Trash Talk - West Central Iowa Solid Waste Blog

recycle curbside

Hazardous MATERIALS AND A UNIQUE YEAR FOR SPRING CLEANING!

March came in like a lamb, but was soon blown away with both strong winds and the covid-19 virus. With school, travel and work on hold, many are facing long stretches of time at home. Make the most of the time with some spring cleaning. Read more...

 

recycle curbside

A Burden on Recycling Services

Recycling has been around since the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act of 1989. Fast forward 31 years, and we still face confusion on what goes in the recycling and what goes in the garbage. Our rural recycling trailers have become a dumping site for many unrecyclable items. Read more...

 

recycle curbside

Top 6 Things To Avoid Recycling Curbside

With spring being just around the corner, many of us start to get into a “spring cleaning” mood. Once you start going through your items and think about recycling some things you may not know what is and isn’t recyclable. Read more...

 

recycle label

What Does This Recycle Label Mean?

No matter what item you purchase from the grocery store, there will be a recycling label on it. Have you ever noticed them? If you haven’t heard of or seen these symbols, go check your plastic water bottle or just got to your pantry and check out the labels. Read more...

 

dispose batteries

Wondering How to Dispose of Your Batteries?

February 18th is National Battery Day. What a small but mighty convenience batteries bring to our everyday life! It would be hard to find someone in the United States that doesn’t use or benefit from a battery. Even those who live a minimalistic life use battery operated devices...Read more...

 

reducing waste

8 Simple Ways to Reduce in Your Home

One of the most effective methods of reducing waste is to not create waste in the first place. There are a lot of everyday things that get tossed in the trash in homes all over the US. Learning different ways to reuse everyday objects gets us one step closer to reducing our waste...Read more...

 

the 3 r's, reuse and recycle

Reuse and Repurpose to Lower Your Waste

In the popular phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” have you ever thought about the significance in the order of the Three R’s? There is a reason that these words are in this order. Reducing our waste is the first step in the cycle. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash...Read more...

 

plastic shopping bags

Choose to Reuse

Plastic shopping bags seemed like a convenient and economical solution for our purchases, but are they worth the toll on our planet? Eliminating the use of single-use plastic shopping bags is one small step that we can all take to help stop plastic pollution. Read more...

 

happy new year west central iowa solid waste

Happy New Year from West Central Iowa Solid Waste

All of us at West Central Iowa Solid Waste want you to have a Happy New Year. We appreciate all of our clients and look forward to a great 2020. Remember to Reduce, Reuse, and Recyle and keep West Central Iowa beautiful for years to come! Read more...

 

christmas solid waste

Merry Christmas from West Central Iowa Solid Waste

All of us at West Central Iowa Solid Waste want you to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We'd like to share a great gift giving tip we found on Earth911.com! You can also find our holiday hours here. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! Read more...

 

curbside recycling

Recycle Beyond Your Curbside This Season

Earth911.com is a comprehensive website filled with recycling solutions and earth-friendly living ideas. With over 350 materials and 100,000 listings, they can provide a vast database of recycling options. Give holiday waste a new life in 2020! Read more...

 

recycling

New Recycle Symbol Makes It Easier

How2Recycle has created a program to direct you to the store, location, or recycling center closest to you that will collect and recycle items that are not part of your curbside recycling program. Do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Read more...

 

holiday recycling

Recycle This Holiday Season

Once the parties are over, the wrappings, trimmings, and other garbage are all left. You may wonder what to do with all the trash that is left. West Central Iowa Solid Waste has put together a handy list to help you recycle as much as you can! Read more...


trash pollution

Easy, Everyday Changes You can Make

It can be intimidating, overwhelming, and stressful to hear about all of the trash and pollution that is affecting our planet. It often feels like we have to do big things to make a difference. That's not necessarily true! We can start with small changes that are barely changes at all! Read more...


fall leaves

Leave Those Leaves!

Put those Fall leaves to work in your lawn, garden and compost pile! The annual custom of raking, bagging, blowing and transporting leaves to the community brush pile costs each homeowner hours of time and money each fall. Read more...


International Coastal Cleanup

Top 6 Items Collected Internationally Coastal Cleanups

In 2016 the International Coastal Cleanup coordinated people from 112 countries from around the world to collect over 18 million pounds of trash from the coasts of the globe. Among the top 6 most common items collected during these efforts, one was the plastic bottle. Read more...


Backyard composting workshop

Free Backyard Composting Workshop on Thursday, September 26, 2019

Have you heard about backyard composting but do not know if it will work for your family? Are you interested in reducing the amount of food waste your family throws away each week? Have you ever wanted to start composting in your backyard? Read more...


recycling plastic bags

The Millennium Curse of the Plastic Bag

Plastic bags are one of the most invasive and long lasting concepts we’ve started using as humans. They’re everywhere. Grocery stores, big box stores, hotels, restaurants, you name it-there is probably a plastic bag involved in some extent of almost everything we do. So, what’s the big deal? Right? Why should we care that we use plastic bags? Read more...


composting carroll iowa

Composting - What Is It and How Does It Help the Planet?

What is composting and what types of things can you compost? Why is com posting good for our planet and good for your home? We've got all the dirt (pun intended) on composting! Learn the details by clicking the link below. Read more...


balloon release

Four Ideas Instead of a Balloon Release

Balloons have been a traditional way to celebrate events and memorialize loved ones. But balloon releases are definitely not good for the enviroment or animal life. We have some ideas to replace those balloon releases that are much more enviromentally friendly! Read more...


water bottles

Water Bottles Are Dumb

We hate to tell you this, but plastic water bottles are dumb. We can give you suggestions of what you can do to change your single-use plastic water bottle habit for good. It's a simple thing you can do to pitch in to save the planet a little bit at a time. Read more...