4 Earth-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

April 4th, 2019 by rosario

mother teaching her young daughter how to spring clean

Spring is here! This is the time of the year to begin anew and do an annual deep clean of your living space. Here at Cali Carting, we believe in the ever-important clean motto – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The trick to incorporating the three R’s into your cleaning routine is get rid of the ‘throw it away’ mentality and instead ask yourself “How can this item benefit me or my community?” If you want a home that is both sparkling clean and green, read on for some earth-friendly spring cleaning tips.

1. Donate Instead of Dispose

As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. To reduce the size of your contribution to your local landfill, try to instead pass on whatever you don’t want anymore to someone else. Old clothes, shoes, accessories, games, linens, and even furniture can be donated to a local shelter or goodwill box for others that are less fortunate. If you donate, your spring cleaning will actually benefit another person’s life too!

2. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

For items that are too worn to be donated, hold off on throwing them away and instead recycle them! Many everyday items, which include clothes, furniture, and electronics, can be recycled and repurposed again, oftentimes as another product. Aside from your used and worn items, also always remember to recycle all paper, plastics, and cans that you have used instead of throwing them into the trash. Contact your local municipality’s recycling plant to see what exactly they accept, and what your recycled items can be used for.

3. Start a Compost Bin

Instead of disposing of your waste, reuse it by composting it! A compost bin transforms biodegradable waste into a rich soil conditioner that can help your garden and front lawn grow. Any organic waste – such as food, paper, grass, and leaves – can be compostable. What’s even better is that a compost bin is easy to begin – all you need is a large container, a recyclable material to provide a surface at the bottom, and then you are ready to begin throwing your compostable waste into it to create a beautiful addition to your gardening routine!

4. Reduce for the Future

Spring cleaning is the best time to change your lifestyle habits in order to keep your home – and life! – clean. To cut down on the amount of time you spend spring cleaning next year, start a new habit of reducing the amount of waste you produce on a daily basis. Always try to buy items with reusable or less packaging, and make an effort to cut down on the amount of single-use items (such as plastic utensils) altogether. For more tips on how to reduce, check out our article on 4 Ways to Reduce Household Waste!

Spring Clean with Cali Carting

We know that while spring cleaning, there’s a big chance that even after you reduce, reuse, and recycle, there is still going to be a lot of items you have to throw away. That’s where Cali Carting comes to help. We are proud to offer various recycling and waste management services such as dumpster rentals and easy, streamlined garbage collection. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your spring cleaning needs!

 

4 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

March 19th, 2019 by rosario

a mother teaching her daughter about how to recycle and showing her what to recycle

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American produces 5.91 pounds of trash each day- and only 1.5 pounds of that is recycled! There are many types of waste that can gradually accumulate in your house. You can recycle more than your average glass bottle. If you are trying to create a greener household and lessen the footprint you leave on the environment, the reduction of waste is a great place to start. Below, we discuss 4 ways to reduce your waste collection from your household processes. These are easy steps everyone can take to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

1. Combat Food Waste

A huge amount of household waste is food, so combating food scraps is a great place to start on your waste reduction journey. To start combating food waste, reduce the amount of food you buy. If you seem to always throw out food at the end of the week, buy less food and shop more often. Make appropriate quantities of food, or deliver leftovers to friends and family if you know you won’t be able to finish. Also, consider freezing items when possible so that they can be consumed later.

Recovery of food waste is also important. Composting is a great way to ensure your food waste is fully recycled back into the earth. If you don’t have a garden, see if your city offers composting pick up or if there is a local farm interested in your compost. This is a simple way to reduce the amount of food waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

2. Unsubscribe from Junk Mail

Did you know that you can unsubscribe from paper junk mail just the same way you unsubscribe from pesky email junk mail? That’s correct. With over 100 million pieces of junk mail sent to U.S. homes each year, and most of it ending up straight in the trash can, this is a great way to reduce your impact. Every piece of junk mail should have a contact number or email to remove yourself from the list. It will take a couple of months to get through all the big offenders, but it will feel great to finally stop getting all that junk clogging up your mailbox (and trash can).

3. Say Goodbye to Single Use Items in the Home

Single-use items are exactly as their name implies: items you use once and then throw away. Single-use items are a huge part of the household waste, so cutting them out of your routine can significantly lessen your waste. Plastic/paper plates, plastic cutlery, plastic grocery bags, paper towels, and straws are commonly found in household waste. These items all have alternatives that can be utilized more than once to help you live more sustainably. For example, you can purchase reusable grocery bags and never have to deal with a plastic bag again! You can also invest in cloth towels for wiping up spills rather than filling your garbage can with paper towels.

4. Buy Items with Less or No Packaging

Do you ever look at the packaging of the items you buy for your home? Is your food packed in a ton of unnecessary plastic? Is there waste surrounding common household items? The next time you are at the store, look around to see if there are alternatives to the items you regularly buy that are wrapped in plastic. Is there another brand that uses less packaging? Is there an alternative product with no waste at all? Changing these buying habits is an awesome way to reduce waste in your home.

Make Recycling a Habit With the Help of Cali Carting

Waste management and recycling can be powerful if you make them a habit, and adopting more eco-friendly habits can have a huge impact on your environmental footprint. Cali Carting is proud to help communities in New Jersey manage their solid waste and recycling through education and a variety of waste management services. We believe in the power of recycling and do everything in our power to make recycling easy for you and your household or business. Learn more about our municipal contracts and check out our blog for more tips for reducing and managing waste in New Jersey, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! We look forward to working with you.

6 Surprising Things You Can Recycle

March 5th, 2019 by rosario

Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ve all heard this mantra, yet we still find it difficult to follow it. For recycling, many still cannot get over the habit of just throwing everything into the regular garbage bin. However, recycling is extremely important because of our universal responsibility to take care of our environment. Along with that, this opens up the opportunity to conserve and reuse energy instead of creating more waste. Besides from the well-known items you can recycle – such as water bottles, glass, etc – there is so much more that you can throw into the blue bin! Here is a list of surprising things you can actually recycle.

1. Electronics

Once you get a new phone, don’t just throw your old phone away! Many electronic companies accept their old products back either for credit or to break down and reuse the parts in other devices. The same is true of home appliances, old computers, cameras, video game consoles, and printers. Old CDs and DVDs can be recycled as well. Go to your local electronics store or certified waste facilities and hand them all over!

2. Holiday Lights

Many have a pile of burnt out holiday lights after the holidays are over. Don’t throw them to waste! Holiday lights have copper wire inside them that is a recyclable metal and can be extracted for reuse. Twinkle lights, fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and any other newer LED lights should be recycled and not thrown away.

3. Porcelain

Anything from simple porcelain tiles to heavy-duty appliances such as porcelain stoves, toilets, and bathtubs can also be recycled. The porcelain industry alone often recycles most of the scrap porcelain that is cut from their final product. Be sure that when you are recycling any porcelain items to thoroughly clean them and remove all the non-porcelain parts. Porcelain can be broken down to be used as material for road aggregate, which is put underneath roads and sidewalks to help stabilize them.

4. Cooking Oil

Oil is oil – your leftover cooking oil can be used as fuel for something greater! It is often advised anyways that it’s a bad idea to pour cooking oil down the drain, as it will eventually solidify and block your house’s and town’s pipes. Instead, your cooking oil can be refined into biofuel that can run clean in diesel engines. Call your local recycling program for a special collection and give back your oil, instead of throwing it out and potentially harming your town’s environment and infrastructure.

5. Mattresses

Oversized items such as mattresses aren’t often seen as recyclable, but they are! Mattresses are actually constructed with a variety of recyclable materials such as wood, cotton, and metal. If left alone in a landfill, mattresses take centuries to break down. Instead of letting your old mattress take up more landfill space, ask your local hauling or recycling company to take it away.

6. Aluminum Foil

Aluminum cans aren’t the only thing you can recycle! Aluminum foil, even after it has been used, is just as recyclable as cans. The reason many do not recycle it is often because there is residue coating it after use – but if you completely clean any food and grease off, then it’s ready for recycling! Recycled aluminum in all shapes and forms is one of the most valuable recyclable materials – so don’t waste, recycle!

Go Greener in New Jersey

As you can see, there is a multitude of things you can and should recycle for the better of the environment! If you want to recycle or dispose of something but aren’t sure how, don’t be afraid to call Cali Carting for help. Cali Carting is a family-owned full-service solid waste and recycling company located in Kearny, NJ. We would love to answer any questions and inquiries you have about recycling! Contact us today to learn more about our services, and for any help you may need in going green!

How to Create Your 6 Step Waste Management Plan

February 5th, 2019 by rosario

 

A waste management plan is a written record of what must be done to complete a project in a clean and legal way. The waste management plan for each of your projects will vary depending on the specifications for each job and site. Creating a waste management plan is typically the responsibility of the main contractor unless the subcontractors have sole responsibility for their waste, in which case they should complete their own waste management plan. Specifications can be developed for bid/contractor packages, which outline procedures for salvage, reuse, and recycling. This type of plan can also be used to provide clients with details of actual reuse, recycling, and disposal of waste. To get you started on creating your own waste management plan, here are 6 steps to keep in mind.

Designate Responsibility

Assign one person to be responsible for managing waste on site. This will ensure that the waste management plan is followed correctly and completely. It is important for the person in charge of waste disposal to be enthusiastic about and dedicated to their task. Although one person should be in charge of enacting the waste management plan, reducing construction site waste is a team effort and it is important that individuals know their responsibilities.

Establish Project Goals

Goals set for a project can be as broad or as specific as needed. Broader goals such as recycling or making proper waste management a priority can help everyone that is involved stay on the same page. By specifying smaller objectives, such as certain protocols or set deadlines, you and your team will be able to keep your project on track.

Create an Estimate

Being proactive during the planning phase of waste management can prove especially helpful down the line, when the cleanup process begins. By forecasting the types and percentages of waste that will be produced, preparing the necessary means of disposal will be easy to estimate, reducing any last minute additions. Various industry averages are available online to help you best gauge your project’s specifications.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Consider the 3 R’s when creating your waste management plan. Make sure to thoroughly describe the ways in which your project will abide by recycling and reuse methods. Identify the possibilities for reuse and recycling for each type of waste that is created and describe where, when, and how to handle waste materials. Roll off dumpsters are a great resource for repeated discarding of trash in a more environmentally friendly way than traditional black garbage bags. Creating a site plan with key areas marked off will assist with efficiency throughout the project’s duration.

Determine Waste Logistics

Large construction projects typically produce various types of wasted material, therefore various ways of discarding waste must be thought out before material begins to accumulate on site. Identify the waste destinations and transport methods needed, including what materials should be separated on site for reuse or recycling. A current list of recycling operators in the site office can act as an easy reference if problems should occur with disposal.

Track Your Progress

Creating a plan of any kind is useless if you do not follow it. Create and keep records of everything from the amount of waste produced to relative costs and savings of disposal. Receipts from previous projects can be useful in planning future projects for reference. One tip we recommend when creating your waste management plan is to work your way back from the project’s deadline. By doing this, you can properly designate goals with achievable deadlines to complete the project on time.

4 Tips for Waste Management During the Holidays

December 20th, 2018 by rosario

 

a pile of pine branches next to a row of dumpsters in a snowy parking lot

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. The malls, the streets, the houses, and everything in between is starting to get decorated for the holidays. Mistletoe, holly, tinsel, Christmas trees, wrapping paper, and bows are strewn around the houses as they’re lit up with lights and other decorations, but where does it all go once the holidays are over? December and January are the two months that people accumulate the most waste on average, and it can be difficult managing all of it. Trying to gather all of your garbage or recycling and figuring out what to do with it can be stressful. That’s why we decided to give you some tips on how exactly to manage your waste this holiday season.

Recycle Your Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is one of the biggest sources of waste during the holiday season. Everybody loves the feeling of unveiling a present on Christmas morning by ripping the wrapping paper off, but nobody knows quite what to do with it once it’s off. One of the best things to do is to save as much as you can. Save the little pieces of paper you cut while wrapping presents and use them to wrap small presents. Try saving gift bags once they’ve been used and keep the ribbon and bows to use for future presents. If you don’t have the space to save them or the scraps simply aren’t reusable, most townships and cities allow you to recycle your wrapping paper. Just put it in your bin on recycling night or bring it to the local recycling center.

What to Do With Your Christmas Tree

One of the biggest pieces of waste after the holiday season, the Christmas tree conundrum comes up every January. The truth is, there are plenty of ways to deal with your bare Christmas tree once you’re finished with it. Some towns will pick it up with yard waste if you’re able to chop it up in pieces shorter than 4 feet. Some people will let the tree dry out completely and use it as kindling in their fireplace. You can also go the traditional route and utilize the garbage pickups. Most towns will have specific days for Christmas tree pick up. There are even some organizations that accept old Christmas tree donations to use in fish and animal habitats. Whichever route you go, there are plenty of different ways to dispose of your tree.

Have a Wasteless Christmas

The number one way to manage your waste this holiday season is to not create any, or at least to minimize the amount that you do create. One way to do this is by forgoing the more commercial gifts and give handmade or more sentimental gifts. Bulky gifts from the stores typically have a large amount of packaging, cardboard, and styrofoam that can create a lot of waste that you can’t recycle. You can also choose to use different ways of wrapping, like using newspaper or reusable gift bags. Avoid the Christmas tree questions by buying a fake tree that is not only more eco friendly, but cleaner and cheaper in the long run. Don’t let the season of giving become the season of wasting and try to create as little waste as possible.

Renting a Dumpster

Dumpsters come in all different sizes, but most people seem to think that a dumpster would be too large for their needs. In fact, a 10 yard container would be perfect for most people this holiday season. You don’t have to stress about separating different recyclables or keeping the clutter in your house. You can rent a dumpster and have it placed right in your driveway and walk your waste right outside once you’re finished. Simply rent your dumpster ahead of time and keep all of your waste outside, leaving plenty of space for your family and friends to come over and stay over.

Dumpster Rental in New Jersey

The holidays are upon us! Don’t get caught unprepared to deal with the waste of the holidays, go in with a game plan. If your game plan just so happens to be renting a dumpster, then choosing Cali Carting is your next step. With 25 years of experience, Cali Carting has become the most trusted waste management service in New Jersey and with good reason. We are committed to customer satisfaction, timeliness, and excellent service every time. Along with dumpster rentals, we offer a variety of different services, including providing trash compactors, route services, and more. Operating out of Kearny, Cali Carting proudly serves all of New Jersey from the top of Sussex County to the bottom of Cape May County. Don’t wait, contact Cali Carting today and enjoy a hassle free holiday season.

4 Perks of Renting a Dumpster for Your Fall Yard Cleanup

November 7th, 2018 by rosario

 

a black dumpster in a parking lot filled with various garbage and waste

With all the beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves falling to the ground at this time of year, some serious cleanup is in order. Whether you are finishing off a home improvement project from the summer or need somewhere to put all those extra leaves, renting a roll off dumpster can help you take care of it all. To help get your fall cleaning checklist started, we’ve put together a list of ways you can put one of our Cali Carting roll off dumpsters to use!

Landscaping

If your summer renovation is taking a little bit longer than expected, you may want to think about renting a curbside dumpster. Available in a variety of sizes, our dumpsters are perfect for projects of every scale. With a few exceptions, discard everything from wood debris and old furniture to daily waste and garbage. Renting a roll off dumpster provides you with the means to dispose of and store all of your leftover scraps, with the peace of mind that they will be properly taken care of.

Fallen branches and other natural debris can build up as the season progresses. Making the preemptive decision to remove loose or dead branches may be beneficial in the long run, but takes up space in the meantime. Renting a roll off dumpster will provide you with the space to dispose of debris from large-scale landscaping projects such as this.

Neighborhood Clean Up

Leaves and other debris tend to pile up on street corners and in front of entrances, as well as in the actual street. Take advantage of the opportunity to give your neighborhood some much-needed attention on a larger scale. Round up your neighbors and organize a little fall clean up. Recruiting neighbors will help reduce the cost and workload normally associated with tidying up the block. When your fall cleanup efforts extend beyond your property, your entire neighborhood will experience the benefits. Coming together as a community after a destructive event such as a storm can also result in a more efficient cleanup effort.

Unbeatable Services

Seasonal demands for dumpster rentals fluctuate throughout the year. With the majority of home renovation and landscaping projects occurring in warmer months, dumpster availability tends to go up by the time fall rolls around. Providing quality service all year long, our dumpster rental service is prepared to assist you with your waste disposal in any weather condition or time of year.

Decluttering

Part of moving into a new home or apartment involves decluttering your current space to free up room in your new one. Whether your lease is up at the end of the year or end of the month, renting a dumpster may be the right move for you. For those who are sticking around for another year or few years, renting a dumpster can be a great motivator to clean out your home. Has your garage become a repository for junk you’ve practically forgotten about? Discarding large furniture or upholstered bedding may require specific guidelines for proper disposal. Don’t take the chance of getting a ticket for improper disposal, bring in a dumpster and make your move much easier.

Dumpster Rentals in New Jersey

When planning your next big clean up, think of the pros at Cali Carting. Providing commercial, industrial, and residential waste management and dumpster services throughout New Jersey, we are prepared to help you tackle any size project. Family owned and operated since 1983, we are happy to work directly with you to help with anything from your waste and recycling plan to achieving your sustainability goals. For more information about areas we serve, be sure to contact us today at (201) 991-5400. If your town is searching for ways to improve their waste management, leave it to Cali Carting to get the job done.

4 Effective Waste Management Strategies

October 12th, 2018 by rosario

a green recycling symbol surrounded by recyclable materials

Accumulating waste, from trash to recyclables, is easy, but how much do you know about where the waste should go once it has been created? Waste management strategies are how the waste we create is collected, transported, and disposed of. The strategy you choose for your own waste management depends on your personal needs, and Cali Carting offers a number of effective waste management options to easily get the job done. Read on to learn more about the services we can offer you!

Municipal Trash Collection

Part of waste management includes waste collection, and this step allows waste to be transferred from its original location to the location of its treatment. Municipal trash collection ensures that the waste you create will be taken from your home to wherever it needs to end up. It also allows you to be assured that your recyclable materials will be handled properly and brought to the correct place. Cali Carting proudly serves 200,000 residents in New Jersey, and the members of our management team are certified by the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Dumpster Rentals

Following instances when a large amount of waste is created (for example, a construction project or home renovation), the waste management strategy utilized needs to be suited to the situation. Such a volume of trash can often be taken care of with a dumpster, able to collect and dispose of a large variety of waste types. Dumpsters are capable of handling demolition debris, contaminated dirt, household waste and construction debris, and recyclable materials, including concrete, asphalt, cardboard, scrap metal, wood, and much more. Dumpsters are such an effective waste management strategy because they are convenient, easy to use, and can help manage waste for businesses and residences alike.

Compactors

For those facing a high volume of trash or recyclable materials, a compactor will be the most effective management strategy. Compactors are available in a variety of sizes and sturdiness levels, as they allow for waste and recyclable materials to be managed, stored, and disposed of in whatever way is most applicable. Compactors are effective and beneficial for businesses because they eliminate the need for multiple trash containers, and allow for waste to be disposed of properly.

Recycling Services

Going green should apply to all areas of life, especially when it comes to waste management and recycling. Businesses often face a large amount of waste each day or week, and through the use of commercial recycling route services, sustainable materials can avoid the landfill and be reused for another purpose in the future. This is one of the best ways to reduce waste in a productive way. Materials that can be recycled include cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, batteries, and more. Ensuring that recyclable waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly way is both beneficial to the environment and cost-effective, so there is no reason to not work towards going green with waste management when possible.

Waste Management Services in New Jersey

Since 1983, Cali Carting has been providing consistent commercial, industrial, and residential waste and recycling services throughout New Jersey. We offer all of the services listed above, and it is our pleasure to assist both commercial and residential customers with their waste management needs. We are a family owned and operated company focused on putting our customers first, so you can receive personalized service focused on a waste management strategy most effective for you. Contact us today with any questions you may have and to learn more about our services. When it comes to quality waste management services, you can count on Cali Carting.

7 Perks of Renting a Roll Off Dumpster

September 19th, 2018 by rosario

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Whether you are tearing down walls to create space or remodeling the interior, home renovations can be a messy project and require plenty of planning to properly execute. If not handled correctly, generated waste can potentially impede the renovation process or become a safety risk. At Cali Carting, we feel it is in your best interest to be aware of the reasons behind using a roll off dumpster for your next project. That is why we have put together a list of the seven perks of renting a roll off dumpster with us.

Property Protection

If you’re piling debris at the curb or on the project site, no matter how careful you and your employees are, there’s likely to be some damage. With a dumpster, that’s not an issue. Simply bring all the debris to the container and store it there until the project is done.

Workplace Safety

There are few things less safe than exposed piles of debris. When you opt to use a roll off dumpster, you won’t have to worry about the danger of storing sharp, jagged or heavy debris. Whichever dumpster size you choose, Cali Carting provides a solidly constructed dumpster to keep it all contained until it’s hauled away. No broken glass, rusty nails or wood splinters to worry about. These roll-off style containers collect all kinds of waste, from construction materials, household appliances, furniture, metal, and just about anything else.

Reduced Risk of Litigation

With a safer job site, the risk of expensive lawsuits for your company should decrease. This can save you untold amounts in future legal bills. A single container will help avoid dangers to your workers and protects pedestrians who pass by the site.

Efficiency

With a dumpster on site, you can devote your efforts to getting the job done. Having one designated place to discard all waste materials instead of piling it up in smaller containers can actually make your workers more efficient. It eliminates the time and energy associated with waste disposal since the decision is made for them. When the job is done, the waste will be automatically taken care of and removed.

Versatility

While there are some guidelines as to what can be discarded in a dumpster– daily waste, broken appliances, old furniture, and large chunks of debris are all fair game. From construction materials to miscellaneous waste, garbage can quickly build up on a job site. With a dumpster, you now have one place to hold it.

Peace of Mind

Another dumpster rental benefit you might not have expected is the added peace of mind it can bring. Finished the job? We will take it from there. Roll off dumpsters allow you to avoid taking several smaller trips throughout the construction project. With more than 100 years of commercial waste recycling experience, Cali Carting has the industry knowledge needed to dispose of your waste in an environmentally sound manner – according to all regulations and laws.

Eco-Friendly

Although not the first thought when seeing a roll off dumpster, disposing of waste in bulk can have environmental benefits. Since more waste can be picked up and disposed of in one trip, the reduction of CO2 emissions reduces your company’s carbon footprint. Whether it is construction debris or your construction workers’ lunch, no durable waste bags are needed for removal.

Cali Carting Roll Off Dumpsters

With all those things, we hope you have a clearer idea of the benefits you get from renting a roll off dumpster. If you are planning to rent a dumpster for an upcoming project, leave it to the experts at Cali Carting. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call at (201) 991-5400. The next time you find yourself renovating your home, you know who to call.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Dumpster Rental

August 27th, 2018 by rosario

a raccoon sticking its head out of a dumpster

Whether you’re demolishing a house or just trying to clear out some space, a dumpster rental can be a great way to dispose of everything you don’t need. Large enough to store all of your waste, and sturdy enough to withstand blows from thrown concrete and metal, you’ve decided that you need a dumpster. The only problem is, now that you have it, you just can’t seem to keep pests out. You might encounter something as small as maggots or as large as black bears, and for both your convenience and your safety, here are some ways to keep any and all pests out of your dumpster.

Covering Your Dumpster

While larger pests like raccoons and bears will often find a way around or through a cover, covering your dumpster rental can be a great way to keep smaller pests out. Putting a tarp or other large materials over the top of the dumpster and securing it will likely keep any pests such as maggots, mosquitoes, flies, or other small nuisances away from your dumpster rental. Just make sure you remember to take your tarp off by the time your Cali Carting worker comes to haul away your dumpster.

Keeping Food Waste Out of Your Dumpster

Putting food waste in your rental dumpster is a sure way to attract different kinds of pests. Not only will the food begin to rot and smell terrible, it will quickly attract flies, leading to maggots and other infestations. Aside from insects and tiny pests, food waste is the best way to attract raccoons. These notoriously crafty thieves have been known to sneak into the smallest places to steal food, but an open dumpster with food waste in it is essentially an all-you-can-eat raccoon buffet. New Jersey is also home to a large population of black bears, who have been known to wander into town and help themselves to any food waste left in the open. If you want to avoid encountering a black bear in your driveway, keeping food waste out of your dumpster rental is the best first step.

Keeping Your Dumpster on Concrete

While it’s not always possible, keeping your dumpster rental on concrete or pavement is far more ideal than keeping it on grass. If you place your dumpster on grass, you’re giving pests the opportunity to create nests underneath, especially since the dumpster is often time placed on top of their already existing home. When the dumpster is on a driveway or concrete slab, pests don’t have the opportunity to create nests underneath, hopefully keeping your dumpster insect and rodent free.

Using Repellents on Your Dumpster

When disposing of waste that you know will attract pests, repellent may be a good option. A mixture of ammonia and water has been known to deter insects and flies, but should be handled carefully, as ammonia can be dangerous to people and the landscape around your project site or home. Bear, raccoon, and other larger pest repellents can typically be purchased at your local hardware or lawn care store. When using repellents, it’s always important to read the directions carefully and handle with care, but this could be you best or only option to truly keep pests away from your rental dumpster.

Dumpster Rentals in New Jersey

Pests can be a nuisance, but what shouldn’t be a nuisance is finding a quick and easy way to rent a dumpster for your next big project. Cali Carting has been providing New Jersey with reliable and convenient dumpster rental services for over 25 years. With dumpsters of all different sizes and for all different jobs, Cali Carting proudly serves the entire Garden State. If you have any questions about our dumpsters or any of our other services, contact us today. If you’re looking for speedy service, get a quick quote from one of our licensed professionals. When it comes to quality dumpster rentals, you can count on Cali Carting.

4 Ways to Make Your Summer Party Eco-Friendly

June 28th, 2018 by rosario

 

A group of people with wine in their hands.

What are some of the first things that you associate with the summer? For many people, summer is the best time for throwing parties and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors. From barbeques and pool parties to birthday and graduation bashes, parties are a summer staple, but they often result in quite a bit of garbage. Every choice that we make affects the environment, and there are a number of quick and easy steps that anyone can take to make their summer party more beneficial to the planet.

1. Keep Invitations Virtual

Receiving mail is always fun, but invitations are far more eco-friendly when they are sent via email rather than on paper. There are a number of websites that you can use to create an exciting virtual invitation (Evite and Paperless Post are both great options), and these can be emailed to all of your guests in an instant. Another benefit of virtual invitations is that they are interactive, allowing you to track your RSVPs, contact your guests easily, and provide more information about your party. If you’d rather not send out invitations via email, try Facebook! Creating an event page allows you to reach your guests through social media, and can help spread the word about your party.

2. Reuse Your Decorations

Using items you already own when you’re decorating can lead to a ton of waste reduction. For example, try using the same birthday banner every year, rather than buying a new one each year and then throwing it away. If you do end up buying something that you’re only going to need once, give it away rather than tossing it. If your party extends into the night, use candles for light rather than light bulbs. This aids in both reducing your electricity usage and creating a more intimate and cozy atmosphere.

3. Choose Cloth Over Plastic

To continue the trend of reusing your party supplies, check out your local thrift store for linens that can be washed and used over and over again. Things like tablecloths and napkins are a huge source of waste, and you’ll feel much better about your party if when it ends, it has barely produced any garbage. You could even share these items with friends and family, and encourage the use of washable party linens rather than disposable ones.

4. Avoid Disposable Items

The most clear sources of party-produced waste are the ever-common disposable plates, cups, and cutlery. According to the EPA, more than 780,000 tons of plastic and styrofoam cups are discarded annually, and if people stopped using them for their summer parties, that number would be sure to drop. If you don’t want to take out your entire personal cutlery set every time you throw a party, consider investing in a second set, possibly from a secondhand store. If you use the same set of plates, cups, and utensils every time you throw a party, you will be contributing a lot less waste to the countrywide total. Your guests will also be able to avoid the aggravation of flimsy paper plates and plastic knives.

Make Your Life Greener

There are so many small changes you can make while planning your party that will lead you to the greenest possible result. Although the focus here has been on making your summer celebrations more eco-friendly, pulling green techniques into your everyday life will be even more beneficial to the planet. Cali Carting is a full service solid waste and recycling company located in Kearny, NJ, and we would love to work with you to help you plan and achieve your sustainability goals. We strive to deliver the most environmentally friendly assistance possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services, and for any help you might need with recycling or making your life greener.