How to Boredom Clean During a Pandemic

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Odds are you’ve found yourself with a little extra time at home because of the current global pandemic. This extra time might be inspiring you to clean out areas of your home that you just haven’t had the time to for a while — a phenomenon known as Boredom Cleaning. Here are a few things to consider before cleaning out the attic, reorganizing the garage or clearing out the yard.

Avoid Dropping Off Extra Garbage

Sanitation workers have been hard at work keeping garbage and recycling from piling up throughout this crisis. However, the crisis has put an additional strain on the sanitation system. For both your own safety and the safety of the individuals who are hard at work keeping this essential service going, please wait until stay-at-home orders are lifted before doing a non-essential run to drop off garbage.

To protect workers as well as the public, Eastern Regional Landfill is closed to the public until further notice. ERL is only open to Essential Businesses as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order. Find the most up-to-date information regarding ERL’s closure.

Request a Curbside Collection

Although Eastern Regional Landfill is closed to the public, residents may still request curbside services including scheduled trash overages, bulky item pickups, and debris box rentals. Scheduled trash overages include up to 3 extra bags/cans collected with your regular trash. Bulky item pickups include one large item under a 200 lb weight limit. Additionally, for larger clean-ups, debris box rentals are available for delivery to your home. Capacities include 6, 20, and 30-yard bins.

Learn how to schedule a trash overage or bulky item pickup.

To order a debris box, call TTSD customer service at (530) 583-7800.

Reduced rate yard waste dumpster rentals will also be available starting May 1st. Reservations can be made ahead of time also by calling TTSD at (530) 583-7800.

Learn how to properly place your trash for curbside collection to avoid overage charges.

Keep Items Inside the Bins

During this time of heightened health precautions, it’s more important than ever that all the items that belong in the bins go only into the bins. Many boredom cleaners are putting extra garbage in bags or piles next to their bins. These loose materials require garbage collectors to touch additional surfaces, exposing them to unnecessary risk.

Store Hazardous Waste and E-Waste for Now, Dispose Later

If you are cleaning out the garage or shed you may be dealing with hazardous waste and e-waste. It’s important that these materials are stored correctly for now, and disposed of correctly after this current health crisis is over. Eastern Regional Landfill’s Hazardous Waste Collection Events are also suspended until further notice. Items such as antifreeze, aerosol cans, batteries, electronics and small appliances are illegal to put in the garbage or pour down the drain. Remember to store fuels, aerosols and any other combustible items out of direct sunlight in a well-ventilated area until stay-at-home orders are lifted, when they can be properly disposed of as hazardous waste.

Upcycle, Recycle or Donate

Consider using your extra downtime to recycle and repurpose items. That old decrepit wheelbarrow could make a cool new planter bed. That empty pickle jar could be transformed into a neat container for nuts, beans or grains. Websites like Instructables and Upcycle That have an abundance of interesting upcycling ideas — the sky is the limit when it comes to repurposing items. Ready to get rid of an item but not sure how to dispose of it? Check out our handy Recycling Guide. Have items in usable condition that you no longer want? Store them in a bag or container until stay-at-home orders have been lifted and thrift stores have re-opened.