Across the United States, the amount of trash that gets sent to the landfill has been steadily decreasing over the past seven decades. In fact, according to one recent report, “The amount of trash going into the country’s landfills is at its lowest level since 1960.” Despite these impressive advances, there are still several things that all of us can do to reduce our waste footprint and thus reduce the amount of pollution and contamination that often accompanies our growing waste streams.
For homeowners, business owners, and other residents of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, the problems with waste management have been acutely felt over the past couple of years. In this short article, we will take an in-depth look at the growing problem of illegal dumps and inefficient trash pickup in Rio Rancho. We then explain how residents, homeowners, and business owners in Rio Rancho can turn to Junk King Albuquerque for all their junk removal needs.
The Problems with Rio Rancho Junk Removal
Here in Rio Rancho, there are several different problems associated with junk removal and general waste management. During the past two years, the amount of junk being generated per capita has been notably increasing, and this has put extra stress on the city´s waste management system. A
According to one recent article, “since April 2020, when pandemic lockdowns started, the amount of residential trash and recyclable materials to be picked up has increased. It peaked at 35 percent above previous normal levels last June (of 2020) and then stabilized around 25 percent above normal.” Since the start of the pandemic, then, the amount of waste that gets sent to the landfill has increased by a quarter. Local government officials have claimed that this increase in waste is also causing financial difficulties, as their junk hauling expenses have increased by three times as much as pre-pandemic levels.
Furthermore, many residents in the Rio Rancho region have complained that the normal garbage service regularly skips pickup days. The main waste management company in Rio Rancho has a dismal 1.5 out of 5 star rating on Yelp with many users complaining that the recycling bin is often not picked up by the company.
Due to an increase in the amount of trash being produced and the relatively inefficient garbage service, it should not come as a surprise that illegal dumping is becoming a serious problem around Rio Rancho. Illegal dumps are obviously an ugly and disagreeable aspect of our local community. Besides being an obvious eyesore, illegal dumps can also negatively impact both human and environmental health.
Illegal dumps have been shown to pollute the local air quality while also seeping into the soil and groundwater sources. In urban areas especially, illegal dumps can be a vector for disease by providing a breeding ground for mice, rats, and other undesirable animals. Furthermore, in places where illegal dumping occurs, property and land values tend to be negatively affected. A thriving neighborhood may find that property values decrease and real estate interest wanes due to illegal dumping in the region. For business owners, illegal dumps can also drive away customers and discourage economic development in a region.
Unfortunately, littering and larger scale illegal dumping continue to be a prevalent problem across the United States. According to 2016 data, at least 3 percent of all plastic waste generated in the United States was either littered or illegally dumped. Due to recent difficulties in recycling plastics, this percentage may only increase in coming years.
Here in Rio Rancho, the city government states that “illegal dumping is the improper disposal of waste in public or private areas, such as parks and rural properties. Illegal dumping impacts the environment and our community and is a growing problem.” Furthermore, a 2019 news found that there were 21 illegal dumping sites across the city of Rio Rancho. According to the article, “in 2018, crews collected more than 25 tons of illegal dumpsite garbage.”
The cost of cleaning up illegal dumps takes resources away from other critical expenses that such as law enforcement, road maintenance, and maintaining the municipal water system.
Fortunately, residents, homeowners, and business owners in Rio Rancho can look forward to improvements in the overall waste management system. About ten years ago, the state of New Mexico was only recycling an average of seven percent of its garbage. Today, that figure is closer to 16 percent. Though this is still far behind the national average of a 34 percent recycling rate, neighboring Bernalillo County, has a 23 percent recycling rate, and Sandoval County (where Rio Rancho is located) isn’t far behind.
Why you Should Hire Junk King Albuquerque for all your Rio Rancho Junk Removal Needs
So what exactly can individuals, homeowners, and business owners in Rio Rancho do to contribute to improving the recycling rate in Rio Rancho while also combatting the problem of illegal dumps? For starters, everyone should avoid the temptation to toss your trash in an empty park or abandoned lot.
Furthermore, if the municipal garbage system is not as efficient as you´d like, you can also consider hiring Junk King Albuquerque. We are proud to be one of the few junk removal companies in the region that has an environmental ethic as a foundational element of our business model.
We originally began our junk removal services in the San Francisco, California area as a way to offer our residential and commercial clients an environmentally friendly way to deal with all the 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.
Whereas some private junk haulers may simply take your trash to the nearest landfill (or even illegally dump your trash in unauthorized locations), at Junk King we take seriously our commitment to the environment. When we pick up your junk, we go the extra mile to sort through the different items in order to determine what can be recycled, donated, reused, and thus kept out of the landfill.
Furthermore, we are proud to have a 5-star rating on Yelp, and believe that quality customer service is important for every junk removal appointment. We are an established company with a proven track record, and 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 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. Junk King continues to offer free, on-site written estimates, which is still the best way for us to give you our lowest pricing possible.