Category Archives: Oakland Recycling

Clear Some Clutter Before Your Oakland Halloween Party

There is one way to make sure your teenage kids stay safe this Halloween: Let them throw a party in your Oakland home. Before you freak out at the prospect, this can actually be a great learning and bonding experience. Plus, if all goes according to plan it should be a lot of fun. First, you’ll want to lay down some ground rules. Determine who is going to be responsible for what and put it in writing. This way there shouldn’t be any confusion as the party approaches.
The first phase of your teen’s Halloween party should be the planning. How many friends do they want to invite. Whatever number they tell you, factor in at least 10 to 15 more as word spreads. You also have to set out the times for the party. This should go on the invitations and will be important facts for other parents to know. Then there is the budget to consider. While you’ll probably be funding this gathering that doesn’t mean your teen should begin spending away. Set a budget and make sure they work within that budget.
One way to make this party unique is to set a theme. Yes, it’s Halloween but that doesn’t mean it can’t be specific. For instance, you could have an all zombie party or an all superhero party. By providing a theme, it helps the guests figure out what to wear. And for those party poopers who show up without a costume, have a few selections on hand for them to slip into. That will teach them! Don’t forget, if you are chaperoning then you should also get into the spirit with your own costume. Just try not to embarrass your teen with your choice (good luck with that!).
For food choices, you can keep it simple with the classic teen fare of hot dogs or pizzas. Of course, there should also be plenty of Halloween candy on hand to satisfy any trick or treat flashbacks. Depending on the size of your home, you might want to secure areas of your home from wandering teens. This can be easily accomplished and stay within the theme by draping spider webs across any door you don’t want crossed. One quick glance will show you right away if the webs were disturbed.
Another important aspect of the party planning is to make sure your teen is going to be on hand for the cleanup both before and after. You can aid in this task by having a professional Oakland junk hauling team like Junk King Alameda on call to clear out the clutter. This might also be the perfect time to finally clean up that disaster area known as your teen’s bedroom. Knowing that a junk hauler is going to be pulling up with a truck is a perfect motivator. If this clean up is part of the ground rules you put in writing then there should be no griping!

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.

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.

East Bay Junk Recycling – Keeping the Bay Area Green

Like many communities across the county, the East Bay Area region is veritable hive of businesses, homes and schools. There are a lot of folks flowing in and out of those places every day. There are also a significant number of visitors who make their way to the East Bay region to enjoy many of the fine restaurants, museums and other cultural activities in towns like Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda.
Now consider this fact: it is estimated that every single person generates up to four pounds of garbage each day. Those four pounds represents all the stuff we throw away like coffee cups, soda bottles, fast food wrappers, newspapers, magazines, junk mail and whatever we toss out after cooking dinner. Break it all down like that and you can see how quickly that amount adds up.
Then there is an entirely different category of garbage that we are each responsible for. That would be all of our junk. Isn’t junk really garbage? Actually, for the purposes of this discussion, the junk is best described as all those things that can’t fit into a garbage can. Let’s face it; if this junk could easily be tossed out you would have probably already have thrown it away. No, these are the big ticket items like old pieces of furniture that have outlived their purpose. It could also be a broken piece of kitchen equipment like a fridge or stove that you replaced but didn’t get the previous model taken away.
This big junk could also mean those unusual items that have somehow made it into your home, but don’t serve a function now. This could be random items like a banged up surf board, a stuffed moose head or any other kind of crazy thing. Isn’t it time to say good-bye to this junk? If you take full advantage of an East Bay junk recycling company like Junk King, not only will they be able to clear out all of this garbage, but they’ll also ensure that it is being disposed of at the proper recycling facility to keep the Bay Area green.
The East Bay Area has long been leading the charge on eco-friendly practices. That’s why other towns come here to see how we handle all the recycling needs of the community. It all comes down to a matter of understanding that whatever can be prevented from ending up in a landfill is a good thing. Recycle, repurpose and reuse is the rallying cry that got its start right here. Once you’re committed to recycling then everything is on the table including our junk. The experienced junk recycling crew will be able to identify those items in your home that hold the most potential for reuse. You don’t have time to figure out where to take your metal products versus your e-waste versus your foam mattresses. Let the pros that make it their living handle all of that sorting. You focus on having a clean life and they’ll focus on making sure junk isn’t a part of that life!

For the best in East Bay junk recycling, call Junk King Alameda at 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.