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Kicked to the Curb: 5 Tips for Trash Removal to Prevent Garbage Issues

When you set your garbage on the curb, you expect to see it disappear soon afterward. Unfortunately, there may be a time or two where this is not the case. The company could opt not to pick up your trash—but why? If you aren't sure why your garbage service has been fulfilled, or if you have another issue with trash, consider these tips as your guide to proper waste disposal.

1. Completely Close Your Trash Can's Lid

If you are unable to close the lid of your trash container, it is entirely possible that it will not be picked up. You may need to hold on to some of your waste until the next trash-pickup day. Additionally, you may want to consider upgrading your container size if you find that this is a common issue with your garbage cans. For instance, you might have had a new roommate move in and now need a container suitable for two people rather than one.

2. Close Bags Tightly

Spilled bacteria leads to foul odors and a discolored and gross trash can. Reduce the amount of bacteria that builds up in your trash container by ensuring that each bag is closed up tightly. You may also consider hosing out your trash can on a regular basis to ensure that it does not become unhealthy to haul. This also prevents insects from making your container their new home.

3. Throw Out the Right Things

You may be tempted to place certain types of cleaning and maintenance items in the trash, but these are not actually designated for most services to pick up normally. This means you should avoid tossing out paint, paint thinner, oil, oil rags, and most insect-killing chemicals. You should also avoid throwing out batteries and flammables.

4. Don't Throw Out Medical Waste 

Just as many chemicals are off-limits, so is much medical waste. You should not throw away needles or anything that would need to be placed in a special container by medical staff before being thrown away.

5. Know Your Yard Waste

The only items that belong in the yard-waste bin are those that are considered part of greenery. You can use this container for leaves, hedge trimmings, houseplants, and grass clippings; however, you should never use it for metal, food, soil, or rocks.

You can prevent many of your trash can–related woes by following this guide and sticking to the requirements for each type of bin that you use. Talk to a company such as Sullivan Refuse Inc for more information.