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Columbus Computer Recycling and Disposal

There are certain trash items that have no business being thrown out in the trash. That might sound like an odd statement but the truth is that electronic waste or e-waste is considered hazardous when it’s not properly disposed of. To handle this type of trash those items need to be disassembled and the basic components sorted for disposal. If left unintended in a local Columbus landfill, the chemical compounds which are part of the e-waste can eventually seep into the surrounding environment and that’s not going to be good for anyone in our neighborhoods.

On the long list of “what is e-waste” are such items as computers, servers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners, stereo equipment, cell phones, camcorders, DVD/CD/Blu Ray players and any type of phone equipment. So ask yourself what kind of e-waste you have tucked away in a closet or under your bed? You’re probably holding onto that stuff because there was no way of getting rid of it. Now there is a way, and that would be with hiring Junk King Columbus.

Junk King takes care of all kinds of junk removal projects around the Columbus Ohio area, and that make it their mission to insure whatever they collect is disposed of in a manner that is good for our local community. When it comes to e-waste there are several certified centers around the Columbus area which accept this type of junk. You don’t have to bother with finding out which center is closest to you or will accept what you’re throwing out. Junk King handles all of that as part of their complete junk removal service.

On the same trip that Junk King is getting rid of your e-waste they can also take away any oversize item you’ve been itching to toss out. Things like old sofas, stoves or washing machines can also be destined for recycling centers. In fact, the majority of what Junk King collects will never make it to a landfill. Instead it will be repurposed and reused.

A Junk King crew can also handle the removal of any type of yard waste such as debris left over from the last storm or patio furniture that was ruined from the lasts snow? Nothing will be out of bounds for Junk King. When it comes to pricing, all you’ll be paying is based on the amount of space your junk takes up on the back of their truck.

There are no hidden charges with a Junk King Columbus junk removal job. Whether you’re getting rid of one old computer or an entire room of furniture Junk King is the call you should make (1-800-995-5865).

Getting the house in order for the holidays

Clutter happens.

It starts small: a cardboard box or a pile of newspapers that you plan to recycle; an obsolete computer or an old television set.

guest room that's overflowing with clothes and junk
Then the holidays roll around with all the presents and their packaging. I don’t know about you, but Ohio winters always sap my energy when it comes to housework. If you fall behind and the piles begin to form, it’s easy to feel like you’re up against an insurmountable task.

Whatever the problem, when it comes to clutter, Junk King Columbus is convenient, affordable and eco-friendly, and we serve all of Franklin County and then some. Whether stacks of out-of-date magazines, antiquated VHS tapes or damaged DVDs, we will help you cut through the clutter and get your life back without spending days sorting through the mess.

  • Need to clean out the closet, basement, attic or garage so you can hide gifts for family and friends? We can help.
  • Don’t want to leave the packaging from presents in your trash for anyone who drives by to see? We’ve got you covered.

The holidays are a time of family and friends. It might be nice to clean out the guest bedroom so someone can sleep in there. Even knowing that, it can be hard to find the time to get around to cleaning out all those little storage spaces that fill up so quickly it seems like odds and ends must be breeding.  Junk King is a  local business, located in Dublin—that can get it all sorted and carted off at one time.

Later, after the season of giving, when all the wrapping paper and ribbons have settled, you can call us up for help with that too. Giant cardboard boxes, Styrofoam packaging, the Christmas tree, the decorations from the New Year’s bash, even the old TV (if you were very good this year!) are all things we’ll gladly collect and haul away while you just relax and enjoy being treated like a king.

Intro to the Benefits of Recycling Appliances

The old 'fridge waiting to be recycled.

Junk King Columbus Recycles Refrigerators & Freezers

An Introduction to the Benefits of Recycling Appliances

Part one of a multi–part series

Aside from legal requirements to dispose of appliances and electronics in ways that are environmentally sound you may ask yourself: Are there any real benefits to recycling old appliances ?

The answer is a resounding yes! As recycling technology improves, the benefits will only increase over time. But even now, recycling old consumer goods does a lot for the environment—and for generations to come—much of which consumers may not be aware of.

To begin, what types of appliances are suitable for recycling? Virtually any appliance is a good candidate for recycling including stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, and even water heaters. In addition, computers, monitors, printers, copy machines, and televisions are also readily recyclable. While these are not technically appliances, they are still very good candidates for recycling.

Protecting Our Resources

When it comes to recycling old appliances, it is no secret that these items take up a lot of room in landfills if they are not recycled. Perhaps more importantly reusing things conserves resources and protects the Earth in a multitude of ways. Even smaller recycling facilities can save tons of metal and plastics from landfills. Larger facilities can decrease the total waste we produce by hundreds of tons per year, and these trends are only increasing as more locales are setting up recycling centers.

While we here at Junk King Columbus look forward to the day that recycling is convenient and easy for all we are glad to help in anyway possible. We make regular trips to local recycling centers and last year we recycled over 65% of the items we collected from our customers homes and offices.

One of the main benefits of recycling old appliances has to do with the metal content that they contain. Some of the more common metals that can be recycled include steel, copper, aluminum, lead and gold. As we all know, appliances are often comprised mostly of various types of metals. Recycling these metals not only keeps them out of landfills but also helps the environment in that new metal content does not have to be extracted in order to make up the difference.

Many consumers do not realize that metal deposits are non-renewable resources. This means that when they run out, they are gone. As more nations begin to exploit their metal deposits, the overall amount of metal content within the Earth is depleted. And, again, these deposits, once gone, are gone forever.

Another important issue to keep in mind when considering recycling old appliances is that the vast majority of metal content that is extracted through recycling is still usable. Recycled metals can be used for new products thus greatly reducing the need for new deposits to be dug up and processed.

Protecting Our Environment

It should also be kept in mind that when old appliances and electronics are not recycled they often find their way into environment through dumping. As metals decompose, their elements can sink into the soil as well as into ground water and aquifers. Some types of metals, such as lead and iron, can cause damage to water supplies and cause harm to those who may ingest contaminated water. By recycling, these heavy metals are kept out of the eco-systems that we all depend on including water sources both on the surface and underground.

As more people start recycling, the benefits to the environment will only increase. Plenty of information is available online for those who wish to learn more about protecting the Earth through recycling efforts and you can look forward to us publishing several more articles as part of this series highlighting the benefits of, and specific information about, recycling common household appliances.

Columbus Computer Recycling

It’s a pretty safe bet to assume that many Columbus residents woke up on Christmas morning to discover Santa Claus brought them some new electronic gizmos and gadgets. For many these new devices would be upgrades from their current devices. That would mean new and improved models of cell phones and futures. As these new happy owners plug-in and start using their new devices all of those old computers and cell phones are going to be pushed aside. And by pushing aside we mean stuffed in the corner or closet because they should be thrown out of the trash.
On the average, there are around 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers getting tossed out every day! That amount of electronic waste is going to pile up quickly and make it the fastest-growing part of the US garbage system. It’s also some of the most toxic waste that can be thrown away by average citizens. There are huge amounts of mercury and lead found in all that e-waste and unless it is properly disposed of that waste will be haunting us for generations to come.
If you are interested in recycling your old computer then that would make you part of the 20% of other Americans who do the right thing. Yes, that would leave 80% who are just tossing those old computers and other electronic devices out in the garbage. Once it’s in the back of it garbage truck is not much that can be done in terms of managing those hazardous byproducts. The best recourse for an old computer is to have it sent to a proper recycling facility so that it can be broken down into its base components. A professional team of junk haulers like Junk King Columbus will know just how to handle this kind of material because they are well versed in all manner of recycling projects.
When you mention the word “recycle” images of newspapers and plastic bottles spring to mind but the fact remains that a large portion of all of our garbage and junk can be recycled. Not only does this hold true for computers and other e-waste but also for items like furniture, mattresses and old appliances. The goal is to stop as much as we possibly can from heading to a landfill. The only thing that can happen to garbage in a landfill is to wait around for it to decompose and release all those chemical byproducts. However, if you could separate out the construction materials, grind them up and then repurpose them into new materials then you’ve accomplished the recycling goal.
If it seems like an extravagance to call up a crew of junk haulers just to take away one old laptop it probably is. That’s why you should consider getting rid of your other junk during the same appointment. Think of it as an early spring cleaning project. Do you really want to waste a good spring day cleaning? Get it out of the way now with the help of Junk King Columbus.

Columbus Tree Disposal and History of the Christmas Tree

Every Christmas there is one item that many families all across the world bring into their homes and that would be the Christmas tree. But do you know the history of the Christmas tree? The first time that a decorated tree was put up during the holiday season can be traced back to the 15th century in the German region of Europe. Back then it was the Estonians who started the tradition of setting up what they called a paradise tree in the town square for the purpose of having people gather around and share in holiday celebrations. This evolved into bringing the trees into the home and decorating them sweets, nuts, pretzels and apples for children to enjoy. Remember this was all going down in the 1600s.
Over the years the tradition of the Christmas tree evolved and became a main prop in a popular holiday medieval play that was presented throughout Germany in December. This play had less to do about what went down in Bethlehem and more to do with what happened in the Garden of Eden. As a tribute to Adam and Eve, a fir tree was brought into the home and decorated with apples to represent their time in Paradise. Tradition held that a Christmas tree shouldn’t be decorated until Christmas Eve which is considered to be the day of Adam and Eve.
For a while, the Christmas tree only existed in Germany. It wasn’t until 1781 that the Christmas tree concept was brought over to North America by some soldiers stationed in Québec. While waiting for a potential American attack, the general and his wife entertained guests with their version of a Christmas tree that was decorated with candles and fruit. A few years after this the Christmas tree began popping up in England but only with the Royal family. As little Queen Victoria requested a Christmas tree your room every December the idea began to spread throughout the land.
In America, many German immigrants lay claim to being the first ones to bring the Christmas tree to the United States. Although there are many such stories it all does go back to the Germans so we have that to thank them for. Today, most American families will put up the Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving and keep it up New Year’s. Before the invention of electric lights candles were very popular for decorating Christmas trees and you can only imagine how much trouble that caused.
On a more practical and present level – once your Christmas tree is ready to be taken down it’s going to be close to completely dried out. Usually this will mean dragging the tree out the curb and hoping the garbage collectors will pick it up but that’s really not part of their job description. The best course of action for getting rid of your Christmas tree is to hire professional junk haulers like Junk King Columbus. Not only can they take away the tree but they can probably help you get rid of a lot of the debris left over from Christmas celebrations. The best way to start the New Year is without all that junk!
For the best in Columbus Christmas Tree Disposal, simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.

Columbus Furniture Recycling

Everything Old Is New Again
You might think that once you throw out your garbage you’ve done your part to keep the world clean. In many ways you have however that garbage has to end up somewhere and that somewhere is usually a landfill. Landfills are the quintessential “thing” that nobody wants in their backyard. However, we just can’t function as a society without having a place to dump all of our garbage. That doesn’t mean we can’t be smart about dumping our garbage and that is how recycling was born. With the goal of reducing the mass of a landfill, recycling takes materials and converts them back to their raw form and find a way to repurpose those materials. You are already probably part of a recycling program in Columbus with a weekly pickup of your papers, plastic, glass, or aluminum cans. But what about all those items that might not make it into the recycling bin but are still worthy of recycling? That’s where landfill mining comes into play.
Landfill mining is a process whereby companies can take the garbage at a landfill and converted into fuel by burning it safely. But this is not always a profitable endeavor because of all the digging involved and because you just don’t know what you’ll be digging up. That’s why you’ll find many recycling centers located right next to a landfill. Savvy recycling companies can spot incoming truckloads of garbage and know if there is value in diverting that truck load from the landfill to the sorting center. Once that happens increase the chances of finding more reusable and recyclable materials.
One such operation can be found in the Ohio Valley facility where recycling and trash are processed under one roof. At this facility the recyclables are pre-sorted, baled and sent on to larger material recovery facilities (MRFs). Material from the Ohio Valley facility is usually transported to Columbus where it is refashioned into new product material.
Among one of the big items that calls for recycling are construction materials and furniture. Every construction site generates a lot of waste but that waste can still be put back into use if handled properly. For instance pieces of drywall can be ground up and used as drywall. The next time you’re at Home Depot check out the label on the drywall and you’ll probably find it has been made from recycled materials. This can also lower the cost of that drywall.
Recycling furniture is a bit more intensive of an operation. First of all, you need to hire a professional crew of junk haulers like Junk King Columbus to pick up your furniture and make sure it gets to the right recycling center. Once there, that furniture is broken down and separated into its different components. They’ll be a pile for the wood, the metal, the foam and all the other materials that went into the construction of that piece of furniture. Those piles are then shipped off to the appropriate repurpose and centers. You’ll be able to see this in action the next time you look at a label on a sofa or loveseat. It should tell you just how much of that has been made from recycled materials.

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 Junk Recycling – Go Green for the Holidays

During the recent holiday season, a new concept has taken hold for Columbus Ohio families who are concerned about the environment and that is “rent a tree.” For a small fee, a family can actually rent a living Christmas tree for their own use. When the holidays are over, the tree is picked up and returned to the growing farm. Some families have been using the same tree for years. This is taking “going green” to a whole new level!

Actually, the holidays are a time when a lot of potential recyclable materials are generated. Just think off all the wrapping paper left over on Christmas morning. For home recycling, it’s easy to separate our papers from our plastics from our metal and file them in the appropriate bins. The problem occurs with the bigger items we intend on having hauled away. That’s why finding a Columbus junk recycling company who is completely eco-friendly is your best option for junk removal.  That company is Junk King Columbus Ohio.

Most people look at a busted dishwasher sitting in their garage and think “I’ve got to get rid of that someday.” Well, that day can be sooner than you think when you call up a professional junk hauler like Junk King. But did you know that dishwasher might be perfect for recycling? The same can be said for old furniture, televisions, computer monitors and mattresses. They don’t all have to end up in a landfill causing problems for future generations. These items can be stripped down to their core elements, separated and recycled. One sofa can be made of metal, wood and cushioning. They might not all be recycled at the same place in the Columbus area. The key is knowing where to take those items get the most out of recycling.

An experienced junk removal company who proclaims to be eco-friendly will know all the right places to take your recyclables. One truck load of your junk might need to go to several different facilities. That’s part of the recycling circle of life. You don’t want to take your time researching and mapping out where these recycle centers might be located around Columbus. Let Junk King worry about that.

Just because you’re bringing in a junk removal team to your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the exact same team for your business. Even if you’re just working at a company, you can still suggest to upper management that it might be time to get rid of all that extra junk. When a company can then tell its customers they are also recycling they’ll find an uptick in business. More and more people are gravitating towards green friendly businesses. There is no reason why your company can’t go green and stay green.

Junk King Columbus is proud to be eco-friendly and recycle a large portion of all materials hauled.  This holiday season, simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.

Columbus Office Junk Removal

Is your Columbus-based business or office filled with useless clutter? There could be storage spaces right on your office floor that are filled to the rafters with garbage that needs to be tossed. Instead of asking your employees to do something that might not be in their job requirements, why not call in a professional Columbus office junk removal company? They’ll be able to quickly assess your situation and arrange to swiftly haul off any amount of designated junk. Then you can get back to work!

We all know where the office junk is. It could be a storage closet at the end of the hallway or a room in the parking garage. The simple fact is, that just like in your personal life, a company can’t exist without collecting a certain amount of junk. This junk can come in the form of outdated computer monitors or PC towers and old files. It could also mean some unused office furniture that will never make it back out onto the floor. Basically, your company is paying for office space to keep junk. Of course it might not be your call to make but why not take initiative? You could impress the bosses by suggesting a Columbus office junk removal company to show up and get rid off all that waste.

Even if you decide to take the bull by the horns and handle the junk removal project, you won’t be doing it alone when you bring in a professional team of haulers.  The professionals would first come to provide you with a free on site estimate based on how much space the office junk fills in their truck. You certainly don’t want any surprises when it comes to presenting a bill to upper management. Once the terms are agreed upon you can then arrange for the actual haul day. This can be done on your terms so as not to disrupt the work day. Whether it is after hours or on the weekend, the Columbus junk removal company should accommodate you and not the other way around.

Another benefit that comes with bringing a qualified Columbus junk removal company is finding one that has gone green. This is extremely important if you have any electronic gear that you’ll be getting rid of. These pieces of office equipment can and should be recycled at the proper facility. When it comes to electronics, there is the potential for hazardous materials being released in their destruction which is why you want them handled properly by an experienced junk removal crew. Once all that office junk is gone, you’ll be able to utilize your space more efficiently. Isn’t that what business should be all about: efficiency? Get on track by getting rid of your junk!

Junk King Columbus provides the fastest and greenest junk removal services in the Ohio area.  Feel free to book your free on site estimate online, or call 1-800-995-JUNK for more information.

Columbus Junk Removal with Junk King

On the popular Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” Mike finds himself starting and ending a new dirty job every week. One job is more nasty than the next. Fortunately for Mike he gets to move on but what about all those dirty jobs that still need to get done? One of these dirty jobs is junk removal. Sure, you can try and do it yourself but that can lead to throwing out your back, getting cut, ruining the back of your SUV and all kinds of other unpleasant things. This is probably why a lot of junk continues to sit around your home or yard collecting dust and mold. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially when you can hire a Columbus junk removal company like Junk King.

The Junk King Columbus crews have no problem with taking on a dirty job like hauling away all of your trash. We’re not talking about a single garbage can full of rubbish but those big mounds of garbage that might be left behind from a storm. You can never be sure what might wash up on your front lawn but one thing you can be sure of is that one call to Junk King can have any fallen tree branches, upturned shrubs or pieces of roof gone in a heartbeat. Junk King make s Columbus junk removal their number one priority.

What about all that other junk you’ve accumulated over the course of a lifetime? Are there are couple of old tires collecting spider webs in your garage? What about a busted fridge that’s too heavy to get off the back porch? And then there is that eyesore of a sofa taking up space in the basement? Junk King Columbus can handle any of that and so much more.

And it’s not just a home that needs junk removal. Any Columbus, Ohio Construction sites, office remodels or a school clean ups can all benefit from a call to Junk King. The franchise owners of Junk King Columbus are from the area themselves – so they know the neighborhood. They also know exactly where to take all that junk of yours. If you’re concerned about where that trash might end up, have no fear: Junk King Columbus has gone green! Using their knowledge of local recycling centers, Junk King Columbus is able to recycle and re purpose up to 60% of all the trash they pick up on their daily routes. That’s 60% less garbage piled up in landfills which is a win/win for everybody.

The Junk King Columbus team will make your junk removal project as stress free as possible. Their first visit will be to take in the scope of the job. With their huge hauling capacity, chances are they’ll be able to do it all in one trip but they need to see it first hand and work out the estimate before diving in. Then working around your schedule, the Junk King crew will set up time for the removal. The only real question you have to deal with is what are you going to do with all that new space you’ll have?