Cost effective trash removal & solid waste management services for Lowell, MA
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Since our founding, the Waste Focus Mission has been to provide our clients with the most cost effective solid waste management and trash removal services in Lowell MA. It is also our mission ensure that all services provided are: matched to our clients’ needs; reliably delivered; and compliant with all applicable federal, state and local laws/regulations.
Waste Focus offers clients...
We work in many areas, including but not limited to the following:
- Trash removal
- Garbage hauling
- Commercial property waste management
- Commercial recycling services
- Commercial trash and recycling management
- Commercial waste disposal
- Waste cost reduction services
- Trash cost savings
- Rubbish removal services
- Waste cost savings
- Waste expense management
- Waste managed service
- Waste management consulting
- Waste management for commercial properties
- Waste reduction consulting
- Waste removal services
- Waste removal cost reduction
- Waste savings for apartment complexes
Did you know?
In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his/her adult weight in garbage. This means that a 150-lb. adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs of trash for his/her children.
More than 56 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. during 2007 was recovered for recycling — an all-time high. This impressive figure equals nearly 360 pounds of paper for each man, woman, and child in America including Lowell, MA.
Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every year. If every American household recycled just one out of every ten HDPE bottles they used, we’d keep 200 million pounds of the plastic out of landfills every year.
If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A supermarket could use all of them in under an hour. This means in one year, one supermarket goes through 60,500,000 paper bags.
What Trash Items are Considered Hazardous Waste in Lowell, MA
Many materials people use on a daily basis are considered Hazardous Waste and should not be thrown out with regular household trash. Some of these items, even in the smallest quantity, can pose serious risk to trash truck drivers, landfill operators and the environment. In fact, many fires that occur in trash trucks and at landfills are started by improperly disposed of hazardous waste materials.
The City of Lowell coordinates several Household Hazardous Waste Days per year so that residents can remove household hazardous waste from their home, instead of just throwing these materials out with the trash – which is illegal!
Some hazardous waste materials aren’t accepted through Lowell’s collection programs, but there are a few suggestions as to who to contact as mentioned below.
- Asbestos waste is very dangerous and is not accepted for disposal through the city. It is illegal to remove/dispose of without a licensed contractor.
- Alkaline batteries (regular A, AA. AAA, C, D, 9 volt) are not considered hazardous They may be disposed of with your regular household trash.
- Batteries considered hazardous and may not be thrown out with regular trash include:
- Ni-Cd and other rechargeable batteries such as the ones found in cordless phones, laptop computer, power tools, electric toothbrush, beepers, etc. are hazardous.
- Button batteries – found in hearing aids, watches, calculators, etc.
- Specialty batteries – lithium camera batteries, cell phone batteries, etc.
- Lead-Acid batters – automotive, motorcycle, security, etc.
- Cell Phones
- While cell phone batteries are generally considered hazardous waste, the non-battery components are not. Please recycle!
- Commercial, Construction, or Industrial Waste
- Non-residential waste, as well as any waste resulting from commercial or industrial businesses or organizations, is accepted for disposal through the city.
- Disposal of commercial, construction, or industrial waste through the city’s waste stream is illegal. This includes shingles, dry wall, railroad ties, etc.
- For proper disposal of these materials, please refer to the local Yellow Pages.
- Expired / Unused Medications
- Expired / Unused medications, particularly those that are governed by controlled substance laws, are not accepted for disposal through the city’s waste stream. Contact the city’s Health Department to learn how to properly dispose of them.
- Explosives, Fireworks, or Ammunition
- Used and unused materials related to explosives, fireworks or ammunition is highly dangerous, and is not accepted for disposal through the city. It is illegal to dispose of these items, including inert powders, casings and any explosive force materials, through the city’s waste stream.
- Infectious & Biological Waste
- No infectious or biological waste of any kind is accepted for disposal through the city. It is illegal to dispose of these materials through the city’s waste stream.
- For proper disposal, please refer to the local Yellow Pages or under Bio-hazard Waste Disposal online.
- Latex Paint
- Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste due to its ingredients. However, due to the mess it can make, latex paint must be dehydrated (dried/hardened) before it can be placed into the city’s waste stream. Leave the lid off the can so the paint dries, then dispose of (with the lid off) once dry.
- Radioactive Waste
- No radioactive waste of any kind is accepted for disposal through the city. It is illegal.
- For proper disposal of these materials, please refer to the local Yellow Pages or look under Radioactive Waste Disposal or Bio-hazard Waste Disposal online.
- Sharps / Hypodermic Needles, Including Lancets & Syringes
- Disposal of sharps, hypodermic needles, lancets and syringes into the city’s waste stream is illegal. Contact the city’s Health Department to learn how to properly dispose them.
- Smoke Detectors
- Smoke detectors are not considered hazardous waste due to their ingredients. You can dispose of them into the city’s waste stream or mail them back to their manufacturer.
- Used / Waste Motor Oil
- Used / waste motor oil is considered hazardous waste, and is very damaging to our waterways and ground water when disposed of improperly. It is illegal. You can take it back to the retail store purchased at as long as you have the receipt. Or, the city has monthly collections on the last Saturday of the month.
- Used Vegetable / Cooking Oils & Grease
- Used vegetable / cooking oils and grease is considered a hazardous waste and is very damaging to our waterways and ground water when disposed of improperly. It is illegal!
- For proper disposal of residential used vegetable/cooking oils and grease, please pack the material in the original containers and bring them to Household Hazardous Waste Day through the city.
- No commercial quantities are disposable through the city. Please refer to the local Yellow Pages or under Waste Oil Disposal online.