Monthly Archives: April 2011

Help Mayor Quan Make Oakland Sustainable through Recycling

There’s a new mayor in Oakland. Mayor Jean Quan recently celebrated her first 100 days in office by inviting local residents to go on a walking tour of some of the historic sites that gives Oakland its charm. With a new mayor comes a new administration and the opportunity to bring an energized approach to solving some of the challenges that face the city. One of the goals is to make Oakland a Sustainable City. As described by the official website, this would mean making Oakland into “a place where we can meet our current needs while ensuring that future generations can live rewarding and healthy lives.” That is certainly a noble goal. The question then becomes how to get there?
This plan actually got started back in 2006 when the Oakland City Council adopted a “Zero Waste Goal”  to be achieved by the year 2020. This isn’t just about recycling, but also about taking into consideration the vast amount of resources and waste that flows through Oakland with the target to eliminate that waste all together. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be garbage. It just means finding a way to recycle, repurpose and reuse that waste in a more productive manner.
Consider the statistics. Since 2000 the amount of citywide recycling is up 33% and the amount of garbage that gets dumped into a landfill is down by a whopping 27%. How does that breakdown? This means that Oakland residents have recycled 700,000 tons of cans, bottles, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, yard trimmings and food scraps. All of that recycled material was turned around to make new cans, bottles and paper products. This saves trees, water and energy not to mention reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are released into the air.
One of the campaigns used by Oakland residents is the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Now those first three are easy to understand. The more we can reduce the better off we’ll all be. Take for instance junk mail. Did you know there is a way to stop that from coming into your home? All you need to do is contact that folks who send it to you tell them to stop. They’re required by law to do that. Less junk mail means less waste in that one category. With recycling we all know about sorting our materials and placing them in the weekly recycle pickup bins. That’s where reuse also comes into play when you start thinking about how to extend the life of products or buildings and make better use of energy resources. As for rot, this is where nature can take over. Any kind of yard trimmings, food scraps or other biodegradable material can be gathered together and picked up in a special container. This is then collected into a massive mound that breaks down and turns into amazing fertilizer that can be used to grow organic foods.
Of course this plan will only work if everyone gets involved. Outside of the recycling services provided by the city, Junk King Alameda is always on call to help Oakland residents you remove larger recyclable items like appliances, e-waster or furniture. It can all be turned around! Simply call 1-888-888-JUNK.

Oakland Furniture Pickup

An end of an era has hit Oakland. That would be the actual end of the last World War II-era military hospital in California, the Oak Knoll U.S. Naval Medical Center. It has been targeted for implosion. This is the last building standing from the original 167 acre medical complex in Oakland. In its heyday, this center was home to military barracks, stores and administration buildings along with the hospital. It’s going to take 800 pounds of dynamite to bring down this building and then the real clean-up can begin.
Imagine for a moment, if you were put in charge of that cleanup. First of all, this building was officially decommissioned 15 years ago. That meant it was probably stripped to its bare bones.  All the hospital files, furniture and equipment would have been long gone. Anything else of value like lighting fixtures, sconces, copper pipes or scrap metal would have also been pulled out. Basically, what you would be left with would be tons of concrete, wood, rebar and glass. Not exactly the most “friendly” pile of garbage. It’s also probably going to take months to haul away all that garbage dump truck by dump truck.
What would happen if you had to decommission your Oakland home? Perhaps that’s a drastic question to ask, but you’ve probably got some big items in your house that you could do without; specifically some old furniture. The number one reason why people hang on to their old furniture is that they don’t have any viable way of getting rid of it. That has changed thanks to the emergence of your local Oakland based furniture pickup crew – Junk King. These are experienced haulers who have the muscle and the trucks to take away any large furniture item in your home that has seen better days. You don’t have to wait any longer to get rid of something that is an eyesore.
Having a professional team of haulers take away your furniture is a much better choice than dragging that sofa or easy chair out to the curb and hope it will magically disappear. The big problem with that option is that the furniture ends up getting wet, moldy and disgusting forcing the city to take out time from providing other services to pickup that sofa. Before that it’s just a plain hazard. Also consider that you could actually be fined for illegally dumping that furniture on the street. Yes, there are laws on the books in Oakland that target folks who want to make streets their own dumping ground.
The other benefit with hiring a professional company like Junk King to handle your furniture pickup is that you’ll know who you’re inviting into your home. You really don’t want to take a risk with day laborers.   To schedule an Oakland Furniture Pickup appointment today simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.