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Mattress Removal

The process of removing an old mattress with the intention of disposal or recycling. Most mattresses can be recycled and that is the preferred method of mattress removal today. Some landfills no longer accept mattresses and if they do, there may be a large fee for disposal. Instead, a recycling company may use nearly all the old mattress by dismantling it and using the materials for other products. Professional mattress removal services will transport the used mattress to the recycling center.

Open Top Container

As the name suggests, open top containers are large bins without attached lids, typically constructed of heavy galvanized steel and coming in a wide range of shapes and sizes. These containers are used to hold materials that must be lifted by heavy equipment, such as cranes or crabs. A portion of the container wall may be swiveled out for easy unloading of the materials inside, once they have reached their specified location.

Printer Recycling

The process of disposing of old, unwanted printers by careful dismantling of the device so the parts can be used in other components. Some computer retail centers will buy back old printers for the purpose of recycling them. There are also professional services that specialize in the removal of printers from homes or offices for the purpose of recycling them. Printer recycling keeps used components out of landfills and allows for the reuse of materials without using additional natural resources from the environment.

Renewable Energy

A type of energy that comes from natural sources, such as the wind, sun or water. Some of the most common types of renewable energy include solar energy, hydroelectric power and hydrogen. Renewable energy is a preferred energy source over many types of energy commonly used to day because it is virtually unlimited. The environment continues to provide the sources of energy like these, ensuring there will always be plenty of resources to go around.

Road Grading

A process used to level land surfaces for paving, restore current roads to original driving surface or provide necessary drainage for roadways. The procedure for road grading involves the use of heavy machinery, including a motor grader that removes potholes and other road depressions by filling them with appropriate material before paving. Road grading success is dependent on the amount of moisture on the road base during grading, the weather conditions and the speed of motorists during the process.

Roll-Off Containers

Special containers, often waste receptacles, designed to be rolled on and off of transport vehicles. The containers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, but are typically too large and heavy to be transported through other means. The containers are carried on the flatbed of the truck, and then lifted and carefully rolled off the trailer when they make it to their location. A permit is usually required to have a roll-off container at your home or business.

Rubbish Removal

The process of removing unwanted items and trash from a home or business. Rubbish removal is typically handled by a professional waste management service that provides customers with specific guidelines as to how to collect rubbish and place it curbside for pickup. In some cases, rubbish removal might require special handling, such as in the case of hazardous waste. It might also involve taking some items to a recycling center to remake them into new products.

Septic Systems

With a large range of sizes to choose from, septic systems are designed to manage sewage when sewage treatment plant is not readily accessible. Septic systems consist of a septic tank, a drain field and the land beneath the drain field. Household waste is collected in the septic tank for pretreatment before getting sent through the drainage pipes into the trenches in the drain field. When it reaches the trenches, the waste is slowly absorbed into the soil below.

Skid Steer

A relatively small vehicle that uses a wide range of attachments on the front to complete a variety of construction and landscaping projects. Although tools are attached to the front of the truck, the skid steer differs from other types of front loaders because the hinges attaching the front tool are located behind the driver. Modern vehicles offer fully enclosed cabs and additional features that provide better safety and performance over older models of these vehicles.

Stump and Brush Removal

A professional service that removes tree stumps as well as the sprouts that can begin to regrow from the roots of the tree. Tree stumps are often left to decay naturally once a tree is cut down, but this is a long process that can take many years to complete. Instead, some homeowners opt to have a professional company come in with heavy machinery to cut away at the stump for easier removal. Chemicals or burning processes can also be used to remove unwanted stumps.

Tear Down

The process of home demolition that is frequently the preliminary step in a home improvement project. Before the new can come in, the old must go through destruction and removal of the current structure. In some cases, a remodeling company might handle the tear down process, but companies that specialize in the demolition process make it as safe and mess-free as possible. Tear down might involve a single element in a room, a full room or the entire building, depending on the scope of the project.

Tire Recycling

The process of reusing tires that are no longer appropriate for use on vehicles. Tire recycling has become a popular trend in recent years, as rubber mulch has become more practical in playgrounds, parks and residential landscaping. Tire recycling can also be used as an aggregate in asphalt pavement and concrete products. When tires are recycled, they do not take up space in landfills, where they create pollution into the environment by trapping methane gases.

Trash Compactor

Large machines that condense waste into smaller amounts for easier disposal. Smaller trash compactor devices may be found in homes, while larger, commercial machines are used by landfills and waste management facilities. Many different types of waste can be placed into a trash compactor, including dry garbage like paper and boxes and wet trash like food waste. Trash compactors are especially good at compressing large, bulky items, greatly limiting the amount of space they must take up in a landfill.

Waste Can

A container specifically designed to hold waste and garbage of all kinds. Waste cans may be found inside homes to collect food waste, used papers and other unwanted items. Larger waste cans, known as dumpsters, are located outside commercial buildings and apartments, for the collection of larger volumes of garbage. All waste cans must be emptied regularly, so that professional collection companies can handle the safe and responsible elimination of the waste through recycling or other methods.

Yard Waste

Waste generated by maintenance of outdoor spaces such as lawns and gardens. Yard waste may consist of grass clippings, flower cuttings and leaves. This type of waste is biodegradable, meaning it will return to an original state through natural processes over an extended period of time. When yard waste is separated from other types of waste for collection purposes, it can be taken directly to a recycling center where it can be transformed into compost. Landfills are not permitted to accept yard waste in most cases