Monthly Archives: October 2012

Chattanooga Recycling News

You know about recycling your paper, plastics and soda cans but what about recycling Mother Nature? Yes, even the fallen leaves from the trees can be recycled. Recently the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works announced that they will begin a loose leaf collection from November to February. Here’s the information they provide:

“Public Works crews will collect loose leaves on each residential street two times during the season. Bagged leaves, loose leaves, and brush must be separated at the curb for collection. Residents must request bagged yard waste collection and brush collection by calling 3-1-1. Leaves and brush may also be taken to the Wood Recycling Center located at 3925 N. Hawthorne Street where wood chips and leaf compost are also available free of charge to City of Chattanooga residents. Leaf collection is a residential service only.  It is illegal for landscapers or contractors to dispose of yard waste, including brush and leaves, by placing materials at the curb for City collection.”

They also have some handy guidelines for you to follow:

  • Separate loose leaves, bagged leaves, brush and bulky items.  These materials are collected, processed, and disposed of differently.
  • Move loose leaves, bagged leaves, and brush as close to the curb edge of pavement as possible, but avoid placing the materials in the street or co-mingling materials.
  • Avoid raking leaves into ditches.  Doing so can cause flooding problems and have a negative impact on water quality.
  • Avoid raking leaves into the street.  Doing so can cause drainage problems and lead to hazardous driving conditions when leaves become wet.

This is certainly a very nice service but it might not be the most convenient one. First of all, there is all that business with “co-mingling” materials. Do you really want to sort your piles of raked garbage? And what happens if you spend hours raking those piles but the crews don’t show up until the next day. Won’t those leaves blow back into your yard? And just try keeping kids from diving into those piles!

The better course of action for leaf recycling or any proper recycling of bulky items would be to give Junk King Chattanooga a call. This is the Chattanooga based business that has made recycling junk their number one priority. It doesn’t matter what you’re throwing away; if Junk King thinks it can be recycled they’ll make their best effort to insure that item gets to the right recycling center. There could be several facilities around Chattanooga which take in different types of materials. You won’t have to worry about finding out which piece of junk goes to what recycling center; the Junk King crew will do all the work. You also won’t have to get your hands dirty because that same Junk King crew will do all the heavy lifting. When it comes to recycling in Chattanooga, Junk King is your best bet!

Chattanooga Leaf Removal

Fall in Chattanooga is a sight to behold. The leaves on the trees take on a life of their own. It’s as if they are screaming, “Hey look at how colorful we can be!”  In fact, Chattanooga was just named by Outside Magazine as the Best Town Ever based on reader’s votes. Around Chattanooga, fall is a terrific time to enjoy many outdoor events and yes, a lot of them have a rather “spooky” vibe to them.

Take for instance the “Boo in the Zoo.” Think of this as a family party happening every weekend in October down at the Chattanooga Zoo. Not only will you get to check in with all the furry creatures, but there will be trick or treat stations, pony rides, costume contests, games and plenty of fun. It’s also a “non-scary” event which makes it perfect for the young ones. For the older “kids” who don’t mind a good scare, the Post-Mortem Haunted Trail is a walking haunted house type of affair that’s sure to be full of chills and thrills.

Take note that fall in Chattanooga isn’t just about getting scared. The Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair kicks off another wonderful season by offering an amazing array of handmade arts and crafts. This is the perfect spot to start your holiday shopping. For those who are feeling a bit more athletic, there is the 7 Bridges Marathon that begins in Renaissance Park and goes for 13 miles ending up in Coolidge Park. If you’ve never taken a walking tour of these bridges and parks this is the perfect opportunity.

It’s easy to see how you can fill up your calendar with events but you might be feeling overwhelmed with all those leaves mentioned above. We’re not talking about watching the changing of the colors but the falling leaves. You’ve got to rake them up. After pulling them into several piles and letting the kids do their jump thing, you’re still going to be left with getting rid of those leaves. Depending on your yard, it might not be practical to toss them out and you don’t want to burn them for fear of spreading a fire or being fined. Your best course of action for leaf removal would be to hire Junk King Chattanooga.

Despite their title, Junk King would be the perfect leaf removal partner. They’ll show up at the scheduled appointment with enough wide open truck space to haul off a forest of leaves! The added bonus is that you can also get rid of some other junk you might have laying around your yard or home. Fill up the Junk King truck and say good-bye to clutter once and for all.