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Recycling Technology

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There is so much technology in this digital world. Technology is constantly evolving and the newest products are coming out faster and faster. The old products are either collecting dust in a drawer somewhere or just thrown out into the trash. Now is the time to learn how to properly recycle technology. These recycling tips will reduce the waste of technology that is piling up everywhere and have a benefit in the world.

Where to Recycle

Most places that produce technology or even sell gadgets are the ones that are perfect places to go recycle your old technology. Apple, Best Buy, Nintendo and many other places will happily accept your old gadgets. You can either bring them into the store or mail them in. Depends on where you are going to recycle.

Donate

There are several companies that you can donate your old products too. Donating is beneficial to people who can not afford the newest products on the market. These companies reuse old products to other people. You can check out some charities on Mashable.

Get Creative

Repurposing your old technology can be a fun and creative way for someone. You can use an old IPad and hang it on your refrigerator and use it to notify you of important dates and schedules. Get creative and see how you can take your old gadgets and repurpose them to be useful once again.

Sell

If you are looking to make a quick buck with your old technology then you should consider selling them. There are several places that will trade your old products for some cash. Check out how the condition of the products need to be in order to get some money back. Here is a list of companies that are easy to use and are glad to exchange money for old gadgets.

Back to School Tips

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School is coming up real soon and that means prepping for your classes. It is best to get ready for school before classes start, so you do not begin panicking in week one. These back to school organization tips will help you get a head start before the business of school begins again. Some people may also be juggling school and work and these tips will help you stay on track and not trail behind in classes.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is the key to staying on track with classes. Get a planner and write down everything. Highlight important dates like when exams and essays are due. This will keep you organized and not waiting until the very last second to do an assignment. It will also help you remember when exactly things are due. This tip will help a ton when heading back to school.

Print Important Papers

During syllabus week, do not take those pieces of paper for granted. They hold a lot of important information in them about the class and when things are due. Hang the schedule up in your room as a constant reminder of important dates. Keep the syllabus in the front of your binder, so you do not lose it.

Talk to Your Teachers

It is better to get to know your professors than just having them wonder what your name is the whole semester. Get to know your professor and they will be glad to help you with anything you need in that class. Speak up, do not just sit in the back of the class and hope you can pass. Email them ahead of class day and ask about what you will need and what books are required.

Clean Up and Out

A clean room can be less distracting for someone who is trying to be prepared for classes. Clean up your room and organize things beforehand. Clean out any old notes or things that you no longer need and give yourself some more space to work. This can have a great effect of how organize and keep up with things in your busy schedule.

New Year, New Renovations

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This new year may be giving people the renovation bug. There will be a bunch of sites bombarding you with the “great new trend of the year,” but put on the brakes for a minute. Take time to process an idea for any renovations and let it sink in. Before you start ripping your place apart, here are some tips for those new renovation ideas.

You Get What You Pay For

You get what you pay for is an extremely true saying when dealing with home renovations. Looking for the long term renovation to hold and last then you will want to spend the few extra bucks for the better quality. Paying on the cheaper side will save you some bucks, but it may not have the best result in the long run.

Prep Work Required

Do not think you are better than prep work. Prep work will be extremely helpful with the construction of renovation and make your life so much easier. Also, take your time. This is not a race and getting the correct prep down will be beneficial.

Lighting is Key

If you are looking for a nice way to bring a room to life or add some better ambiance then you should look at your lighting. Lighting is a main key to any room and what type of lighting a room has can set the mood. Light fixtures are a cool and creative way to bring character into a room and can shine in a room.

Safety First

Safety should be anyone’s main priority when it comes to any type of renovation. Goggles and gloves are a must when it comes to renovations. Nothing can put more of a damper on a renovation than getting some type of injury and then having to put the whole renovation on hold. Safety is one of the easiest things anyone can cover.

How To Dispose of a Christmas Tree

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It is finally 2018 and that means that it is time to take down the Christmas decorations. The biggest thing to take down is that Christmas tree. There are several different ways to dispose of a Christmas tree. Choosing the right way to dispose of your Christmas tree is easy. Here are the top ways to properly dispose of a Christmas tree.

Tree Recycling

Remove those ornaments and lights and then add that tree to the recycling club. Many places have a tree recycling area that can chip up a tree and recycle it. This is a simple and quick way to dispose of a Christmas tree for anyone that is busy with work and life. Tree recycling is really common and many people choose this way to dispose of a tree.

Craft It

Instead of just throwing that Christmas tree out, you can reuse pieces of it and have a piece of Christmas around all year long. You can cut small discs from the tree stump and use them as drink coasters. If the branches are still good, you can cut some of them and create a nice center piece for the table.

Fish Friends

A cool way to dispose of a Christmas tree is to donate it to your local pond or lake for the fishes. Some places will drill a hole in the bottom of the tree and let it sink into the water for the fishes. This creates a nice little feeding or new home area for the fishes to live and create their families.

Firewood

Here is another fun way to recycle a Christmas tree. If you need firewood for a fireplace then a Christmas tree is perfect for this. Cut that tree up and use it for the fire place. It may be a couple of months before the logs are ready to be used.

Pros of Having Artificial Grass

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The can be greener on the other side and stay greener too. There is no need to not think about having artificial grass. There are plenty of benefits that come along with artificial grass. It can save you time and plenty of money in the long run. Let’s take a better look at those benefits and help educate you on what having artificial grass is all about.

Little Maintenance

Artificial grass requires very little maintenance. Forget about the mowing and the constant care you had to pay to your old lawn. Lay down the artificial turf and just look at it sit and look pretty. The maintenance appeal to artificial grass is one of the main pros and this allows you have to plenty of more free time.

Really Green

It really is greener on the other side. Artificial grass does not change to any other color during any season; unlike sod and real grass that turn into a dull brown during the winter time. Artificial grass stays to its true green from the second you lay it down into lawn. You will be the green envy of the neighborhood.

Green for the Planet

Artificial grass is not only green, but actually green for the planet. Its low maintenance means that you do not have to water it. This is a great option to have. The electrical equipment that comes along with the upkeep of a lawn is not required either. You can rake or even sweep away anything that you don’t like having in your green artificial lawn.

Cost Saving

The best bonus of having an artificial lawn is that is can help you save a lot of money that comes along with having a lawn to take care of. The no watering means that the water bill is not so sky high. There is no need for a lawn or any other equipment that is required for lawn upkeep. An artificial lawn is not just for making your lawn look good, but to help you out as well.

Budget for the Holidays

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Holiday season can be a hard time on anyone’s bank account. Trying to budget for the holidays can get a little tricky, but these tips will help you and your wallet not go a little too crazy with the spending this year. It is all about planning ahead and following the guidelines you have set for yourself. Do not make this a season of spending.

Set the Budget

Set up a pre-budget for the holidays. This will help you know how much you are able to spend and how much you can spend on each person. Write down how much you can spend on mom and dad, then for your friends and for your significant other. This will help you stay in control of your spending, but still be able to make everyone cheerful this season.

DIY

Holiday time is the perfect time to make your own presents for the people you care about. Creating a gift shows a lot more love than just buying something for someone. It is a great time to show off your creativity skills. The do it yourself type of gifts will always will over anyone you gift them too.

Shop Smart

Having a budget for the holidays can make anyone start to shop smart. Check out online deals. Shops are going to be putting up some sales in order to sell their items. That is your opportunity to seize the moment and get a deal! Shopping smart means you are up to checking out everything thing and not ordering the first item you see.

Track Your Spending

Stick with your budget plan! The budget for the holidays plan you set up before spending needs to be on your mind. Track your spending and make sure you are not going too much over budget or at all. Stay on top of yourself and keep the budget on your notes in your phone or written down close by.

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Insulate Your Home Now

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The temperature is dropping. It is time to check and make sure your home is properly insulated. Insulate your home keeps a home warm during the winter time and keeps the heat bill from rising. Know how to insulate your home and where are some of the most common places that can release most of the heat inside your home.

Seal the Gaps

Open gaps can cause a home to be poorly insulated and have tons of heat slipping out of the house.  Doors that are not properly fitted cause gaps. An easy fix to this problem is by using a door pillow, which sits underneath the door to close up the gaps.

Attic Insulation

The attic can be the number one reason as to why the heater bill continues to rise. Make sure that the attic in your home is well insulated. Loose-fill or batt insulation is what is usually used to insulate an attic. Get the attic insulated and watch as your heat bill does not quickly climb the price charts.

Duct Insulation

Seal and insulate ducts in your home if they are in unconditioned spaces. Ducts in conditioned spaces avoid the energy losses associated with duct systems. Some conditioned spaces would be in archways.

Check Windows

Windows are another source that leaks out your heat. Tape or seal up those tiny leaks can stop the release of the heat and keep the cold air hot. Seal the window frame. This quick fix can help for the time being, but in the long run you will want to replace your windows with ones that are a perfect fit.

 Types of  Home Insulation

Batts and blankets are the most common type that people can install themselves. Loose-fill is insulation is fluffy strands of fiber. The foam is blown into attics and walls to fill up every little space. Foam is a liquid that fills up any gaps to stop air leaks. It acts as an air dome. Here is a video link from Home Depot for some great insulation tips.

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Furniture Removal Costs

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Furniture Removal Costs

If you’re ready to rid yourself of your old furniture, you could hire a junk removal company. If you’ve got one to three smaller pieces of furniture, you could pay from $50-$125. Bigger jobs, however will cost closer to $150 or $175. These prices are generally all-inclusive, so the pick-up, disposal, labor, fuel cost and taxes are all included in the quoted cost. Make sure you ask if there are any other charges before you agree to pay the company, though, to avoid any hidden fees.

If you’re not completely sold on this method of furniture removal, then there are some alternatives to consider as well.

Rent a Dumpster

When there is more than just a few pieces of furniture to get rid of, you could consider renting a 10 or 20 yard dumpster. You can expect to pay around $200 or $350 for a dumpster. The cost may be higher or lower depending on where you are located. If you’re cleaning out your whole home, for example, then a dumpster can be a cost-effective option and you can complete the removal at your own pace.

Take it Yourself

You could always haul the furniture to the landfill yourself if you have a trailer or truck that can fit the furniture. This could seem like the cheapest option, but be sure to consider a few factors before deciding to load up your stuff just yet:

  • If the nearest landfill isn’t very close, then fuel costs can add up quickly.
  • Do you have a lot of furniture to get rid of? You may have to make multiple trips to the dump to complete the job and could be charged multiple dump fees at the landfill.
  • This method is the most time-consuming. You will have to do all of the removal, loading, hauling and unloading yourself.

Sell, Donate or Give Away

If your furniture is still in usable condition, then consider selling it or giving it away online. A popular site for these sorts of deals is Craigslist. If you live in a well-populated area, then your furniture should go quickly. You could also reach out to a local organization to donate the furniture. This way, you are helping your community and can write the donation off on your taxes. Some organizations may have furniture pick up services that you could take advantage of as well. Keep in mind though that these pieces need to be in good condition. If there are excessive rips, stains or sags then you should probably just throw the furniture away.

What Factors Affect Cost

Location:

  • Where you live will influence the cost of your furniture removal. Some geographic areas just generally charge more for a furniture removal compared to others.
  • The distance between your house and the junk hauling company could potentially increase the price to cover extra fuel costs and time.

Volume of Furniture:

  • Many junk removal companies base their fees on how much space your furniture takes up in the trucks. So a couple of dining room chairs will cost less than a large sofa because the chairs are taking up less volume.

Ease of Access:

  • If your furniture is up five flights of stairs instead of by the curb already, then the junk removal company could potentially charge you more for the complexity of the job.

If you can improve any of these factors to lessen your cost, you should do so before contacting the junk removal company.

Should I Tip?

If the company did a good job, then typical tipping amounts are usually around 5-10% of the cost of the job. If it’s a longer job, then you could even offer the workers drinks or snacks.

What about Discounts?

You won’t know if you don’t ask—there could be a military or senior discount. Additionally, there could be discounts related to the size of the job or if you’re a first time customer. There could be a promotion running on the company’s website or social media page. Check online before calling the company.

Now What?

Now that you know some of the facts about furniture removal, it’s time to decide. Whether you choose a junk removal company, a dumpster rental, to do it yourself or to donate, make sure you weigh all of your options first. If you find out that your decision wasn’t the most cost-effective, then there’s always next time!  Call us today we are always here to help! (803) 573-0003

Plastic Pollution

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Plastic is almost impossible to not use in something you have used daily. You can have a hand in reducing the amount of plastic that is being consumed every day. These plastic tips will help you understand that you may not completely escape the total use of plastic, but it will have a huge cut down in the amount you use daily or weekly. Some simple life choices and easy fixes can help reduce down the plastic pollution.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Those plastic bags at the grocery store are not only flimsy, they are a huge part of the plastic pollution. Reusable grocery bags are easy to store and come in different styles. Most grocery stores sell them at the check out for around one dollar. Keep some handy in your car at all times, so you will never forget them.

Forget About Plastic Bottles

Using plastic water bottles all day, everyday is piling up the plastic pollution. Stop buying the water bottles at the grocery store and start using reusable water bottles. You can always clean out the bottle and it slashes down your plastic usage. Reusable water bottles are always handy and you can have different ones with different colors and designs, unlike the boring, typical plastic water bottle.

Clean Out the Kitchen

The kitchen is most likely the number one place in your home that contains the most plastic. Go in there is get rid of the plastic that you do not need or can easily replace with a non plastic item. Trash the plastic wrap, plastic cups, plastic utensils and many more. All of those plastic things can be easily replaces with reusable lids and just cleaning your cups and silverware eliminates the use of plastic utensils.

Plastic Lifetime

Plastic can last a really long time and that has an impact on our planet. Here are some quick plastic lifetimes that may surprise you and change your mind on choosing plastic over the more green option.

  • Balloons: 6 months
  • Plastic bags: 10-20 years
  • Plastic bottles: 450 years
  • Styrofoam: 50 years

You can find out more tips on how to reduce your plastic usage at Fix.

Yard Waste Disposal

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Yard Waste Disposal

Once you’ve got all of your yard waste together, what do you do with it? Here are some options to get rid of it. Some of these options may not be available to you depending on where you live, but there is guaranteed to be an efficient option in this article to dispose of your fall yard waste.

Composting

Agricultural waste, or green waste, includes leaves, grass, hedge clippings, brush, plants and flowers. Fruit and vegetable food scraps can also be included. All of these items are compostable, so you can use them to create compost that reduces disposal costs and gives you something to use in gardens, planting, flowerpots, flowerbeds or anywhere else you need nutrient-rich dirt.

This is the most eco-friendly option, but you have to have the space and time to allow the composting process to occur.

Yard Waste Bags

If you have a lot of leaves, grass, brush or small twigs, then yard waste bags are ideal to use. They come in both disposable and reusable options and can be found at a variety of home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Your waste service provider may even provide leaf bags and a leaf/yard debris collection on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.

These bags work well for small cleanups, but larger amounts of debris will require a different means of disposal.

Yard Waste Dumpster Rental

Consider renting a 10 or 20 yard dumpster for your residential or light commercial yard waste disposal projects. You could dispose of trees, garden waste or large amounts of brush and leaves this way. Bargain Dumpster is here to help if you have a large amount to dispose of.

If you want to include trees in your dumpster, you have to make sure the logs will fit inside the dumpster.

Large Cleanup Services

There can be a lot of debris after a major hurricane or storm comes through. Fallen trees must be processed before disposal, which is best left to the professionals, such as a tree removal company. Some junk removal companies have the equipment and expertise to process a tree and use loading equipment to lift heavy logs into trailers or dumpsters.

You can expect to pay $1,000 or more for storm damage cleanup. Insurance could cover some or all of the cost, however, depending on your coverage. Take pictures of the damage and call your insurance company to file a claim.

Yard Waste Pickup

If your waste hauler accepts bulk yard waste pickup, then you can arrange to have them pick it up for you. Yard waste is typically not allowed to be mixed with general waste, so make sure to use designated bags and call your waste hauler to see if yard waste pickup is available.

Your waste hauler may charge extra for yard waste pickup, so this may not be the most cost-efficient option, but could be the easiest disposal solution for you.

A lot of junk removal companies offer yard waste pick up, just call and request an estimate of the job. Once the price is agreed upon, the company will come out, load and haul away the yard waste. This could be the quickest way to get rid of your waste.

The Choice is Yours

Now that you’ve got some options, go outside and gauge the amount of yard waste you have and then decide on the best method for you. Whichever way you choose, you’re on your way to a clean yard for winter.  Give us a call if you need additional help or would like to schedule a dumpster for delivery. (803) 573-0003

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