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.

Tips for Keeping Your Construction Site Clean

Getting started on a home remodeling project? It’s an exciting undertaking! You’ve probably been planning it for months (and maybe even years) and the time has finally arrived to start bringing those plans to life. But whether you are doing the work yourself or using a professional team to do it for you, things are probably going to be a little messy around your house for a while. Construction is an inherently messy task, with dust and debris flying around and creeping into every nook and cranny. There are a number of things that you can do to help keep the mess to a minimum, and our construction dumpster rental service in Westcliffe is just the beginning! Check out some of our favorite tips for keeping the mess to a minimum.

Put These Tips to Use at Your Home Construction Site

Keep smaller waste receptacles on site.

While you’ll want to have a large construction dumpster on site, you’ll want to have smaller receptacles on site as well. Place them strategically near that day’s work sites so trash can be easily carried and easily disposed of in the larger dumpster. Encourage everyone who is working on the remodeling project to get the waste in the smaller bins and not to simply throw waste on the floor. It will make your clean up at the end of the day a whole lot easier. Add it to the end-of-day duties that all of these smaller bins should be emptied into the dumpster so you can have a fresh start tomorrow.

Cover waste when possible.

The wind can cause a lot of issues on a construction site, including spreading litter around. It’s important to keep your trash receptacles, including your dumpster, covered whenever possible. This will prevent items from being unintentionally spread around the neighborhood and into your neighbor’s yards. This is especially important at night when a cover will also help deter pests and creatures from digging through your construction trash. Don’t let your trash be an invitation to pests, as their presence could continue long after the construction work ends.

Recycle everything that you can.

Recycling is great for the planet, but it’s also good for your job site. Sites that carefully separate recyclable items from non-recyclable items are going to be cleaner. It could also help your project save money in the long run! You may be able to sell off some of the items that you remove during your remodeling projects, such as old flooring or cabinets, and keep them from getting tossed in the dumpster. For other items that can be recycled, our team can help you get rid of them safely.

Isolate the construction as much as possible.

If your remodeling project is focused on one area of the home, try to isolate it from the rest of the house. Put up plastic sheets to prevent dust from traveling and encourage those working on the project to avoid walking through the house as much as possible. If you can’t isolate the construction from the rest of your home, then at least take measures to isolate it from your neighbor’s homes (they’ll appreciate it!).

Make time to clean up every day.

Devote a little bit of your time every day to cleaning up from that day’s construction work. It is a lot easier to clean up a little bit of the mess at a time than do it all in one big clean up at the end. If you wait to clean it up, you may uncover damage that’s been done by the debris that will now need to be fixed at an additional cost. It’s better (and cheaper) to catch those issues earlier on. Plus, if you end up doing a large clean up at the end of your construction project, you’ll end up paying a lot more for a professional cleaning service. While these cleaning services should be utilized at the end of every project, the dirtier your space is, the more you are going to end up paying.

Why Does a Clean Job Site Matter?

  • It can cut down on costs. Messier job sites tend to have an increase in material waste as well as accidents and injuries that can result in worker’s compensation or negligence claims. There will be more clean up costs at the end of the project, too.
  • It’s safer for you and your team. A messy job site can be a hazard to your health! Not only are tripping hazards an issue, you could be breathing in more dust and debris in a dirtier environment.
  • It’s better for the environment. Not only is a tidy job site more likely to recycle materials, it’s less likely to spread litter across the surrounding area. Litter can pose a danger to local wildlife as well as cause issues in the water supply.
  • Your neighbors will thank you. They’ll be putting up with the noise of your construction project, so don’t make them put up with the mess, too. If their property becomes dirty because of your construction, offer to clean it up for them. Keep it clean and you’ll have happier neighbors when it’s all said and done.

Need Help Keeping Your Construction Site Clean?

Oak Disposal Services can help! We have construction dumpster rentals that can be delivered right to your job site when you need them. We have dumpsters that are 4 to 8 yards or roll-offs in 15 or 30 yards. If you aren’t sure which one you need, talk to our team. We’ll get to know more about the size of the project and what kind of waste you’ll be disposing of and make a recommendation of a dumpster that’s right for you. We can even help you dispose of your recycled materials in the best way possible! Get in touch with our team to learn more about how we can help you keep your job site as clean as possible. Call us or contact us through our website today to get started with our waste disposal services on your job site.

What Happens to Recycled Items?

If you’ve ever recycled something (hopefully you have!), chances are, you’ve wondered what happens to the items you recycle. Is recycling an energy efficient process? Is it a benefit to our community? Does it keep our neighborhoods clean and safe? These are common questions that people have about recycling because they don’t know the process. If more people knew where their recycled items went, they’d be more inclined to recycle properly and more frequently. In this blog, we’re going to talk about what happens to some of the most recycled items.



When paper is recycled, it is separated by its type. This includes: white office paper, magazines, and newspapers. The great thing about paper is that it can be compressed into large bales that will make it easier to be transported and broken down. The paper is turned into a pulp after being shredded and mixed with water. As it’s cleaned and mixed, it turns into a slush that’s used to make office paper, newspapers, toilet paper, paper towels, and many other things.


Aluminum Cans

Like paper, aluminum cans are compacted and made into bales for easy transport. After being shredded, they’re melted down and mixed with other materials. It’s then molded into other aluminum items like new cans or foil.



Unlike paper and aluminum cans, glass isn’t always melted or mixed with water. In some places, glass can be crushed and ground into a material called cullet. Since cullet is so soft, like sand, it’s often used to replace sand on sporting fields, in landscaping, brick manufacturing, and paved surfaces. It can even be used on playgrounds!



Plastic recycling starts by dividing plastics by their ID code. After being separated, they’re put in bales and transported to a recycling plant. Like aluminum cans, plastic is shredded and melted. After being made into pallets, it’s sent to companies to be used. #1 PET plastics are often made into carpeting or fleece and #2 PET plastics are made into artificial lumber or composite decking.



Due to the face that electronics waste is made up of several different parts, electronics recycling is slightly more complicated than paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic. The large majority of electronics can be recycled so don’t assume that it’s not worth it! Since electronics are made of so many different materials, they need to be taken apart by hand. Copper and gold can be melted down to be reused, in addition to plastic pieces. Recycling electronics will help to keep hazardous materials out of landfills.


If you’d like to learn more about the disposal and recycling process, visit Oak Disposal today! Serving The Wet Mountain Valley, we’re proud to make a difference in the community by keeping it a clean and healthy place to live for everyone! Not only do we offer recycling services, but we have residential and commercial trash pickup, construction cleanup, roll-offs, and portable toilets. Our highest priority is to provide you with an honest and dependable waste disposal service!

Tips For Being Better At Recycling

Recycling is one of the best ways that you can help the environment, but have you been doing it right? Many Americans don’t recycle, and because of that you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to play your part. We’re going to talk about a couple tips to help you become better at recycling so you can rest assured you aren’t missing something important.

Knowing what can be recycled

Learning what you can and can’t recycle is a great place to start. If you’re putting things in your recycling bin that can’t be recycled, the process could take longer and as a result it will be a less environmentally effective solution. Paper, cardboard, food cans, jars, and plastic bottles can all be recycled. However, glass can’t always be recycled, so make sure to check with your recycling company beforehand.

Recycle steel

Although you may not consider this, aluminum and steel cans can also be recycled. 100 million steel cans are used every day by Americans. Steel cans are durable and can be recycled many times over, but only 67 percent of Americans claim to recycle them. If you want to be the most efficient recycler you can be, start recycling aluminum and steel cans!

Garden right

For those that are into gardening, you’ll want to do it in the most environmentally way possible. If you’re in need of mulch, try recycling biodegradable yard waste like grass clippings, wood chips, and leaves from around your yard for a natural mulching material rather than buying mulch from the store. By doing this, you’ll eliminate the need to buy mulch that may not be eco-friendly. This way you’ll have no doubts about that.

Recycle at work

The thing about recycling is that it’s a full-time commitment. Just because you’ve left home doesn’t mean you can stop recycling! Many people make the mistake of not recycling once they go to work or on vacation but this shouldn’t be the case. To help you and your workmates remember to recycle, keep two bins near where you work. Then at the end of the day, you can take it to wherever your office’s main recycle bin is located.

Buy recycled

Recycling doesn’t always come in the form of getting rid of your recyclable materials. Another way you can help is by buying things that have already been recycled. It’s called “recycling” for a reason, you can’t just have people getting rid of their materials, you need people buying what was made with those materials to make the industry stronger as a whole. However, keep in mind that just because a company says they use recycled materials doesn’t mean their product is entirely recycled. This can be used as a gimmick to get people to buy their product, so do your research!

Oak Disposal Services understands the importance of recycling for our community. If you are in need of trash collection in Wet Mountain Valley, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Construction Dumpster Rental Benefits Pt. 2

Make Your Construction Site as Efficient as Possible


Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog. Here at Oak Disposal Services, we are dedicated to making sure that all residents of the Wet Mountain Valley are as well taken care of as possible and that their waste disposal needs are met. If you are just now joining us, we are wrapping up the second part of our blog series on the benefits that come along with renting a dumpster for your construction site. While it might seem like a dumpster is unnecessary if you already have your own waste receptacles on site, we feel that after reading this post you may change your mind. If you haven’t read our previous post, we suggest you do so, however, if you would like to read it after you finish reading this one, that is up to you. Keep reading below to learn a little more about the benefits that come along with construction dumpster rentals.


Less Waste, More Space


When it comes to increasing the efficiency of a work site, cleanliness can go a long way. While it might seem like a construction site can never be truly clean, there are ways to reduce the amount of large debris that tends to build up as a project continues. Keeping this debris manageable and putting it in a place that can be easily hauled off offers many benefits and, below, we have listed out a few more for your consideration.



  • Safety: As many people in the construction industry already know, construction sites can be rather dangerous. Between the amount of heavy machinery, noise, and amount of workers that are needed to complete a project, accidents can happen at almost any point. While many steps are taken to ensure that workers are as safe as possible at all times, one of the best ways to increase worker safety is to make sure that the job site is as clean as possible. By making sure that there is not a lot of debris on the construction site, you can ensure that your workers will not accidentally trip over a loose piece of wire or a discarded piece of drywall.
  • Peace of Mind: The best part of our construction dumpster rental service, is the fact that you don’t have to do anything with the dumpster once you have filled it up. We are a full-service disposal company and, as such, we will take care of the dumpster once you are done with it. Need to fill the dumpster multiple times for one job? No problem. We will collect the dumpster each time it is filled up, dispose of your waste, and bring it back to your site for you to reuse as many times as you need.



Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series on the benefits of construction dumpster rental services. If you would like to learn more about the dumpster sizes that we have available and the price of these dumpsters, please give us a call today or visit our website. We are dedicated to making sure that all of our customers’ needs are met and we will work with you to make sure that you are completely satisfied with your rental. Contact us today to get started!

Construction Dumpster Rental Benefits Pt. 1

Let Us Help You With Your Next Construction Project


Hello there, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Oak Disposal Services, we have been serving the residents of Westcliffe, CO and the Wet Mountain Valley for over 20 years. We have made it our mission to not only be the best residential and commercial trash pickup service in the area, we have also dedicated ourselves to providing outstanding dumpster rental services for construction companies looking to make sure that their sites run as efficiently as possible. In today’s post, to educate the masses, we are going to go over some of the surprising benefits that come along with construction site dumpster rental and why we here at Oak Disposal Services are your best choice for this service. Continue reading below to learn more.


Don’t Let Your Trash Pile Up


Construction sites, by their very nature, have a lot of debris scattered around. Between the supplies it takes to actually construct a building, the trash left over from packaging, and the general garbage that accumulates anytime there are people in an area for a large amount of time, construction sites can gather clutter quickly. While the most obvious benefit of renting a dumpster is the fact that this trash has a place to go, there are other benefits that don’t seem as readily apparent. Below, we have listed a few of these additional benefits.



  • Reduced Property Damage: By renting a dumpster, workers on a construction site can better guarantee that no unneeded damage is done the building, home, or office space that is being built. If a dumpster is not present on the site, debris tends to get piled up in areas that it shouldn’t be piled. While it might seem like placing trash next to a piece of drywall in the building isn’t going to cause any harm, in some cases that debris can leave scratches, dents, or, in a worst case situation, holes in the drywall that will then need to be patched up before the project is completed. This costs extra time and money that many construction companies cannot afford to waste.
  • Increased Efficiency: Construction projects, no matter the size, are all about efficiency. Often, construction projects are on a very tight budget and schedule, meaning that any deviation from these carefully laid plans can result in additional time and money needing to be allocated in order to complete the project. When you choose to rent a dumpster for your project site, you can help save time and money because you will not have to make multiple trips to dispose of the waste from your construction site. While it might not seem like much, saving any amount of time in relation to duties that are not going towards the actual construction process is a great way to make sure that your project stays on budget and is completed in a reasonable amount of time.



Join us again next time as we continue to go over some of the benefits that renting a dumpster can have for you and your construction site. If you are already convinced that our construction dumpster rental service is something that you need, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today at Oak Disposal Services. We will work with you to come up with a solution to your needs and find the perfect dumpster for your project.