Category Archives: Chattanooga Recycling

Appliance Recyclers in Chattanooga

appliance recyclingMany folks in Chattanooga have jumped on the recycling bandwagon but there is one construction company that has taken the recycling philosophy to a whole new level: They’ve actually recycled entire homes. Collier Construction is putting the finishing touches on a six-home development project. Typically, Collier would build custom homes from the ground up but one at a time. For this project, they took existing properties and refurbished them into brand new homes. This meant a little structural recycling. Remember that recycling is simply reusing raw material. That works for plastics and home foundations!

How much recycling do you do on a regular basis? Most of us have a blue pin where we can chuck out soda cans, cardboard, newspapers and plastic containers. Once you’ve gotten into the routine of sorting out your garbage you really don’t give it a second thought. However, every bin of recyclable material is helping reduce the volume at area landfills and that’s good news for Chattanooga. Although you can certainly get rid of a lot of trash in your recycle bin you don’t have to stop with that weekly pickup. There is a lot more you could be recycling but to accomplish that you’ll need to hire a professional junk removal company like Junk King of Chattanooga.

Among the big items that Junk King can recycle are things like stoves, dishwashers, dryers, washing machines and refrigerators. Yes, the big stuff and that’s what you need Junk King. With every junk removal appointment, Junk King will be sending out a two-man crew and truck big enough to hold an entire kitchen worth of appliances. That same crew can also remove any other oversize items you want tossed out. Things like old sofas, mattresses, swing sets or patio furniture can all go on the back of that truck. How much do you have to throw out?

Whatever you’re getting rid of, Junk King will strive to have it recycled. Junk King doesn’t do the actual recycling but they make sure those items get to the proper facilities to handle the job. In some cases this might be a bit of a drive but that’s nothing you have to worry about. Once the Junk King truck is loaded up you’ll never have to think about your junk again. Best of all, you’re not going to be charged extra no matter how many drop off stops the crew has to make. You’re only fee will be based on the amount of space your junk takes up on the truck. That’s a very fair and affordable way of getting rid of and recycling your appliances!

Chattanooga Christmas Tree and Holiday Junk Removal

By all accounts Chattanooga is going to have a rough winter in terms of weather. By the time you read this article, there will probably be many storms that have swept through the area leaving behind rain and snow. Then there is the wind to contend with that can blow all kinds of things into your yard. The only good thing about this weather is that it’s perfect for staying inside where it’s cozy. With nothing else to do, this might just be the perfect time to start taking down the holiday decorations and preparing for the New Year by having a clean home. Your best ally for this winter project would be Junk King of Chattanooga.

Junk King is the professional business that specializes in all kinds of junk removal projects. Many local businesses have turned to Junk King to help them clear out construction waste but you don’t need an industrial size project to hire Junk King. Something simple like Christmas tree removal could be just the ticket to put Junk King to work for you. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone come into your home to remove the tree instead of having to drag it outside in a storm? Junk King can handle that gig with no effort. While they’re at it they can also remove anything else you would like to finally get rid of.

Christmas is often a “out with the old and in with the new” kind of holiday. Many things like televisions, computers, vacuum cleaners and monitors are replaced with new models. In some cases there are even entirely new rooms of furniture. What will you do with the old stuff? You can hang onto it but that’s not a good use of your living space. Instead, why not let Junk King load up all that stuff onto the back of their truck and cart it off?

It won’t matter to Junk King Chattanooga what the weather is like outside; they’ll still get the job done even if that means taking away stuff from your backyard. Back in the fall, Junk King helped many Chattanooga residents clear out leaves, fallen branches and piles of dirt from their yards as they got ready for winter. In fact, they perform that kind of removal work all year round. So, if you’ve got something you want taken away before it becomes covered in snow let Junk King handle the job. All it takes is one call to the Junk King dispatch center to put your junk removal plan in action. Make that call today and you’ll have a clean home free of clutter in no time!

Chattanooga Recycling – Junk King can Help

The state of Tennessee is changing the way we think about recycling; at least when it comes to being a visitor. By now most of the local residents are already accustomed to recycling at home and in the workplace. We’re all getting into the habit of sorting our plastics, papers and soda cans out of the regular garbage and into the designated recycling bins. But what about out of town visitors who are making stops at welcome centers along I-75 in Chattanooga? Shouldn’t they be able to recycle? Now they can thanks to the efforts of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the state Tourist Department. Those agencies have gotten together to put out recycling bins at all those rest stops which will go a long way towards improving the state’s overall recycling goals.

“Recycling away from home is one challenge that all recyclers face,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau in a news release. “Visitors to our state will now see receptacles with blue and green lids for recycling.” The rest stops included in the program are located at I-65 near Ardmore, I-81 at Bristol, I-24 at Clarksville, I-26 at Erwin, I-40 at Hartford, I-75 at Jellico, I-65 at Mitchellville and I-40 at Smith County.

Just to give you an indication of how successful a state program can be, since 1990, state workers have managed to recycle over 18,791 tons of mixed office paper. This has resulted in a huge savings to the tune of $564,000 in landfill disposal costs plus $213,000 in recycling revenue.

All of this adds up to the simple fact that recycling matters. But you can go beyond your weekly recycling pickup and make sure the majority of everything you throw out is recycled by contracting with a company like Junk King Chattanooga for your oversized junk removal. Junk King is a local TN business that supports the goals of the state and city by making junk recycling the foundation of their services. Even without an official mandate, Junk King already diverts a large portion of everything they collect away from local landfills and to certified recycling centers. By doing so they can officially help you reduce your own carbon footprint. That means that things like old furniture, refrigerators, stoves, mattresses, tires and e-waste won’t be tossed onto a dump pile to rot away in the sun. Instead, it will be properly dismantled and have all parts put to repurposing.

Why not let Junk King become your new recycling partner? Call them today to find out how they can help clean up your home, backyard or business. Keep Chattanooga clean the Junk King way.

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!

E Waste Recycling In Chattanooga

Let’s talk e-waste factoids. The Environmental Protection Agency put out a report in 2007 (the last time they did this) entitled “Management of Select Electronic Products in the United States.”  According to the findings, there were 2.25 million tons of “televisions, cell phones and computer products” that were tossed on the scrap heap that year. Of that amount only 18% were actually recycled leaving a whopping 82% dumped into landfills. A vast majority of those e-waste items could end up leaking cadmium, lead and nickel into the top soil and water supply if they are left to rot in a landfill. That’s not a good thing.

The report also found that even though only 2% of municipal waste can be considered e-waste it is also a category that is growing twice as fast as any type of garbage. You can see why when you match that stat up with the one from the Consumer Electronics Association. According to those number crunchers there are at least 24 electronic products in every household. How many plug in products are operating in your home?

Here in Tennessee there are around 175 collection sites available for residents to drop off their e-waste. The trick is finding those places that are close to you and actually getting your stuff to the drop off center. That’s a lot to fuss with especially if you have a busy schedule. Is there a better way? As it turns out there is and that would be hiring Junk King Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga branch of Junk King joins in with other branches from all across the country to provided professional junk removal services to homeowners, apartment renters and businesses. You don’t have to track down those 175 collection sites because Junk King Chattanooga will do it for you. In fact, once your e-waste is piled onto the Junk King truck you’ll never have to think about it again but you can be assured that junk is being properly disposed of.

While you’re tossing out your old TV or computer with Junk King you might as well let them toss out the rest of your unwanted stuff. This would be the perfect opportunity to get rid of any old furniture, a lumpy mattress, trash in your garage or anything else you’re holding onto because it’s just too big to throw out. With Junk King you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting. You also don’t have to worry about hidden costs or extra fees. That’s because you’re only going to be charge for the amount of space your junk takes up on the back of their truck. Simple, direct and to the point: that’s the Junk King promise when it comes to removing your clutter!

Recycling News in Chattanooga

Paul Smith, the manager of the Chattanooga Market, recently told the Times Free Press in an interview that Chattanooga has always been a town with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Smith went on to say that “in 2008 when the economy went down the Chattanooga market really thrive because you had all these talented people who really needed a way to make extra income.” Part of that extra income was generated by the many crafters who turned trash into treasure.

Another local business person who appreciates the type of artistry generated by local Chattanooga residents is Lynda Buckels who organized these years Chatty Crafty. Whis is an annual vintage and crafts show that attracts vendors and artists from as far away as Atlanta, Chicago and Washington DC. Examples of how artists are recycling their trash found at this show were some steam punk style jewelry that is being crafted from discarded vintage watches, bracelets made from old Scrabble tiles and clothing sewn together by scraps of other discarded clothes. This kind of repurposing of materials is taking recycling to a whole another level.

If a news story like this inspires you to rethink your trash then go for it. However, the vast majority of us are not so artistically inclined. When we see trash all we see is trash and there is nothing wrong with that! That doesn’t mean that you can’t expand your recycling reach by making sure that the bigger items of junk in your home are taking to the right recycling centers. This can be accomplished when you hire Junk King Chattanooga to de-clutter your life.

Junk King is the Chattanooga base business that’s part of a national chain of professional junk haulers. These are specially trained crews who are well-versed in the proper way of moving heavy objects. If you’ve ever thrown out your back then you know how crucial it is to use proper form when it comes to lifting heavy items. That is usually the reason why we don’t get rid of our big junk because we can’t pick it up! That’s doesn’t have to be the case any longer now that Junk King is in Chattanooga.

A Junk King crew will go anywhere in your home to remove whatever item you want taken away. This means they’ll climb up into the attic, head down into the basement or work in the garage. All you’ve got to do is point them in the right direction and you’ll finally be free of all your junk. As the Junk King crew drives off with their truck full of your stuff rest assured that it will probably be making its way to the nearest Chattanooga recycling facility. Even if that means making several trips to different recycling centers it’s all part of the service offered by Junk King. If there is art in recycling then Junk King creates masterpieces every day!

Chattanooga Computer Recycling and Disposal

Just as with the rest of the nation, Chattanooga is in the recycling business and provides opportunities for its residents to handle all their recycling needs whether that involves curbside pickup for city residents, hazardous waste removal or computer recycling. The only drawback with these Chattanooga programs is that you have to work on their schedule.

For instance, household hazardous waste collection day is held on the second Saturday of each month only. You can drop off your hazardous waste from 8 AM to 12 noon at a recycling center on N. Hawthorne. Hazardous waste is considered all those things that shouldn’t be tossed out or poured down the drain. This includes any type of corrosive liquids like rust removers or drain cleaners and anything that would be deemed toxic. Hazardous waste also applies to things like batteries and paint.

When it comes to recycling computers and other electronic waste Chattanooga provides help at the John Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove which is on Arlington Avenue. The list of acceptable e-waste items are things like computers, cell phones, fax machines, stereos, radios, DVD and VCR players. What they won’t accept at this recycling center are televisions, microwaves, air conditioners, or large appliances. Here are the restrictions that apply to recycling your computer at this center:

“You can now take outdated computers and other small, broken household appliances and telecommunications equipment to between the hours of 9: 00 am and 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY. Follow 3rd Street from UTC towards Memorial Hospital until you reach Dodson Avenue (turn beside the Kentucky Fried Chicken). Turn left on Dodson Avenue and right at the 3rd building on the right. Look for John F. Germ Recycling Center on the front of the building. Go in the front door or the door on the far right side of the building. Someone will be there to direct you further.”

The big issue here is whether or not this is convenient for you. You’ll have to load up your computers and other electronic waste then make your way down to the center on a workday. With all these restrictions it might just be easier to shove the computer into the closet and forget about it. But that’s not really handling situation. Your best option is to call up Junk King Chattanooga. Junk King specializes in all types of junk removal for the home or office. The great thing about hiring Junk King is that you don’t just have to get rid of one old computer. You can take advantage of this removal session by having the Junk King Chattanooga crew take away any other garbage or junk you want to get rid of. Most often we hang onto those things we can’t toss out into the garbage like furniture or bulky kitchen appliances. They’re just taking up space in your home and that space that can be put to much better use. Recycle on your own schedule with the help of Junk King.

Chattanooga Scrap Metal Removal

Every year a group of intrepid American travelers heads across the pond to England to spend their holidays scouring the fields around the English countryside with hand-held metal detectors. They are looking for any remnants of medieval history. Believe it or not they have become quite successful at this. Over the years they found the cachet of ancient Roman coins, metallic utensils and all other kinds of pieces of metal related to suits of armor. What’s interesting is that these searchers don’t do this for profit. Instead they turn over everything they find to local British museums. It’s just the thrill of the hunt that keeps them coming back year after year.

When you think about it, those items that they dig up in rural farmlands are for all practical purposes scrap metal. Scrap metal is best described as something that is tossed away or forgotten. While it’s not clear why anyone would forget about a pile of coins, those other bits of metal could easily be thrown aside and forgotten about only to end up being buried over the years. You might have some scrap metal of your own that could be discarded. If so then you should call upon professional junk haulers like Junk King Chattanooga to show up and take it all away.

The key word there is “professional.” Sure you might have occasionally seen a truck drive through you neighborhood loaded with scrap metal and think that would be the perfect person to take away your junk. The problem is you don’t know who this person is and how reliable they are. Do you really want to invite a total stranger you just met on the street into your home? Probably not, which is why you should turn to a certified and licensed business who built his reputation upon getting the job done right.

With regard to scrap metal it is true that you could sell your scrap metal to a junkyard for some cash but there are many drawbacks with this. First of all, you need a substantial amount of metal to warrant a trip to the junk yard. Most scrap metal dealers are buying that metal for pennies on the dollar. This means you’ll need upwards of 100 pounds to see some substantial payback. Are you ready to haul 100 pounds of scrap metal in the back of your family SUV? Do you even have 100 pounds of scrap metal?

Chances are you might have just a few pieces lying around the house that have cropped up for whatever reason that you want to be gotten rid of. This is where the professional Junk King scrap metal haulers can come to the rescue. Not only will they be able to load up that scrap metal but they can also take away all your other junk like old furniture, yard waste and even kitchen appliances that you want to get rid of. The bottom line is that unless you make it a full time job of collecting scrap metal you’re not getting get rich from this endeavor. You’re better off getting rid of your junk the right way and that’s with letting somebody else do all the work!

Chattanooga Recycling – Beat the Heat by Going Green

It looks like it’s going to be another scorching summer in Chattanooga. In fact, those in the know are predicting record breaking heat to arrive any time now. This is such an important issue for local residents that the Chattanooga City council put out new guidelines for all city employees who work outdoors to follow. Public works employees are being asked to take more breaks and drink more water while on the job. Nobody seems to be complaining about that directive.
There are other changes in store for municipal employees especially on the Chattanooga police force: They’ve been given new uniforms. Chattanooga Police Sergeant Charlie Brown recently told a local news station, “In 19 years this is the most comfortable I’ve ever been.” That’s probably because for the first time in the city’s history, police officers have the option to wear shorts if they prefer. There are also a line-up of new shoes and shirts made from what they are calling “breathable material” that goes a long way to beat the heat.
“It breathes better than the polyester,” said Brown, “you’re a whole lot more comfortable and it moves a whole lot easier.”
Obviously when the heat goes up, the air conditioners come on. The strain on Chattanooga’s energy grid could spark brown outs across the city unless folks do their part to conserve. Beyond switching to fans or sleeping out in the backyard, one proactive step you can take to conserve energy is not to waste it and that can be accomplished by recycling. When you recycle you are actually reducing the amount of natural resources that we all use. Lessen the need for those resources means they will be available when we need them such as when the heat rises. In other words, you could make an argument that sorting your recyclables can let you keep the AC on a bit longer.
Of course you don’t have to just stop at all your household plastics or paper. You can go bigger. How much bigger? What about sofa big? Or mattress big? Or washing machine big? Any one of those items can actually be hauled away to a proper recycling facility and broken down. Here’s the best part about this: You don’t have to lift a finger except to call a professional junk hauling crew like Junk King Chattanooga. Let these movers take away all your bulky recyclable materials because they’ll know just where to take them.
There could be several facilities around Chattanooga to handle all those repurposing needs. This means one center for metals, one for wood and another for material and cloth. Would you know where to find these places? Sure you can Google them but don’t be surprised if they are spread out all over the outskirts of the city. When the professional junk haulers show up, just let them know you want your materials recycled. In fact, you might not even ask. They’ll probably already be recycling because they know what’s good for their business is good for Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Junk Recycling – Make a Difference

If you were to pick a single item from the grocery shelves and trace it back to its origins you would be amazed at the intense process that goes into delivering even the simplest of products. Take for instance a gallon of milk. You might think all you have to do is trace the milk from the grocery delivery truck back to the processing plant back to the dairy farm. In reality that is only half of the journey of that milk. You need to also include where the feed given to cattle comes from and where that dairy cow started out.

Now consider the opposite end of something you buy in the grocery store. When you’re done with that milk container, it goes into the trash. If you haven’t recycled it, then it will most likely end up in a landfill. Once there, that plastic bottle is going to join tons and tons of other garbage to simple sit and ferment in the Tennessee sun. As garbage bakes, it begins to revert back to its original form. For a plastic milk jug, that original form is going to be a mass of chemicals. Hopefully, the landfill will have been properly constructed so that there won’t be any seepage from those chemicals into the soil and water supply. “Hopefully”  is the key word. You can prevent that chemical breakdown by recycling that plastic milk jug. With recycling, the plastic is melted down and poured into new molds for new milk jugs. Everyone benefits when that happens.

A plastic milk jug is one thing, but what about those bigger trash items you might have sitting around your Chattanooga home? Things like worn out furniture or unused kitchen appliances or car parts. Believe it or not, all of those items can be recycled too. When you hire an experienced Chattanooga junk recycling company like Junk King, they’ll be able to pick up all that garbage and take it to the right spot. They won’t be dumping all of it into a landfill. Instead it can go into the various recycling centers. There is a facility for wood, metal, fabric and just about any other components that go into the manufacturing of those items. And just like the milk jug, these elements will be chopped up, melted or re-blended to form new materials.

Recycle, repurpose and reuse are the motto of any eco-friendly program. That’s what you should aim for with your junk. You won’t need to spend any time searching the internet to which facility to take your junk when you hire Junk King Chattanooga. They already know the routes. All you have to concern yourself with is picking the date for the removal and making sure they get everything!

For the best in eco-friendly Chattanooga Junk Removal, simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online with Junk King Chattanooga.