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...

AC Trash Hauling Is Your 1 Stop Trash Hauling Company

Have you thought about your habits when it comes to saving unwanted and unneeded items?  How much STUFF do you really have? We challenge you to take a minute and think about the STUFF you have.  How much space can you regain but getting rid of STUFF?  You are one of the throngs of people that have vowed to simplify their lives, reduce the clutter, and get rid of the unwanted and unnecessary STUFF. Congratulations!!! When are you going to start? AC Trash Hauling is here to help you.  We do more than simply haul away the pile of STUFF you have.  Our crews will carry items from your basement, attic, crawl space, garage, or storage shed.  Sit back and relax, let us do the heavy lifting. Ok you say not everything is junk.  There must be someone else than can use this stuff.  AC Trash Hauling has a solution for that.  We will take your gently used items to local charities and ministries.  Indeed there are other people who may need some items.  We will give you the donation receipt for your efforts. Is “Green” an important consideration for you?  AC Trash Hauling covers that as well.  We have partnered with RecycleForce to manage our electronic recycling.  Recycleforce demanufactures the equipment, recycling as much as possible and keeping unwanted elements out of the landfills. Our “Green” efforts do not end there.  We have identified locations where we can recycle carpet, cardboard, metal, car batteries, wood pallets, tree limbs, and yard waste.  Our goal is to be environmentally responsible. AC Trash Hauling is your one stop location to handle your...

Fun Trash Facts

Trash Facts The average American throws away 4.5 pounds of trash a day. To give you an idea of how much trash we generate here in the United States, imagine digging a pit the size of a football field, including the end zones. If we bury all of the trash we produce in just one year, that pit would be 100 miles deep! Every year we fill enough garbage trucks to form a line that would stretch from the earth, halfway to the moon. Each day the United States throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. Almost 1/3 of the waste generated in America is packaging. In 1986, the United States generated almost 160 million tons of paper, glass, metals, plastics, rubber, food, and yard waste. This was an increase of 80% over the figures in 1960. In 1996 13.3 million tons of waste was generated in Indiana including 1.9 tons from out of state. In 1995 27% of the United States’ food supply spoiled or went unused (48,000,000 tons). Man-made rubbish in orbit includes 8,500 objects and 100,000 pieces of space litter. 74,200 fans at Super Bowl XXX generated 75 tons of trash in Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, while 72,000 fans at Super Bowl XXXI generated 68 tons at the Superdome in New Orleans. At Super Bowl XXXII in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, 70 tons of trash was generated by 68,000 fan   About the Author: Andy Corman is the Owner of AC Trash Hauling & More a Metro-Indianapolis trash hauling and junk removal company (www.ACTrashhauling.com).  He is a structural engineer by education with 30 years...