Wednesday, 6 November 2019

How To Recycle or Dispose of Your Refrigerator

How To Recycle or Dispose of Your Refrigerator

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Can I put a refrigerator in the dumpster?

The short answer is no, it is illegal to dump them!  We cannot haul any items containing Freon. This includes the following items: refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or air conditioning units. 

Most landfills and/or transfer stations will not accept these items because of the freon used is hazardous.   If a freon loaded item is found to be in a dumpster they (landfill/transfer station) will make us load up all the material and go somewhere else with everything! 

What if I drain the Freon & remove the compressor?

The answer is still no. Because the Freon is a hazardous chemical that releases ozone depleting refrigerants in the atmosphere. The removal and capture of the freon must be done by a professional with a technician certificate. 

How can I recycle my old, working refrigerator?

Check with your local power provider.  Some power companies, like Georgia Power,  will come to you and even pay you to remove the unit!  See below for more info.

If your power company does not provide this service you can always check with your local transfer station or landfill (most counties have one).  The fees for freon units can run from $10 to $80 per unit.  They will have a company come out (technician certification) and recapture the freon for proper disposal and then either the same company or another will pick up the units to recycle (metal).

Georgia Power: Recycle Your Refrigerator Program

Georgia Power is offering a limited time Refrigerator Recycling Program. If you have a working unit that you need to be removed, they will pay you $35.00 and properly dispose the unit for you! The specifics are listed below. 

"Eligibility Requirements

In order for your refrigerator to be eligible for a pickup and rebate, it must be a secondary working unit. It cannot be the primary refrigerator for the residence. Reclaim, an appliance recycler, will pick up and recycle refrigerators and freezers that are empty and working. Refrigerators and freezers must be between 10 – 30 cubic feet in size and collection crews will need clear access to the unit. Contractor reserves the right to leave the appliance if removal may cause damage to the property or is otherwise impractical or unsafe. Customers must own the unit(s) being recycled. No purchase of new or replacement refrigerator or freezer units necessary for program participation. Limit two units per Georgia Power residential account per year.  Rebates are available to all Georgia Power residential customers. A check will be issued to the Georgia Power customer and will be mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after the appliance pickup. Rebates must be submitted, processed and received by the customer within one year from pickup date. Owner-occupied single family detached homes, condominiums and town homes are eligible to participate.
Offer valid on units scheduled to be picked up by December 15, 2019."

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Recycling & Disposing of Batteries

Recycling & Disposing of Batteries 




Simply put, a battery is a storage unit for electrical energy. With so many uses in the home, it's important to know which batteries can safely be thrown away in your household trash, and which batteries should be recycled or properly disposed of. 

Single Use Batteries

Single use batteries are the most common batteries in your home. They can be found throughout your house in remotes, flashlight, toys, etc. These types of batteries have been deemed non-hazardous and can be thrown into your trash can, in all states, except California, where it is illegal to thrown away any type of battery in your household trash. Recycling single use batteries is an option, although it is not cost free. 

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are also quite common in households. They can be found in cameras, power tools, laptops, and most commonly, cell phones. These batteries contain hazardous materials and should be disposed of properly. There are a few different types of rechargeable batteries. Nickel metal hybrid and nickel cadmium batteries are found in electronics such as cameras, cordless phones and two-way radios. Lithium-ion batteries are found in portable devices such as cellular phones and lap tops. Small sealed lead acid batteries are less commonly found in the home, they are in items such as emergency exit signs, mobility scooters, and security systems. All of these batteries can, and should, be recycled. This can be done at no cost to you. 

Car Batteries

Old car batteries, especially lead-acid batteries, contain a lot of toxic chemicals. If a battery is irresponsibly thrown away at a landfill and left to rot in the ground, it will contaminate the soil with lead, acids and non biodegradable plastics. Lead is a particularly harmful element, not only highly toxic but also very difficult to clean up, having lasting effects in the environment. If you are getting a new battery installed, most shops will take the old battery for you.  Sometime these locations will charge you a core charge on the new battery for the old one or if you bring them a old battery (without exchange) they will give you an in store credit.  If you are replacing the battery yourself, you will need to find a recycling facility who will accept the batteries. Most recycling facilities charge a small fee. 

Why Is It Important?

Some batteries have potentially toxic metals in them. Ensuring that these metals do not end up in landfills prevent the toxic metals from leaking and polluting our water. Keeping our environment healthy, keeps us healthy!

Where Can I Recycle?

Most local and private transfer stations will accept batteries to be recycled, but they may charge a fee..  Also the big name hardware stores have drop off boxes.  Two websites to find a location near you are Call2Recycle and Energizer Batteries




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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Keeping Our Dumpsters Beautiful


"Your dumpsters are so pretty!"
"The last dumpster I got was a complete eyesore!"
"How do you keep your bins so clean?"

Our customers love our driveway protection, customer service and most definitely the double doors on our dumpsters, but more than that they LOVE the look of our bins! 

At Bin There Dump That, we take pride on our equipment. We know our customers expect a certain standard when they rent with us and we work hard to make sure every customer has the experience they expect. Below you can see pictures in our step by step process of how we keep the bins looking fresh!

STEP ONE: CLEAN!


Our first step is cleaning the bin. Removing stickers, and giving them a good wash!

STEP TWO: PRIME!

Getting ready for a new paint job! 

STEP THREE:  NEW PAINT!
Looking fresh, Bin!

STEP FOUR: STICKERS
Fresh stickers and you're looking good! 





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Thursday, 22 August 2019

What Is Labor Day?


Labor Day was created in the late 19th century by the labor movement and became a federal holiday in 1894.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the average United States citizen was working 12 hour days and seven day weeks in order to survive. Children as young as 5 had to work in mills, factories, and mine, despite restrictions. The children earned merely a fraction of what the adults would earn. The workers, particularly the very poor, faced extremely dangerous work situations, with no access to fresh air, clean facilities, and breaks. Around this time, in the late 18th century, labor unions grew more prominent and vocal. The began organizing rallies and would help workers form strikes to protest the poor conditions and the awful hours and pay workers would receive. Unfortunately, many of these events turned violent, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, which cost several Chicago policemen their lives. On September 5th, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the very first Labor Day parade in United States History.

Today, many of us celebrate with a day of relaxation. Parades, parties, BBQs and more. However you celebrate, thank you for your hard work and enjoy your labor day!


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Friday, 2 August 2019

How To Load a Level Dumpster

HOW TO LOAD A LEVEL DUMPSTER

  (HINT: It's not like that!)

WHAT IS A LEVEL LOAD?

It's pretty self explanatory. It's a load-that's level. Meaning there is nothing that goes over the top of a bin. Example, don't place a 8 ft tall basketball goal standing up in the dumpster!

WHY IS A LEVEL LOAD IMPORTANT?
1. SAFETY. When you are driving down the highway behind a truck with a full dumpster on it you do not want things flying off hitting your car! It could cause damage to cars but more importantly, it could cause wrecks. 

Also, if anything flies out of the bin and onto the road, a car could run over the debris also causing wrecks.

2. LOW HANGING WIRES. If there are items over the top of a dumpster that has to drive under low hanging wires, it could cause damage and be dangerous. 


LAW REGARDING LEVEL DUMPSTERS
Public Safety Commission, Hopper, GA. 404-559-6613.

Securing Loads on Vehicles No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any public road unless such vehicle is constructed or loaded or covered so as to prevent any of its load from dropping, escaping, or shifting in such a manner as to create a safety hazard; however, this code section shall not prohibit the necessary spreading of any substance in public road maintenance or construction operations. No person shall operate, or load for operation, on any public road any vehicle with any load unless said load and any covering thereon is securely fastened so as to prevent said covering or load from becoming loose, detached or in any manner becoming a hazard to other users of the public road. Nothing in this code section nor any regulations based thereon, shall conflict with federal, or Georgia Public Service Commission, or Georgia Board of Public Safety regulations applying to the securing of loads on motor vehicles. The provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section and regulations based thereon shall not apply to vehicles carrying silage from field to storage and storage to feedlot or vehicles or equipment carrying unginned cotton. 40-6-254 Transport of unsecured load; penalty No person shall operate any motor vehicle with a load on or in such vehicle unless the load on or in such vehicle is adequately secured to prevent the dropping or shifting of such load onto the roadway in such a manner as to create a safety hazard.? Any person who operates a vehicle in violation of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

In short, it's against the law to travel with a dumpster that has no tarp.

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Bin There Dump That provides tarps! All you have to do is keep your load level and we handle the rest!

Landfills and transfer stations will not allow a truck with an uncovered bin to dump at their facility. 

HOW DO WE ENSURE A LEVEL LOAD
When we come yp pick up our dumpster, we inspect the contents, make sure the doors are able to close and securely locked and make sure it is a level load. 

We look for anything above the rim of the bin. If possible, we adjust the debris to try and make it all fit without having to remove any items. 
If the bin is considered unsafe to travel with, we must leave the bin so it can be offloaded. 

HOW TO PREVENT GOING OVER THE RIM

Plan your load. Make sure you order the proper size dumpster. 

Use the double doors to help place the large, bulky items on the bottom. Small items last, Organize the load. Do not load over the rim!


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Saturday, 20 July 2019

10 Random Hacks for Random Life Dilemmas



So, the following information may be pretty random, but it may also be just what you need to get through your day! DID YOU KNOW...


1. The taste and smell of gum you chewed while studying will help your brain to remember the info you studied if you chew the same gum during your test!

2. Grape juice can help reduce the risk of migraines.

3. If your jewelry is turning your finger green paint the inner ring with clear fingernail polish!

4. Tired of your ice cream melting out of the bottom of your cone? Stick a marshmallow in the bottom of the cone before you scoop in the ice cream!

5. Make a drip free freezer pack but soaking a sponge, placing it in a zip lock bag and freezing it!

6. Getting rid of that annoying cereal dust at the bottom of the bag can be done by simply pouring the cereal in a strainer before pouring it into your bowl!

7. Avoid wasting a bar of soap by sticking the remaining sliver to the new bar!

8. Using a smaller plate can trick your brain into thinking you ate more than you did, resulting in less overeating!

9. Forget your phone charger on vacation? Look at the TV in your hotel room, most televisions have a USB on the back!

10. Use the clips from plastic hangers as chip clips!

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Friday, 19 July 2019

Little Known Facts


Do you want to be the smartest person in the room? Or do you just want some help breaking the ice? Either way here are 15 random, little known facts!



1. SOME CATS ARE ALLERGIC TO HUMANS
Okay so, it's uncommon but it happens!

2. GREEN EGGS AND HAM STARTED AS A BET
The Dr. Seuss favorite grew out of a bet with his editor that he could not write a book using fewer than 50 words! His editor was out $50. ;)

3. THE MAJORITY OF YOUR BRAIN IS FAT
About 60 percent of the human brain is made up of fat!


4. HIGH HEELS WERE ORIGINALLY WORN BY MEN
In the 10th century, men in Europe adopted the fashion choice of heels to make it easier to ride their horses.

5. QUEEN ELIZABETH IS A TRAINED MECHANIC
When she was just 16, she joined the British employment agency where she learned the basics of truck repair.

6. IT TAKES EXACTLY 364 LICKS TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP
Purdue University had a group of engineering students design a machine to answer the classic question.

7. DOLPHINS HAVE NAMES FOR EACH OTHER
I'm sure you know that dolphins are clever, but did you know they actually have names for each other? They use a unique whistle to distinguish different members within their pod!

8. SEA OTTERS HOLD HANDS WHILE THEY SLEEP
Stop it. As if they weren't already adorable enough, this cute behavior helps them avoid floating away from their partner while they sleep.

9. "OMG" USAGE CAN BE TRACED BACK TO 1917
Perhaps the earliest use of OMG appears in a letter to Winston Churchill. In the year 1917, retired Admiral of the British Navy John Arbuthnot Fisher wrote to Churchill about rumors he had heard about titles that would soon be bestowed. He wrote, "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis. O.M.G (Oh my God!)- Shower to the admorality!"

10. TOTO THE DOG WAS ONCE A COW
In the silent film version on The Wizard of Oz in 1910, Dorothy did not have a dog but a faithful cow!

11. HORSES SLEEP IN 15 MINUTE BURSTS
For such a large animal, they do not require that much sleep. They sleep for a total of  around 3 hours a day, doing so in 15 minutes bursts!

12. THE BLOB OF TOOTHPASTE OF YOUR BRUSH HAS A NAME
So, this may fall under the category of "Why Do I Need To Know This?" BUT that blob of toothpaste of your toothbrush is called a nurdle. Eh, the more ya know!

13. ORANGES WERE FIRST PLANTED IN 1513
In what is now Florida, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon planted the first orange tree in 1513.


14. DANDELION HAS A DIRTY MEANING
You may want to stray away from the dandelion wine after realizing that in French dandelion means to "wet the bed". This names comes from the fact that dandelions have diuretic properties.

15. HOT WATER FREEZES FASTER THAN COLD WATER
A few different explanations have been suggested, including one that suggests that warm containers conduct heat efficiently, and another than warm water simply evaporates faster.

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