There is a fun little Internet site called Yelp which is also a mobile phone app. The initial purpose behind Yelp was to give folks a chance to share their reviews of local restaurants. You could go to an eatery, enjoy a meal and then post your comments as if you were a critic at large. You can even snap a picture of your dinner and post that. As Yelp grew in popularity it began to expand its base of reviews. Now anything and everything can be reviewed on Yelp. This holiday season even residential displays of Christmas lights were given the Yelp treatment. This was a great way for folks to find out where the hotspots around Oakland where for seeing Christmas lights.
One popular spot that received rave reviews on Yelp was Deacon Dave’s. Apparently this is an annual tradition of putting up Christmas lights which grows each year. This past season Deacon Dave put up 343,200 lights to the delight of every passerby. Then there is the Christmas Tree Lane which is a block of homes down Thompson Avenue that take their holiday decorating very seriously. It’s great when an entire neighborhood can coordinate their lights!
Beyond the Yelp reviews there are many other online resources for Oakland residents to track down where the best Christmas lights were on display. It seems like at least one home in every neighborhood goes a little bit crazy for Christmas with the Christmas lights. There are some who even take decorating to the next level by coordinating their flashing lights with synchronized musical accompaniment. It’s all in good fun.
While it’s great to watch these lights each year, you need to give pause for the effort it takes to not only put up these displays but also take them down. Think about Deacon Dave. He had to string over 300,000 lights and now he’s got a take them all down and pack them up again. Wouldn’t it be great if you can keep them up all year round? He probably wouldn’t have much complaints in that! Hopefully Deacon Dave will have some help when it comes to taking down those lights. As for taking down your own Christmas displays, perhaps you can entice your family to help take them down with another round of fresh baked cookies.
One thing is for sure is that after all the ornaments are packed up and the lights to come down you also need to make sure you’ll be getting rid of your Christmas tree properly. If you’ve got your own tree shredder then you’re good to go. However, most of us need to make special arrangements to get rid of our Christmas trees. That can happen by calling upon the services of professional junk haulers like Junk King Alameda who will be making the rounds in the next couple of weeks picking up Christmas trees from all over Oakland. The same top Oakland junk haulers can also pick up all your other trash and garbage that might have piled up over the holiday. And if you want to get rid of that old sofa or refrigerator with the same pickup for your Christmas tree go right ahead!
One of the most popular items to purchase at Christmas time our electronics. These aren’t just the gifts that you give to the special people in your life but it’s also the gifts that we give to ourselves! With prices dropping the closer you get to Christmas, it’s hard to resist the temptation of a new computer or a flat screen TV. The moment you buy yourself or someone special a new electronic device, whatever they had been using before that becomes electronic waste or e-waste. Quite often whenever we get a new monitor, computer or TV the old one is tucked back into a closet or stored down the basement. That’s because we instinctively know these items should not be thrown out with the regular garbage but at the same time we aren’t sure what to do with them. In the case of e-waste recycling or disposal, it’s best to leave it to the professionals to handle the delicate task.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is actually becoming the fastest-growing portion of our nation’s garbage. This is backed up by the fact that the Consumer Electronics Association did some research to find that there are at least 24 electronic gadgets in every household. Going back to that idea of swapping out those gadgets results in around 2,000,000 tons of unwanted e-waste created every year. Unfortunately, less than 20% of that e-waste is ever recycled. That means the e-waste is going to end up in landfills and that’s going to cause a problem down the road when toxic materials such as lead, mercury or beryllium might leak out into the soil and groundwater.
Certain communities are taking harsh steps to make sure that e-waste is recycled properly. For instance over in Illinois all e-waste is banned from landfills and anyone who’s caught throwing electronics out in the garbage could be fine hundred dollars. This also applies to manufacturers who have to get rid of their e-waste.
In Oakland, there a professional team of junk haulers who specializes in the proper disposal of e-waste is Junk King. There are certain facilities located around town that can handle this type of junk. Instead of just being crushed, the individual components generated from e-waste have to be stripped apart and separated. Then those separate elements can be processed together and repurposed.
If you’re someone who has been using computers for years that’s a pretty safe bet you may have a couple of abandoned desktops and monitors sitting around waiting to get recycled. One call to the best Oakland Hauling team and you will have accomplished that task. But you don’t have to limit yourself to e-waste for this pickup. At the same time the junk haulers are taking away your old monitors or TV they can also be taking away your unused furniture, kitchen appliances and even yard debris. The bottom line is that you can start to fill up a truck with your old electronic gadgets and end up getting rid of all your clutter!
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