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Things are always changing and improving so we frequently publish useful articles in this section. Here you can learn more about what you can do to help support Novak Sanitary Services in our unending mission to keep the greater Sioux Falls region clean and pristine.

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Yearly Bicycle Charity Gives Back to the Children’s Home Society

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes tidings of cheer and goodwill towards others. While we all strive to make our holiday season special for those closest to us, it’s easy to forget about the people who exist outside of our circle of friends and family. Sometimes we become so wrapped up in creating the perfect holiday for ourselves and our loved ones, that we forget there are those who are facing a less than perfect season and that the smallest act of kindness can make a huge impact.

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Eliminate Food Waste and Save Money on Groceries

Do you know how much food waste your household produces on a daily basis? On average, American households throw out more than a quarter of their food purchases. At the same time, research shows that nearly everyone produces more food waste than they think they do. Designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with input from the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum, The Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge is an innovative community food waste prevention tool. The food waste reduction toolkit, which has been linked to a 25% reduction in household wasted food, is made up of simple strategies and tips to help individuals and families prevent food waste at home.

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Businesses Benefit from a Waste Audit

Before your business implements a recycling program, your organization should conduct a waste audit for its commercial waste service. The term “waste audit” might not be one that most businesses are familiar with. Novak Sanitary Service can help you conduct a free waste audit on the types of waste your business generates. Every business generates waste, and Novak can provide commercial waste service for your business. A waste audit can help your business with the commercial waste it produces and end up saving you time and money.

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Correct Prescription Drug Disposal Keeps Sioux Falls Safe with Medication Disposal Drop Boxes

At one point or another, we’ve all had to take prescription drugs for an illness or ailment. Sometimes we end up with extra or leftover medication. During the cold and flu season, it’s not uncommon to purchase over-the-counter medication and use only what we need until our bodies fight off the virus. This usually results in a half-empty package of cold and flu medication that becomes lost and tucked away during the months (possibly years if you’re healthy). It’s not safe or recommended to use any medication past the expiration date, so what should we do with our leftover medication? Proper prescription drug disposal and medication disposal can help the community and the environment.

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Businesses Benefit from Sioux Falls Hazardous Waste Management Program

The City of Sioux Falls has developed a Business Hazardous Waste Management Program that offers businesses and organizations a safe, easy, and economical option to have small amounts of hazardous waste picked up at their business location in Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner Counties.

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Recycling Batteries: Everything You Need to Know About Safe & Proper Battery Disposal

Batteries provide us with a portable and convenient power source. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they supply us with power for everyday electronics like toys and cellphones, to power tools and laptops. Batteries do more than just power our everyday items, they also keep things running during emergencies. They help control power fluctuations, run commuter trains, and provide back-up power for critical needs like hospitals and military operations. The versatility of batteries is reflected in the different sizes and shapes, but all batteries have two common elements that combine to make power: an electrolyte and a heavy metal.

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Safely Disposing Your CFL Lights: What to do When You Break a CFL Bulb

With traditional incandescent lights being phased out, and compact flourescent lights (CFL) being the most affordable alternative (next to halogen incandescents), it’s important to know how to properly dispose of a CFL bulb once it has burned out or is broken. CFL lights aren’t made out of the same materials that regular incandescent or LED bulbs are made of. In fact, a CFL bulb contains some of the following materials:

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Novak Provides Community Support by Offering Event Recycling and Waste Disposal

Novak Sanitary Service is your community waste management company. Throughout the years, Novak has been active in giving community support. Why? Because we realize that our neighbors, our friends, and our families are also our customers, and we want to give back to the community which has given us so much. We are honored and truly grateful to have been a part of these community events and provide event recycling. Sponsoring and providing community support at local events is our way of thanking the community for supporting us. Summer might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that fun has to stop. Novak is proud to be a part of and offer event recycling at the upcoming events in September, and we look forward to seeing you all at them.

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Recyclable Items: Single-Stream Recycling Dos and Do Nots

Single-stream recycling is one of the easiest ways for families to recycle. Novak Sanitary Service provides residential recycling at no additional cost for customers who have residential garbage service. With our Recycling Perks program, customers can actually earn rewards by recycling. Single-stream recycling is very simple. We provide a bin, and your family places recyclables in the bin. While most items may be recyclable, some items might not necessarily be fit for single-stream recycling (i.e. to-go containers, electronics, scrap metal etc.) and should be taken to a place that’s certified for the proper disposal of those recyclable items.

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How Do You Get Rid of Paint? Toss It? Recycle It?

Many of our summer and fall projects can only be done because the weather allows it, and one of the biggest summer projects that we take on is painting.  Whether you’re painting the outside of your house, or you’re painting individual rooms, summer is the perfect time to do it.  With plenty of sunshine outside, the time it takes for your paint to dry is drastically cut down.  If you’re painting indoors, leaving windows open so a fresh breeze can circulate through your house is essential.  Once you’ve finished – your tools all packed up and your house looking brand new – you’ll need to dispose of the excess paint properly.

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