At the first mention of recycling, many think of water bottles, soda cans and other small items that can be easily tossed into recycling bin. In the United States alone more than 220 million tons of waste is discarded annually, and more than half of that ends up directly in a landfill. Per person, this breaks down to almost 5 pounds of trash every day. Thanks to all of this trash, landfills are now the second highest cause of methane gas release, which puts undue pressure on our ozone—not to mention smells incredibly unpleasant for all those who live or work nearby.
Outside of the landfills, trash is even a bigger issue. In the North Pacific Ocean there is a trash heap the size of Texas just floating around. The Atlantic Ocean was recently found to have a similar problem.
There are a million ways to cut back on waste production, and those water bottles and soda cans are a great place to start. But those are some mighty small potatoes. Think about the big waste that you are producing.
Wasteful HVACs and Environmental Solutions
The heating and air conditioning system in your home could be doubling your waste impact simply by sitting there. Older HVAC units are not energy efficient, especially in comparison to the more modern systems. If your pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, then it might be time for a replacement. However, you don’t just want to send your old HVAC out to the curb.
Call your local waste management facility to find out if they accept appliances and other large items. Many recycling companies do, and have special pick-up protocol for larger items. In Jacksonville, you can call the city at (904) 630-CITY (2489) for specific information about recycling limitations and requirements.
If your HVAC is still running in decent shape, then you may be able to sell it to a company who will refurbish it. Repurposing is a great solution when it comes to recycling because it gives items a second life and keeps your belongings out of the landfill for longer.
Before you attempt to put your HVAC system out to the curb, make sure that you contact a professional from All Weather Contractors to evaluate the health of your AC system. If it is time to go, then one of our skilled professionals will physically remove the HVAC system, as it is important that none of the hookups are damaged in the removal process. With every installation All Weather Contractors performs we can remove your old system and take it to our facilities where due our part to preserve Mother Earth and recycle so that future generations have a home to enjoy. The removal of your old HVAC system should be done at the same time your new HVAC system is installed. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us!