Taking the trash out is a task we all have to deal with regularly. While it might seem pretty straightforward, there are a lot of mistakes homeowners make that cause the process to be difficult or can even lead to penalties. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common residential trash mistakes and how to avoid them.
- Not separating recyclables
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is not separating recyclables from regular trash. Make sure to separate paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal into your recycling bin. Most municipalities require separate bins for trash and recyclables, so check with your local waste management provider for specific requirements.
- Overloading your trash bin
Another mistake many homeowners make is overloading their trash bins. Overloading your bin can make it difficult for the garbage truck to pick it up, and can also result in scattered trash. If you have more trash than usual, consider renting a dumpster or contacting your waste management provider to see if it offers additional pickups.
- Not knowing what can, or cannot, be thrown away
It’s important to know what can, and cannot, be thrown away. Hazardous waste, such as batteries, chemicals, and electronics, should be disposed of properly. Many municipalities have specific guidelines on hazardous waste disposal, so check with your local waste management provider. Additionally, some items, like mattresses or large appliances, may require special disposal arrangements.
- Putting trash out on the wrong day
Putting trash out on the wrong day is an easy mistake to make. Check with your waste management provider to find out what day and time your trash should be put out. Mark your calendar, or set a reminder on your phone to ensure that you remember.
- Not securing your trash
Loose trash can easily blow away and create a mess in your neighborhood. Be sure to secure your trash in your bin or dumpster. If you have large items that can’t fit in your bin, consider breaking them down into smaller pieces or contacting your waste management provider for assistance.
By avoiding these common residential trash mistakes, you can make the process smoother and less stressful. If you have questions or concerns about your trash collection, don’t hesitate to contact Trash Away Sanitation at 770-668-4871. We serve Locust Grove and McDonough, GA as well as the surrounding areas, and we’re here to help!