7 Earth-Saving Recycling Practices You Can Start Today!

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In today’s world, where environmental concerns are more pressing than ever, the importance of recycling cannot be overstated. For homeowners, embracing effective recycling practices is not just a way to contribute to a greener planet, but it also sets a precedent for responsible living. From reducing landfill waste to conserving natural resources, the benefits of recycling are far-reaching.

In this article, we explore seven simple yet impactful recycling practices that you can start implementing in your home today.

Understanding Recycling Practices

Before diving into these practices, let's understand what recycling entails.

Recycling is more than just throwing old items in a blue bin; it's a thoughtful process of waste management that helps preserve our natural resources and reduce environmental pollution.

Did you know that recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to power a TV for three hours?

That’s the kind of impact recycling can have!

1. Start Composting Kitchen Waste

A significant portion of household waste is organic. By starting a compost bin, homeowners can turn kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil for their gardens.

Not only does this reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, but it also provides your garden with a fantastic, natural fertilizer.

Setting up a compost bin is easy: choose a spot in your yard, and start adding your vegetable peels, fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells.

2. Set Up a Home Recycling Center

A well-organized home recycling center is key to effective recycling practices.

Dedicate a space in your home for separating recyclables - plastics, glass, metals, and paper. Use separate bins and label them clearly.

This small setup can significantly streamline your recycling process and ensure that recyclables don’t end up in the trash.

3. Reuse and Repurpose

Before you throw something away, think if it can be reused. Old jars can become storage containers, and an empty cereal box can be transformed into a magazine holder.

Repurposing items not only reduces waste but also sparks creativity in your home.

4. Opt for Recyclable and Eco-Friendly Products

When shopping, look for products with recyclable packaging or those made from recycled materials. Many companies now prioritize eco-friendly packaging, making it easier for homeowners to make sustainable choices.

Additionally, investing in reusable items like cloth shopping bags and glass or plastic water bottles can significantly reduce your household's waste.

5. Stay Informed About Local Recycling Guidelines

Recycling rules can vary by location, so it’s important to stay informed about your community's specific guidelines. This ensures that your efforts are effective and that recyclable items aren’t contaminated. Most municipalities have websites or hotlines where you can get this information.

6. Reduce Paper Usage

In our digital age, reducing paper usage is easier than ever. Opt for online subscriptions for magazines and newspapers, and use digital platforms for note-taking and organizing.

When you do use paper, make sure to recycle it properly. Remember, reducing comes before recycling in the waste hierarchy.

7. Participate in Community Recycling Programs

Many communities offer special recycling programs for electronics, hazardous materials, or large items.

Participating in these programs ensures that these materials are handled safely and responsibly. It’s also a great way to connect with neighbors who share a commitment to sustainability.


Adopting these seven recycling practices can significantly impact your home's waste footprint and contribute positively to environmental conservation. Remember, every small action counts when it comes to protecting our planet.

Let’s make recycling a habit that future generations will thank us for!

Start implementing these recycling practices in your home today and share your experiences with your community. Together, we can make a substantial difference in our world, one recyclable item at a time.

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How long are your rentals?

We offer 3 options 3 days, 7 days, and 10 days. If you wish to keep the dumpster longer than the initial rental period, the fee is $10/day. If you have a commercial or construction project, we offer a 14 day rental with an overage fee of $5 a day. We also offer custom pricing to fit your needs. If you need custom pricing, give us a call.

What happens if I keep it longer than the rental period?

We charge a $10/day fee after the initial rental period is over. For those taking advantage of our construction project pricing, the overage feee is $5/day. If you need a dumpster for a bigger construction project or commercial project, we would love to talk.

When should I have my dumpster delivered?

We recommend you have your dumpster delivered the day before you need it for a project.

Not only do we recommend this, but we have built our pricing structure around it. We don’t count the dumpster delivery day or the dumpster pick up day in the rental period.

You can be confident you will be able to use your dumpster for the full 3, 7, or 10 days when you rent from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Do you offer same day dumpster delivery?

In most cases, we can provide same day delivery. Call us for availability and so we can provide a rush for your order.

We know situations change, or other dumpster companies back out. We are here for you when that occurs. And will do everything we can to get you a dumpster so you can start your project.

We, however, recommend that you plan ahead, if at all possible. Booking your dumpster delivery a day before your project begins will ensure it is available for you to use the moment you're ready to start your project.

As mentioned above, we won't ever penalize you for ordering your dumpster delivery a day before. You will always get the full days for which you booked.

How do I prepare my site for dumpster delivery?

Ensure the area is free from vehicles or other obstacles and is easily accessible for our delivery trucks.

Is there anything I can't put in the dumpster?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that the Denton County landfill won’t allow and a few other things that are allowed but require special care.

Not allowed:

  • No paint
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No chemicals
  • No rocks
  • No dirt
  • No concrete
  • No bricks
  • No shingles unless spread out over multiple dumpsters. If you are a roofing company, we can serve you, but please give us a call so we can talk about the best approach for your work site.

Allowed with exceptions:

  • Appliances are allowed, but there is a $10 charge per larger appliance item, such as a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, etc.
  • Please let us know if you place appliances in the dumpster, and how many, we are required to take those to a different area of the dump when disposing of them.
  • If you are demolishing a brick house, items such as rocks, dirt, concrete, bricks, and shingles, you would be better off with a dump trunk rather than a dumpster.

What should I do if I have paint to dispose of?

If you have paint you need to dispose of, you can put kitty litter in it and once it has dried, your county/city will have a facility that you can take it to.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Prices can vary depending on location, length of rental and weight of what you are disposing of but, for most customers, dumpsters start at are $375 for a medium sized (15 Cubic Yard) dumpster and $400 for a large (20 Cubic Yards) dumpster.

What is the difference between a 15 yard and a 20 yard?

They are identical except that the 15 yard is 4 foot tall. The 20 yard is 6 foot tall. All our dumpsters have barn doors that open on the back, so you can completely walk into them, making it easy to load them efficiently.

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