According to the Agency for Environmental Protection, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash every day. And that includes biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. The garbage accumulated from our daily activities like cooking, cleaning, and shopping ends up in the trash can. And that trash can gets filled, and it has to be unloaded somewhere.
You could either create a compost pit to bury biodegradable waste or hire a collecting service to carry no longer functional appliances but can constitute harm if kept around the house.
What is considered trash?
Not everything that is no longer needed is considered trash. We also have recyclables, yard waste, and junk.
Junks are the appliances, the heavy, bulky stuff that cannot fit into garbage containers. These include the faulty refrigerator that can no longer be repaired and the broken washing machine.
These are items that can be recycled and used again. They include soda cans, tin cans, glass, newspapers, certain plastics, and cartons.
- Yard waste:
Trimmings from trees, shrubs, and grasses from mowed lawns are yard waste. These types of trash can be buried in a compost pit where they decay and add nutrients to the soil. Or, you can hire a collection service to come to pick them if you cannot make a compost pit.
- Hazardous waste:
Hazardous waste contains constituents that can be harmful if they come in contact with sensitive parts of the body, if exposed to fire, etc. automotive fluids, batteries, bulbs, chemicals, pesticides are hazardous waste. Sharp objects like broken glass bottles, syringes should also be collected with dangerous waste and dropped off in a distant location, away from residential buildings.
How much does waste disposal service cost?
The charge for waste disposal services vary, depending on where you live. Some collection services charge every month, while others do it quarterly. However, the general cost you are expected to pay monthly will be somewhere around $60 to $120.
Another factor determining how much you will be billed is how far the collecting service is from your neighborhood. More distance to cover means more fuel and more person-hours. Adding all these factors together, you might end up with a slightly larger price quote than someone living closer.
There is also the traffic factor, and this rides on how populated your area is. If you are staying in New York, excessive traffic also comes into play in the pricing spectrum. It means that the garbage truck will take longer to complete its route, which means more fuel and more staffing. Customers who get the best deal often stay in a residential neighborhood in a metropolitan area.
How do you save money?
- Reduce your trash:
Instead of buying items you can only use once, go for reusable items. Reuse grocery bags, envelopes, plastics—repair items instead of just tossing them out and getting a new one.
- Compost pit:
Instead of paying to get your yard trimmings carried away, why don’t you try burying them in a compost pit? It is easy to make and very efficient because the waste decomposes and, in return, provides nutrients for the soil.
- Limit pickups:
Having your trash picked monthly instead of everyday’s an excellent way to save money. If you compare the price of getting it collected every week to every other week or every month, you will see the difference.
There are more ways than one to save money on waste removal services. You could also take it down to the local dump yourself. But if you have the means and prefer to hire a collecting service, then make sure that you ask around or read reviews online to ensure you are spending your money on guaranteed good service.