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Why Should You Recycle Demolition Waste?

Do you recycle? If the answer is yes, what is your reason? Some people recycle out of a sense of duty, while others do it because they care about the environment and want to leave a smaller footprint. Sometimes there's an incentive involved, like a reduced cost for waste management or some sort of rewards program. But really, what are the best reasons to recycle? 

  • Recycling saves landfill space. This is the most obvious fact about recycling because just about everyone knows that when things are thrown into the garbage, they end up in a landfill. Further, while recycling is sorted into different types of recyclable materials, garbage is not sorted into recyclables. Landfills are not sustainable: they create methane, which is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and they leach harmful substances into the soil and groundwater.  
  • Recycling makes new things from old. When you recycle, your glass bottles become new glass bottles, and your plastic bottles become carpet, clothing, auto parts, and new bottles. Aluminum cans can be recycled nearly indefinitely into new aluminum cans, and steel cans are used to make steel products like car parts and construction materialsPaper can be recycled into new paper, and some types of paper can be recycled as many as seven times.  
  • Recycling saves our natural resources. Creating new paper and cardboard means using trees. Plastics are created from oil, metals from rocks, and glass from sand. When we recycle, we don't need to chop down, extract, or mine more raw materials for things we use every day, because we make them out of things we've already used. According to the EPA and other reputable sources, one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, one ton of plastic saves 16.3 barrels of oil, one ton of aluminum saves four tons of Bauxite Ore, and one ton of glass saves one ton of mixed limestone, soda ash, and sand. 
  • Recycling saves energy. Creating new items requires obtaining raw materials, transporting them, and processing them. Every step of the way, energy is used that could be saved by recycling. 
  • Recycling prevents pollution. By using recycled materials in place of virgin materials, we're able to circumvent environmental damage caused by mining, drilling, and harvesting. In fact, the production of recycled paper causes 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution, using recycled cans instead of producing aluminum cans from extracted ore produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution, and recycling and remanufacturing are produce 194 times less greenhouse gas emissions than landfilling and manufacturing from scratch. 
  • Recycling creates jobs. The recycling industry creates more jobs than the auto industry, providing jobs for collectors, sorters, processors, designers, manufacturers, scientists, researchers, and administrators. In fact, for every job at a landfill, there are ten jobs in recycling processing and 24 jobs in manufacturing that's recycling-based.  
  • Recycling shows that your business has a consciencePeople want to do business with companies that have a green image. When you recycle, you not only reduce the impact of your projects on the world around you, but you boost your reputation in an eco-conscious world. Recycling and repurposing help curb the effects of things like mining and deforestation, which are environmental concerns, especially for construction companies.  

At Brackenbox, we make an effort to use recycling bins for as much of the waste processed in our facilities as possible. A family owned and operated business, we are members of the CMRA Construction Recycling Association, and we're committed to doing our part to sustain the environment. We've been serving customers in Chicago for over a decade, providing not only dumpsters but also heavy equipment, professional recycling, and demolition services. We offer same day delivery, competitive pricing, commercial dumping, and prompt, reliable service. For a complimentary estimate or to learn more about all, we have to offer, call us at 708.339.4100, or contact us through our website.  

At Brackenbox, we are committed to offering dumpsters and recycling services at competitive prices while striving to exceed your expectations. If you are unsure about the type of dumpster you need, please feel free to get in touch with us so we may assist you. We have a wide range of sizes and are happy to provide you with our expert advice.

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Yard Waste

Here are some things you should know about disposing yard waste:

  • Under Illinois Law, it is illegal to put yard waste in your weekly garbage can, so a rented waste container is the only option for most homeowners.
  • Yard waste includes organic materials like grass, leaves, dead plants, and branches. It does not include dirt, rocks, tree stumps, sod, and food scraps.
  • If you are attempting to dispose of excavated soil, you will need to submit a form LPC-662 to the Illinois Dept of Environmental Protection.
  • And if soil is your yard waste, please order a 10 yard dumpster.
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Seasonal & Remodeling

Here are some things you should know about disposing seasonal items:

  • Christmas trees and wreaths are fine, but please be certain to remove the lights.
  • Please see our details on yard waste for brush and leaves.
  • Old snow and other tires are subject to a collect fee.

Here are some things you should know about disposing remolding debris:

  • Most fixtures, removed during a renovation or remodeling project are accepted in a waste container; but please review our page on appliances before throwing it all together.
  • Light fixtures and other such items are acceptable, but please do not dispose of any bulbs at the same time. Also be sure to remove any batteries that may be in some items .
  • Kitchen cabinetry, doors, wallboard, trim and other demolition debris is completely acceptable as well.
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Hazardous Waste

Here are some things you should know about disposing hazardous items:

  • Motor oil, gasoline, heating and diesel fuels are all BANNED disposal items.
  • Lithium batteries are considered hazardous and are banned from waste containers.
  • Spent car batteries, which contain lead and harmful acids are hazardous and banned from waste containers.
  • Asbestos waste is hazardous and is banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Propane tanks are considered hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Antifreeze of any type contains glycols that considered hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Pesticides and pool chemicals, especially chlorination tablets are hazardous and banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Pressurized fire extinguishers and aerosol cans of all types are hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
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Here are some things you should know about old disposed bulk furnishings:

  • Bulk furnishings are acceptable in a rented waste container
  • Mattresses; however, are subject to a State-mandated $10 Fee.
  • Please remember that these items are called 'BULK' because they are BULKY and may take up valuable space in your container. If the items are still in good, serviceable condition, consider reaching out to organizations like Goodwill or The Salvation Army that may have just the use or place to rehome such items.
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Here are some things you should know about electronics:

  • Illinois has an extremely strict E Waste Ban; hence, there are a number of items we are unable to accept in our dumpster units. These include: Televisions, Computer Consoles, Video players of all types; Cellphones, Smartphones, Gaming Consoles & Stereo Equipment.
  • Many such items are subject to recycling and any electronics store may be able to assist in such matters. .
  • Lithium batteries (rechargeable) and Fluorescent Light Bulbs are readily recyclable at most home centers and may not be placed in a rented waste container.
  • Any of these banned electronic items will be rejected if found in a rented container.
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Here are some things you should know about appliances:

  • Dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washers and driers are allowed in a dumpster; however, the doors MUST be removed ahead of disposal. If this is not done, we reserve the right to reject the item(s) or charge a fee for door removal. This in accordance with State Law.
  • Water heaters may be placed in your dumpster unit; but please ensure that it has first been thoroughly drained.
  • By State Law, microwaves must be recycled, which begins with returning them to the appliance store.
  • Should you have any further questions, please call us at 708.339.4100.
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Are You a Contractor, Looking for Additional Services?

Then, if you are new to Brackenbox, please be sure to drop us a line at...

Dump & Return -

Need us to come, grab your container, empty it and return it for refilling? We can do that!

Attentive Driver -

(Live-Load)- Need our driver to stay on-site while you fill your container? We can do that!

Container Liner -

(10 Yard Containers Only) - Need us to transport wet concrete or other saturated materials? We can install a liner into our 10 Yard Containers.

Relocation Service -

Need us to move your container from one area of your jobsite to another? We can do that!

Switch-Out Service -

Need us to bring an empty container when we come to pick-up your full unit? We can do that!

Wood Driveway Protection -

Need us to bring a selection of material to place under your container to protect your driveway? We can do that!

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What Materials Are Prohibited?

For a more complete listing, visit this page...

  • Aerosol cans
  • All liquids
  • Animals
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Barrels
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Computers
  • Contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.)
  • Dirt
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Industrial waste
  • Lubricating/hydraulic oil
  • Medical Waste
  • Microwaves
  • Monitors
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Other flammable liquids
  • Paint (except dried latex paint cans, no liquids)
  • Petroleum-contaminated soil/lead paint chips
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive material
  • Railroad ties
  • Solvents
  • Televisions
  • Tires
  • Transmission oil
  • Keep in mind that larger dumpsters (30+ Yard Containers) may also prohibit additional materials, such as:
  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Demolition material