We have moved 8 times in 12 years, and our experiences with moving companies have always been just so-so. We found Neighbors Moving through the Yellow Pages and were sufficiently impressed by the reviews to call them for a quote. They were responsive in giving us a quote, and it was a very reasonable one. On the day, the crew showed up on time, and Ernest, the crew leader, was exceptionally professional in his explanations of how the move would progress. He directed his guys well, and was always cool, calm and courteous. Phil kept things cheerful with his banter; he also went out of his way to be extra helpful. We particularly appreciated his offer at the end of the move-in to help with moving any boxes or items of furniture that might not be in exactly the right place. They were very careful with all our items in terms of wrapping and handling, and they had more than enough supplies of blankets, floor protectors, etc to make this work. Although we were initially very stressed out and apprehensive about the move, Ernest, Phil and Ian made this the smoothest move we have ever done to date. We would not hesitate to recommend them, and in fact already have done so to 2 friends who are moving later this year.
Conway Van Lines moved me from Fort Lauderdale to Arizona after worked in a large scale software company for 12 years. I am a computer engineer and got hit by the job market and got laid off. I am just so lucky after this I was hired for a better job in Arizona. Prior to this move, I was stressed because I have had nightmares with other moving companies. I didnt need any more added stress. Since talking to their Sales person, I was presently impressed with how easy they made the process. I like it when companies make difficult processes easy it saves me the hassel, like not having to print, sign, fax my contact... it is electronic so I reviewed and signed electronically. Once the pick up people got in my house we went over the the property and they started to work. They look presentable wearing the company's uniform and they talked politely. I breathe fully when they delivered my items in perfect condition. I never regret hiring them for my move. The people both in the office and in the field are very polite. The driver have good experience and very professional. I even sent a thank you card with a picture of the new house. All and all been an excellent move and very good service!
I was moving an antique china cabinet that was my grandparents. I'd always admired this piece and when it was passed down to me I was thrilled. it has irreplaceable curved glass. I was really worried about it making such a long move but my fears were unfounded. New Times /Statewide Relocation took such pains to make sure it arrived in perfect condition. Everyone I dealt with was very professional and pleasant. the guys who picked up as well as the ones who delivered were super careful with my things. I was really impressed with the way they wrapped the pieces of furniture I was moving. they delivered within the allowable time frame. I called Barbie to ask for an ETA and she was very helpful and nice. I would definitely use them again I have moved 15 times from Alaska to Florida in the past 45 years. I know a good mover when I get one! Read more: http://www.mymovingreviews.com/movingreviews/excellent-from-start-to-finish-10334#ixzz28w3Fax14
All started from a phone call when I called at their office. Actually I was told about them from my friend. However when I called them I spoke with their sales rep Richard. He seemed to know his job like the back of his hands. He took no time to fix an appointment and sent me a quote within few hours. To be very honest, I have never seen such organized and efficient movers in my life. I am very lucky to have them while I was moving to my new home just couple of days ago. They came on time. Did everything right and they took very little time for the move. They were very careful with my belongings and I just loved the way they interacted with my pet. Though there were many vulnerable stuffs and heavy furniture to deal with but movers managed to move everything without a hitch. I am running short of words to praise Conway van lines for a super efficient, accurate, timely, stress free, smooth and a neat move.
I checked their background before hiring because I never wanted to depend on any ordinary moving company. That is why I did not go with a cheaper company. I always value the experience and these guys are well experienced. However, my rep Richard was very helpful from the word GO. He identified my requirements quickly and scheduled the move accordingly, assigned a very good team led by Andrey. They did the job flawlessly. They moved all my valuables and furniture without any delay and damage from Miami, FL to Austin, TX and kept the price under control. I have no complaints whatsoever against these guys. Actually I just want to Conway van lines for their wonderful service and affordable price.
I am very pleased with service of Conway Van Lines! I have a complicated move from one apartment to storage - which is completed. I have another one from storage to permanent new property in the city. The team arrived on time! They did it all in very efficient matter yet I did not feel they were rushing anything. There was not a scratch left anywhere. Since the move was to storage - they marked and labeled everything including fragile items to make sure they are stored properly. I will be requesting the same team to move from storage to permanent place. Also I got a discount on storage price. I only can hope that my final move is as smooth as this one. Thanks “Conway Van Lines”.
At precisely the agreed-upon time, two big guys showed up, one who looked like he might be a bass player in a rock band on the weekends (but for you rock-band-phobic folks, he was totally professional and polite), and the other like he might be a beach bum on the weekends (also very professional and polite). They worked fast, and considering that they had two flights of stairs to work with, I was VERY impressed. They treated my more delicate things with gentleness and care, and were very patient with me during the whole process, which I imagine could be hard to do when it’s hot outside, and you are lugging someone else’s stuff up and down stairs all day. Thank you guys!
I hired Conway Van Lines to help me make a move from FL to NY. When I googled to find a good moving company I saw many of the listings of many moving companies. But I chose Conway Van Lines because they have some great and very recent reviews. So, I was willing to pay them and hoping to get a very good service in return. Good news is they did not let me down. Actually they did more than what I was expecting from them. I do thank their sales rep Richard and Joe the foreman with his movers crew for a very smooth, stress free, quick and affordable move. They were pleasant to work with. I will surely consider them if need to hire movers in future.
Thanks conway for delivering as per your words,Your phone response was quick and great.Ivette was very friendly and helped to clear my doubts in a meaningful way.Joe explained me complete paper work on the day of move.Packing was done in a neat way.I checked there packaging before loading and i do not find any complaints in it.Loading was done at ease with proper safety measures.I am sure that time how well my stuff are placed into truck will surely remain in the same form till delivery.I received everything on the said date,received alerts on time to time about truck status.Team surely deserved tips which i offered..Definitely recommended
This was my 7 move in my life but the level of satisfaction which i got from team conway is hard to explain.Moving along with pets and old age parents was too tricky and needs lot of attention.But Dave handled everything in a perfect manner instead of handling everything on last day he suggested me that in two three days time packaging will be carried out in small session and it will not effect any one and yes it worked out on moving day i am pretty much relaxed i offer them breakfast then after that they started there work.Level of communication and neatness is beyond the limit.Thanks team surely recommend you guys
Waste management is more than just a smelly chore. Depending on where you live, it can be complicated and subject to a variety of local laws.
Understanding Waste Management
People produce a lot of waste, and proper disposal of that waste is essential for maintaining healthy living environments. Not only is garbage unpleasant to be around, but it also breeds bacteria, attracts pests, and takes up more space than you might imagine. So, governments create rules to properly dispose of it.
There are four main ways the trash gets taken out:
Landfills are by far the most common form of waste disposal. In the year 2013 alone, the U.S. sent 294 million tons of trash to landfills. While many people might think of landfills as simply a hole in the ground filled with trash, they are carefully planned out and expertly constructed structures. They have bottom liners made of either clay or plastic and are covered with soil daily. Landfills are designed to prevent the trash inside from coming in contact with environmental factors, including water and air.
Landfills are different than dumps, which don't attempt to separate the garbage from the surrounding environment. Typically, landfills also have runoff collection ponds, drop-off stations, and a buffer area around the premises. This keeps everything contained and reduces the effects on the environment and community.
Recycling means using existing material to create new products. The goal is to reduce pollution associated with creating new materials and decrease waste going to landfills. A wide range of commonly used products can be recycled, including:
While the U.S. has no national recycling laws, some state and local governments have implemented their own requirements.
Incineration, also called waste-to-energy, involves burning trash, usually to produce electricity for homes or businesses. Though this practice is common in Europe, the U.S. has been hesitant to adopt this method of waste disposal. However, some cities are beginning to embrace the technology. As recycling costs have gone up and participation in recycling efforts have gone down, some cities are turning to incineration for their garbage removal.
Composting refers only to organic substances, like food and paper waste. Composting quickly breaks down matter, and the resulting material can be used for agricultural or landscaping purposes, as it is filled with nutrients that are great for plants.
Cost of Garbage Services
Garbage is something most people don't want to handle more than they have to. Thankfully, cities arrange for workers to take your trash away for you. But, did you know that there are different types of trash that require different people to handle?
Trash removal refers to the waste collectors who come to your curb or building's dumpster on a weekly basis to remove the trash. This expense might be included in your utility bill, rent payment or another bill every month. However, you might have other options, depending on where you live. If you decide to hire an independent company instead of relying on the city-provided services, you might be able to save a little bit of money. Most trash removal companies charge between $10 and $40 per month, or $140 to $250 per year.
Junk removal handles items you don't want in your home anymore but can't easily dispose of yourself or in your regular trash. These items might include old furniture, tires, or appliances. Pricing generally depends on the scope of the task. For example, hauling away a hot tub will probably be more difficult than doing so for a couch. Therefore, hot tub removal will be more expensive - generally around $130 - than taking away the couch, which might fall closer to $80. However, some cities may have options to have your large items picked up for free. Check with your local waste management department to find out if this is available in your city and how you can arrange it.
If you separate your compostable garbage from your regular trash, you can pay for a company to come around to pick up your yard and food waste. This generally costs around $100.
Some states and cities have specific recycling rules, like Connecticut and San Francisco. If you live in one of these areas, your city might arrange for workers to pick up your recycling in the same way they pick up your garbage. You'll still have to separate everything out, though. Most companies ask you to put paper recycling in one bin, and plastic and glass in another. Some will also give the option to pick up unsorted recycling for a fee. Some recycling may get sticky, but unless there's solid food or debris stuck on, you probably don't have to worry much about residue.
When recycling pizza boxes and other similar items, rules may vary between cities. Find out from your city's recycling or waste management department to find out the rules about pizza boxes. If they do accept them, it's a good idea to scrape all the cheese and fallen toppings away before recycling the box.
Usually, regular recycling removal costs between $5 and $25 per month if you have one paper bin and one plastic and glass bin. If you have more than this, a fee of $2.50 to $7.50 per bin might be tacked on.
Like junk, waste is comprised of items or substances that you can't easily get rid of yourself. However, it's not always the size that makes removal more difficult. Rather, it's the composition. Waste generally refers to items or substances that could be dangerous to people and the environment, like chemicals, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, old latex paint or debris from a construction project. Solid waste removal generally costs around $160; hazardous waste will cost anywhere between $50 and $100, depending on how much it weighs. Construction waste can usually be taken away for about $200.
Before tossing hazardous waste items in the trash, it's best to look into local rules. Some governments have laws about throwing away batteries, latex paint and other potentially toxic substances. Call your city's waste management department to find out what rules apply to you.
When handling waste, it's important to know how to keep yourself and anyone around you safe. Certain materials can be potential safety hazards. For example, improper handling of chemicals can harm your health, and construction debris haphazardly left around can lead to an injury.
Safety Tips for Handling Hazardous Waste:
- Wear gloves and a mask.
- Keep waste in a well-sealed container.
- Clearly label the container with a waterproof label.
Some common examples of hazardous waste you might encounter include:
- Pesticides, insecticides and other pest-controlling poisons
- Flammable liquids, including lighter fluid, carpet cleaner, brake fluid, household cleaners and waterproofing sealers
- Latex-based paint, paint thinners
- Chemical drain cleaners
- Broken thermometers
- Motor oil and oil filters
The average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of hazardous waste every year. However, not everyone knows how to dispose of it. Often, these potentially harmful substances get stowed away until the family moves or does a major cleaning overhaul.
Safety Tips for Handling Construction Waste:
When performing do-it-yourself home upgrades, you may encounter dangerous materials on your own. For example, asbestos, a harmful substance that was previously a popular insulative material, may be found in older homes. If you're handling asbestos on your own:
- Wear protective clothing and a respirator or face mask.
- Double wrap the material in plastic and seal it.
- Do your best to keep the material whole; don't break it apart, and if any remains on the walls, gently remove with water.
Other materials, like broken pieces of wood or boards with nails sticking out, should be directly disposed of into your rented dumpster or a designated waste pile. Be sure everyone working with you knows where this is. Also, see that everyone is wearing protective clothing, close-toed shoes, and work gloves. Safety goggles are never a bad idea, either.
Contacting Your City's Waste Management Department
If you're new to your area or have questions about trash, recycling, or compost removal options, contact your city's waste management department. Additionally, if you are working on something new that will require additional trash, waste, or junk removal, it's always a good idea to get more information about this prior to beginning your project. If you aren't sure about how to dispose of something, like an old car battery or asbestos you found in your home, contact your local waste management department to find out what they suggest.
Renting Trash Containers for Large Jobs
If you're putting on a big event or working on a large construction project, your kitchen trash can might not be big enough to hold all of your refuse. Dumpsters can usually be rented from your local waste management department or a close-by dumpster rental company. They are typically rented out on a per-week basis, so they are great for multi-day jobs. But if your project or event will be completed in one day, it might be more cost effective to pay for a junk removal service.
Dumpster-rental costs vary widely, depending on how long you'll need the dumpster and what size you choose. Common sizes include:
- 10 yards: Can hold about three pickup trucks' worth of trash
- 20 yards: Can hold 4 tons of trash
- 30 yards: Can hold about nine pickup trucks' worth of trash
- 40 yards: Can hold about 12 pickup trucks' worth of trash
The most popular size is the 20-yard dumpster, which is commonly used for outdoor projects or home remodels. Bigger options, like the 30- and 40-yard dumpster, are generally used for major home renovations. They are also ideal for community cleanup events. The smallest sizes can be great for major home clean-outs in the spring or small do-it-yourself remodeling jobs.