Monthly Archives: April 2011

What, Where and How to Recycle in Columbus, Ohio

If you love food (and who doesn’t?) you’ve got a great opportunity in Columbus to indulge in a walking culinary tour of the trendy Short North neighborhood. This is the hot spot in Columbus that is chock full of bistros, cafes, shops and restaurants. It’s also where you’ll find the North Market. This is Columbus’ only public farmers’ market. Here you’ll find local food vendors sharing their taste tempting treats. Speaking of treats, no walking tour of Short North could be complete without stopping off at Jeni’s for a scoop of fresh made ice cream. And since you’ll be walking through the neighborhood, you’ll be burning calories too! It’s a win/win all around.

One of the benefits of taking a walking tour around Columbus is to see how clean the city is. A large part of that beautification effort can be attributed to the recycling program that many Columbus residents have taken advantage of. There are two methods for recycling. First you can subscribe to curbside recycling for just $8.25 a month. With that service, a company will make regularly scheduled pickups to collect your sorted recyclables. The other option would be for you to drop off those same recyclables at one of the many Drop Boxes located throughout Columbus neighborhoods. There’s no charge for these drop offs. The only thing you need to be aware of is exactly what is considered a recyclable material.
Here’s the short list: In the category of paper you can recycle newspaper, including all inserts, magazines, catalogs and telephone books, mail, scrap paper and envelopes (windows ok), brown paper bags, paperboard such as cereal or snack boxes or cardboard boxes. The only stipulation with the cardboard boxes is that you’re asked to break them down. You can also recycle any plastic bottles, glass bottles or jars. With metals you can recycle aluminum cans, aluminum gutters and siding, steel soup, food and aerosol cans. That certainly covers a lot of garbage. Once you get into the habit of separating your recyclables it’s easy to maintain the habit.
In terms of yard waste, that’s a separate category of waste that needs to be handled differently. As far as the Columbus municipal pickup services are concerned, yards waste is defined as “any organic waste generated during regular household gardening and landscaping activities, such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs, branches, shrubbery and other garden residues.” Anything that falls into that category needs to be bagged up in biodegradable bags and clearly marked as “yard waste.”  If you’ve got branches they should be cut into four feet lengths and bundled together.
Now if all of this seems like a lot of work you might want to contact Junk King Columbus to handle your recyclable materials, especially the yard waste. With Junk King, you wont have to worry about properly bagging up the waste or tying it into bundles. Junk King will do all the work. Once that’s taken care of then you can head out for your Columbus food tour. You’ve earned it!

Columbus Hot Tub Disposal

Every summer, thousands of local Columbus Ohio residents and visitors flock to the shorelines of Grand Lake St. Marys for a relaxing time of sun and fun. However, last summer there was a nasty problem brewing on the pristine lake: Algae. In fact, a toxic blue-green algae that ended up making some swimmers sick. As distressing as this algae attack might have been, it was also a perfect example of the delicate balance of maintaining our environment. Scientists traced the outburst of algae to manure and chemical runoff. That runoff ran right into the lake increasing the levels of phosphorus. High phosphorus is the perfect treat that algae organisms like to munch on. And since a lake is essentially a sedentary body of water, that algae had a chance to feast away.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to combat this microorganism plague and it’s something you probably have in your bathroom medicine cabinet. That would be hydrogen peroxide. Recently, hundreds of gallons of that household cleaner were spread on the part of the lake with the most algae content. The hydrogen peroxide is delivering a combination punch with alum, another compound being used to take on the algae. The hope is that by the time the Ohio weather turns warmer, the algae will be gone and the lake will be ready.
So, what’s this have to do with your old hot tub? Well, if you haven’t used that tub in a while, you might want to check under the cover. You could have your own algae infestation growing and not even know it! A swarm of algae doesn’t always need a manure runoff to grow. Leave water standing alone long enough and the inherent chemical compounds will take over and begin feeding on themselves. Supposed you’ve drained that old hot tub. Okay, but what about the last rain storm? Did any water seep in? And let’s not even talk about how mosquitoes breed in standing water!
The bigger question is why are you holding onto that hot tub? Could it be you simply have no way of getting rid of it? Luckily, you know have an option. There is a locally based Columbus hot tub disposal company, Junk King, who can dismantle and cart off that hot tub in just a couple of hours. You may be thinking, “A hot tub disposal company? Really?” Actually, they don’t just take away hot tubs. That would be a very narrow approach to running a business. Junk King Columbus can haul away all kinds of bulky junk items. These would be all those things that are too big to fit into your garbage can or the back of your SUV; like an old hot tub.
Taking apart a hot tub might seem simple enough, but there are a lot of components that need to be properly broken down. That huge fiberglass shell will need to be carted off in a truck. Hiring a junk removal crew that specializes in hot tub disposal will make sure you can clear out your backyard and avoid the attack of the algae!  To schedule an appointment today, simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.