Recycling In Watauga County

Recycling In Watauga County

Everything You Need To Know All information found in Watauga County recycling guidelines What Can’t Be Recycled? Wire Fences Propane Tanks Aerosol Cans Liquids & Foods Medical Waste Clothing Treated wood Plastic Shopping Bags (Can be recycled at all grocery stores) Compost Used napkins, paper towels, tissues Items coated in plastic/ wax Water hoses Window glass Rigid Plastics Items That Can Only Be Recycled At The 336 Landfill Road In Boone Hazardous Waste Materials (household cleaners, wood polish, etc.) only on HHW day – Found on Calendar Old wheels & tires Cooking oil/ grease Used motor oil Yard Waste Household Appliances Electronics Materials Accepted At All Watauga Co. Convenience Centers Glass – All colors accepted Corrugated cardboard – Must be flattened Plastics – Except for plastic shopping bags Paper & pasteboard – Newspaper, junk mail, clean food boxes, etc. Tin & aluminum – Food containers should be rinsed clean Batteries & lightbulbs – *Large tube lights and car batteries go to main landfill site ONLY Sanitation Schedule Convenience Center Locations & Hours What Holidays Does Vixster Not Operate? We apologize to those customers whose scheduled pickup day falls on these holidays, and who will not have trash service for that week. Vixster may choose to add additional observed holidays in which routes will not occur. Vixster will not operate on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Day Easter The Fourth of…

Wasting Away – How Much Trash do You Produce?

By Robert Grigg Think twice about how much you consume or what you’re consuming. According to Duke University, the average person tosses around four pounds of trash, and about half of the 220 million tons of the stuff produced nationwide end up in our landfills, producing huge amounts of methane emissions while the garbage rots. Because of our large amounts of waste, it’s very important that we do what we can to cut back on what we contribute to the statistic. The two biggest ways to help reduce one’s footprint are: Recycling: reuse as much of those materials as you can, and make things last if you can, then be sure to send them through the right places when you’re done. In just 2014, we managed to recycle almost 90 percent of the year’s corrugated boxes! Composting: Approximately 66 percent of our household waste can be composted, so be sure to pay attention to what you use and look up information to understand what you can and can’t compost. It’s important to be conscientious about what and how much you’re throwing away, but what one absolutely must throw out or put in the recycle bin, you can count on the great folks at Vixster to pick it up and take it where it needs to be. For more information, visit https://center.sustainability.duke.edu and https://www.epa.gov. Feel free to look up your own sources as…

Trash to Gas: Landfills Aren’t the End of the World

By Robert Grigg While the ever-increasing number and size of landfills are certainly problems that shouldn’t be perpetuated, your trash isn’t necessarily just a useless environmental hazard. Due to the nature of how things decompose, landfill gas (LFG) is emitted from these large trash piles. Composed of 50% methane and 50% CO2, landfills can provide a source of “natural” gas. Using a combination of wells and pipe systems, people can harvest these gasses for use as an alternative fuel. Doing this can help offset some of the costs of using other fuels, and is already being used in a number of fields such as the auto industry, food processing, water treatment, and even institutions such as prisons and hospitals. The concept of harvesting natural gas from landfills is already relatively popular, so while you should cut back on your waste disposal, your trash might possibly be harvested as gas in a sense. For more information on landfill gas and its uses, visit The EPA’s website, or check out this cool illustration below found on Advanced Disposal.com…

Become A Garbage Day Master With These Tips

By Benjamin Forcier Let’s face it…dealing with trash stinks. Making a few changes to your routine can make it monumentally easier, saving you from smells, messes, and those little things that can really grind your gears. Liquid Protection Made Simple Seeping smelly liquids can be a nightmare when it’s time for the bag to come out of the can. Adding a handful of cat litter and a couple sheets of a newspaper to the bottom of your can and new bags will make your Kitchen trash-can leak, liquid and smell-resistant. Because nobody enjoys dealing with garbage juices. Stubborn Trash-can Suction Can be Beat It’s happened to everybody: you pull your bag out of the trash bin and the whole can comes up with it, followed an embarassingly awkward wrestling match between you and a trash-can. Show that pesky conundrum who’s boss and drill a couple small holes at the bottom of your bin to beat the suction and protect your pride from garbage receptacles. Water Filling Up Your Outdoor Bins? Chore-doing teenagers and husbands everywhere dread the weekly trash haul when collection day rolls around. Going to take out the trash to find a garbage bin full of rainwater can be a real niusance. Drill some drain holes in the very bottom of the can to solve the problem and prevent any unnecessary surprises. Use Clips and Hooks for Stubborn, Slipping Bags If you’ve ever had to reach into a trash can to pull out the top of a trash bag that refuses to stay in place, you’ll be as delighted as I was to learn about a simple fix. To stabilize your trash bag/ trash-can relationship, use some adhesive hooks to hold drawstrings in place and a couple binder clips for bags that dont exactly fit the can. We at Vixster strive to make our services as convenient and easy to use as possible. Check out some FAQs and other tips for trash day at our website…

Seven Reasons To Recycle

By Robert H Grigg & Benjamin Forcier Thanks to extensive marketing efforts over the years, plenty of people know that recycling is a greatly beneficial act, and many perform it, too. However, besides generic statements of “protecting the environment,” many still do not know what recycling can specifically bring to the table. As detailed by the United States EPA, here are seven of the most noticeable benefits of recycling: Reduces waste sent to landfills and incinerators (less burned materials means less pollutants released into the air)(Link to blog about trash burning?) Conserves natural resources (cut back on harvesting things like wood, water, or fossil fuels) Reduces the need to collect new raw materials (machinery and vehicles are needed to harvest and transport materials, burning fossil fuels in the process) By making recycled materials more common, sustainable goods made out of those materials will become more affordable. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy Helps sustain the environment for future generations (saving resources and lowering pollution) Creates jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries (people are needed to work in recycling plant as well as the product plants that use the recycled materials) If you wish to learn more about recycling in general, please visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics on the EPA website, or feel free to look up articles on your…

Reduce and Reuse: Cutting out plastic water bottles

By Robert Grigg Plastic water bottles are a fairly popular product, especially in the Americas. It’s understandable why, too: they’re portable, already filled, cold, and often filtered. The convenience they provide is great, however, the environment isn’t so fond of them. These commodities produce a huge amount of waste, with America alone using 50 billion of them yearly. On top of this, the recycle rate is only at 23%, meaning that less than a quarter of these are recycled and repurposed. Of course, you may be a very dedicated recycler and make sure that these bottles end up in the proper facilities, but even then their production still isn’t eco-friendly. America’s consumption of bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil to produce annually, and on top of this, these bottles are much more expensive for the consumer than if they were to just use a reusable bottle and filter. The cheaper plastics in the disposable bottles aren’t meant to be reused without proper treatment either, meaning that their degradation may pose health risks to consumers over longer periods of time. While Vixster prides ourselves on providing a great pickup service for your trash and recyclables, we still promote more sustainable practices in everyday life. For more information on bottled water, feel free to visit https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/ or look up other sources at your…