When looking at cutting costs, look at what you pay for waste removal. Do you take the waste to the local landfill or transfer site? Do you pay for a company to pick it up from you?
If you live in Northern New York, you should know that it is illegal to burn or bury your waste. Not only is it illegal, but it is also not good for the environment. If you are looking to pinch pennies, the last thing you need is a fine!
To reduce waste costs, the answer is super simple. RECYCLE! It is estimated that 70-80% of what we throw in the garbage can actually be recycled! Less garbage = less service = less out of pocket cost! Increased savings & better for the environment = AWESOME!
To start, pay attention to what goes in your garbage. Is there a lot of cardboard? Is there a lot of leftover food? Plastic? Tin? Start small and work your way up to a full blow recycling junkie! Click here for a list of recyclable material in Northern New York Counties!
If you garden or would like to start gardening you should compost most food waste and lawn debris! For more info on composting click here!
Check with your local Waste Removal company to see how they would like you to prepare and bag your recyclables. If you take your garbage to a transfer site or landfill, discuss with a staff member how they prefer the recycling be prepared and bagged. Once you notice your amount of trash decreasing, ask your provider to decrease your service to every other week or maybe once a month for the Recycling Superstars!
You could even MAKE MONEY off of recycling! For North Country Residents if you recycle your old refrigerator or freezer through National Grid you can receive $30.00! For more information click here!