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!
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!
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.
Folks who care about their electronic gadgets are always on the look-out for the “next generation.” Just look at the long lines that crop up whenever Apple announces that they are selling a new “thing.” Doesn’t matter if it’s an iPhone, iPod or iPad; they are all guaranteed to sell out within hours. Next generation excitement also comes into play with video game consoles. Check out the next time Xbox or PlayStation has a new version of their game systems and you’ll see folks camping over night at your local Chattanooga shopping mall parking lots. When it comes to televisions, we’re already in the throes of the next generation – it’s called HDTV.
For a long time there really wasn’t much happening in the world of television deign. Sure, we all got remote controls, but for many years that was the only innovation. Then along came the plasma television screens. This provided a thin screen that could be hung on wall like a painting and a much sharper picture. Since the television screen improved, it was time to upgrade the images that were being broadcast. Enter high definition television or HDTV. With this new technology, you are getting more data transmitted to your Chattanooga home and into your television, thanks to advances in fiber optic cables and satellite signals. All of this simply means that if you enjoy watching television you should enjoy watching it on the best deliver system.
Take a walk through an electronics store like Best Buy and you’ll see all the latest models of HDTV plasma televisions on display and at reasonable prices. Even if you spend just fifteen minutes watching those in store televisions you’ll want to go home and kick your old set right in the tube. If you do make the exciting decision to replace you old set with the next generation model then you’ll have to get rid of that clunker; the most efficient and responsible way you can do this is by calling Junk King Chattanooga, the best television disposal company in the Chattanooga area.
Technically, this would be the same kind of company you might call on to haul away most of your junk. The difference with taking away a television is that it will have to be disposed of properly. You don’t want to just chuck it into the back of a garbage truck and call it a day. Instead, it should be taken to a proper e-waste recycling center around Chattanooga. That’s where the TV can be taken apart and broken down to its core elements. Those elements can then be disposed of in the proper way so you don’t contribute to environmental problems in your local Chattanooga neighborhood.
Just because you’re tossing out an old television doesn’t mean you have to stop there. You could also have some old computer hard drives, monitors or other e-waste that could be taken away in the same trip. Junk King’s hauling crew can even take away other items like busted kitchen appliances you stuck in the garage, rusted car parts or mattresses that have seen better days. If those folks are going to show up with a truck to take away your TV there is nothing wrong with getting that truck filled up with the rest of your useless junk!