Getting rid of your old junk? If you need to do-it-yourself consider these 5 things first.
Before you go ahead and discard your old junk, there are a few things you need to think about in order to safely and effectively get rid of your trash. From city regulations to proper tools, we’ll give you 5 tips on what you need to know before taking on your own junk removal.
- City regulations restrict certain items from being disposed of at a dump or landfill. For example, broken TVs or electronics such as computers might not be allowed at your local dump. Other restricted items may include pesticides or harmful chemicals, flammable liquid, paint or paint cans, and fluorescent lightbulbs. You may have to pay an extra surcharge if you try to dispose of banned items so make sure to check your local city website for more information.
- Sort your load before you get to the dump. It is encouraged that you sort your load into categories before arriving at your final destination. Make sure to keep your recyclable items separate from non-recyclables.
- Tools! Depending on the size of your load you’ll probably need a few. Most importantly you’ll need a vehicle with bungee cords, tarps, and some blankets to keep things clean. Steel toe boots, gloves, sanitizer, and masks are most important for safety. The right dollys, sledgehammer, and saws may be needed if you’re looking to move larger items and need to break them down first.
- Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience bedbugs but if you do and need to get rid of your infested furniture you’ll need to know a few things. Mattresses and furniture should be wrapped in a plastic sheet, sealed, and labeled “Bed Bugs”. After that, you can safely bring your furniture to the dump or landfill and say goodbye forever.
- Illegal dumping is not only bad for the environment but you could face a hefty fine. The alleyways and forests are no place for your discarded items. Google the location of your local dump or landfill before you plan to toss your trash.
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