How to organize a waste collection in the park


To clean up the edge of a river, a clearing, a park, a walking path … you can mobilize the residents near you by posting a message on facebook.

To mobilize volunteers to clean up a corner of nature near you, do not hesitate to send an invitation to your friends. Each week, social networks of the cities give advices and beautiful stories about these clean outs.

Waste Management Responsibility

Citizen initiatives for waste collection are increasing in Florida. These actions bring together more and more volunteers and usually end with a hot coffee or a good drink in the local brewery. Armed with our best advice, a good pair of gloves and trash bags, go with your neighbors, hunting for rubbish.

In order to create such an event, log on you favorite social network account. Click on events in the menu on the right of the home page. Click on create an event. Choose the option public event in order to be able to share the link of the event with as many people as possible

Add a little presentation of yourself and your approach to your event to make your invitation more pleasant. If you already have a place to clean in mind, let them know. In addition, you can add photos of this place to raise awareness and encourage your neighbors to participate in your event.

Invite your friends for a clean out

If this is a big event, you might try to get sponsored by one of the local waste management companies in Florida, such as Ft Lauderdale dumpster rentals, or ask the local city officials who should be more than happy to help.

Then send the invitations. The more the merrier, the merrier! So do not hesitate to spread the word as soon as the date, time and place are decided. To do this, download, print and paste the posters in the hall of your building, in the neighborhood, but also at merchants ready to play the game: at the bakery, at the hairdresser or at the local cafeā€¦

Share the link of the event by e-mail to your friends as well as on social networks. Encourage the first participants to invite as many people as possible in order to make the group even bigger. Write a little reminder on your neighborhood page.

A few days before D-Day, remember to write a little reminder on your neighborhood page to revive the undecided. Make them think of wearing good shoes, gloves (such as dishwashing gloves) and trash bags. Invite parents to come with their children to make them aware of the cleanliness of the public space.

Finally this is D-day. This is the big day ! If you are a large group, you can form teams and divide the area to be cleaned. Once your waste has been collected, celebrate this great action over a good coffee on the corner terrace.

Advice: with the agreement of your neighbors, take photos of the event and share them on your neighborhood page and on social networks, this will make as many people aware as possible not to throw their waste on the public highway. Also send us your photos to all your friends so they may want to join the next cleaning event.…

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Waste management in Oakland

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Oakland is approaching zero waste!

The Californian city adopted the objective of zero waste sent to landfill or incinerator. And gives itself the means to achieve it.

The sun has not yet risen until a strange ballet begins. Each in turn, dozens of trucks dump tons and tons of food scraps, cut grass, branches. A month later, this organic waste will come out in the form of a rich compost as fine as sand. By 2025, the city plans to achieve zero non-recycled or composted waste, thus avoiding the use of landfills or incinerators, which are very polluting.

The waste recovery rate, that is to say recovered for recycling and composting, today reaches 80% in the city. To achieve this goal never achieved by such a large city in the world, Oakland is demonstrating political will and multiplying legislative initiatives.

The ban on the sale and distribution of small plastic water bottles in public spaces in the city was adopted unanimously by the city council. Instead, many water fountains will be installed and compostable cups can be distributed during events.

Plastic water bottles are expensive to produce and have a significant environmental cost. It takes a thousand years for them to degrade. This is a measure that mentions the risk to health, chemicals such as phthalates can infiltrate the water and disrupt hormones and thereby increase the risk of infertility, cancer and miscarriages. “If we can ban them in public space, let people understand that it is totally doable, then we can go further. In other words, consider a total ban.

Step by step, this is the method that Oakland has adopted since the vote on the zero waste objective. California had already set a 50% recycling objective by 2010. But they wanted to go further. They agreed on the ambitious goal of zero waste and then on a date that is both far enough away to give us the means to reach it, but also close enough to make everyone feel immediately concerned.

A study had shown that 90% of the waste ending up in landfills could be recycled, and that the most important part was food. We don’t see waste as a burden, but as a value, it can be used.

This is how the environment department started by targeting hotels and restaurants, very numerous and which generate a lot of organic waste. They started with a test hotel: the bins for recyclables and compostables cost a lot less, each month on the bill, than those non-recyclable waste. If you recycle and compost all of your garbage, then you will need fewer, or smaller, bins. And you will save money.

Each resident of Oakland is now used to sorting their waste in three bins: in black, the one intended for the landfill; in green that for the compost; and in blue the recyclables. Also companies like Oakland Dumpster Rental Bros provide bin rental services for the residents that wish to discard a large quantity of junk all at once.

The system is a complete success: in one year, on hotel saved $200,000 and the initiative was then quickly spread to all professionals. The system is also offered, on a voluntary basis, to residents who wish to do so.

Banned plastic bags

One of the barely visible parts of the waste, but nevertheless important, is all of the debris generated by the construction sector.

After two years of negotiations, in 2006 the city obliged all building professionals to recycle at least 65% of their debris such as concrete, metal or even wood, in approved centers. A six-month suspension was applied to offenders. At the same time, the city is committed to using only recycled materials for public works such as asphalt, sidewalks or gutters.

But all this is not enough. They went a step further with two decisions directly affecting the daily lives of residents. Plastic bags were first banned from supermarkets, with the obligation to use paper or compostable plastic bags – for a fee, to encourage customers to bring their own bag.

Then, recycling and composting were made compulsory for all Oakland residents. The same system was applied: each house and building receives a detailed invoice and can lighten it by using less and less the normal bin to prefer those dedicated to recycling and composting.

Checks are carried out regularly and warnings are followed by fines for offenders, ranging from $100 to $1,000 dollars. This was their most controversial measure. They have been accused of setting up an environmental police.…

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The Problem of Recycling in the USA


More and more cities in the United States are stopping recycling.

Since China stopped importing plastic and paper waste from other countries, recycling has become a big problem in the United States. As a result the waste that was previously destined for China is collected in the sorting centers of certain American cities and sometimes ends up incinerated.

At a time when young people are walking every week for the climate change issue, where zero waste trends are multiplying and when consumers attach more importance to consuming local, organic and seasonal products, recycling waste is a natural part of today’s eco-friendly landscape. Even if in the logic of the 5 Rs well known to environmentalists (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle), recycling does not come at the top of the solutions to avoid waste.

And yet oseveral large American cities have stopped recycling. Their way of disposing of their plastic and paper waste has to change as China, decided a year ago to stop importing foreign waste. The result: plastics and papers, however well sorted, collect in sorting centers and end up in landfills or incinerators. And the United States is not alone in losing this cheap way to sell the reuse of their waste for disposal. About 106 million tonnes, or 45% of the plastics that can be recycled worldwide, have been exported to China since data began to be collected in 1992 by the United Nations Comtrade Database. Since China closed its doors, US recycling plants have had to pay to dispose of their waste before they sorted and sold it.

Before the Chinese ban, the country bought already sorted foreign waste to clean, grind it and transform it into new raw materials. But little by little, China got tired of becoming the global dumping ground and recovering the contaminated waste from many countries in the world. Protecting the environment and the health of its people have also become more important issues for China. Beijing has closed its borders to paper and plastic and has set a contamination rate so low (0.5% of contaminated waste is tolerated) for metal and cardboard that American companies can no longer keep up. In the end all categories of waste should be rejected by 2020.

In American sorting centers however, the waste is sorted meticulously. Recyclable materials are separated from their non-recyclable waste and workers ensure that no foreign material gets mixed up with well-separated stacks of cardboard, paper and plastics. At the end of the chain, the pile of trash is compacted. Before it was sent to China, but today some waste is not picked up by anyone, even by paying for it. As a result in some factories, paper and plastic are no longer recycled and end up in landfill. Nobody wants to say it out loud because nobody likes to do it. But recycling costs are skyrocketing and it will become increasingly difficult to avoid incineration and landfills. The other importing countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and India do not have sufficient capacity to absorb the amount of waste that China manages to dispose of.

Some US cities no longer recycle

If some cities find solutions as much as they can to dispose of their waste like in Philadelphia: an incinerator converts waste into electrical energy, which makes people fear for air pollution, others find themselves in front of the unfortunate observation that they can do nothing. In Memphis the waste is still thrown in different containers, but all ends up in a landfill. In Deltona, Florida, the city even completely shut down its recycling program because of the overly high costs. Other cities have made the same decision: to continue recycling, taxes would have had to be raised. So too bad for recycling.

To solve the problem it would be necessary to raise awareness among citizens upstream of the consumption chain. The ultra-rapid expansion of single-use plastics and disposable packaging in the 1990s was certainly one of the causes that led to increased exports of American plastics. The sooner we accept the economic impossibility of recycling, the sooner we can make serious progress in solving the problem of plastic pollution.…

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The Kitchen Renovators Secret Weapon

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I recently did some interior design work in my house as I remodeled my kitchen. The house was quite chaotic for a while with all the construction workers from the contractor, and they made a big mess. I had to rent a dumpster container just to get rid of all the debris materials. But this post is about the most interesting part, ie how to renovate your kitchen. So here are the 16 secrets experienced kitchen renovators know that you should know, too.

Ah Ikea, the mecca for all things domestic, it makes me feel a bit like a two year old in a lolly shop dazzled by the hip yet quirky homemaking it promises. I am thrilled at the mere suggestion of an impeccably organised shoe collection, neatly separating tie drawers and the epitome of domesticity in the autonomous laundry hamper that sorts the whites from the coloured.  A place for everything and everything in its place.

But it is the kitchen department that truly excites any hot-blooded woman with a penchant for renovating.  The tantalizing displays of Lego inspired cabinetry that provides a mix and match solution for just about any kitchen challenge and an endless parade of clever accessories to complete the experience.

Just in case you think the company sponsors this article, you would be absolutely wrong; my motivation is to share the magic of this product that makes life easier and gives me a high-end look at a rock bottom price.

I used to turn my nose up at Ikea joinery when I subscribed to the “you get what you pay for brigade” but since it saved me from a potentially fatal renovating crisis, I have become a convert. I was endeavoring to completely fit out in the kitchen of a rental property with endless meters of draws and got a quote from the cabinet maker that left me feeling weak at the knees.  Ikea saved the day where I was able to gatherer up a stash of lovely white glossy drawer units and get out the door with out having to take out a mortgage!!

What is so good about Ikea joinery?

  1. You don’t have to allow for any lead-time, they carry stock all the time.
  2. You can return surplus pieces without a receipt and get an Ikea card with you refund as credit.
  3. They have a 25-year guarantee and you have any issues with any component, you can replace it in an instant.
  4. The have a good range of colours, styles and configurations so you can create almost any look and colour combination imaginable.
  5. They look super cool.
  6. They use the best quality Blum door and drawer hardware which is engineered to within an inch of its life.
  7. Soft close is standard.
  8. Everything is adjustable and they think of absolutely everything – attention to detail is second to none. 

What’s not so good?

  1. Most tradesmen think they are rubbish and don’t treat them with the respect joinery requires resulting in poor installation.   You need to use an installer who is familiar with Ikea flat packs.
  2. Their sink units don’t have full backs in them.
  3. The kickers come in maximum 2.2 meter lengths.
  4. Some of the drawer hardware is Ikea badged.
  5. The maximum drawer width of 800mm.

Tips for the uninitiated

  1. Don’t use units that scream Ikea, you know the ones with the quirky look and funny handles that only the Scandinavians could love.
  2. Use an experienced Ikea installer.
  3. Don’t use Ikea appliances, they usually have the Ikea badge plastered all over them and they are usually pretty ordinary. If you shop well you can usually get nice European appliances for the same price but that’s a subject for another day.

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Tucson Waste Management Planning

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Tucson in Arizona is a great city to live in, and one of the specific aspects is great government planning in the domains of waste management, recycling, city planning and sustainability.

They are undergoing many changes at Planning and Development Services to include software upgrades and process improvements. The Department contact information can be accessed on their Contact Us & Hours of Service page. They are focused on creating a positive customer experience and encouraging economic investment in Tucson.

It is easy to find Tucson City Government Planning & Development Services Center in Tucson with their address, phone number from Yahoo US Local. This includes Tucson City Government Planning & Development Services Center Reviews, maps & directions to Tucson City Government Planning & Development Services Center in Tucson and more from Yahoo US Local like Tucson roll-off container rental services, junk removal and recycling facilities and green initiatives.

There you can learn more about the Planning Center, their consultations, Landscape architects, land planning, landscape Design, etc. The Planning Center is located at 110 S Church Ave Ste 6320 in Tucson, AZ – Pima County and is a business listed in the categories City & County Government, Landscape Contractors & Designers, Market Analysis Business & Economics, City Regional & Town Planners, Market Analysis, Business & Economic.

Tucson City Planning Department in Tucson Arizona is a great contributing element for a greener Tucson City, find their Tucson City Planning Department, the Building Department, in Tucson, AZ 85701, with address and phone number. Building Departments provide information on certificates of occupancy (CO), building codes, construction codes, inspections, safety, violations, permits, community planning, zoning and more. Membership is a good way to show your support for TRRG goals. If you are a resident of Tucson and committed to TRRG goals, you can join. Members are included in all activities, information sharing and voting. $10 per year helps the group cover printing, meeting and other maintenance costs.

Tucson Residents for Responsive Government, TRRG for short, is a grassroots coalition of City of Tucson residents seeking a more meaningful voice in City of Tucson government. TRRG’s goal is to effect concrete change in the way the City of Tucson interacts with its residents to ensure that all City processes reflect integrity and transparency, and this includes recycling and junk removal services.

Visit the City of Tucson Online Employment Center as well fro more in-depth information! Scroll down on the website to view a list of all jobs in waste management for which they are currently accepting applications. To view a job bulletin, you should click on the job title or job number which are links to the bulletin.

In addition the Pima Association of Governments is a nonprofit metropolitan planning organization with Transportation Planning, Environmental Planning and Technical Services divisions. These divisions coordinate efforts with all the local jurisdictions in Pima County, and with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O’odham Nation.

Another one is the Financial Planning for Government Employees. Financial planning for retirement is different for government employees than for people employed in the private sector. The benefits system for these employees is complex. However, it provides some benefits that most workers in the private sector do not have. You can find the hours and phone number for Pima County Government, Health Department, Family Planning, in Tucson, AZ on our family planning services listings, along with info about family planning clinic opening times and adoption services.…

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Top Features Of Profitable Rental Property

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Owning a rental property can be a lucrative way of earning long-term income, especially when you select the perfect tenants. But the real estate business is tough, and first-time property rental owners may find the process of becoming a landlord daunting.

Let us take a look at some of the features Kale Realty broker considers a profitable rental property.

1. Neighborhood

The quality of the neighborhood where the property is placed can attract the right type of tenants for your rental property. For example, if you have a property that is at a school district in Chicago, your vacancy rate may increase. Families with stable jobs may contact you to rent your property. When your property is near a University campus, your tenants are more likely to be students.

2. A Single-Family Property

If you are new to the tenant-landlord business, investing in a single-family property first is an excellent way to start in this business. Compared to a multi-family home, smaller properties have easier upkeep. Moreover, there is less likelihood of wear and tear on the property. When something breaks, you will only have to fix a few things.

3. A Rental With A Written Lease

Although the property owner establishes the written lease, having one can line up your expectations as a tenant. These include termination fees, payment dates and of pets are allowed. The contract will also state what kind of condition the property should be if renters decide to leave. The lease will basically contain all the rules the tenant needs to follow.

4. A Home With An Outdoor Space

Prospective renters want to enjoy a cozy are where they can entertain their friends and family over. Generally, tenants are not that picky when it comes to an outdoor space. As long as it is useable and private, they can simply put their personal touches on it. Outdoor space also allows the tenants to use lights and other decorative furnishings of their choice.

5. A Semi-Furnished House

If you are renting out a small property, consider semi-furnishing it as it helps increase your tenancy rate. For example, if you are renting out a one bedroom apartment near a university, chances are, students will rent the space. These prospect renters may not own any furniture, so it is best to set the dining room and living room for them. You can also throw in bed frames.

6. Location Near Amenities

A rental near a public transit and other amenities are definitely lovely to renters. Properties like these tend to have a high tenancy rate because of the convenience the place provides. College students love places like these, and their parents often guarantee tenants of at least four years of rent.

Keep these features that Kale Realty provided in mind when selecting your rental property. When you do, you will surely avoid costly real estate investment mistakes.…

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Roff-off Rental Offer

dumpster in the park
The rental of a dumpster is probably the rental you need to get rid of all your bulky items.

Let’s keep our nature clean. Our website offers you several types of skip options, with several possible cubicles, and different mechanisms to choose from.

Dump rental for demolition

The demolition work being done on your property is causing much more debris and waste than you had imagined. To get rid of these bulky debris, you can acquire a rental dumpster which will simplify the mission of waste disposal.

Tipper rental for gardening

After a good week of gardening work, you have congested a part of your garden with the many green waste. To evacuate this recyclable waste, and to limit the tiring journeys, you can choose the hiring of a roll-off.

Tipper rental for green spaces

You have totally redesigned the layout of your green spaces, and this has generated a lot of waste. Indeed, following the pruning of some trees, the cutting of the largest hedges, and the displacement of several cubic meters of earth, green waste must be evacuated through the hiring of a bucket.

Storage bin rental

Your country house has been totally emptied to be completely renovated. You took the opportunity to sort and get rid of old furniture, old books, and everything that was no longer needed inside. To move this waste become cumbersome dump, choose the hiring of skips.

What volume for tipper rental?

You need a bucket to evacuate a maximum of waste, but you do not know what volume will be necessary. Be aware that there are several models and different cubicles in any tipper rental company.

12 m3 bucket rental

You hesitate on the cubage that you have to choose for your next rental of skips. Waste management companies are at your disposal and can answer all your questions, either by mail or by phone. For more information we recommend taking some pictures of the waste to be evacuated.

Tipper rental 20 m3

You have accumulated a lot of waste, this can be the result of a demolition site, construction, or renovation. To get rid of these bulky waste materials as soon as possible, you can call a waste disposal company renting bins.

Dumpster rental for private use

As an individual, you also have the right to consider renting bins. Indeed, this service is not only offered to professionals. For all rentals, we recommend that you first request a quote that will take into account your needs in terms of volume, mechanism and duration.

Professional dumpster rental

If you are a professional specialized in gardening, do-it-yourself, renovation work, then you will probably have to plan the rental of skips. Many companies specialize in this type of rentals and have a wide range of equipment to meet a maximum of needs.…

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