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Oakland Scrap Metal Removal Pros

It’s time for a little scrap metal trivia. Did you know that there are two kinds of scrap metal? These two types are ferrous and nonferrous. Ferrous metals are iron and steel. Nonferrous is pretty much everything else. This includes aluminum, tin, lead, pewter, zinc, bronze and brass. When you think of scrap metal what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it huge piles of twisted steel lifted by a giant claw machine at a junk yard? That is certainly one way to look at scrap metal. The truth is that a lot of what we throw out could be considered scrap metal starting with all our soda cans or empty canned goods. Those are easy to get rid of because they can be tossed out in the weekly recycling bin. But what about the big items?

When you consider getting rid of major kitchen appliances like stows, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers or trash compactors then you’re talking about some serious scrap metal. This also applies to things like bicycles, sewing machines and lawnmowers. The moment you decide anyone of those items should be gotten rid of it becomes scrap metal.

If scrap metal find its way to a landfill it is just becoming a wasted resource. Think of a landfill as a giant compost pile. The best results for something like that would be to have organic materials that can decompose down to their natural state. Adding scrap metal into that mix is going to slow the process down and make those landfills even more hazardous than they already are. The fact is that recycling metal actually requires fewer resources than making metal from scratch. This means it’s less expensive and reduces the harmful impact that mining or smelting raw materials has on the environment.

The numbers break down like this: for every ton of steel that is recycled we end up saving 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. Even if you recycle just one aluminum soda can you’re saving enough power to run a television set for three hours. That kind of recycling can add up very quickly.

All around Oakland there are scrap metal recycle centers which are happy to take in your metal. The one condition is that you have to bring the metal to them. You also have to bring the metal to them during their business hours. Just because you embrace the concept of recycling scrap metal doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to pull off.

Of course you can reduce the amount of effort on your part by hiring professional junk haulers like Junk King Alameda to take away your big pieces of scrap metal. These junk haulers are in a perfect position to haul away your scrap metal because they’ve got the truck space and the muscle to do the heavy lifting. They also know exactly where to drop off the scrap metal which means you don’t have to run the risk of driving around Oakland for hours looking for the right junk yard. You’ve got better things to do with your time, so let Junk King’s pro hauling team take care of your scrap metal.

Oakland Cardboard Disposal and Recycling

There’s good news to be found around Oakland when it comes to recycling. According to a recent survey conducted by the city, since 2000 recycling has gone up by 33%. This translates into a reduction of garbage headed for landfills by about 27%. All totaled Oakland residents have recycled over 700,000 tons of magazines, junk mail, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper and yard waste. All 700,000 tons of that recyclable material has been converted into reusable materials. This has provided many businesses with a much improved bottom line. With numbers like these you’ll also find that many essential resources like forest growth and waterways have also been protected. It simply a win-win all around for Oakland residents.

If you are new to the city or new to recycling then you need to familiarize yourself with the parameters of the Oakland program. For residents in one to four unit buildings there is a once a week pickup of garbage and recyclable materials. Oakland utilizes a three cart system. The green cart is for yard trimmings or food scraps that can be recycled. The gray cart is for bottles, cans, jars, paper and cardboard. The burgundy cart is for all the rest of the garbage or non-recyclable materials. This doesn’t include electronic waste or hazardous materials. They have to be handled separately.

To someone observing from the outside it might seem like this three cart system is a bit complicated. But many Oakland residents have found that once they fall into the routine of recycling it’s easy to remember which type of garbage goes into which garbage bin. The big issue is what to do with all of those things that don’t fit into the recyclable bins. This is especially true for piles of cardboard left over from moving boxes or the delivery of large items like a television or kitchen appliance. When those types of materials have become too big for the weekly pickup it might be time to call in the pros. In this case the pros would be experienced junk haulers who have a big truck waiting to be filled up – Junk King Alameda.

Once you make the decision to hire professional junk haulers for your excess cardboard you don’t have to stop there. The same junk haulers are more than willing to cart off all the rest of the stuff you might have around your home or apartment that you’re just dying to get rid of. Once again, it’s an issue of something being too big to be thrown out in the weekly garbage pickup. This could mean a sofa or bedroom set you been hanging onto or left over construction materials from a remodeling job. There could even be piles of yard waste like tree trimmings or sod that you need to get rid of. The bottom line is that you’ll have an empty truck at your disposal that can be quickly filled up. Just remember you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting!

Declutter Your East Bay Home

When was the last time you went visiting to a friend’s home and declared to them “I love what you’ve done with the place?” Aren’t you really saying “Gee, I wish my house looked this clean?” Perhaps in this instance a little envy could be the perfect motivator to help you finally tackle that big decluttering job you’ve been meaning to get around to in your own home. Even if you have good intentions of planning a housecleaning project on a Monday by the time Saturday rolls around you’re probably too exhausted to even think about sorting through all that junk in your closets, garages or attic. That’s why you need to have an additional motivator: schedule an appointment with Junk King Alameda.
Junk King Alameda is an East Bay company specializing in the removal of all kinds of bulky junk items from your home or office. It’s a simple concept; they have a team of professional movers equipped with a large truck capable of hauling off all your junk. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your junk is going to be recycled or dumped in a landfill. The Junk King is completely eco-friendly. They make it a priority to recycle as much of what they collect as possible. Let them worry about that. What you need to focus on is sorting through your junk. The moment you set the appointment the clock is ticking.
If there is a room in your home like the garage or attic that has become the primary clutter zone then you should begin the sorting process methodically. Start in one corner and make your way around the room clockwise. Any item, no matter what size, that you want to have Junk King take away: slap a Post-it note on it. Once you identified all those items then you’re ready to move onto the next room. It’s conceivable that with the Post-it note method you don’t really have to lift a finger.
This decluttering effort should also pertain to those areas which might be deemed “out of sight and out of mind.” That would be places like a closet, under bed or in cabinets. Here again you only have to worry about picking which items you want hauled away.
After the Junk King team has removed all your clutter you need to really readjust your attitude when it comes to bringing things into the home. Just imagine your front door is a kind of metal detector that will sound alarms every time you bring something into your house that should be thrown away. Of course, if you like collecting junk there is nothing wrong with scheduling an annual appointment with Junk King Alameda!

Oakland & East Bay Christmas Tree Disposal

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!

Alternatives to Alameda Dumpster Rentals

You can really tell a town’s priorities by the type of festivals it holds. For some places, music tops the list of things to do on a warm weekend as jazz or bluegrass festivals pop up. Other communities like to show off their creative types by offering up art fairs. Here in Alameda, some local organizers know just what pleases the residents: Food trucks. That’s why they are holding another in a series of food truck festivals at the Alameda Fairgrounds. During this foodie fest, over 20 varieties of mobile chefs will be offering up their culinary treats to the masses. With all the trucks to choose from, how can you pick just one?
In order to put together an even like the Gourmet Food Truck Festival organizers have to take into account certain logistical details. The big three priorities are parking, bathrooms and trash removal. Of those three it’s probably the trash removal that is the easiest. All they need to do is rent a bunch of dumpsters from some reliable companies and make sure they will be dropped off and picked up on schedule.
Of course if you have a big trash removal job of your own you can also rent a dumpster but there is a better alternative. That would be hiring a professional crew of junk haulers like Junk King Alameda to show up and take your trash away in one trip.
It seems logical that if you have know in advance that you have a lot of garbage to get rid of to want to throw it out into a rented dumpster. What you have to consider is exactly where will you put that dumpster? If you have a driveway then you might be able to slip it in there but that will mean you’ll be parking on the street for the duration of the clean up. Having a dumpster placed on the street makes sense but there might be some Alameda city ordinances that require you to get a special permit for parking a dumpster on the street even if it is just for one day. Suddenly, what seemed like a simple idea is now getting very complicated.
Now consider that alternative suggestion of hiring professional junk haulers. You know just what you want taken away. It might be all the refuse from a major house cleaning or some construction waste from a remodeling job. Whatever that pile of junk becomes, the experience crew of junk haulers can show up at the appointed hour, load the trash into their truck and drive it away. You’ll barely remember you had it in the first place.
The other benefit of avoiding a dumpster is that you’re removing a potential target from trash pickers. A fully loaded dumpster might prove to be too tempting to the bottle collectors in your neighborhood. Do you really want them rummaging around in your trash? Cut to the chase and hire the pros, Junk King Alameda: They won’t let you down.

Appliance Buying Guide (And How to Get Rid of Old Appliances in Alameda)

If you’re tired of dealing with the same kitchen appliances that aren’t performing up to standard then it’s time you replace them. As you embark on your appliance shopping excursion, you’ll want to do a bit of considering first. Although you might think it’s simple to just swap one stove for another or trade an old refrigerator for a new one you actually have the opportunity to make some smart choices that can have a great impact on your energy bills and the way you use your kitchen.
First of all, size does matter. Make sure you take complete measurements of the appliances you plan on replacing. If it has been a while since you’ve bought new appliances you might find that the standard sizes have changed. The last thing you want to do is buy a stove that isn’t going to fit in the space between your cabinets. Take plenty of notes when you’re making you measurements. Get all the dimensions right and you shouldn’t have any problem finding the perfect fit!
Obviously, cost is going to be a factor for your purchase but it shouldn’t be a deterrent. You should check with the rebate fund that is being offered by the state for replacement of certain kitchen appliances. If you are trading in an old energy waster for a new Energy Star rated device you could be in for a rebate. Other than that you could also consider some financing deals being offered by the appliance store of your choice. These are big ticket items so the stores are eager to make a deal. You also have to think about the life of the appliance. Suppose you are buying a new refrigerator in the $800 range. If that fridge lasts 8 years (and why shouldn’t it?) you’re really paying a $100 a year which breaks down to pennies a day. That’s a pretty good deal for a brand new appliance!
Part of the cost to consider is also the warranties. A good thing to consider about warranties is the overall replacement cost. If you’re spending $100 on a DVD player and the warranty is $75 additional it’s probably better to skip the warranty and just buy a new player. The additional warranty only kicks in after the manufacturer’s warranty. Hopefully, you’ll discover if something is wrong within that period. Otherwise, on the more expensive appliances that you want to keep running properly, a warranty could be a good way to go.
Then there are all the “bells and whistles” to consider. If you’ve been working with old appliances then you’re going to be in for a real treat when it comes to all the programmable features and time saving devices that are incorporated into stoves, washing machines and dishwashers. Yes, everyone has gone high-tech and that’s a good thing!
Once you’ve picked out your new appliances make sure you arrange to get rid of the old ones by hiring a professional team of junk haulers that are local like Junk King Alameda. They’ll be able to take away your old appliances on the same day as the new ones arrive without skipping a beat!

Oakland Construction Waste Removal – Take a Tip from the Pros

All of the lions, tigers and bears along with the rest of the crew of animals at the Oakland zoo are about to experience a major expansion. After 13 long years of planning, community meetings, replanning and renegotiating the Oakland Zoo received its final approval to expand the zoo by 54 acres. Part of this expansion will include a 17,000 square-foot veterinary hospital, an aerial gondola, an overnight camping zone and a brand-new California trails exhibit. This exhibit is going to prominently feature all those critters who call California their home including condors, mountain lions and of course the grizzly bear. The project plans on kicking off next month at a big groundbreaking ceremony for the animal hospital. If all goes according to schedule the expansion should be complete by 2015. Not only will this expansion be a welcome treat for the animals but it’s also going to mean a lot more with jobs instruction for local workers.
With a job this big there are all kinds of contracts to be bid on. Along with all the labor, material and equipment costs there will be an issue concerning the waste removal. That’s going to be a pretty hefty contract when you consider all the land that has to be moved around to make room for all those grizzly bears! It’s inconceivable for any construction site not to generate huge mounds of waste. We’re not just talking waste as in materials that aren’t being used but actually all the garbage that is created. These are all the scraps of wood, pieces of rebar, hunks of drywall and other debris that finds its way onto the trash heap at and of every day on a construction site. This is trash that needs to be cleared out almost on a daily basis.
As any construction worker will tell you, the best environment to start working on is a clean one. With all the drilling, sawing and plasterwork that happens on a construction site that environment can get very messy. That’s why the end of the day time is dedicated by the workers to clean up this space and toss all that trash onto the junk heap. When they come in next morning still be able to get right to work without having to navigate around all that trash. In a perfect world waste removal team why the show up late at night or early in the morning to get rid of that trash.
Iyou have your own smaller remodel job you’ll still need to consider what you’re going to do with all your trash. You can designate any area of your backyard to pile up all the debris but this is certainly not something you want to keep around. Even if you’re not going to have a daily pick up of the trash it makes sense to schedule a pickup of your construction waste at the end of the week with an appointment from a professional team of junk haulers like Junk King Alameda. Take a tip from the pros and make sure your garbage is taken away the right way.

Alameda Moving and Junk Hauling

A typical moving day is equal parts excitement and trepidation. You just want this whole process to be over with and not have any damage caused to your stuff. You also want to look beyond the unpacking of all the boxes and being settled into your new living space. Once that has been accomplished you wonder what all the fuss was about. There are some moving day tips that can help you make for a smooth operation.
First of all, you want to do whatever you can to avoid confusion on moving day. Hopefully you will label all your boxes properly to let the movers know where they belong. You should also make corresponding signs or labels of the doors of your new home. Sure the movers will know exactly where the kitchen is but will they really be able to tell the master bedroom from the guest bedroom from the office? If that’s where you want your boxes to go then just take a note to the doors to let them know the right space. When it comes to your big pieces of furniture you should already have a plan laid out for just how you want them to be placed. You could try this with a floor plan you sketch out that you can share with the movers so they know exactly where you want things to go. And yes you’re well within your rights to change your mind once you see the furniture in the space!
The next tip to keep in mind is to make sure you’re covered on both ends of the move. If you’re having movers pack up your house you want to make sure you or someone you trust is there to supervise the action. And you should wait until the last item is on the truck before you head over to the new house. If you are watching everything leave your home and go on to the truck there should be no question of a lost or damaged item.
If you are bypassing professional movers and calling on friends to pitch in make sure you are just as organize for them as you would be with the professional movers. Your friends shouldn’t be packing boxes for you; that should be done well in advance. And make sure you’ve got plenty of cool drinks and snacks standing by to take care of your friends. A well fed group is a happy group.
Also, if you have a dog or young kid moving day is the perfect time to find a sitter for both of them. You don’t want to worry about either one of them getting trampled on.
Finally the best advice for a smooth moving day is not to move any of your old junk with you. This should mean setting up a junk moving day separate from the big move. On this day you can hire a junk hauling crew like Junk King to take away all that stuff you’ve discovered you don’t need any more. If you’re getting it fresh start with a new place you don’t want filled with old junk.

East Bay Refrigerator Disposal

School’s out which means the neighbors will soon be teeming with kids looking for things to do. Recently, a group of youngsters from East Bay took a bus trip up to Sacramento to champion a high-quality summer program for low-income neighborhoods. This is actually a very serious issue facing kids and is called the “summer slide.” A study has found that for kids who take the summer off from being engaged in learning tend to drift further away from developing the skills they’ll need when they return to school. This doesn’t mean that kids should stay in school year round (although some parents might like that!). Instead, they should be given the opportunity to enroll in programs that bring them structure and fun activity like sports, reading and field trips.
That’s just what those East Bay kids were doing as they toured the capital and got to ask lawmakers what their favorite summers were when they were kids. Everyone has a fond memory of vacations by the beach or up in the mountains. Maybe it was a cross country trip with the whole family packed into a RV. Whatever the memory, summer is definitely a time for kids to be outdoors engaged in all kinds of fun. The goal is to have a safe summer. Every 4th of July we’re reminded of the dangers of playing with fireworks with displays of department store mannequins getting blown up by firecrackers. However, there is another danger that could be found around neighborhoods in the form of abandoned refrigerators.
All it takes is one tragedy to release how crucial it is to properly dispose of your old refrigerators. Even putting an old fridge in your garage isn’t 100% full proof. There is simply no telling what kind of exploration a kid will get into over the summer. And don’t try saying, “Stay out of the garage.”  That’s just an open invitation to go there! The best course of action would be to hire a professional hauling company like Junk King to take away that refrigerator and dispose of it properly. Not only can you rest assured that you’re unused appliance won’t cause any harm; you’ll actually be in compliance with the law.
If you decide to keep that fridge then you either have to remove the door or padlock it. Taking off the door is easy but then you’ve got the door and the fridge sitting there collecting dust and rust. The padlock option is viable but the bigger question is why are you going to hold onto something that you’ll never use again? Do you really want to waste the storage space? One call and you can have the icebox taken away. And while you’re at it, you might also find several move large items worthy of the trash heap. Just because the junk haulers are taking away your fridge doesn’t mean they can’t also take away all your other trash!

East Bay Area Hauling – Clean Up the Community Clutter

On any given day, there’s a lot of action going down in the East Bay Area. The East Bay covers dozens of cities and communities, thousands of homes, hundreds of businesses and many thriving college campuses. Throw into the mix several first rate restaurants and cafes, night clubs, shopping centers and sports arenas and it’s easy to see why many people call the East Bay their home. Is it the perfect place to live? For most folks it is, but that doesn’t mean the East Bay isn’t without its issues. Even the Garden of Eden had some problems with unwarranted “guests.” There is one simple way to improve life around the East Bay and that would be if everyone decided to get rid of their junk. Hiring a local based East Bay hauling company can help make those kinds of improvements with very little effort.  That company is Junk King Alameda.
The first wave of junk that should be considered for removal is anything that could be officially deemed as an “eyesore.” This would be things like an old stove or fridge that is no longer in use but has ended up on the back porch. Tires and tire rims stacked up on the outside of the garage. Piles of lumber scraps leftover from a remodel job that are now just a home for spider and bugs. Do you have an eyesore like this in your neighborhood? More importantly, are you guilty of an eyesore? You can get rid of the guilt and the junk in one move. That move would be calling up a professional East Bay hauling company like Junk King.
As long as you’re clearing up the clutter from the exterior of your home there is no reason why you can’t continue the clearance with the interior. Think of all the eyesores you’re stuck with inside your East Bay home. In this category you could find furniture that has seen better days, desktop computers that are way beyond repair or boxes of books, shoes or clothes no one is ever going to use again. Your goal should be to fill up an entire truck with junk. Admit it; you could probably do that without any effort, right? If that’s really the case then hiring an East Bay junk removal team is critical.
When you decide to hire a professional team like Junk King East Bay, you can expect high standards when it comes to the work. Sure, they are moving junk but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it with a level of care. This would mean not having your walls banged up or your floors scuffed up. Sure you could rent your own oversize truck and pick up some day laborers hanging around Home Depot to do the work, but do you really want to invite these kinds of strangers in your home? Yes, the professional team will be strangers but the big difference there is that they will be bonded and insured. That makes a world of difference when it comes to who you let through the front door. Isn’t it time to make East Bay living even better by clearing out the clutter from your home?

Simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online today.