5 Tips for Enjoying a Safe Camping Trip

Camping can be a great way to spend time in the great outdoors, but there are also certain dangers associated with camping that can quickly bring an end to your fun. To ensure you have a good time when camping, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind.

Tip #1: Implement Safe Fire Practices

Building a fire is an important part of any camping trip. Not only will it keep you warm, but it is also useful for cooking meals and for enjoying traditional campfire treats such as s’mores. When building a fire, be sure to avoid setting up under low trees and never leave the fire unattended. Before going to bed, make sure the fire is extinguished completely. If you used a grill with coals, check to see if the park or campground has hot coal containers where the coals can be safely tossed away.

Tip #2: Practice Animal Safety

When camping in the outdoors, you are sharing your space with a wide variety of animals. While wild animals generally are not interested in harming humans, accidentally frightening one or inadvertently tempting one with food can lead to trouble. Never approach a wild animal and be sure to make some noise while hiking so you do not accidentally sneak up on an animal. Food should be stored indoors or hung from trees in order to keep it away from bears, while trash should be tossed in bear-safe receptacles.

Tip #3: Stay Hydrated

It is easy to get caught up in all of the fun of camping that you forget to drink plenty of water. Yet, dehydration can lead to sickness that will put an immediate end to your fun. Since you will be spending time outdoors under the sun, your body will need even more water than usual. Keep a water bottle near you at all times and take a few drinks every hour, even if you aren’t feeling particularly thirsty.

Tip #4: Wear Bug Spray

Not only are bugs a nuisance, but some of their bites and stings can lead to serious health issues. Keep yourself safe while reducing your risk of lime disease or other conditions by putting on bug spray. One full-body spritz is enough to keep you protected from bugs throughout the night.

Tip #5: Be Aware of Poisonous Plants

If you are sticking to well-maintained trails, you likely will not encounter poisonous plants such as poison ivy. Nonetheless, even in well-maintained areas, there is always the risk of coming into contact with these plants. Therefore, it is important to learn how to identify the poisonous plants in the area where you are camping so you can be sure to avoid them. Keep an eye on children to ensure they are not coming into contact with or ingesting plants that could be dangerous to them.

By keeping these simple safety tips in mind, you will significantly increase your chance of staying safe and creating nothing but positive memories on your camping trip!

Simple Ways to Help Fight Climate Change: Part 2

As part of this two-part series exploring ways that you can help prevent climate change, we have mostly explored steps that you can take at home. In this second part, we will explore how to help outside of your home and within your community.

Explore Alternative Transportation Options

Finding ways to leave your car at home when going to work or running errands can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Walking whenever possible is the cleanest option. In addition, you will enjoy many health benefits with this simply option! Riding your bicycle is another option that is becoming increasingly easier to do with many communities adding bike lanes and paths for residents to enjoy.

If walking, riding a bike or using public transportation is not an option, you can still keep your waste down by properly maintaining your vehicle. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can improve your gas mileage by an average of 0.6 percent by ensuring your tires are properly inflated. In some cases, you can improve gas mileage by as much as three percent. A loose, cracked or damaged gas cap will also allow gas to escape from your tank as vapor, so be sure your gas cap is in good shape and always turn it until it clicks a few times to ensure it is properly in place.

Take Your Own Shopping Bags

Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down, during which time they are contaminating soil and waterways. In addition, plastic bags require a significant amount of energy to produce. To help reduce the number of plastic bags that are used throughout the country, consider taking your own shopping bags when you go shopping.

Plant a Tree

Whether on your property or in a community lot, look for ways to add more trees to the area around you. Not only do trades offer shade and a peaceful place to rest, but they also help to clean the air while putting more oxygen back into it. Explore your community and look for other places where you can add more trees and create greenspace for community members to enjoy while also helping to reduce the carbon footprint of your neighborhood.

Start Recycling Programs

If your community does not have a recycling program, talk to your legislators about getting one started. If a recycling program is in place, look for ways to get more residents to participate. You can do this in part by simplifying the process of collecting recyclables and making it an important part of your community. One way to accomplish this goal is to install Securr recycling receptacles in city parks, on the street and businesses. With the option to place logos on the bins, you can seek out business partners to serve as sponsors to help pay for the bins and their collection in exchange for the advertisement the bins can provide for their business.

Simples Ways to Help Fight Climate Change: Part 1

Taking steps to protect the environment is an important part of ensuring the Earth continues to a place to sustain life for thousands of years to come. As part of this two-part series, you will learn more about how you can help fight climate change as well as how Securr can help with that fight.

Get a Home Energy Audit

Conducting a home energy audit will help you learn more about how much energy you use in your home while also providing you with tips for reducing your energy consumption. Most homeowners cut their energy bills by anywhere from 5 to 50 percent after having a home energy audit conducted.

Use Clean Energy Options

Adding solar panels to your home is an excellent way to reduce your fossil fuel consumption. A growing number of solar panel options specifically designed for residential use are becoming available, including color panels that can be placed on your roof. You can also ask your utility company about buying clean electricity, as some offer clean alternatives to their customers. While you may have to pay slightly more for this electricity, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint while also helping to drive up the demand for alternative sources of energy.

Replace Your Lightbulbs

Replacing your lightbulbs with quality LED bulbs can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use while also extending the life of your bulbs. In fact, LED bulbs can last 25 times longer and use 75 percent less energy than other bulbs.

Make Smart Heating and Air Choices

A dirty filter in your HVAC system will make it work harder, thereby wasting energy. To prevent this energy loss, replace or clean your filters every three months. You can save additional energy by using a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your thermostat so it goes to a lower temperature during the winter or to a higher temperature during the summer when you are not home or when you are asleep.

Upcycle and Recycle Whenever Possible

Upcycling and recycling helps to reduce energy waste by eliminating the need to create new products. Of course, it also eliminates the amount of waste in landfills, thereby further helping to keep the Earth clean. There are many resources online with great ideas for upcycling projects, including those that involve making fun and interesting furniture from items that you would normally throw away. You can also recycle items other than plastics, papers and glass. For example, some retailers have recycling programs available for recycling clothing. With the average American throwing away almost 80 pounds of clothing per year, you can reduce your waste while also helping others when you choose to recycle your clothing instead.

To make recycling easier, Securr offers a number or bins and containers that are specifically designed for use with recycling programs. We also have clothing collection bins that can make it easier for you to collect and recycle clothing. From recycling containers with single slots to those with multiple slots to easily sort your recyclable materials, our bins come in a variety of different sizes and shapes that can be customized to meet your needs.

 

Eliminate Eyesores and Increase Safety with Cart Garages from Securr Trash

When it comes to waste removal, there are a number of options available to explore. Ideally, the option selected should be one that helps to efficiently and effectively remove waste without creating an eyesore in the process. Or, even better still, the option you select can help to further create the image that you wish to display for your employees, clients and others who may be visiting your business or organization. To help maintain an attractive appearance while still making waste removal simple, many businesses, parks and other locations choose to utilize a cart garage. To decide if a cart garage is the right option for you, it is a good idea to learn more about what is a cart garage, how they are used and the benefits that they have to offer.

What is a Cart Garage?

A cart garage is a sturdy metal enclosure that is used to house the wheeled plastic trash receptacles used for the curbside collection of waste. The plastic waste receptacle is simply placed inside of the cart with the lid turned down, thereby allowing waste to still be collected in the receptacle through the opening of the cart garage. When the plastic receptacle becomes full or when it is time to remove it for remove it for curbside collection, it can be easily wheeled out from the cart garage. The lid can then be folded back into place so that it closes the receptacle, which can then be wheeled to its pickup location.

What are the Benefits of Using a Cart Garage?

Cart garages make it possible to place garbage directly into the plastic, wheeled waste receptacle that is used for curbside removal. This makes it possible to effectively utilize the larger amount of space that can be found in these receptacles as opposed to smaller trash cans that need to be emptied multiple times. Not only does this make more efficient use of space, but it also eliminates the need to remove plastic garbage bags in order to place them in the pickup receptacle. This eliminates the potential for making additional messes while also reducing the risk of injury.

Where are Cart Garages Used?

Cart garages can be used virtually anywhere, including at residential locations, but they are particularly useful in areas where multiple receptacles are desired. For example, cart garages may be used to house waste receptacles along walking paths at parks, zoos or amusement parks. They may also be used in the workplace where multiple receptacles are desired in order to cover a large amount of space.

What Kind of Cart Garages are Available from Securr?

Securr offers cart garages in three sizes, capable of accommodating 95 gallon, 65 gallon and 32 gallon receptacles. These enclosures are available in a variety of different sizes and colors, including those with powder coat panels, stainless steel panels and solid bodies. It is also possible to put a laser cut logo on some of the cart garages, thereby allowing you to create an even more attractive garage for your business or organization.

Growing Your Business with Trash Receptacle Ads

 

Spreading the word about your business is one of the keys to helping to reach new clients and expand your business. A growing number of businesses are looking for creative ways to reach out to these potential customers, with trash can receptacle advertising becoming an increasingly more popular option. After all, it is relatively cheap, it is effective and the receptacles themselves also serve a useful purpose. When deciding on the type of ad that you want to place on your trash receptacle, however, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Target Audience

As with all types of advertisement, you need to first consider your target audience. Rather than create a generic ad, your ad should be geared toward your niche market so that it grabs the attention of potential customers.

Image

When determining your ad, you also need to consider the image that you wish to achieve with your advertising. Ideally, you want to reach the point where your target audience recognizes your logo to the point where you no longer even need to say your name, such as the arches of McDonald’s or the swoosh associated with Nike. By working toward building a consistent image, you will be able to make a long-lasting impression on potential customers.

Location

While you may have already decided that you want to advertise on trash receptacles, you also need to consider where those trash receptacles will be located. To reach your target audience, the receptacles should be located in an area where they are likely to see your ads. If you are advertising sports equipment, for example, ads on receptacles at a park would probably be a better option than ads on receptacles in the city. Research your target market to get a better idea of the best location for your ads.

Diversify

While you certainly want to create ads and place them in a location where you are the most likely to reach your target audience, you should also be sure to diversify your advertisements so you are not putting all of your eggs in one basket. As you research your target audience, consider all of the options that are available to you. This includes paying for ads in places other than just trashcans, such as in magazines, on billboards, on television or on the radio. Taking multiple approaches to advertising will give you a greater chance of effectively reaching your target market.

Monitor Your Ads

To determine the overall effectiveness of your ads, it is a good idea to monitor them and make tweaks as necessary. To assist with monitoring your ads, you can simply ask new customers to tell you where they heard about your company or organization. By keeping track of how you were able to reach new customers, you will have a better idea of where you should continue to filter your advertising dollars.

At Securr, we are pleased to offer a variety of different trash receptacles on which you can place your ads. Take a look at what we have to offer. We are sure you will find something that suits you!

Implement a Recycling Program at Your Business with the Help of Securr

Establishing a recycling program at your place of business is an essential part of being a responsible business owner. Not only does it demonstrate responsibility in terms of protecting and preserving the environment, but it also serves as a positive role model to your employers and your customers. By encouraging your employees and customers to participate in a recycling program, you reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills while also spreading an important message: recycling matters.

Implementing a Recycling Program at Your Workplace

Implementing a recycling program at your workplace is easier than you might realize. First, you need to obtain the proper receptacles to assist with the recycling process. You might be surprised to learn that there are many different types of recycling receptacles available from which to choose. Standalone recycling cans are designed to hold recyclables, while a multistream receptacle has separate areas designed for specific recyclable items or trash. With a standalone recycling receptacle, you will need to take it upon yourself to separate the glasses, plastics and other recyclable items. With a multistream receptacle, on the other hand, your employees and customers help with the separation process by tossing the appropriate item in the designated area.

At Securr, we are pleased to offer a number of multistream recycling bins from which to choose. If you simply want to collect waste and recycling in one can, we have double trash and recycling bins available. If you wish to break your trash and recycling down further, we have three-input and four-input varieties available. The bins are even available with lettering and other designations helping people to identify that the bin is to be used for recycling and the type of items that are to be placed in each input.

Enjoying the Benefits of Recycling

In addition to doing your part to protect the planet, implementing a recycling program at your business is a smart business decision. By doing so, you will be compliant with waste regulations while also being better prepared for potential future legislation. It can also help you to save money on your waste, as it is possible to enjoy a new income stream for your business by taking advantage of the rebates that are available for good quality cardboard, paper, plastics and other materials.

Of course, in order to fully enjoy these benefits, you will need to train your staff on the use of the equipment and teach them which types of items can be recycled. Contacting a waste management company to assist with this process can be helpful, as the company will help you with educating your workers while also forging a contract with you that allows for the prompt removal of all of your waste and recycling.  By working in cooperation with Securr, you can select the right receptacle to accommodate your needs while also choosing a design and a color that is well-suited to your business. In this way, you can enjoy the benefits of recycling while also keeping your business looking and running just the way you like.

Maintain Safety and Security with DHS-Compliant Trash Cans from Securr

In an effort to increase security while still providing options for proper refuse disposal, the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive stating “At certain locations, operators will be required to remove trash receptacles, except clear plastic or bomb-resistant containers” in reference to high-traffic public transportation centers. To address this directive, Securr has designed a number of Homeland Security compliant trash cans and recycling receptacles made from the highest grade Makrolon polycarbonate.

What is Makrolon Polycarbonate?

Offering a unique combination of properties, Makrolon Polycarbonate is a lightweight, transparent thermoplastic sheet material that is used where flame retardency, impact resistance and optical clarity are priorities. With a glass transition temperature of up tp 148 degrees Celsius, Makrolon Polycarbonate offers excellent heat resistance while also remaining impact resistant at even low temperatures. This makes these trash cans ideal for use at all of the following:

  • Airport Bus Stations
  • Commuter Rail Systems
  • Cruise Ship Terminals
  • Government Buildings
  • Stadiums and Arenas
  • Subway Systems

The Makrolon Polycarbonate material used in Securr’s products measures .236 or .093 thick varieties and won’t yellow. When used with clear bags, the contents inside the containers can be easily viewed by protective services. This helps to reduce the likelihood of bombs or other threatening devices being concealed within the containers. Meanwhile, the frames are constructed from corroision-resistant galvanealed steel that leaves the surface capable of accepting powder coating so it can be painted or receive vinyl decals.

Exploring Securr Options

At Securr, we offer a number of options for anyone who is looking for trash cans that meet the criteria established by the Department of Homeland Security. These include inndor and outdoor receptacles that are round or square in 35 gallon, 45 gallon and 55 gallon varieties. With 20 different design varieties available, you can choose the design that best suits the look of your space. You can further customize the look by choosing from one of several different colors or even having a company logo painted on the surface or laser cut ornamentation into the surface. Vinyl decals of virtually any size or shape can also be fabricated for further customization.

Of course, the trash cans also come with the features that consumers have come to expect from Securr. For example, the side opening doors make it easy to remove the waste from the side instead of from the top. Not only does this help to control the mess, but it also helps to prevent back injuries or other issues that can be caused when trying to pull the waste out from the top. A swing-out bag rack is also included for additional convenience.

When it comes to choosing the right trash receptacle for your business, there are a number of different factors to consider. While the receptacle is designed to hold waste, there is no reason for it to be unattractive or to otherwise not suit the décor of your business. With DHS-compliant trash cans from Securr, you can achieve the look you desire while still ensuring you are following the law and keeping your customers and employees safe.

Advertise Your Business with Logo Trash Cans from Securr

As a business owner, it is important to get the name of your business out to as many potential customers as possible. As such, businesses have looked for increasingly creative ways to display their logos and business name. One option that you might want to consider for advertising your business while also fulfilling a need within your establishment or community is to utilize a logo trash can.

What is a Logo Trash Can?

Simply put, a logo trash can is a waste receptacle that has the name of your business or your business logo on the side. Some cities actually help to pay for their waste management by renting trash receptacles with the logos and names of area businesses on the sides. In other cases, businesses choose to have their logos placed on their trash receptacles in order to create a more professional look while also helping to further advertise their business.

Logo Trash Cans from Securr

At Securr, we can utilize our unique in-house capabilities to fabricate a logo trash can or recycling bin to suit your business needs. In most cases, the logo is custom laser cut into the metal side panels before being attached to the container. A backing panel made from an offsetting color is then used to help make your logo really pop and come to life. Securr offers containers with several side panel style options, all of which are replaceable in case of damage or when in need of new design requirements.

If the custom laser cut option is not feasible, another option is to simply affix a custom logo made from a high-grade vinyl decal to the side of the container. These decals can be made in virtually any size, shape and color. Not only are they less costly than the custom laser cut option, but they are also easy to replace in case of damage. Standard decals that are available at no extra cost include Trash, Recycle, Aluminum, Glass and Plastic. The Recycle Symbol is also available at no extra cost. Custom lettering and graphics, however, are available with an upcharge.

Style and Function

In addition to providing a great way to advertise your business, trash receptacles from Securr offer an attractive and easy-to-use design available in colors such as white, black, sky blue, fir green, olive green and forest brown. Made from heavy-gauge corrosion resistant steel with UV-resistant textured powder coating, you can rest assured your trash receptacle will not rust under any environmental circumstances. Similarly, the side opening door allows for easy emptying, which also helps to reduce the risk of back injuries since the waste does not need to be removed from the top of the waste receptacle. To ensure the receptacle remains properly in place, it comes with bold down holes located on the inside of the container. The ADA-compliant receptacles also feature a rigid plastic liner, while swing-out bag racks are also available at no additional cost if preferred.

Handling Medical Waste with the Help of Securr

The proper handling of medical waste is essential. Not only are there laws and regulations that need to be adhered to, but poorly managed medical waste can create health hazards for health care workers, patients, waste handlers and anyone else who might come in contact with the waste. At Securr Trash, we offer a variety of medical waste products to help keep your workplace or business safe while also being in compliance with all ADA guidelines.

What is Medical Waste?

Medical waste is anything that is created when diagnosing, treating or immunizing people or animals. It can also be the waste that is created when researching and testing biological products. As such, medical waste is divided into four broad categories:

  • Infectious Waste: waste that could potential cause infections in humans, such as blood soaked bandages, cultures, human or animal tissue, discarded surgical gloves and stocks. Some items in this category may also be considered pathological waste, which is waste that either contains pathogens or may contain pathogens. This waste has to be treated using specific methods.
  • Hazardous Waste: Waste that can infect humans in a non-infectious way, including needles, syringes, discarded surgical instruments, culture dishes and other glassware. It can also include chemicals. Some hazardous waste may also be considered infectious waste depending upon how it was used and whether or not it was exposed to human or animal tissue prior to being discarded.
  • Radioactive Waste: Waste that results from cancer therapies, nuclear medicine treatments and medical equipment that uses radioactive isotopes. Pathological waste that has been contaminated with radioactive material is treated as radioactive waste.
  • Other General Waste: Waste that is no different from general household or office waste, such as plastics, paper and liquids. The majority of waste produced at medical facilities falls into this category.

Handling Waste With Securr Sharps and Pharmaceutical Medical Waste Containers

Securr Sharps and Pharmaceutical medical waste containers are ADA-compliant and ideal for use in hospitals, police and fire stations, pharmacies and retail outlets. Models are available for indoor and outdoor use, Securr’s medical waste kiosks offer a number of attractive features. These include an easy-to-use rotating chute door that prevents access to items after they have been deposited. The door can also be locked once the unit is full in order to prevent overfilling. The inner chute door is also constructed of stainless steel, while the back features a portal for easy viewing. Securr’s medical waste containers are also available in a variety of color options, including white and red.

The Destruction of Medical Waste

After medical waste has been collected in the proper waste container, it may be disposed of in a variety of ways. In the past, the waste was incinerated. Today, medical waste may be treated through steam sterilization, irradiation or chemical disinfection. Once it is decontaminated it is usually put in landfills along with other waste. Despite these alternative options, approximately 90 percent of medical waste is still incinerated at the approximately 2,400 medical waste incinerators located throughout the country.

Exploring the Parts of a Landfill

Landfills are an important part of waste management. Yet, many people think a landfill is nothing more than a hole in the ground where waste is thrown. In reality, there are very specific parts involved with landfills, all of which work together to prevent contamination between the waste and the surrounding environment. Here is a look at the parts that can be found in a landfill.

The Bottom Liner

The bottom liner is the part of the landfill that separates and prevents the buried waste from coming in contact with the underlying soils and groundwater. This layer is typically constructed from a durable, puncture-resistant synthetic plastic HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) that ranges from 30 to 100 mils thick.

Cells

Every landfill also features cells, which range in size from a few acres to 20 acres or more depending upon the amount of waste the landfill receives each day. The larger cells contain smaller cells that are known as the daily workface. This is where the incoming waste is prepared each day. The waste is placed in layers or lifts where it is then compacted and shredded by heavy landfill compaction machinery.

Leachate Collection System

The bottom portion of the landfill is generally sloped to a low point to draw down the liquids that are trapped inside the landfill. This waste, which is known as leachate, is collected and removed from the landfill. This is typically accomplished with the help of a series of perforated pipes, gravel packs and a layer of sand or gravel that is placed at the bottom of the landfill. The leachate is typically pumped or gravity-flowed to a holding tank or pond where it is then either hauled off site or treated on site.

Storm Water Drainage

The storm water drainage portion of the landfill is an engineered system that is designed to control water runoff when it rains. This is accomplished by directing the runoff through a series of ditches or berns into holding areas. Referred to as sed ponds, these holding areas slow down the water long enough to along suspended soil particles to settle before the water is discharged.

Methane Collection System

As the bacteria breaks down the trash in the landfill, it produces gas. Approximately 50 percent of this gas is methane, which has the potential to burn or explode. Therefore, it is removed through a series of pipes that are embedded in the landfill and specifically designed to collect methane gas. Once the gas is collected, it is either naturally vented or control-burned.

Cover

The cover, or cap, is compacted soil or some alternative material that is placed over the waste in a cell each day. The cover is generally six inches thick, though it may be 12 to 18 inches thick if it is placed over waste where no additional waste or cover will be placed for a period of time. Covering the waste in this way isolates  the waste from exposure to the air and pests while also helping to control odors.