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.

What You Need to Know About Recycling Plastic

When it comes to recycling plastics, you may be wondering why some plastics can be recycled and others cannot. The reality is that even some containers containing the recycling symbol on the bottom will not actually be recycled, despite the fact that they are technically recyclable. This is because that symbol is actually a resin identification code, which is used to help sort the different types of plastics. If there is no demand for that particular type of plastic, however, it is not likely to be recycled. In fact, there are a variety of reasons why some plastic items may not be eligible for recycling. Here are some of the reasons why some containers will be recycled while other will not.

Considering the Demand

Most Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) sort plastic containers according to the identification code. This is done to ensure the items are placed in the proper bin with other containers with the same resin. In short, the first thing that is used to determine whether or not the container will be recycled is the type of resin that it is made from. The shape of the container is also considered when determining recyclability. This is because both of these factors affect whether or not there is a market demand for that particular product. If there is no demand for that particular type of recycled product, it will be disposed of in another way.

Preparing Recyclable Goods

Once the plastics have been sorted, the MRF bales the materials to sell. The MRF can command a higher price for the bales depending upon the quality of the product. “Quality” is determined by the purity. In other words, the more consistently it contains only one kind of resin, the more valuable it is. This means the MRF wants to take whatever steps necessary to ensure there is as little contamination in the product as possible. At the same time, they want to invest as little time as possible in the actual process of sorting the plactics. Since the products are typically hand sorted and because the MRF wants to use its employees and time as efficiently as possible, certain products may be tossed without a great deal of inspection to determine the identification code.

Water bottles and clear narrow-neck bottles used for soda are almost always made from PETE, which is the most commonly requested plactic material, so those items are likely to be kept and baled. Most MRFs will not keep odd-shaped containers, such as those that hold spinach and mixed greens, because there are many similarly-shaped products that are not made from PETE and inspecting each of these containers is too time consuming.

Since the ultimate recyclability of plastics is based on market demand for recycled products made from that particular type of plastic, you can help increase the amount of plastic this is recycled by purchasing products made from recycled plastics. The greater the demand for a wider variety of recycled plastic products, the more incentive MRFs have to invest in more effective sorting equipment and to bale all types of plastics.

6 Tips for Reducing Your Waste

Reducing your waste is not only a good way to help save money in terms of waste removal, but it is also a great way to help reduce your impact on the environment. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate the amount of waste that you produce, there are a few steps that you can take to help reduce your waste. Here are a few tips for cutting back on waste without causing a great deal of inconvenience.

Tip #1: Use Reusable Bags

Taking reusable bags with you when you go shopping is a great way to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags that you use. Reusable bags and containers are also a good option when packing lunches, storing leftovers or when packing items for travel.

Tip #2: Avoid Individually Wrapped Items

When purchasing products, avoid buying those that are individually wrapped or that come in single-serve containers or snack packs. Buying items in large containers or from bulk bins will help to reduce the amount of waste you produce. When purchasing in bulk, however, look out for double-packaging in which bulk items still contain individually wrapped items.

Tip #3: Choose Returnable, Reusable and Refillable Products

Purchasing products that are returnable, reusable or refillable allows you to either use the container over and over again or return it for recycling or reuse. Whenever possible, choose these products over single-use items. You can further reduce your waste by purchasing products that are made from recycled goods or buy purchasing clothing and other items from second-hand stores. Reusing items reduces the amount of waste by reducing the need to manufacture new products. Similarly, purchasing quality products that do not need to be replaced right away can also help to reduce waste.

Tip #4: Purchase Concentrated Products

Purchasing dish soap and laundry detergents in their concentrated forms helps to increase the life of those products, thereby decreasing your need to purchase more products and create waste. Often, purchasing the concentrated forms can also help you save money by significantly decreasing the amount of the product that you need to use each time.

Tip #5: Compost Food Scraps and Yard Waste

Some studies have found that approximately 11 percent of garbage is food and yard waste.  Therefore, you can further reduce waste by composting your food scraps and yard waste. Fruit and vegetable waste, egg shells, coffee grounds and other food scraps can be added to a compost bin along with leaves and yard trimmings.

Tip #6: Find New Uses for Waste Products

Finding new ways to use waste products can also reduce your overall waste. For example, the clean side of unneeded print paper can be used to make a scratch pad. When using a notebook, use both sides of the paper whenever possible. Some items, such as spaghetti sauce jars, old bottles and even keys that you no longer need for arts and crafts projects can also help reduce your waste.

5 Simple Recycling Tips

If you want to do your part to help protect the Earth, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this goal is to actively recycle items that can be recycled. To get the most out of your recycling, however, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. In some cases, this involves thinking outside of the box and looking for items to recycle that are not typically included in the recycling conversation.

Know What Can Be Recycled

Oftentimes, people place items in the recycling that cannot actually be recycled. As a result, those items and possibly even additional items may find their way to the landfill when there might have been other options. Before you put out your recycling, check with the recycling rules for your area and become familiar with your town or city’s specifics.

Choose the Right Programs

Some recycling programs create more waste than they prevent. For instance, if items are collected and then shipped across the country for recycling, you may be creating more pollution with carbon emissions than you are saving through recycling. Look into programs to make sure they are genuinely beneficial rather than simply making you feel good about recycling.

Recycle Water

Most people know about recycling paper, plastics and aluminum, but many don’t consider how they might be able to recycle their water. Rearranging your plumbing so that wastewater from your shower and tub is used to flush your toilet, for example, can help you get more use out of your water. If you use a biodegradable soap, you can even use leftover bathwater and dishwashing water to water your garden.

Recycle Gadgets

Many electronic gadgets can also be recycled, with many non-profit organizations collecting items such as computer parts and transforming them back into workable computers. Other companies help unwanted electronics find new homes by giving them to those in need. Major appliances that need repairs may also serve as a good donation to trade schools, repair shops or even hobbyists who might want to tinker with the item. Batteries can also be recycled, though the better option is to use rechargeable batteries in order to reduce the number of batteries that you need to toss away.

Give Away Unwanted Items

If you have clothes or other items that are still in good shape that you simply don’t need or want anymore, consider giving them away to charity or posting them on sites such as Freecycle and Recycler’s Exchange. Another option is to post the items in the “free stuff” section of Craigslist. Not only will this prevent the creation of additional waste, but you will also be recycling the item by helping it to find another home.

Of course, the best way to reduce waste is to make wise purchases. Purchasing items with minimal packaging will help to reduce your waste. On the other hand, purchasing items that are made with recyclable materials helps to ensure you will be able to recycle the packaging after you have opened the product. Thinking ahead when making purchases is a good way to reduce your overall impact on the planet.