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by Brenna Timm 

litter in fort collins

Litter in Our city

Whether we are enjoying window-shopping in downtown or playing with the kids in a park, we are constantly faced with litter. This can be anything from cigarette butts to the plastic wrapped used for your picnic. It is hard to ignore our waste when we have a big renovation project. However, when we are traveling the town, what we do with our trash slips to the back of the mind. So, what really is litter, and what are the consequences?

Cigarette butts

Through the years, smoking has gone through waves of popularity and acceptance, and it is still something commonplace. It also seems common for used cigarettes to be scattered in the grass or along the streets. The solution is to find an ashtray, which are usually spread around city in clear places. But here’s why it is so important: cigarette butts are not biodegradable. In past decades, cigarette filters were made using cotton, a natural material capable of decay through living organisms. Recently, we changed the filters to be made with plastic. Plastic doesn’t break down from living organisms, making it long lasting and potentially dangerous. Consider learning more about cigarettes and the environment here.

Plastics and Trash

It can be easy to lose a plastic bag to the wind. It’s easy to miss the trash can and leave your leftovers lying about. However, this doesn’t mean they easily go away. As mentioned, plastic isn’t biodegradable, so it won’t just disappear. There are times that animals find the left behind trash and try to eat it or collect it. Also, having our litter in public places makes them feel less inviting. Who really wants to walk through Old Town if there is a bunch of trash up against all of the buildings? Take care to keep an eye on your waste so it doesn’t blow away.

Beyond the City

The littering problem is about more than just the inner workings of a city. It travels up into the mountains, threatening the natural environment we wish to keep untainted. A recent Coloradoan article by Jacy Marmaduke talks about the littering of shooting and non-shooting areas. Not only are old shells and orange clay left behind, but far stranger things like a satellite dish or a can of WD-40. This is a far greater problem than cleaning up after yourself.

The land isn’t our dumping ground, and we have created ways to deal with our litter and trash. Now we need to use them. 839

by Brenna Timm 

 

Tangled in E-Waste

It’s been years since you cleaned out your garage, basement, or attic. Among the old family photos and Christmas decorations, you find your old VHS players, worn-out printers, and useless mp3s. We all have this stash of electronic waste, whether it is old charging and USB cables, or an unused cellphone. The pile grows with each new device that comes out. So, what can we do with our electronic leftovers? Some devices can be thrown away, but others must be recycled by law. Dumpster Rental can haul electronic waste, but it does not go into the normal roll-off dumpster. If this fits your needs, contact the office for more details.

However, you could drop off your devices to places specialized in electronics recycling. In the Fort Collins area, there are different stores and centers that allow you to dispose of your unwanted electronics.

Electronic Waste and More

These devices cannot be placed in a roll-off dumpster.

Electronic waste Recycling facilities

Some electronic recycling centers in the area include:

Best Buy
4040 S. College Ave., Fort Collins

City of Fort Collins: Timberline Recycling Center – Hard to Recycle Materials Yard
1903 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins

City of Loveland Recycling Center
400 N Wilson Ave., Loveland

Eco-Thrift
314 N. Howes St., Fort Collins

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity ReStore
4001 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins

Larimer County Electronic Recycling Center
5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins

Office Depot
2216 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins

 

questions to ask yourself

When considering making a trip to a facility near you, there are some additional things to consider.

Does the electronic still work? If you have a TV, printer, cable, etc. that still functions, consider donating the device to a second-hand store like Goodwill or the Habitat ReStore.

Does the facility have a fee? Some facilities charge a handling fee for electronic waste. This could be for all electronic waste or simple large items. Be sure to check the website or call ahead before being surprised on your trip over.

Can the device go back to the parent company? A number of companies will accept end-of-life devices in order to reuse systems and parts. If you have a product under Dell, HP, Apple, Gateway, or Toshiba, consider contacting them to find out more.

 

Electronic waste shouldn’t just be thrown out with the rest of your trash. Properly recycling or donating devices is the best course of action.

by Brenna Timm 

 

Discover fort collins

At 5,003 feet above sea level, Fort Collins is a city hugging the foothills and growing east towards the plains. Populated with over 150,000 people, Fort Collins is constantly growing. Known for its craft beer, Colorado State University, and unique lifestyle, this city thrives on the new and old coming together. Old Town is one of the epicenters of the city’s culture, due to the multitude of specialty shops, artisan galleries, and restaurants catering to the diverse population.

Another attractive feature of the city is the close proximity to the mountains. A short drive can get you to Horsetooth Rock or the reservoir below sharing its name. From the mountains, the Cache la Poudre River flows through the city with the spring runoff. Further, into the mountains, the Rocky Mountain National Park is an hour’s drive away. Many famous ski resorts nestled high on the snowy caps are a few hours drive from the city, which encourages outdoor sports. The dynamic economy matches the significant presence of international technology companies like HP, the growth of micro and macro breweries, and regional-serving medical facilities. Fort Collins is a city mixed with the new and the old, nature and technology.

The city itself has received nation-wide recognition for various achievements, such as being in the top 20 of the 100 Best Places to Live in 2017 and 2018. Other awards include Best Places to Raise a Family, Best Performing Cities, and #1 City in America for Cycling.

Fort Collins seen from Horsetooth Rock

Serving Fort Collins

Due to the geographic location, national fame, and constant change, Fort Collins is desirable for buyers and investors. Many people want to make a home stand out or create their dream home. Renovations are common choice because it can increase your home’s value or help find a new tenant. For such projects, easy and manageable waste removal is something Dumpster Rental can provide. Dumpster Rental can provide you with various dumpster sizes and deliver to your place. Whether your home or business is in an open lot or has a small alley, Dumpster Rental can maneuver the dumpster wherever you need.

Dumpster Rental is a local company ready to assist you in your renovation adventure. Originally a dumpster company of the 1990’s in Colorado Springs, Dumpster Rental moved their business to Fort Collins in 2012. Since then, they have been serving Fort Collins and the surrounding areas with a passion. Dumpster Rental has been assisting the community with renovations, remodels, landscaping, house cleanups, and so much more. If you see a project like these in your future, consider using the local service of Dumpster Rental to save you time and money.

by Brenna Timm

Where can you Recycle?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This mantra is drilled into us and our children over the years as we have become more aware of our environment and turning ‘trash’ into ‘treasure’. Whenever you begin your construction project or emptying out your house, your goal is to get rid of as much waste as you can. Dumpster Rental provides services for you to get rid of the your project’s trash. However, what about recyclables? In particular, items like plastic bags, bottles, electronics, and furniture. Dumpster Rental can assist you with recycling your items, but there are opportunities where you can recycle.

Plastic bags like grocery bags should not be put in the dumpster along with your waste. Instead, Fort Collins and the surrounding area provides places for you to drop off plastic bags. King Soopers stores around town have bins specifically for recycling plastic bags and film, usually found in the front entrance. Below is a list of sites that accept plastic bags along with other recyclables such as aluminum cans and #1-#7 bottles and jars. For more specifics on what each recycle site does, check here.

City of Fort Collins: Timberline Recycling Center
1903 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins

City of Loveland Recycling Center
400 N Wilson Ave., Loveland

Larimer County Recycling Drop-off Center
5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins

Lowes Home Improvement
4227 Corbett Dr., Fort Collins

WalMart Supercenter
1250 E Magnolia St., Fort Collins

Super Target
2936 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins

Other recyclables

Other sites around town have similar bins and centers that accept different items meant for recycling, such as electronics. Electronics like TVs and phones can be accepted by Dumpster Rental due to a Colorado Senate Bill. Many major businesses such as Best Buy, Target, Verizon and more will accept old electronics regardless of their usability.

There is another option if you have bigger items like chairs, tables, or couches you want to get rid of. If they are in acceptable condition, various second-hand stores will take your unwanted items as donations. Such places include Goodwill, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity Restore, arc Thrift Stores, and Thrift Rite.

Fort Collins Recycle and Donation Centers
Fort Collins Donation Centers
by Brenna Timm

 

Making your construction project successful

Construction sites can be a mess, whether it is for a new business remodel or a home addition. Managing the mess you make is necessary for peace of mind and a smooth process. For such construction projects, a roll-off dumpster is an easy way to get rid of your waste. In addition to having a roll-off dumpster, there are various tips and tricks you can utilize in order to make your dumpster use as painless as possible.

The most important piece in preparing for your construction project begins with the placement of your roll-off dumpster. All dumpsters available from Dumpster Rental can fit in most drive ways. It is the details that you consider later that are the most important. One such detail is whether you want the door of the dumpster to open? Do you want the door completely open, or only partially? Are there any obstructions at your construction site or driveway that could hinder the door opening? Do you want water to drain a certain direction? These are the questions you must ask yourself in order to start your project on the right note. If there are any special instructions you have for your dumpster drop-off, please make sure to note that in your contact form.

Construction Tips

Quick Tip: If you are disposing an empty five gallon bucket, fill it with something first so you avoid paying for empty air.

making your experience easier

Now it is time for the dirty work as you begin to fill the dumpster. Here are some additional tips that can make your construction project and your life easier.

  • Create a ramp system– If you have the door open, a ramp system will allow you to wheel in heavy material to the back of the dumpster, instead of waste piling up at the front end. This is best for construction waste like tile, mortar, and plaster.
  • Stack orderly- You may just want to throw your debris away and keep moving, but that can waste valuable space. Large flat material such as drywall and plywood should lie flat on the bottom. Other material like long boards and planks should be oriented parallel to each other.
  • Landscaping waste– Due to the light, compressible nature of leaves and grass, put this material towards the bottom of the dumpster. Heavier materials like branches should go on top in sizable pieces, all lined the same direction.

Construction is often dreaded as a harsh task, despite the glamorous outcome. By considering the information above, you can make your construction project more manageable, safe, and orderly.