Do you know what happens to your trash once it gets picked up and hauled away by the regular waste management company? For most individuals and businesses in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area, we operate from an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Once the garbage trucks comes by on a weekly basis, most of us never think twice about where the trash goes. Though many of us may dutifully separate our recyclables from other types of trash, we continue to produce an enormous amount of waste that eventually gets sent to our area landfills.
Unfortunately, that waste has historically caused an enormous amount of problems for people in Albuquerque, and across the state of New Mexico. Today, we´ll take a quick look at the amount of waste that our city generates. We´ll also analyze how improper landfill management has caused an enormous and ongoing environmental problem. Finally, we´ll explain how Junk King of Albuquerque can help individuals, homeowners, and business owners of Albuquerque and the surrounding region deal with their waste, junk, and clutter in a healthier, more sanitary, and more environmentally friendly way.
How Much Junk Does Albuquerque Produce?
According to the City of Albuquerque:
The annual waste handled by the Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department in 2003, including household, commercial, and industrial waste, was 484,223 tons. On a per household account basis, this translates to 3.18 tons (6,360 pounds) per household per year or about 122 pounds of total waste per household per week. This is less than the amount in 2001, but more than the amount in 2002. Albuquerque ranked ninth of eleven cities in rate of waste generated.
Even though these statistics are almost 20 years old, they reflect an enormous amount of trash that is generated on a yearly basis. Furthermore, once recent research report published by an international environment consultancy company ranked New Mexico 41st (out of the 50 states) for the quality of recycling infrastructure.
The Environmental Problems Associated with Local Landfills
The combination of a high amount of generated waste per capita and deficient recycling infrastructure has led to several serious environmental problems at our area landfills, including landfills that have been closed for decades.
One recent KRQE News report states that: “What used to be landfills outside of town are now old landfills buried in town. They’re scattered throughout the City of Albuquerque, right in busy business sectors and neighborhoods, with crews constantly working to clean them up. Take the Sheraton at the Sunport, for example. It sits on top of what was a dumping ground from 1948 to 1965.”
As the city of Albuquerque has grown, much of tour city infrastructure is being built on top of these old landfill sites. Some of these old landfill sites, such as the one located at the empty lot used by RVs during the annual Balloon Fiesta, are leaching methane gas into the air. Not only is methane gas one of the most potent greenhouse gasses that is driving global warming, but it also makes it potentially dangerous to have open flames in the area. Grilling out at the Balloon Fiesta, could lead to serious problems.
The City of Albuquerque actually spends around $400,000 every year to mitigate and clean up some of the environmental costs of old landfills across town. Many of these operating costs are tucked into the monthly garbage bill that all residents pay.
Though there is little that we can do to avoid the problems caused by old landfills that were closed down in past decades, all of us can do our part to ensure that future generations do not have to suffer similar consequences. Junk King of Albuquerque is the region´s top-rated junk removal company. We offer the absolute best commercial and residential junk removal, and believe that it is our responsibility to help reduce the amount of junk that ends up in our area landfills.
Why Hire Junk King of Albuquerque for your Junk Removal Needs?
Here at Junk King of Albuquerque, we are proud to be one of the few junk hauling companies in the region that has an environmental ethic as a foundational element of our business model. We believe that junk removal companies have an important role to play in caring for the environment. To that end, our junk removal team goes the extra mile to offer both our residential and commercial clients an environmentally friendly way to deal with all different types of junk and waste that they accumulate. We are proud to say that all of our franchises across the country are committed to recycling, donating, repurposing, or “upcycling” at least 60 percent of the junk that we pick up.
After several years of offering our services to the residents and businesses in Albuquerque, we have developed an extensive network of relationships with thrift stores, donation centers, charities, and recycling organizations. This allows us to make every possible effort to either donate, reuse, or recycle the junk items we pick up, instead of simply sending those items to the local dump.
We know that there are several members of our community who could make use of old furniture, appliances, clothing, and other used items that are in decent shape. Thus, we make every possible effort to make sure those types of bulky junk items are sent to repair shops, thrift stores, donation centers, charities, and other similar types of organizations that thus help to keep your bulky junk items out of the local landfill.
We also know that getting rid of old junk items can be hard, especially for people who don’t have a huge pickup truck and a trailer to do the hauling themselves. When you hire Junk King of Albuquerque for any of your junk hauling needs, our team will do all the heavy lifting, hauling, and towing. You simply have to let us know where the storage unit is located and we will do the rest. Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, we also offer no-contact service, meaning that you never have to physically interact with our junk removal technicians, if you prefer.
How to Hire Junk King of Albuquerque
If you are ready to free up space in your home or business while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of your junk, Junk King of Albuquerque is also committed to offering fair and transparent pricing to all of our commercial and residential customers. We are one of the few junk removal companies that continues to offer free on-site pricing estimates that come with no obligation on your part. You can also call us at 1-888-888-JUNK to talk with one of our helpful customer service representatives for an upfront pricing estimate. We can often provide an estimate based on a photo. Simply text us a photo of the junk you need removed at 737-888-5865. We will promptly text you back with a ballpark estimate. Lastly, we also offer an easy-to-use online pricing estimator. This online pricing estimator is convenient, reliable, and time saving for those on a tight schedule.
No matter how you contact us, we are often able to pick up your junk on the same day that you contact us. Our company is also fully insured, bonded, and licensed so that you can rest assured that you will never have to deal with unforeseen liabilities.
No matter what type of bulky junk items you need to get rid of, we are here to help you efficiently and easily free up space in your home or business. If you live in Albuquerque, Bosque Farms, Cedar Crest, Corrales, Edgewood, Los Lunas, Moriarty, Placitas, Rio Rancho, Sandia Park, or Tijeras, give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK, text a photo to 1-737-888-5865, or book an appointment online to save $20 on orders totaling more than $99.