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How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

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When it comes to disposing of hazardous waste, homeowners near Chicago, IL, need to be especially vigilant. Hazardous and toxic materials, if not handled correctly, can pose significant risks to our health and the environment. But don’t worry, there are some simple measures you can take to ensure safe hazardous material disposal.

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Identifying Hazardous Waste

First things first, identifying what constitutes hazardous waste is crucial. Common household items like oil-based paint, batteries, cleaners, and even certain electronics fall into this category. These items contain chemicals that can be harmful if released into the environment or improperly disposed of.

Instead of tossing these hazardous substances into the bin, you should instead take them to one of these disposal facilities specified by the Illinois EPA.

Additional Safety Precautions

  • Coals and Ashes – Whether it is cleaning up a bonfire or disposing of fireworks, you should ensure that the flame has been extinguished. Place material in a metal bin and cover with water to completely extinguish flames.
  • Combustible Items – Lighter fluid, propane tanks, and gas canisters should not be placed in the trash or recycling. Proper disposal of these materials would be to go to one of the hazardous collection events.
  • Be Cautious Around Garbage Trucks – The large vehicles used for solid waste disposal should always be respected and approached carefully. For those with children or pets, it is best to keep them a safe distance away from the vehicle so that the operators can safely conduct their work.

Take some time to look at the other guidelines that Tri-State Disposal has laid out on our website.

Dumpster Rental Safety Guidelines for Small Businesses

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Clearing out your business space is a necessary task, whether you’re relocating or decluttering. While dumpster rentals offer a convenient solution, safety remains the top priority. Follow these guidelines to make your small business dumpster rental experience secure and hassle-free.

What Can You Put in a Dumpster Rental?

Dumpsters are versatile, but you must know what’s acceptable for disposal. Common items include:

  • Office Furniture: Desks, chairs, upholstered furniture, and filing cabinets are usually okay.
  • Paper Waste: Dispose of old documents and paperwork securely.
  • General Debris: Construction debris, broken equipment, and yard waste can go in.

Of course, appropriate dumpster waste depends on local regulations and ordinances. Only toss suitable waste when renting a dumpster to avoid additional fees. General office supplies are okay to throw in a dumpster, but you must separate any flammable materials or safety hazards.

What Can You Not Put in a Dumpster Rental?

To maintain safety and comply with regulations, avoid placing hazardous materials in your dumpster, like

  • Chemicals and Solvents: Dispose of these properly through designated channels.
  • Electronics: Recycle electronics separately to prevent environmental harm.
  • Medical Waste: Follow proper procedures for the safe disposal of medical materials.
  • Automotive Parts: Car batteries, motor oil, and other automotive parts are generally prohibited.

Always check with your dumpster rental provider for specific guidelines on acceptable items.

General Dumpster Rental Safety Tips

Follow these additional safety tips to avoid injuries or accidents:

  • Weight Limits: Avoid overloading the dumpster to prevent accidents during transport.
  • Proper Loading: Distribute weight evenly to maintain stability.
  • Clear Pathways: Clear the area around the dumpster to facilitate safe loading and unloading.
  • Wear PPE: Wear steel-toe boots, gloves, goggles, and other personal protective equipment for safety compliance when tossing large amounts of materials.

Call Tri-State Disposal for Dumpster Rentals for Your Small Business!

When it’s time for a dumpster rental, trust Tri-State for your small business needs. Our reliable service ensures prompt delivery and pickup, making waste management a breeze. At Tri-State, your safety is our priority. Our waste management technicians have the tools, skills, and training to properly dispose of your commercial waste.

Contact us today for affordable dumpster rentals tailored to your small business requirements. As a dumpster rental company, we make clearing out as safe and stress-free as possible!

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Recycling Myths that Need Some Clarification

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Thanks to recent movements toward a more green mindset, recycling has become a common occurrence and is regularly practiced by a third of the United States. However, many of those who mean well may be causing difficulties at recycling facilities because of myths and misconceptions about the recycling process. Below are some of the most common myths about recyclable materials and recycling guidelines that you should consider.

Clarifying Recycling Myths

Recycling Myths

Do You Need to Rinse Recycling?

While it is important to ensure recyclables are dry and clear of residue, a simple wipe with a napkin or paper towel is better than spraying it with water constantly. Liquids can degrade other raw materials in the recycling bin, such as paper products, and render them useless.

Anything With the Recycling Symbol Goes in the Bin

The numbers in the symbol correlate to the type of plastic used in the item, and items like #6 plastics or hard reusable plastic bottles are not accepted in Chicago.

You Can Recycle Pizza Boxes

Grease and food residue contaminate paper and cardboard items, so they will not be accepted at recycling centers. Pizza boxes with grease should be instead composted or thrown into the garbage.

Paper Towels are Recyclable

While brown paper bags and other paper products are perfectly recyclable, paper towels are not, and should be composted whenever possible.

All glass is Recyclable

Broken glass and panes from windows are not allowed in recycling programs, as they pose a risk to worker safety for those who sort through materials.

What is Commercial Waste, and How Do I Dispose of It?

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Factories, warehouses, and construction sites generate significant amounts of waste after completing their work, often referred to as commercial waste. Whether it’s bricks, concrete, or hazardous materials, these items cannot be simply discarded. Proper disposal is essential to prevent health, environmental, and safety hazards.

But what do you do with this waste? Read these tips on how to know what commercial waste is and proper disposal techniques.

Curbside Recycling Made Easy

Written by David Kiaurakis. Posted in Uncategorized

Curbside Recycling Made easy with Tri-State Disposal

Recycling as much of your garbage as possible is the right thing to do for the environment and for future generations. Knowing what and how to recycle seem challenging at first, but generally the process is quite simple once you know what types of recyclables are accepted in your area.

A New Homeowner’s Guide to Garbage Collection & the Summer Months

Written by David Kiaurakis. Posted in Residential Waste

If you purchased a new home and are about to spend your first summer there, then there are a lot of changes and habits to get used to. One element to consider for the summer is your trash collection. Summer can lead to a lot of changes in weather, animal habits, and your own trash habits.

Instead of running into multiple problems along the way, check out this guide to fully prepare yourself for the summer months and allow your garbage service to go smoothly. With this guide, you will know what to expect and can apply a lot of the solutions to your own home and situation.

An Illinois Homeowner’s Guide to E-Waste & Garbage Disposal

Written by David Kiaurakis. Posted in Residential Waste


When you hire a company for residential waste collection, you will receive a bin to place your trash in, but this does not mean you can just place anything inside the bin. With the rise of technology came a lot of scrutiny over what to do when electronics were phased out and replaced.

As you go through the evolution of electronics in your own home, you should learn about how to properly handle e-waste and avoid any issues with a garbage disposal service you hire to pick up your trash. Follow this guide to learn more about e-waste and what to expect when you sign up for a residential waste collection service.

Senior Discount Application

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Senior Discount Application

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Prior to completing, signing, and providing required documents, please read the Senior Discount Requirements for eligibility; applicants that do not fulfill the requirements may be ineligible. One discount per household/ address.

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Along with this application, please provide a copy of the following. If the required documents are not received or do not fulfill requirements, your application may not be processed. There are no retroactive discounts.

  • A copy of the applicant’s valid driver license or state issued identification card with your current address.
  • A copy of your current trash providers (if not already with Tri-State Disposal) bill that indicated the applicant’s name as the account holder and address.
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    1.) A copy of the applicant’s valid driver license or state issued identification card with your current address. 2.) A copy of your current trash providers (if not already with Tri-State Disposal) bill that indicated the applicant’s name as the account holder and address.
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