Waste disposal

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With over 500 members, 150 spaces, and 168 hours a week, we generate a lot of waste. When getting rid of waste, please try to recycle first. This is a member intensive process. ALL waste is generated by you, the Artisan's Asylum member. Artisan's Asylum has a few systems in place to handle shared waste. In order for the system to work, members need to be involved.

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Recycling

We strive to be a leave no trace facility. Please try to recycle items before throwing them out.

Mixed Stream Recycling

Curbside Pickup is scheduled for every Wednesday. Bins should be put out after 4:00 PM on Tuesday evening and, once empty, taken back in by 7:00 PM on Wednesday evening.

Items that can be recycled include:

  • Aseptic packaging: wax-covered or foiled line containers such as juice boxes can be placed in the recycle bin.
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil: only completely clean foil can be recycled.
  • Books: paperback only (hardcover books are not recyclable).
  • Cans of compressed gas/air duster: ensure there is no compressed air or gas left in the can, then puncture it.
  • Bottles and containers: glass and plastic containers (#1-7, except Styrofoam).
  • Paper
  • Shredded Paper: can be placed with recycling if it stored in a clear see-through plastic bag.
  • Rigid Plastic: any other plastic item numbered 1-7, or items such as plastic toys, etc.

Cardboard

Cardboard is handled separately from other recyclables. The container is next to the loading dock door. Please break down boxes prior to throwing them into the bin to conserve space. DPW will take cardboard with the mixed stream recycling. We generate a lot of cardboard so we have an external waste company take away almost 300 pounds a week.

Wood

Please place scrap wood at the bin next to the entrance of the wood shop. Cut it up into small manageable pieces. Exceptionally useful, true, and undamaged scrap of linear wood (not sheet goods) can be sorted by length under the second workbench. We currently do not have a recycling option for wood. Please place all wood into the dumpster.

Metal

We have a scrap bin that is picked up periodically in the welding shop. Please make sure items are safely in the container.

Trash

We generate a large amount of trash one burrito wrapper at a time. You may only be putting one item in, but if the trash is full, take it out. Trash pickup happens on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Trash: Pro Tips

In general, don't make it suck for yourself and your fellow members to take out the trash. Here are some pro-tips:

  • Do not overfill the trash cans or the large dumpster cart / tilt truck. If the lid won't close all the way completely flat, you put the trash at risk for being too heavy and potentially dangerous for the member who empties it, and leaves it open for fruit flies and rodents.
  • Do not put anything sharp in bagged trash. Wrap sharp things in cardboard and tape.
  • Do not overfill bags; keep in mind bagged trash needs to be lifted to shoulder height into the dumpster.
  • Do not put electronic waste in the trash or dumpster.
  • Do not put hazardous waste in the trash or dumpster.
  • Do not put paint in the dumpster without using a hardener powder for paint disposal. It's really cheap at home depot.

Dumpster Location

The dumpster is located outside of the Asylum. To get to the dumpster, go out the front doors and turn left. Go to the end of the alley and look to the right. We share the large green dumpster.

Map to Outside Trash

Trash Cart Location

We keep a large gray cart to help with taking out trash. It is located right outside of the wood shop. If you would like to put trash in it, please make sure it is bagged and tied up. Trash bags are available in the janitors closet. The janitors closet is in the MPR1 immediately to the left as you walk in the door. The best time to take this out is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mid day. This is everyone's responsibility.

Bulk Trash

If you have a large object or objects to dispose of, please bring them directly to the dumpster.

Perishable (food)

Only dispose of food the MPR1 trash can.

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