed in your office. My phone rings and the conversation goes something like this. “Andy, your company tagline says that you haul “ALMOST” everything. I have a challenge in front of me. I know that your schedule has some flexibility, especially early in the morning. Well, I made a bad mistake and well, well… do you think you could haul my sorry butt to work? I just got notified that my license has been suspended.” The challenge was laid before us. We wanted to practice truth in advertising. The negotiations began. When we say we haul ALMOST everything, we mean it. Yes, our customers have surely asked us to complete some unique projects. Perhaps this story belongs in teh category of...

AC Trash Hauling & More Serves Commercial Clients

Since our humble beginnings in 2008, AC Trash Hauling has been very successful in serving the residential customer.  Seven years later, this remains our bread and butter.  Did you know that we have a growing number of commercial clients as well? Here are a few examples of our work in the commercial sector. Construction Companies and Contractors We work with numerous contractors with their site cleanup challenges.  We not only haul away their piles of construction debris, we also clean up the project site.  We have proven to be a very cost effective solution to the clean up needs. Property Managers We have responded to the needs of property managers to clean out vacant lease spaces.  We have been asked to haul away old furniture, unwanted shipping crates, remove outdated materials, haul away display cases, and much more. Business Owners We have been instrumental in the final clean out of several offices. We have been asked to clean out warehouse space, storage units, relocate equipment and files, move furniture, and remove storage shelves. Commercial Realtors We have completed several projects for commercial realtors.  A common job is to clean the property of unoccupied buildings.  Unfortunately some of these properties are subject to illegal dumping of waste and debris.  We have also cleaned out the remnants left behind by tenants that have moved out. Our goal is to expand the services we provide to commercial customers.  Our pledge is to provide the same high level of quality and professionalism that we are known for by all of our customers.  What challenges do you and your associates have for us?  Call...