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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 Hoarding: How to Get Rid of Your Junk

Have you heard of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization or NSGCD? These are the folks who are the frontline of helping those individuals whose hoarding problem has become a major area of concern in their lives. The NSGCD provide special training to those individuals who want to become a hoarding specialist and earn a certificate signifying they have gone through a rigorous set of exams and education courses to help people with the hoarding disease. Most of the hoarding specialists that go through this program are clinical therapists or psychologists. That’s because when a person takes hoarding to a dangerous level they are doing so because of a deep-seated psychological problem. Even if a house is cleared out there will still be the underlying emotional and mental issues that need to be dealt with otherwise the hoarder will just start hoarding all over again.
Hoarders come in many forms. There are those who simply don’t throw anything away including garbage and food. There are other hoarders who like to collect live animals like cats, rats, rabbits or dogs. These are extremely sad cases because the animals themselves are often the victims of neglect just because there’s so many crowding into one space. There are other hoarders who fancy themselves as collectors and make it their life’s mission to gather up as many items as possible of their obsession. This could be dolls, purses, shoes or just compulsive shopping for anything. The one thing all of these hoarders have in common is a sense of denial. They can be surrounded by mountains of garbage and not even think it’s a problem for them. It usually takes an outside friend or family member to recognize the problem and bring in professional help.
Along with the psychological help, these hoarders need help clearing out their junk. This is where a company like Junk King Alameda can prove to be an invaluable partner. The Junk King crews are experienced at removing all levels of junk and garbage from a home or construction site. Even the worst hoarders of Oakland will be no match for the professional crews from Junk King.
Hopefully your own hoarding tendencies haven’t reached extreme levels. Let’s be honest; in some ways were all a bit of a hoarder. It’s very hard for many of us to get rid of all the things we bring into our lives. When it comes to big or bulky items it’s so much easier to stuff them in a closet or in a garage instead of finding a way to dispose of that. Once you cross that line it’s easy to add to those piles of junk until you completely run out of storage space. That doesn’t necessarily make you a hoarder but you are still holding onto things that ultimately should be thrown out. Hiring Junk King can help you accomplish clearing out the clutter of your home. Of course, watching the reality show featuring hoarders should be inspiration enough!

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!

Oakland Computer Recycling and Disposal

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!

Haul the Junk Out of Your Oakland Home, Make an Arts & Crafts Room

As any artist will tell you, “art isn’t easy.” Creating art is especially challenging if you don’t even have the proper space to create in. Perhaps it’s time to convert a spare room or garage into your own private art studio. Of course, you don’t have to be a professional artist to have an art studio. You could convert that spare room into a kind of arts and crafts room that allows you to explore your creative side through some of the many craft or gift making type of projects you enjoy. Even if you just had a hobby that you like to explore wouldn’t it be great to have a room in your home dedicated just to that? To accomplish this goal it might mean making clearing out the junk you’re keeping in storage in your spare room. That’s easy to handle especially when you can call upon professional Oakland Junk Haulers like Junk King to do the deed. The bigger question will be what your arts and craft room is going to look like?
How you design this arts and craft or hobby room will depend on exactly what you want to accomplish. There are some model train enthusiasts who convert a spare room into their own miniature world which is constantly changed and updated. Someone who likes to work with pottery can set up a spinning wheel and even find a small kiln to fire up their creations with. Naturally, there’s nothing wrong with turning his room into a kind of tinkering space. All you really need for that is a workbench and some tools which will allow any DIY builder the space to take apart and put back together all kinds of gadgets.
You might even have the opportunity to surprise someone you’re living with by converting a spare room into an arts and crafts studio as a present for them. This could certainly be a welcomed holiday gift. You’re essentially giving someone a space all to their own that is quiet and allows them to focus on their hobby. It really wouldn’t take much effort to get this together. You can hire Junk King to show up on a specific day to “sneak” into the house and take away all the junk that’s crammed into that spare room. Once the clutter is cleared out you can get to work setting up that space to make a perfect hobby room for your loved one. All you really need to do is make sure they stay out of the room until you’re ready for the unveiling!
If you embrace the concept of hiring pro Oakland Haulers to clear out one room then you could use that same appointment to get rid of a lot of other junk that might be taking up space in closets, basements, attics and garages. In fact, you don’t need a second bedroom to convert into a hobby space if you have a garage or basement or attic that can accommodate that same purpose. It all comes down to a question of junk: are you ready to get rid of your junk?