Saving Money Doing the Work Yourself? Consider these Environmental Impacts

While adding color to your home or business can certainly give it a facelift, we should all consider the environmental impact of the paint. From indoor painting to outdoor painting to furniture refinishing, there are different types of paint you can choose from. Paint is often considered a hazardous material and can be harmful to people, animals and the environment. So choosing wisely is important.

Tips for Environmentally Safe Paint Disposal

  • Properly dispose of leftover water-based paint. You should never pour paint or any paint-related products down your household drain. Paint should be packaged correctly in a sealed container and then picked up or delivered to a hazardous material waste center.
  • Latex and oil-based paints should be dried up using a paint hardener or cat litter. Latex paints can then be recycled and oil-based paints should be taken to your nearest hazardous waste location.
  • Make sure if you don’t use all of the paint, you save it for another project or donate it to a church, school or a local theatre to use. This will avoid more waste.
  • Allow your almost empty cans to air out and dry up before sealing them.
  • Choose paints made with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)-these are better for the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are organic chemical compounds whose composition makes it possible for them to evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure.”
  • Always ensure proper ventilation when using any type of paint.

Another item that is a concern environmentally is motor oil. Many of us like to save a little money by changing our own oil and oil filter. This is great as long as you take care to dispose the used oil and filter properly. Motor oil can pollute our water and isn’t safe for anyone to ingest.

Tips for Environmentally Safe Oil & Oil Filter Disposal

  • Used motor oil should never be poured on the ground, in any water source, in a storm drain or put in the garbage.
  • Do not mix motor oil with any other items.
  • Once you transfer your used motor oil to a leak-proof container, you can dispose of it at your local Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, or Wal-Mart Super Center Tire and Lube Center. Often these stores only accept a maximum of 3 gallons of oil.
  • When disposing of a used oil filter, do the following: punch an air hole in the dome end of the filter and in the anti-drain back valve (if present), located at the flat end of the filter. Leave the oil to drain from both ends of the filter for several hours each. Pour this oil in with the rest of the used motor oil for recycling.

What new ways have you learned to recycle paint or oil? Share your thoughts on recycling paint or oil with us on Facebook and Twitter using #RecycleGuide.

Hurricane Michael Cleanup Contractor

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Contact: Team AW

Phone: 904- 751-2177 or 1-800-477-0854

Email: [email protected]

Our professional teams are prepared to quickly deploy services to your area where and when you need it most from all North Florida & south Georgia cities like  Panama City to Tampa to New Orleans. Count on Arwood Waste as your emergency porta potty and/or shower trailer rental provider in your time of need. Whether it is for first responders, National Guard, residents displaced from their homes or any other need, AW Waste is here to help.

Our custom self-contained mobile communications center enables us to set up complete satellite communications in a devastated area, providing telephone and internet services and enabling us to operate with uninterrupted service. Arwood Waste is the only provider able to deliver this level of service in times of need.


While we will respond quickly to almost any situation, we can do this faster and more efficiently for customers who have pre-arranged for our services.

We routinely work with organizations to design comprehensive, advance emergency relief plans that will ensure maximum efficiency during Hurricane Michael.

With one call, you can make sure that your responders have everything they need to keep poor sanitation & debris from making a disaster worse.

Arwood Waste can be your one stop source for portable shower rentals, up to and including 53-foot shower trailers that offer private shower stalls for as many as 16 people at a time.

To prevent the spread of disease-causing bacteria, Arwood also offers roll-off dumpsters standard porta-potties, heavy-duty restroom trailers that look and work like a traditional indoor restroom, and even ADA compliant portable toilets.

AW has the experience and resources to support your entire response.

In addition to portable toilets, showers, and other sanitation services, you can depend on the the team at Arwood, and our decades of experience helping people like you recover from all types of disasters, to quickly provide what your responders need, including:

  • Temporary power – from generators to temporary power poles, our service team can provide electricity for clean-up efforts, safety lighting, and much more
  • All types of emergency fencing – Arwood Waste can guarantee next day delivery (same day, in some cases) of anything from free-standing barricades to keep people away from unsafe structures and areas, to post driven chain link fence to secure recovery team work areas and equipment
  • Storage – Help displaced families gather and store their belongings, and give your first responders a secure place to keep bottled water, medical equipment, food and other essential supplies
  • Dumpsters – 10,20,30,40 yard dumpsters rentals

Three more reasons to rely on Arwood Waste when disaster strikes.

  1. What you need, when and where you need it. We have over 100 locations across the country, stocked with over 200,000 emergency portable toilets and restroom trailers that can be delivered anywhere in the continental U.S. in 24 hours.
  2. Decades of experience. We’ve helped organizations recover from earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, industrial accidents, forest fires, and more. We know how to meet the standards of FEMA, the Red Cross, and other relief agencies.
  3. Trusted to perform. AW is the ONLY company ready to mobilize with dumpsters cleanup crews portable showers, restroom trailers, and other emergency portable toilet services to our federal government.


We also offer junk removalstorage rentals and much more. With nationwide coverage, for both residential and commercial locations, we’re local for you!

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A1 Waste LLC 49 Highland Hills Cove Jackson, TN 38305

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49 Highland Hills Cove
Jackson, TN 38305

Take A Minute to Pray for Your Demolition Contractor

These men and women work long hours in all types of weather to serve us. It’s an extremely dangerous and often thankless but necessary job. As you go through your day today, stop and pray for these men and women who keep our communities safe and clean. Pray for their safety. Pray for their families. And if you see them out on the job consider telling them “Thank You!”

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“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” – George W. Bush

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” – George W. Bush

On this somber day, we remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. We offer our sincerest thanks to the first responders who rushed towards ground zero in the minutes, days and weeks that followed.

At Arwood Waste, we offer prayers for comfort and peace for all those who lost loved ones as a result the attacks and for all the police, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who risked their lives to save others.

Remembering Bravery and Courage

On September 11, 2001, the world watched as 2,605 U.S. citizens and 372 non-U.S. citizens lost their lives. The final death toll included 2,606 individuals in the World Trade Centers and surrounding areas including 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers, 55 military personnel in the attack on the Pentagon and 265 passengers on the four planes including 40 passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Over 90 countries lost citizens in the 9/11 attacks.

United In Tragedy

While millions tried to make sense of the shock and sorrow, we came together as a nation to mourn, remember and honor friends, neighbors and loved ones. As the we grieved, unity and patriotism swept the nation. American flags flew at half-staff as millions volunteered and donated blood and congress came together to pass a victim aid measure.

As we remember on the losses of 9/11, we reflect on the words “United We Stand.” As a nation, we are strongest when we stand together in support of our neighbors.

Service and Remembrance

At Arwood Waste, we encourage you to participate in Patriot Day memorials, ceremonies and volunteer activities in honor of those who were lost on 9/11. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, consider joining a volunteer project in your community, donating blood through organizations like One Blood or Red Cross, volunteering at a National Cemetery, donating to support the 9/11 Memorial Museum or simply reaching out to support a neighbor in need.

However you remember 9/11, we hope you find solace in your family, community or religion.

“Today, we honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed. In memory of these beautiful souls, we vow to keep moving forward.” – September 09, 2016 Presidential Proclamation

Demolition Salvaged – E-Waste: Recycling Old Tech

These days, our lives are largely dependent on technology and electronics. In 2015, about 87% of American households had at least one computer at home and 75% had at least one handheld device, such as a cell phone or tablet. In many cases, you will find multiple cell phones and computers in one household. What happens to all of those electronic devices when we are done with them?

How to Get Rid of Old Tech

There are many ways you can get rid of old tech without sending it to a landfill. This is important because laptops, cell phones, tablets and other electronics can contain valuable resources. They may also contain components that are harmful to the environment. Here are three ways you can ditch your old tech with minimal impact on the environment.


In almost every case, reusing an item is better than recycling it and old computers and cell phones are no exception. We often upgrade our phones every couple of years, but that doesn’t mean the old one is useless. And while you may update your computer after a few years, the average lifespan of a computer is actually seven to eight years. Your old laptop may still be perfectly usable for someone else.

There are many nonprofit organizations that will happily accept your old tech. World Computer Exchange and Computers with Causes accept computers, monitors, tablets, accessories and assorted tech gadgets. Cell Phones for Soldiers collects old cell phones, refurbishes them for resale and uses the profits to purchase phone cards for service members to call home while on deployment.

Before donating any device, we encourage your to delete all personal information. If you can, wipe the device or resort factory default settings. This will help ensure your personal information is safe. It is also best to make sure you only donate your old tech to reputable organizations.


Just like a scrap yard for cars, old computers can be used for their parts. Salvaging parts for reuse in a new computer saves resources and can also save you money. Depending on your skill set and the age of your device, your broken computer could have numerous parts worth salvaging.

Looking for a fun project? Instructables offers some creative (and crazy) ideas to reuse your computer parts. There are all kinds of fun ways to reuse keys from old keyboards. If you are the DIY type, computers have a variety of components you can use to power up or redecorate your next project.


If your tech isn’t suitable for reuse or repurposing, then recycling is the way to go. In addition to saving the environment, you can save some green. Some companies, like Best Buy, will accept your old electronics for recycling and offer discounts in return.

The Importance of Responsible Disposal

We may occasionally detach and unplug, but we are largely tied to our cellphones and computers. With so many electronics in our homes and offices, disposal can easily become a big problem. Preventing irresponsible or unlawful dumping of electronics, especially with such large quantities, is essential to avoiding contamination.

E-waste can contain mercury and lead. The toner in cartridges for printers and copiers is classified as a 2B carcinogen. Irresponsible disposal of e-waste can lead to harmful levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, hexabromocyclododecanes, polychlorinated and polybrominated biphenyls and other dangerous contaminants. All of these compounds can pose serious risks to our health and the environment.

Whether your recycle your electronics or choose to throw them out, be sure you are doing so responsible. Work with reputable companies and services. Follow all local and federal guidelines or choose a company that adheres to or exceeds these regulations. It may take a little time and research, but smart disposal choices have a huge impact on the environment, especially with electronics such as cell phones, laptops, monitor and tablets.

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Land Bank demolition

The demolition of the former Jim and Mary’s Bar is nearly complete. Ben’s Construction of Lima was laying the gravel for the site on Friday. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

The demolition of the former Jim and Mary’s Bar is nearly complete.

Ben’s Construction of Lima start the demolition process on Aug. 17 and was laying the gravel for the site on Friday.

Several areas of the former bar still stand awaiting instruction from engineers. Portions of the building to north of the demolition will need capped to keep out moisture as well.

Hurricane Safety and Site Preparation Tips from Arwood Waste

After a brutal 2017 hurricane season, we are counting our lucky stars the Atlantic has been relatively quiet this year. While it’s tempting to breathe a sigh or relief, we are not in the clear quite yet. In fact, we are just now reaching the peak of the 2018 hurricane season.

While there is nothing we can do to influence the path of these storms, we can do our best to prepare for them. And the best time to prepare is before a storm is even on the radar. Here are a few tips to help you get prepared at home and on the job site.

Secure Materials and Equipment

Hurricanes can easily damage any materials left outside. Loose materials pose the added risk of becoming airborne as projectiles that can break windows and damage property. Minimize your risks and liability and prevent injuries by keeping your site clear of debris and securing materials when a storm is on the way.


Make sure your construction and roll off dumpsters are tarped and all construction debris is secured so no debris becomes wind borne. Loose materials can become dangerous projectiles, resulting in significant property damage. We offer tarp services to help you secure your dumpsters in preparation for storms.

Portable Toilets and Sanitation Units

Ensure all portable toilets are properly secured and weighted down. You can weight the toilet by carefully placing sandbags inside the unit or you can secure it to another structure, such as a dumpster. If possible, transport portable toilets and other all other sanitation units to a garage to protect them from the storm. If you need assistance securing your portable toilets, we offer services to help secure them to your dumpster. Remember, if your portable toilet or sanitation unit is damaged as a result of the storm, you could be liable for damages unless you purchased a Damage Waiver.

Loose Materials

All tools, equipment, materials and debris should be moved indoors. Arwood Waste will continue to offer cleanup and removal services as long as possible to assist you with storm preparations. Anything that cannot be removed or safely stored indoors should be tied down.

Prepare at Home

In addition to protecting your job site and employees, we want to make sure you are prepared at home. Whether you are planning to leave town to get out of the path of the storm or hunker down in place, here are a few steps you can take to protect your family and your home.

Stock Up

Once a storm is on the radar, grocery store shelves empty quickly. Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food now. In addition to food and water, make sure you have a radio to track the storm and battery powered flashlights. Be sure to grab plenty of batteries for radios and other electronics you will want on hand as you weather the storm. This way, when a storm is coming, you can focus on securing your home instead of running around town hunting for emergency supplies.

You can download the FEMA Emergency Checklist and the Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist to help get you started. The Red Cross also offers resources to identify what you should do before, during and after a hurricane or typhoon to ensure you and your family are safe.

Have a First Aid Kit

If you haven’t already prepared a kit of emergency medical supplies, now is the time to start. If you do have a kit, verify that supplies are not expired and any electronics are in working order and fully charged. Your first aid kit should be stocked with supplies to treat any minor injuries that might occur. If you don’t have one, you can order a first aid kit at Medical Waste 360. For additional information on hurricane kits and supplies, the American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist.

Make a Plan

Don’t wait until the storm is on your doorstep to decide where you’ll go. Roads will become congested and hotels will fill up quickly. If you plan to stay with friends or family, verify that they will be able to accommodate you, your family and any pets. Listen to local officials and evacuate or go to a shelter if evacuation orders are issued for your area. Make sure you know the locations of your local shelters and identify those that can accommodate any special needs, such as pet friendly shelters. You can check online for the location of local shelters and visit the American Red Cross to find open shelters.

Donate Blood

When thinking about hurricane prep, donating blood might not come to mind, but it should. After major weather events and disasters, there is almost always a shortage of blood supply. Getting to a donation center after the storm can be difficult, so before the storm hits, make an appointment to donate. If you live in a state not directly affected by storms, your donation could still help. In emergencies, such as hurricane disaster recovery, your local blood bank could end up sending blood to help affected areas.

Storm Cleanup

After the storm has passed, recovery work begins. While we hope any damage is minimal, storm recovery and cleanup services may be necessary to get your home and work site back to normal.

Demolition Services

At Arwood Waste, we are prepared to mobilize immediately after the storm has passed. Our demolition and emergency clean up services will be available to help assess and recover in the aftermath of the storm. You can schedule an appointment anytime using our online services or by calling 1-855-647-8469.

Air Scrubbers

After storm waters recede, there is still much work to be done. Even with repairs, moisture and unpleasant odors can linger. HEPA air scrubbers and dry out fans help clear the air to get your structures livable as soon as possible. Reserve your clean up equipment online or call 1-888-413-5105.

Stay Safe

Be sure to stay informed and plan accordingly. You can get the latest updates and public advisories at any time from the National Hurricane Center.

Arwood Waste hopes everyone stays safe throughout the 2018 Hurricane Season.

Bradco Environmental llc 5810 Stuart Ave Jacksonville, FL 32254

Bradco Environmental llc

5810 Stuart Ave

Jacksonville, FL 32254