4 Earth-Friendly Alternatives to Everyday Items

May 22nd, 2019 by rosario


In addition to recycling and properly disposing of waste, did you know you can save the environment by simply changing the items you use every day? By switching out your everyday items with earth-friendly alternatives, you can be sure that you are helping the environment in the long-run. Read on for some earth-friendly alternatives to everyday items – you may be surprised by what you can replace!

1. Reusable Water Bottle

Even though plastic water bottles are recyclable, many do not recycle them and 91% wind up in a landfill. This is a major issue, as water is an important commodity – it is estimated that we use about a million water bottles per minute! You have the power to significantly cut down on the amount of plastic you dispose of by simply switching to a reusable water bottle. For extra safety, choose a reusable water bottle that is BPA free. BPA is an industrial chemical that is often used in plastic and resin containers, and over time it can seep into the liquids and foods you store in them. In addition, many public spaces nowadays have a water fountain with a bottle filler attached to it – this way you will never run out of water no matter where you go with your reusable water bottle.

2. Compostable Trash Bag

Although your trash will ultimately end up at a landfill, you can still make a difference with what you use to dispose of your waste. Compostable trash bags are 100% compostable and are Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified – in other words, they meet the highest industry and government standard for what can successfully biodegrade. Compostable trash bags do just what they claim to do – they enable the compostable waste inside to compost naturally over time. What’s even better is that most trash bag brands sell a compostable version of their products, making it easy for you to find and switch out your regular trash bag for ones that make a difference!

3. Reusable Straws

Reusable straws have been gaining traction in recent years as more and more highly profitable companies, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, announced that they will no longer be providing plastic straws at their locations. Instead of taking the time to fish around for a leftover paper straw elsewhere, bring a reusable straw with you! Most reusable straws are made out of stainless steel, making it easy to disinfect and wash after you use it. They are also dishwasher safe and can come in a variety of colors and sizes for your preference!

4. Reusable Grocery Bags

Reusable grocery bags are quickly becoming a mainstay option for shoppers on their weekly grocery run, but the benefits of using one must be stressed. Each year we use an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags, which takes up a lot of space in landfills. Using reusable grocery bags can cut down on the avoidable waste you create through using plastic bags at stores. Some grocery stores even sell their own reusable grocery bags or have incentives for people who bring their own!

Recycle with Cali Carting

Taking care of your environment will help Earth live on and make the world a better place to live in. At Cali Carting, we fully believe in the power of proper waste management. We offer a wide range of services at Cali Carting, from municipal garbage collection to dumpster rental services, right here in New Jersey. Call us today to discuss your needs and see how we can help you make a difference!

4 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

March 19th, 2019 by rosario

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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.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Dumpster Rental

August 27th, 2018 by rosario

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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.

4 Things to Know About New Jersey Recycling Laws

April 5th, 2018 by rosario

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Get to Know the Recycling Laws Better and Simplify the Recycling Process

One thing is for certain: Recycling laws in the state of New Jersey are not the easiest to understand. That being said, there’s virtually no way to get around them—In the garden state, it is required by law that every resident and business recycles the mandatory, qualified items, which are determined by certain recycling areas, county legislation and a few statewide laws. Although the act of recycling betters the environment and reduces waste disposal costs, it can still be frustrating to navigate the tedious recycling laws and tasks in the state of NJ.

1.    Solid Waste Regulations and Recycling Permits in NJ

Every state varies when it comes to defining recyclable materials. Living in NJ means that recycling exists under—and must adhere to—solid waste regulations. Some have an issue with this, since the whole point of recycling is to reuse appropriate materials. Nevertheless, it is important for those who wish to obtain an NJ recycling permit to familiarize themselves with solid waste regulations, which are not the easiest to grasp.

2.    Four Categories of New Jersey Recyclable Materials

Due to the fact that there are so many different types of recyclable materials, the state of NJ has divided each type into a separate category—these include Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D. Recyclable materials in Class A consist of the traditional recyclable materials that are commonly recycled nationwide, including paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and even metal. Approval by the NJDEP is not required to recycle Class A materials. Class B contains construction and demolition materials, such as concrete, leaves and asphalt. Compost is the main material in the the Class C recyclable materials category—this type is usually laid out to compost over a period of time. Class D recyclable materials is full of miscellaneous items like batteries, consumer electronics and oil-based finishes.

3.    NJ Recycling Exemption and Approval

Believe it or not, NJ recycling exemption is free of charge. It only requires an application with some paperwork. Recycling approval costs are another story, though, when it comes to recycling laws in New Jersey. Recycling approval costs can be broken down into a variety of separate charges, including consulting costs, application feeds, annual fees and ongoing fees.

4.    Three Main Ways to Begin Recycling in NJ

Those who are trying to obtain a recycling license, permit or approval in New Jersey can begin recycling the right way by following various types of paths. The NJ recycling exemptions are for specific types of recycling centers and smaller projects. There are also NJ general recycling approvals, which are given to those who want to truly be in the recycling business—no doubt about it. These New Jersey general recycling approvals last for 5 years and can be renewed, altered or sold. Limited recycling approvals are only valid for Class B recyclable materials in NJ and were mainly created for one-time-deal activities. Although this process is easier than most of the others, it still takes up to four months to receive limited approval in the state of NJ.

Trust Cali Carting Inc. to Manage NJ Recycling Areas and Laws

Understanding the NJ recycling laws and recycling areas can be tough. When an individual or business has handled all of that and the process is said and done, contacting a reliable NJ full-service solid and waste company is a smart choice to make, so that they can help out with picking up and sorting through all the recyclable materials for you. Cali Carting Inc., located in Kearny, NJ, provides route services in NJ that involve waste and recycling pickup for NJ businesses with the options of front load, rear load and curbside pickup. Our route services offer cost effective management of popular recyclable items, making the recycling process easy and manageable for business owners in NJ. Contact Cali Carting Inc. by calling 201-991-5400 to inquire about these recycling services today.

3 Ways to Dispose of Renovation Waste

August 30th, 2017 by rosario

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Renovations can be a hassle. Not only do you have to think about the design and materials needed, but you also probably have to adjust to a new sense of living while construction is happening. The last thing you want to worry about is how to dispose of the leftover material or furniture from the renovation. Here are a few ways you can get rid of all the scrap from your renovation project and begin to enjoy your renovated space clear of debris.

1. Donate Your Renovation Waste

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That creaky chair in the kitchen might be someone else’s blessing. That old table with the chips in it could be the exact rustic look your neighbor is going for. There is no telling what your old materials could mean to someone else after you complete your renovation.

If the items you are looking to get rid of are still in good condition then there are plenty of drop-off centers to choose from. Check out your local area for organizations and the rules regarding the donation process.

It is important to remember as your renovation progresses that keeping these old items in good condition could be essential to the ability to donate them. So, make sure as things are moved and replaced that you are cautious on how they are handled.

2. Dispose Renovation Waste Yourself

Sometimes things only get done right if you do it yourself. Not to mention you could save a bunch of money doing it this way. All you have to do is find out where the nearest landfill is and take your waste there. But be aware that you can’t just dump everything in one place, landfills usually have certain sections for specific items.

It is important that everything is sorted ahead of time. Large pieces of furniture and scrap are usually in the same area and smaller debris tend to be placed sporadically in other areas. Just contact the landfill to get the information on the rules and regulations. A large truck will also be needed to cart over all your waste. If this seems like too much work, check option three!

3. Leave it to the Professionals

The most important thing to do when dealing with a waste removal company is to be completely clear on everything you want gone so that nothing gets left behind. That may seem like an obvious notion but it is easy to forget certain things and it happens more often than you might think.

You could go with your local dumpster service but sometimes it pays to go with a company that specializes in waste removal. While you can use your usual service they will usually charge you a fat fee for the larger bulk whereas you can get a better deal with a specialized service. In either case, give the company a call and let them know how much waste you have and what specific parcels need to be disposed of.

Renting roll-off trash bins is also a popular thing to do. Usually around 10-40 yards, these massive containers can hold a large amount of renovation waste. These bins are very large so check to make sure your property can contain it before you rent one. If your property isn’t big enough you can always contact your town/city and ask for a permit to put the trash bin in the street while you load the waste.

Renovation Waste Removal in New Jersey

If you are from the New Jersey area then your best bet is to give Cali Carting a call at (201) 991-5400. We have been offering waste and recycling services for over 30 years throughout New Jersey. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

How Concrete Disposal is Environmentally Friendly

July 20th, 2017 by rosario

Most concrete waste that is generated nationwide comes from either construction projects, lawn maintenance or any kind of home remodeling. Since concrete can add up very easily, it can become difficult to dispose of the concrete properly. Concrete commonly needs to be recycled from construction sites. Below we give examples of different situations in which concrete can be disposed of in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner for your community.

Concrete Recycling for Landscaping

Any type of waste, including concrete, which is properly disposed and no longer wanted could be reused for other projects for which concrete is needed. One of the environmental benefits to concrete disposal is that it can be used for a wide variety of landscaping projects. The recycled concrete can be used for projects such as water fountains, benches, sidewalks and terraces. It also can be used for homeowner projects, which makes it more cost effective for the homeowner. One thing about recycled concrete materials that gets overlooked is that in whichever project you use it, it still will look just as aesthetically pleasing as the original concrete.

Road Construction and Repair

Recycled construction waste, specifically concrete disposal, can help with the construction and repair of roads and all infrastructure. After you properly dispose of concrete, the concrete slabs are broken down into smaller pieces and are used to pave roads. Another way that recycled concrete can be used is to be broken down and used as sub-base or base-level gravel. The biggest benefit of concrete disposal for people in the road construction and repair industry is the immense project costs they can make by using recycled concrete.

Soil Erosion

It may not be the first thing you think that concrete disposal would help with, but it is true that recycling concrete can help prevent soil erosion. At a typical construction site, there is waste, such as metal-based wires, that can help make wire cages to help stop soil erosion. Concrete and gravel that are recycled are used to fill those wired cages to help prevent soil erosion. The purpose of these structures is to prevent soil degradation by way of runoff water or surface water, which both are major causes of soil erosion.

Riprap Revetments

Another way that proper concrete disposal is environmentally friendly is use for riprap revetments. Large pieces of recycled concrete can be broken down to add to riprap revetments. A riprap revetment is a flexible channel that is made up of rock and concrete, and provides protection from erosion. These are commonly found along shores, rivers and streams to help prevent erosion and serve as embankments. It is an important environmental benefit to concrete disposal because it maintains our rivers and streams in a natural way.

Concrete Disposal in New Jersey

Whether you’re working on a residential project or a commercial project, if concrete is involved it will need to be disposed of properly. One of the easiest and most eco-friendly ways to dispose of concrete is to use a roll-off dumpster that is the correct size for your project. In New Jersey, there is no one better at dumpster rental services than Cali Carting in Kearny. We can help you dispose of concrete and any other recyclable material that is involved in your project. We also can accommodate your project with any recycling and garbage disposal services, such as trash compactors. To learn more about Cali Carting and what we have to offer, please feel free to contact us today at our Kearny, New Jersey location.

Landfills to Convert Emissions into Electricity

May 11th, 2017 by rosario

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The EPA Recruits Landfills to Avoid Climate Change

Climate change seems to be one of the many hot topics these days, especially from the perspective of the United States Environmental Protection Agency – better known as the EPA – which works tirelessly, day in and day out, to avoid the issue from getting any worse. As the EPA encourages the government, people in power and the average citizen of this country to become increasingly aware of this serious issue, it recently has turned to America’s landfills and waste removal professionals to help keep the future of our planet safe. The EPA’s guidelines will turn our trash into a newfound source of energy, and actually contribute to getting rid of climate change altogether.

Climate Change: What It Is

It’s exactly as it sounds: Climate change is the rapid modification of our earth’s climate that we never expected to happen so fast, resulting in disruptive impacts to the climate patterns that mold our natural ecosystems. This harmful change has come from levels of rising carbon dioxide, and other gases that trap heat, that have passed through the atmosphere. These gases have warmed the earth, caused sea levels to rise, melted snow and ice, have brought on more extreme fires and droughts, and caused even more extreme storms, floods and rainfall. As predicted by environmental professionals and scientists, these negative impacts brought on by climate change are only going to continue – and in some instances, get even worse – if we don’t do something to stop it. Without the proper help, our health, forests, freshwater supplies and other natural resources are going to become truly damaged, and diminish our lives – and planet – as we know it.

Latest EPA Guidelines

In July 2016, the EPA officially released a newly revised set of guidelines, with the intention to improve climate mitigation strategies and efforts. These guidelines brought in landfills throughout the country as another party into the mix, primarily because large areas of waste disposal emit a serious amount of carbon dioxide, methane and other toxins, known as landfill gas. Unfortunately, nearly 20 percent of methane emissions – derived from humans – come from our landfills, so it was long overdue for the EPA to step in and start buckling down on the waste disposal areas.

How Landfills Are Helping  

Under these new EPA guidelines, landfill owners are now responsible for deriving their own mechanisms to prevent carbon dioxide, methane and other toxic gases from being released into the air around us. The EPA is making this possible by putting a new threshold in place, which is currently set at 34 megagrams per year of non-methane organic compounds (NMOCs). Ultimately, the EPA hopes to see a reduction of about 290,000 metric tons of methane a year by 2025, which is about 7.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Landfill Gas is Converted into Energy  

As the idea behind the EPA’s guideline details, landfill gas can actually be captured and converted into a legitimate energy source – a brilliant solution to the climate change issues brought on by the smog and harmful toxins that landfills emit. Using a variety of wells and a blower/flare system, the landfill gas is extracted from a landfill. The components that make up such a system include a well, wellhead, collection piping, treatment/blower/flare station and a flare. Doing so takes the gas into a collected, central point, where it is processed and treated. The gas is then flared, used to create electricity, and replaces fossil fuels in both industrial and manufacturing operations. The landfill gas also can be turned into pipeline-quality gas and used as an alternative to vehicle fuel. There are a few options for converting the landfill gas into energy, including electricity generation, direct use, cogeneration and alternative fuels.

A Small Price to Pay  

Since releasing their new guidelines, landfill owners around the country are known to be a bit conflicted regarding the EPA’s policy. That’s because the technological means of preventing the harmful gases being released into the environment can prove to be a bit costly – especially when it comes to the size of the landfill. Regardless, Cali Carting Inc. – a full-service solid waste and recycling company located in Kearny, New Jersey – is proud to get behind the EPA’s guidelines, and support the move to reverse the harmful impact climate change has brought about.

Garbage Disposal Services in New Jersey

At Cali Carting, we provide roll-off containers for waste and recyclable materials to our contractor, business-owner and homeowner clientele, with same-day service available in most areas that we serve. We strive to complete our commitment to deliver the most environmentally friendly service, while working with our customers to help them achieve their sustainability goals. Please contact our office at 201-991-5400 if you think you could benefit from our services.