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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!

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.