Thursday, June 23, 2022

Bexar County Recycling

Have you been receiving yellow warning notices on your recycling containers or noticed the trash bin inspector rolling through your neighborhood checking your bins? Yes, Bexar County is cracking down on recycling and trash. To know in more detail what can and cannot be disposed of in your weekly waste bins, visit the sanantonio.gov website for waste management rules.


What can be recycled? Recycled materials include paper, plastic, metal and glass. These items are limited and have to be thrown in the BLUE recycle bin loose. They cannot be in the blue plastic recycling bags. The recycling bags can be recycled in the bin but cannot contain recycled items. 


What cannot be recycled? Non recycling items include the following and must be disposed of in the black waste bin or the green waste bin: diapers, styrofoam, hard plastics, toys, shredded paper, garden hoses, aluminum foil, clothes hangers, wood or yard waste, etc. for a full list, visit the sanantonio.gov website. 




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

World Ocean Day





Our Ocean is important to Keep up with as mentioned in previous posts. World ocean day was created to bring awareness by organizations with activities surrounded by encouragement to help educate ways to protect our planet. This global movement is to try to

Safeguard at least 30% of the world’s land, waters and oceans by 2030. (Weforum.org) 


Every year there is a theme this year’s theme is “ Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean” and is the first hybrid event hosted at the UN headquarters and broadcasted live. The event brings up laws, contributions and other important factors and ways to protect the ocean. They also suggest action on how to revitalize and protect the sea life that is responsible for our food and medicines. Without the actions of the UN today, we may continue to see a faster decline in our ocean life.


Continue to do your part to help as much as you can because a little work can go along way for this mission on our ocean. Recycling appropriately, don’t leave trash around the areas, make the switch to more biodegradable household items and reusable containers and straws. We can do this!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Summer Cleaning Can Happen So Fast


  Summer is here and school is out, look no further than your own home to keep the kids busy and your home running in great condition. There are at least ten easy maintenances that can be done around your home and are perfect for the kids to earn money or have a reason to get up on schedule this summer without hearing their cries of boredom.

    Teaching the kids how to clean and replace the air conditioner filter should be one of the most important items they can keep up with. Whether using the every 3 month filters or a monthly filter, changing it out can help prolong the life of your AC unit by avoiding any dust or dirt clogging.

    Going back to dust, showing the kids how to clean the ceiling fans and to reverse the fan to counterclockwise will help keep those pesky allergies at rest and keep the house cool.
    The summer usually calls for some early bright sun and wonderful daily natural light. Why not add window washing to the list of chores? It will also give the kids something fun to do with water and keep cool while they do it!
    Bacteria grows faster in hotter climates, even in the refrigerator, so it's not a bad idea to get the fridge cleaned out. Using an antibacterial soap and water is great for the surfaces, as well as getting all the expired or moldy foods out of the fridge to avoid any salmonella like bacteria from infesting the good food.
    After the fridge, might as well get them to get in the freezer also and it will keep them cool in the process. If there is any ice buildup along the freezer walls, it's a good idea to chip it away with a little hot water and something to scrape it with. Look for any freezer burned items to throw out and clean any ice cube trays.
    In Summer months, food tends to spoil faster and the smells tend to be stronger longer, so moving onto the garbage disposal or drain wouldn't be bad idea. There are good cleaners at the store or use some vinegar and baking soda and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then rinse with boiling hot water. Doing so every two weeks can help keep the disposal and drain clean longer.
    Add sweeping and counter cleaning daily to the list as this will help keep any food searching bugs from posting camp in your house. Cleaning the counters every night and then sweeping the crumbs up right after will be a new found habit that will help keep your home clean and bug free! Mopping once a week can also help keep your floors clean, dust or mud from building up and any bacteria or germs from the outside out.
    If you use a water hose or outdoor faucet during the Summer months, it's the perfect time to have the kids check for leaks. Make it fun with an outdoor splash day and if leaks are discovered, they can be temporarily and easily fixed with water-proof gardening tape.
    Summer doesn't have to be boring for the kids and can give them a chance to earn a little extra money! Teaching them some basic house maintenance can be good for them and you in the long run to keep the house running smoothly and less time and money on costly home repairs.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Good Contract with a Good Contractor

 




Contractors in any field are easy to find via Google or word of mouth but how do you get a reliable one out of all those around? You research and check your sources  before the final hire is the simplest answer.


Review reviews! The great thing about the internet is that we can go to a contractor’s website, social media pages and Google page for reviews or comments about their services. A good suggestion by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is to search the name of a company with the words “scam” or “complaint” in the search to see what pops up. Asking neighbors, family, or friends about any projects they have done and if they are able to recommend who they’ve enjoyed using.


Understand the what your project is as an entirety. Knowing what it is that you want completed, how you want it completed, the idea cost of materials and what you’re hoping vs expecting to pay is helpful in trusting the estimates you get. Getting more than one estimate also gives you a range of how far your pocket book can expand and also helps in seeing which company will provide the best customer service on top of the services you’re expecting. The least expensive option isn’t always the best option but neither is the most expensive. Really get a feel of who you want to work with.


While researching your prospective contractors, look for red flags such as those without a license (if required), bonded or with no insurance, and finally those who don’t have or won’t give a reference. Will the company have a portfolio or allow you to see any of their work? Ask the company about their past experiences in projects like yours and how they felt about the ending result. All of these questions keep the contractor honest and show the pride they take in their own work.


When deciding on your contractor, check to see if they require deposits and never pay the contractor in full before the job is completed. Make sure to read over any estimate paperwork, the contract, ask about the logistics of the project, will there need to be any permits pulled and who is responsible for pulling the permits? Make sure you have great communication with the contractor that is hired. Being able to talk often is important to keep the project on time or to know if there are any mishaps that need to be taken care of.


Doing the research you need to do is important in finding the contractor you can trust with your project no matter how big or small the repairs or renovations are. Being diligent before the project starts will only save you time and money with a great experience at the end of your project.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Earth Saving

Protecting our seems like it can be too big a job, but all the little things that everybody could do and pitch in can add up to make a difference for our Earth. Some small steps to begin with are recycle more and use more reusable cups and straws, don’t throw harsh chemicals into the water system, use long lasting light bulbs, try to drive less, try to conserve water and volunteer at cleanup events.

Recycling can seem to be a tedious chore but when you’re really careful about it and know what items can be recycled to make into new items to be used again or in another form, it can be a second nature. The less trash we throw away into our landfills creating mountains of debris buried in our soil helps from causing hazardous waste where we grow a lot of our food. Ways to recycle include using reusable cups and reusable straws. You see it all the time with ads on saving the turtles by using reusable straws or no straws at all, as most of the straws we use end up in the ocean and affecting not just turtles but all sea creatures. This can be dangerous for people too since the sea contains a lot of our food for survival. And not only our survival but survival for land animals that also use our seas and waters for food.


Long lasting light bulbs are beneficial in the sense that we’re not throwing away constantly burned out bulbs in the trash but also helps to conserve the energy used. Conserving energy helps to efficiently run not only our homes but other important businesses such as hospitals, jails, schools, super markets and factories. The power grid can be a very sensitive operation and taking care of it the best we can with the use of solar panels or longer lasting light bulbs can help conserve the energy we need.


Driving less can prove to be a heartache responsibility but also proves to be an efficient way to save our air quality. A lot of state inspections do include emissions tests but a lot of states don’t and bad omissions going in the air and gas usage all causes stress and pollution to our earth's atmosphere. At some point it’s going to be very hard to breathe our air and sustain our plant life.


One of the easiest ways to help with our earth's pollution crisis is to join a volunteer cleanup group with your friends, family or local community users and do the little things like pick up trash, plant some trees, clean up the beaches and even teach others about the importance of recycling.


The earth is our responsibility and there are so many ways we can continue to protect it from the harm of everyday living. It’s a tough job but if we were able to all work together we could definitely keep our earth the cleanest place that we want to live.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

National Small Business Week

 



The world of small businesses is very large and wide. It continues to grow with more than 32.5 million small businesses around the world. These Businesses can range from brick-and-mortar to in-home e-commerce based. A lot of these business courageously started with an idea to be able to control their own time, their own work ethic, their own goals and to break free from the traditional politics of a full-time job working for a big corporation.


The Small Business Administration defines a small business as one that has fewer than 500 employees. This category also includes start up companies, most of which have less than 50 employees. To give a better idea of the number of small businesses in America there are about 38 million businesses to have fewer than 100 employees, and 23 million show to have fewer than 20 employees. That’s a lot of small businesses in America alone


So why are small businesses so important? Small businesses generate about 1.5 million jobs in America. And whether or not small businesses become large corporations, they generate a lot of unique products, continuously generate jobs and have always shown to be part of the US economic growth. Another factor of small to medium size businesses, also known as SME, is they bring knowledge to how to better network, digitalization, global marketing, and global economic growth. Needless to say larger establish corporations tend to learn a lot from these millions of small businesses, not only in America but around the world.


One of the many reasons that people start their own business is the dissatisfaction of working in corporations. That is one thing that larger corporations have yet to learn to inhabit from smaller businesses is employee satisfaction. But how do you give people their own freedom, ability to work wherever, whenever, however and still trust them to do their own jobs accurately and efficiently? You can’t, so you let them start their own business.


You would think with all the small businesses out there, more people would be able to do it, however the biggest fear in starting a new business is the risk of failure. About 20% of small businesses fail the first year and about 50% of startups fail in the first five years. These are understandable statistics for why more people don’t leave corporate America. Those that have survived and continue to create new businesses, also create new jobs and opportunities and have brought great economic pride and growth to our system. 


The number one reason most small businesses fail is the lack of cash. Before starting a small business you should take into consideration of what you’re offering as what customers mean. Without the need of a product, there’s no reason for a customer to spend money on it which then has the lack of demand to continue generating or selling supply. The other reason behind an unsuccessful business is not having a team to Work with, being out competed against others in the industry, And cost related issues. 


Starting a small business definitely takes a lot of courage and risks but if an entrepreneur can find the right demand and provide an even amount of supply working with a great team, the business can strive and teach a thing or two to  larger corporations!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Communicating with Technology


    Running a business on and off the road can be trying and the importance of communication is a high priority. We believe in safety for our drivers and thankfully technology has been on our side to help our drivers utilize phone calls through bluetooth and handsfree or when they come to a parked stop, they can use their tablets or phones to utilize the driver log to access messages left from our dispatchers. 

    Our dispatchers know that our drivers are busy enough and the importance of detailed messages to keep them moving post each delivery or removal is essential and the less time they have to be on their devices or stopped, the happier our customers are and the more efficiently they are taken care of! 

    Our training process for both dispatchers and drivers includes communication skills. Trying to keep our employees updated on the highest levels of how to communicate is key for a smooth running delivery business!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thankful Givings


    The holidays are among us and we are definitely ready to give thanks for all of our givings. Our employees and our customers are two groups of people we couldn't survive without. Our families and their support are the next to receive our gratitude. It takes a village to raise a new company from the ground up and we appreciate our village with all of our hearts! Thank you for being the best part of our dirty, friendly porta potty career! 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Build Yourself


 2 Pees in a Pot was built from a simple idea. Neenah Marie was already a thriving dumpster rental business owner and saw an opportunity as most of her dumpsters were being rented by construction companies, why not have a one stop shop! She made sure to bring the same pazazz from Bin There Dump That SA to her porta potty rental business. 2 Pees in a Pot has the same friendly customer service in a dirty business and makes sure to bring the best technicians to the job site. No matter what kind of brand you have, as long as you represent it with pride and put your all into it, then your brand will be as great as you!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Water Pollution Facts


 

    Water pollution is something we hear about but not brought up enough. We know that plastics in the oceans are dangerous to the sea animals and we know that oil spills is deathly to all sea life, but what are the facts of how much pollution is truly entered into the ocean daily? We did a little research and thanks to an article by Rubicon.com, we can share some of that information.

    More than 14 billion pounds of trash is thrown into the world's oceans annually which goes back to save the turtles!!! The trash build up is so bad in the Pacific Ocean that there's a name for it, the Pacific Ocean Trash Vortex. This vortex is a collection of marine debris that estimates to be twice the size of the US and would take 67 ships, in one year, to clean up less than 1% of that trash. 

    In another article on ocean pollution by conservation.org, it turns out that our laundry also pollutes the ocean. 700,000 microfibers are washed into our waterways with each load of laundry which makes up 85% of all washed up trash on the beaches. There's even trash we can't see as 70% of it ends up on the ocean floor that will never get cleaned up. There's even ocean noise pollution, definitely not something brought up when it comes to ocean trash. This noise from ships and military activity is harmful by causing cellular damage to invertebrates such as jellyfish. This can cause a food chain interruption for tuna, sharks, turtles, and other creatures!

    Water and ocean pollution is definitely alarming as it not only affects drinkable water but food for both humans and animals. Think twice the next time you pass trash on the beach!

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Where does porta potty waste go?



    Working with used portable toilet water is what it sounds like, human waste mixed with the blue water. How is the porta potty cleaned? Where does it go? How is it transported? It's a process to keep your water system clean and avoid waste from spewing out of the toilet itself.

    To avoid a porta potty from overflowing, most companies set up a schedule from removing the porta potty or to clean and empty the porta potty of collected waste. A vacuum truck is sent out that has a big tank on the back with powerful hoses that hook up to the toilet and suction out the water. The tank also hold fresh water that is then poured into the potty. Once the water is cleaned, the portable toilet itself is usually wiped down or power washed and sanitized, the toilet paper is replenished and adding some kind of deodorizer and hand sanitizer, if they contain a dispenser, to complete the process.

    Once the portable toilet is cleaned, the vacuum truck can now make its way to it's local authorized sanitation cleaning facility. The facility will empty the truck's tank and run the water through a separation process of the waste from the actual water. The water will then be cleaned, tested and recycled back to the water supply.

    The team work it takes from the portable toilet rental company and the sanitation facility is important to make sure that all waste is handled safely and efficiently to avoid any illnesses or harm to the community. Being able to have a comfortable place to handle business while at an event is also important and the only way to do this is to continue providing the best cleaning process all around!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month


    In 1968 President Lyndon B Johnson first recognized the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week and in 1988 it was expanded to a month long observation by President Ronald Reagan but why? From September 15th through October 15th in the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to honor Hispanic Americans who "inspired others to achieve success." (U.S National Archives)

    The significance of this celebration in September is a representation of the many anniversaries of Latin American independence that happen to fall on September 15th which include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 12th Chile celebrates their independence and Mexico celebrates on September 16th. With as many as 60.5 million Hispanic people in the U.S (18.4% of the U.S population) in 2019 according to the U.S Census Bureau, it's no wonder Hispanic Heritage is such a meaningful and important month!

    For a more in depth explanation and research of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanics that have made successful achievements for the Hispanic Community, visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

What is Labor Day?

 

    We all know Labor Day as the farewell party for Summer and the first holiday for the back to school kids. How did Labor Day start and what is the meaning of the holiday? Courtesy of History.com, we can help with some of those answers!

    Dating all the way back to the 1800's, particularly during the Industrial Revolution, people of all ages (as young as 5) have worked long hours, every day and in harsh conditions. The workers consisted of the very poor and immigrants trying to make enough money for food to feed their families. Unions began forming as more manufacturing companies came about forming more jobs with no benefits became more frustrating to the employees. Many violent riots were held killing many people and officers, the most famous being Haymarket Riot in 1886. To rise up and avoid another major riot, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off in New York to march from City Hall to Union Square and this was known as the first Labor Day in US history.

    It took 12 years for Labor Day to be recognized and legalized by Congress. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the holiday into law. Labor Day has a dark history prior to its recognition and thanks to all the union workers putting their actions to work, we have gained better wages, benefits and working hours in business places everywhere.