How to Dispose of Hard-to-Dispose-of Items in Custer County, Colorado

Do you have items you can’t toss (at least you shouldn’t toss) into the trash or place into the recycling? Perhaps you have vehicle batteries, chemicals or other products hazardous to the environment. When living in or around Custer County, Colorado there are ways to help dispose of all these objects and items, you just need to know the best location to take, drop off or send the objects.

Vehicle Batteries

If you change out your battery, it likely still contains the battery core. This core may leak out acid and other toxic materials. Even if the battery no longer holds a charge the core will still have residue. So what should you do about this? Take the battery to your local auto parts store.

These locations recycle batteries and may even give you a small gift card for the battery. You can also take it to auto repair shops as these locations typically accept batteries as well.

The same is true if you change the fluids on your vehicle (such as your oil or coolant). Auto parts stores will accept your vehicle fluids without charge. If you have multiple fluids to take in though, contact the location before mixing anything into a single container. Many will need the fluids to be separate in order to accept.

Large Appliances

When purchasing appliances like a washing machine or hot water heater the company delivering the new appliance will often remove the old appliance. If, however, this does not happen, you can take it to the Custer County Landfill, which is located at 2250 County Road 328. There is a $10 fee for appliances and a $35 for refrigerators. You’ll need to bring it out yourself so talk with a friend who has a truck, or you can rent a truck from hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s by the hour.

Paint

Is your garage collecting can after can of paint? Sure, you can keep it on hand in case you ever need a touch up, but over time the paint will go bad. Plus, do you really want to have dozens of paint cans taking up space? Whatever your reasoning, if you’re looking to rid your home of unused paint, take it into your local home improvement stores like Lowe’s. These locations accept paint free of charge. Remember to make sure the paint is stored properly before loading it up into your vehicle, and contact your local home improvement store so you know what time the paint recycling is available.

E-Waste

Most dumpsters and landfills will not accept electronics. When electronic devices break down they may leak chemicals into the ground, so you need to dispose of them properly.

We collect e-waste Monday – Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm. The cost is $1.00 per pound. You may also want to check into available e-recycling in Canon City and Pueblo. (Items need to be brought to the shop.)

Ink Cartridges

Like paint, toner cartridges may leak and seep into the local water supply. If you take them into a local Staples, Office Depot or OfficeMax you’ll receive a small credit off future ink toner purchases. There are also online locations you can mail the ink cartridges out to, should you find that option to be easier.

These are some of the options available to you when it comes to hard-to-dispose items in Custer County, Colorado. If you still have items not covered on this list and you’re looking for suggestions, feel free to contact the Custer County Government landfill service at 719-783-2726. Here you can talk with the service staff for more specifics regarding your hard to dispose items and what (if any) regulations are in place.

For less hard-to-dispose of items, Oak Disposal has you covered, of course! Here is a breakdown of some of our services:

Recycling Services

Oak Disposal Services works hard to meet the needs of everyone in the Wet Mountain Valley and beyond. Are you a Snow Bird? Not a problem! Do you want to share service with a friend or neighbor? No problem! Are you having a get together and don’t want to tax your septic system? We can help!

Metal Recycling: Oak Disposal Services recycles metal during listed yard hours. Fees range from $5.00-$35.00.

Cardboard can also be recycled during the above hours. Cardboard needs to be broken down.

There is no charge to recycle cardboard.

If you do not see your need listed, please do not hesitate to call us! We will do our best to provide service for you.

Residential Trash Service

We provide bi-monthly pick up in Custer County, as well as portions of Fremont County. The towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff are serviced on a weekly basis. We have containers ranging in size from 96 gallon toters, to 8 yard dumpsters, with a 2 yard dumpster being a standard size. A toter works well for most families. We are able to set larger containers for HOA’s or groups of people that want to share. If you do not live here year round, then we can suspend your service and resume upon your return.

Construction Services & Roll-Off Dumpsters

We offer construction dumpsters from 4-8 yards. These work well for smaller projects. We are unable to take concrete, rocks or bricks in construction dumpsters. We have roll-offs available in 15 and 30 yards. These are great for new home construction or major renovation. You can put concrete, rocks and bricks in roll-off containers.

At Oak Disposal Services, we are dedicated to providing the best in professional waste management services to not only help the residents of Wet Mountain Valley with their trash pickup needs but to the help the environment as well. Visit our website today to learn more about our residential trash pickup services and the areas that we serve. If you are more commercially minded, we also provide a wide range of dumpsters and pickup services for commercial customers, as well as roll-off dumpsters for those in the construction business. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!

Creative Ways to Camouflage Your Trash Canisters

While we love trash here at Oak Disposal, some may find the sight of it off-putting, especially if bulky canisters are taking away some of your home’s curb appeal. We get it, trash is not glamorous! However, that’s not to say that you can’t find some creative ways to make sure your cans fit in to the overall aesthetics of your home.

To keep the entire outdoor space looking clean and attractive, there are simple steps you can take to camouflage your trash.

Design a brick or stone housing

A brick or stone wall is a creative way of hiding trash canisters. You can design a small area that is surrounded by bricks using basic household tools while allowing the stone housing to be covered as protection against rain. The shade of the bricks should also complement the outdoor space to make it look less disruptive.

Use nature

Bushes offer a natural and distracting camouflage to your trash canister. You can place the can in an area of your yard that has relatively thick bushes but is still easy to access.

The bushes should surround the trash canister and reduce its visibility to passers-by. Flower bushes are an even better fit because they make the area look more natural and attractive.

Let lattice hide them

Lattice is a convenient material that you can use to construct a housing around your trash canisters. Lattice looks clean and attractive, distracting people from knowing that a trash can is actually present nearby.

You can attach lattice to wooden boards to construct a sturdy housing for the trash canister. Leave an opening where you can place a door for easy access.

Pallets are perfect

Pallets also come in handy for camouflaging a trash can. You can simply use 4 pallets to surround the trash canister and leave the top open for filling. The outside surface of the pallets can be decorated with natural colors such as green, brown, or gray. Pallets also provide a sturdy housing that keeps raccoons and other rodents away from the trash canister.

Full enclosure (with doors)

If you have a handyman around, why not make a full enclosure for your cans to fit snug inside. You’ll want doors, of course. It’ll be like a canister box with the added benefit of keeping bears at bay!

No matter how you decide to store your toters, by camouflaging them or simply keeping them neatly by your home, Oak Disposal proudly serves all your trash disposal needs.

We provide bi-monthly pick up in Custer County, as well as portions of Fremont County. The towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff are serviced on a weekly basis. We have containers ranging in size from 96 gallon toters, to 8 yard dumpsters, with a 2 yard dumpster being a standard size. A toter works well for most families. We are able to set larger containers for HOA’s or groups of people that want to share. If you do not live here year round, then we can suspend your service and resume upon your return.

If you would like to learn more about our residential trash pickup services or any of our other services, please contact us today. We proudly serve the residents of Wet Mountain Valley and we are certain that once you experience the convenience of our services here at Oak Disposal, you will never want to handle your own garbage removal again.

Be Safe & Have Fun! Tips for Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Grab your swimsuits and dust off the grill, it’s summer in Colorado! Is there anything better than having fun with friends and family during the warmer summer months? From outdoor cookouts to group outings, there’s always something exciting going on – not to mention all the fun we can have in the outdoor playground of our great state.

If you plan on putting on an event at the house, here are a handful of tips to not only help it run smoothly, but reduce some of the stress such an event can have on you as you prep.

Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Include Plenty of Beverages

Make sure to keep plenty of beverages on hand when having an outdoor party or activity. Sure, you’ll likely want to have a few different options, but also make sure to have plenty of water. As the temperature increases so too will the possibility of dehydration. Have water on hand so guests can replenish their fluids.

If you don’t want to have a large number of plastic water bottles around the house, consider placing a large container of water in a central area. You can use anything from the large sports water coolers to more decorative options. And feel free to get fancy with the water if you like. Lemon, lime and cucumber slices go great in the water and really add a refreshing taste.

Always Wear Sunblock

People won’t always bring sunblock to an outdoor activity. They might show up, not sure how long they’ll stay, and then several hours later in the sun they are as red as a strawberry. Help prevent that by having sunblock on hand. Keep it near the water cooler with the other essentials. If you have insect problems you should also consider having bug spray on hand while also setting out mosquito repellent devices around the property to help keep all your guests comfortable.

Use Compostable Dishes

Do you really want to spend the entire next day washing dishes? If you plan on having a party of more than a few people, or a party where guests are coming in and out, you’ll have to deal with a considerable amount of dishes. Beyond this, you’ll run the risk of dishes breaking. It’s better to just avoid that all together and go with compostable dishes.

Learn more about Oak Disposals’ Recycling Services here >>

Prevent Food Poisoning

A common summer outdoor entertaining concern is keeping food safe and consumable. Here are a few recommendations:

● Keep raw meats separated from cooked foods
● Wash all fruits and vegetables
● Wash food-prep stations and utensils well
● Cook meats thoroughly
● Keep cold foods cold (FDA recommends less than 40 F)
● Refrigerate uneaten food after one hour (if outside temperature is more than 90 F)

And, of course, keep hands clean and sanitized! If no sink is around use hand sanitizer (this is where Oaks’ waterless hand sanitizers may come in handy!)

Plenty of Trash Options

With any type of gathering comes trash. Our advice? Don’t just have the single trash can by the patio or in the kitchen. Put a few around the property. This way, guests are not forced to hold their disposables and they won’t simply let it sit on the table because they don’t know what to do with it. With several trash options spread out, it’ll actually make it easier on you and your guests. Plus, clean up is a cinch when your guests can easily help (without necessarily knowing it).

Consider Renting a Portable Toilet

Now, if you’re having a big gathering, you’ll be much better off renting a portable toilet. Do you really want dozens or more people coming into your house to use the bathroom? The cost of water usage alone (not to mention your AC running non stop because of the constantly opening doors) would more than offset the cost of renting a portable bathroom.

Plus, with every flush you run the risk of clogs, and being water wasteful – our Portable Toilets use eco-friendly chemicals and offer waterless hand sanitizers.

Life is just simpler when you can keep larger parties outside. After all, you’re having an outdoor summer event anyway. Why not keep it all there?

Learn more about Oak Disposals’ Portable Toilet Services >>

Bypass Bug Bites

When you’re entertaining outdoors, you may have more guests than anticipated, in the form of bugs. Ticks, mosquitos, spiders and many more can be found in Colorado. As such, you should be prepared! Cover children with lightweight clothing or apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (proven to repel both mosquitos and ticks).
Keep in mind, all-natural repellents are not proven to protect against ticks (such as lemon eucalyptus and citronella).

Get Equipped with First-Aid Essentials

You know that mom that is always stocked with everything under the sun in case of an emergency? Be that mom! Especially if you’re hosting a gathering. Here are a few items to have on hand:

● Band-Aids
● Soap
● Antibacterial gel or foam
● Triple-antibiotic ointment
● Hydrocortisone cream
● Sterile gauze pads
● Adhesive tape
● Tweezers
● Washcloths
● Cold packs
● Infant and children’s Motrin or Tylenol
● Oral antihistamine
● Rubbing alcohol
● Digital thermometer

These are just some of the tips you need to consider when it comes to summer outdoor entertaining. Of course, the most important tip of all is to have fun. It’s so easy to become wrapped up in what everyone else is doing, making sure your guests have a good time, that you’ll take away from your own fun and enjoyment. So kick back, relax, and just enjoy the beautiful weather and wonderful company.

At Oak Disposal Services, we are dedicated to providing the best in professional waste management services to not only help the residents of Wet Mountain Valley with their trash pickup needs but to the help the environment as well. Visit our Services page today to learn more about our residential trash pickup services and the areas that we serve. If you are more commercially minded, we also provide a wide range of dumpsters and pickup services for commercial customers, as well as roll-off dumpsters for those in the construction business. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!

How To Clean Up After A Home Renovation – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Oak Disposal. If you keep up with our blog, you’ve probably read our post titled, “How To Clean Up After A Home Renovation.” If not, you can read it here. Last time, we talked about planning your cleanup ahead of time. For example, if you know how big your project is going to be, and about how long it will take, you should determine what cleanup work can be done during the renovation process and what needs to wait until after. You should also hire a professional cleaning company that will help you dispose of certain materials and eliminate harmful allergens from the room. Keep reading to learn about several more tips on cleaning your home after a renovation.

Let The Air Clear Out

If you had to do any painting or varnishing during your renovation project, you need to give the room or rooms time to clear out before you start cleaning them or using them. It’s tempting to start using a room immediately after renovation because you’ve likely been waiting months to start using it. However, it’s not healthy to inhale the fumes created by paints and varnishes. This can lead to headaches, dizziness, and nausea. You should open all the windows in the room that you’re renovating, as well as turn on your HVAC system before the project begins. That way, air will continue being circulated and keep the harmful fumes out during the process. Use your best judgement to determine when you should start using the room again. If there is still a pretty strong smell coming from the room and you get a headache from being in there too long, you should probably wait more.

Construction Dumpster Rental

You know those giant dumpsters that you find sitting outside a construction site? Well, those aren’t just for major construction projects, those can be used for residential renovation projects as well! The great thing is, these dumpsters will cut down on your cleanup time significantly, whether you’re doing all the cleaning yourself or leaving it up to a professional cleaning company. Construction dumpster rental has several major benefits over regular trash pickup in this situation because you won’t have to wait for your pickup day and you’ll be able to hold a lot more debris than in your regular dumpster bins that you take to the end of your driveway everyday. Once you’ve loaded the dumpster, your disposal will come back and take it all in one trip, out of sight and out of mind for you and your family.

Contact Oak Disposal

Oak Disposal has been serving the Wet Mountain Valley for over 20 years. If you’re performing a renovation on your home, we would be glad to deliver a construction dumpster to your home. Once you’ve filled it, just give us a call and we’ll take it off your hands. If you’d like to learn more about our weekly trash pickup, construction dumpster rental, recycling, or porta-potty services, contact us today!

How To Clean Up After A Home Renovation

If you’re a homeowner who’s looking to renovate a bathroom, kitchen, or any other room of your home, you’ve probably taken a minute to contemplate how you’ll clean up the mess afterwards. Planning a renovation, hiring a reliable worker, and seeing it all come to fruition is difficult enough as it is without having to worry about cleaning up the mess. That’s why, in this blog, we’re going to talk about several ways that you can make your cleanup a breeze and get back to enjoying your home.

Home renovations are known for creating a huge mess. You’ll have leftover materials laying around, sawdust covering everything, power tools to move, and more. Chances are, you don’t want to leave this stuff around for very long after your renovation is completed so you can start benefiting from all the upgrades you made. Keep reading to learn more.

Plan Ahead

How you clean up after a major renovation will depend on the role you will play in the renovation. If you’re going to be doing a significant amount of the work yourself, or you’re working with someone else on the project, you’ll have a better idea of how much work it will take to clean up afterwards, and you’ll be able to start cleaning early if you know what can be removed before the project is complete.

Before you begin your project, your should plan ahead and try to estimate exactly what will be needed to clean up the mess. Are you going to need to rent a dumpster? Will you need to hire a cleaning or disposal company? What needs to be cleaned up first and what can wait? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself before you begin and you should try to write all this down so that you don’t forget.

Hire A Clean-Up Company

Many cleaning companies out there will specifically offer renovation cleanup services. This could include anything from removing heavy debris that is difficult to dispose of, sanitizing, or removing sawdust. Depending on the size of your project, this may or may not be necessary. Larger projects will create a bigger mess and may justify calling a janitorial company to clean up afterwards.

If you or a family member has asthma, it may be best to hire a professional cleaning company regardless of the size. Sawdust and other small debris left over from the project could lead to asthma attacks or other respiratory issues if breathed in. A professional cleaning company will also help you dispose of debris that may be difficult otherwise. For example, if you had a sink or toilet replaced, you may not be able to move them alone.

Contact Oak Disposal

Oak Disposal is your premier disposal company in Westcliffe, Colorado, having serviced the Wet Mountain Valley for over 20 years. If you need containers to assist with your renovation cleanup, we have containers ranging in size from 96-gallon toters, to 8-yard dumpsters, with a 2-yard dumpster being a standard size. Contact us today to get started.