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Junk King Columbus Receives Super Service Award

For the 3rd year in a row, Junk King Columbus was awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award. This means that in 2012, we are in the top 5% of businesses on Angie’s list in Columbus for customer satisfaction. We hope to do it all over again in 2013…only more of it :)

Like any small business, as we grow we always strive to do the best we can and to provide service in a way that is good for our customers and our business. We’d like to thank the Columbus residents whose recognition and patronage help us.

Happy New Year to all our central Ohio family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Thanks for choosing us to be your fastest and greenest junk removal company.

-Junk King Columbus

Why Junk King Columbus Composts All Yard Waste

Composting is a great way to dispose of yard waste in a sustainable and eco-friendly way

What is composting?

The term compost refers to any kind of organic matter that has been recycled into a fertilizer and soil amendment though a natural decomposing process. Composting is a natural process but there are steps you can take to help it along. Naturally over time, the ground gets covered with a layer of organic materials, which includes leaves, branches, manure and animal remains. During the rains, this layer becomes wet, which hastens the decomposition. Over weeks, months, and sometimes even years, depending on the natural climate and environmental conditions, this is turned into humus and it is this layer of nutrient rich earth that is known as top soil.

Flowers on a hillsideScience has come up with several ways of speeding up the composting process to produce richer fertilizer using less conventional base materials and within a shorter span of time. Modern yard waste composting can be a complex, multi-step process that involves the addition of carefully measured amounts of air, water, carbon, nitrogen-rich materials, and beneficial organisms like aerobic bacteria and fungi.

How to make compost out of yard waste

Making compost is a simple process, as long as you have the time and space to devote to it. You’ll want to set aside a portion of your yard or property (here in Dublin where space is at a premium that isn’t always easy but that is why we take all suitable organic debris to a place where they will compost it). Clear the ground of grass, weeds, plants, or yard waste until you get a plot of bare earth. Once the ground is clear, add a two to three inch deep layer of twigs or straw. This ensures better drainage and helps aerate the mound. Next, add the yard waste in alternate layers of moist and dry materials.

Add a nitrogen source in the form of animal or green manure. Good sources include wheatgrass, clover, and buckwheat, which is why these crops are grown on in rotation on plots of land used for organic farming. The nitrogen activates the compost pile and helps speed up the process. Make sure you keep the compost slightly moist. Given the normal amounts of precipitation here in central Ohio, it should only be an issue in times of drought. If needed, water the compost pile or bin occasionally but that and the occasional turning for aeration, is about all you need to do, then just let nature take it’s course.

If you live in a urban or suburban area you may want to buy or build a bin that will keep scavengers and pests from getting into your compost pile. Otherwise, cover the mound with wood or mulch to help retain moisture. Finally, give the pile a quick turn every other week with a pitchfork to provide aeration and to help the bio-degradtion.

Supplementing your compost

Many organic gardeners add specific ingredients to for trace nutrients or microbes; two of the most common are egg shells and coffee grounds but please be careful before you consider doing so, any type of food can draw bugs, animals and other pests. As noted above, there are special bins you can buy or build to facilitate composting and to make it easier (more compact, keep out animals, etc.)

Composting yard waste keeps it out of our landfills, keeps the nutrients in our local eco-system, and is an effective way of recycling of natural materials. It is a great aid to organic farming or suburban landscaping, as it produces, fresh, 100 percent green fertilizer for plants.

Many central Ohioans find themselves too busy to do everything they should, or want, to do for the environment, and this includes composting. In the Columbus area you can call Junk King Columbus for yard waste removal and we’ll handle it for you. We take everything possible, which means all organic yard waste, to a facility which composts and then re-uses it locally.

Summer time and the livin’s easy

While summer might not officially begin until the solstice in late June, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the season. The longer days, the opening of public pools and the end of the school year all coincide and lend themselves to a lifestyle with more grilling and outdoor activity.

Unsurprisingly we get a lot of calls for assitance with home improvement projects, hot tub removals and even yard waste. We’ll help with light demolition and the labor of getting the items broken up, loaded and hauled away at no additional charge, which means even do-it-yourselfers can take it easy and still get done the things they need to.

Get your yard in order; improve the value of your home with landscaping; break out the grill; plan the family re-union and try to put Red, White and Boom to shame–whatever your plans, Happy Memorial day.

Mother’s Day is Fast Approaching

Not sure what to get your mother this year?

Consider helping her get her house organized and cleaned with Junk King Columbus.

We handle stairs and heavy, bulky items with ease. And if the clutter of years is suffocating you or your loved ones we are happy to help, you can even book now to make sure we can get to you when it’s convenient. You can book online using the link above, we look forward to it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women of this world!

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 Hauling: Hire the Pros to Get the Job Done Right

Are you a hoarder? Thanks to the new popular reality series,  the issuse of hoarders and their lifestyles are front and center. The folks depicted on that series are in need of some serious help both mentally and in cleaning up their trash. You know you’re in trouble when the cleaning service hired to clear out your garbage is wearing hazmat suits.

Clearly, not everyone has a home that is in such dire condition. But that doesn’t mean we don’t having hoarding tendencies. Maybe it’s a drawer in a desk that is overflowing with expired coupons. Or perhaps it’s an upstairs closet crammed with old skis or backpacks. Maybe it’s some worn out holiday decorations that will never see the light of day again. Whatever you call your junk, isn’t it time to clear it out before it takes over your life? When you’re ready you have the option to call a professional Columbus junk hauling company to get all that trash out of your life once and for all.

There’s also all those “big ticket” items to consider when calling in the pros of a Columbus junk hauling company. These are the things in your home that are basically still there long after they’ve served their purpose but can’t be moved. Why? Too heavy, too bulky and no transportation. So the result is that old washer/dryer is sitting in the garage taking up space. The sink torn out during a remodel is rusting away in the backyard. And let’s not forget all that old furniture shoved down into the basement or attic. On the one hand, that was a much better option that merely putting it out on the curb. But now is the time to bring in a professional group of junk haulers to get rid of it all.

One of the big benefits of hiring a professional Columbus junk hauling company is that you’re going to know who is coming onto you property and into your home. Of course this doesn’t mean you’ll become friends with the haulers, but hiring a professional team means they should be licensed to do business in Columbus Ohio and insured. The work crews should be trained in moving all kinds of objects. Do you really want to trust your fresh painted walls to inexperienced movers? Of course not!

There is also the dependability factor that comes into play when hiring a professional junk hauling company. First of all, they should be able to supply you with a free estimate for the cost of the job. Any company who says “we’ll have to see how the job is going to go” before giving you an estimate is a company you shouldn’t be working with. There shouldn’t be any “surprises” with that estimate. Dependability should also mean showing up on time to do the job. We’ve all been kept in “cable company limbo” waiting from 8-4 for the installer to show up. Even though you might have waited a long time to get rid of your junk, that doesn’t mean the junk haulers should keep you waiting. Hire the pros in Columbus and get the job done right.

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?

Columbus Hauling

Everyone likes a fresh start- whether it’s a new job, a new move or even the start of a new school year. One positive way to have a fresh start is to clear out the clutter of your life. This can mean a major top to bottom cleaning of your home. Although there might be some gripes from “the troops” it’s a perfect weekend project for the whole family. There’s a good chance that during this clean up effort you’re going to find a lot to toss out. That’s when it might be time to call in a professional Columbus hauling services to help get rid of all your unwanted junk.
Hiring a Columbus hauling company means you’ll be taking the stress out of the problem of what to do with all your old junk. Most of this garbage (and admit it, it is garbage!) gathers around your home because you simply don’t have the means to get rid of it. This junk can come in the form of some old kitchen appliances like a busted washer or out of date refrigerator that are just sitting in your garage rusting away. You know you’re never going to use them again so why not have a Columbus hauling company haul them away?
There might be a handyman in your family who likes to tinker with projects. It’s not uncommon to find a backyard scattered with the remains of old cars. At some point you have to take back your yard and get rid of that junk. With a Columbus hauling service you won’t have to hear the excuse “it’s too big to move.” The experienced haulers can show up at the appointed hour, load up all your unwanted junk and haul it away in the blink of an eye.
Keep in mind it’s not just the junk you buy that can be hauled away but also the junk that just lands in your yard. After any major storm there’s a pretty good chance of fallen tree branches turning up. Some of these can be broken down and put in your weekly garbage pickup but for the bigger limbs you should call upon a Columbus hauling company to handle the removal. These experienced workers will come equipped with the necessary tools to take care of any tree damage and provide you with peace of mind knowing it will be removed safely.
The most effort you’ll exert using a Columbus hauling company will be pointing with your finger. When the haulers show up, all you need to do is point to all the junk you want taken away and they’ll do the rest.
What you’ll be left with is something you might not have had for awhile: open space. In the backyard, this new space can inspire you to plant a garden. In the garage you might consider setting up a craft table for the kid’s art and science projects. Or imagine clearing out an entire room of junk and creating your own private sanctuary. That’s what you can get with by hiring a Columbus hauling company.
For the best in Columbus Ohio Hauling, call Junk King Columbus at 1-800-995-JUNK or Book Online.

Columbus Ohio Junk Removal

There are two types of people in the world – tossers or hoarders. The tossers are the folks who have no problem tossing out their unwanted garbage that can accumulate over the years. “Garbage in, garbage out,” is their motto. On the other hand, you have the hoarders who can’t seem to throw anything away. If you’re like most people, you are probably somewhere between those two types.

If you live in the Columbus Ohio area and have way too much unwanted clutter around your home or business, you should consider enlisting the help of Junk King Columbus.  With our professional help you’ll be able to finally get rid of all that useless junk you know you shouldn’t be hanging on to.

It’s easy in our hectic lives to put things aside both literally and figuratively. This could mean an unwanted collection of old furniture, kitchen appliances or the remnants of left-over remodeling projects. Unless you have a large, sturdy truck, chances are that you’ve kept all that old junk because you just didn’t have any options to get rid of it all. Now you have the option of calling on a Columbus junk removal company to efficiently move your “collection” out of your home.

Whether this is a long overdue New Years resolution or part of your summer clean up project, bringing in a professional junk removal crew will make all the difference in getting the job done. And it doesn’t just have to be those large items you’ve got stuffed in the corner of your basement or garage. Junk removal means any junk. This is your chance to clear out the clutter without the hassle of dragging it off to landfill. This clutter could mean all those boxes of useless papers and magazines or anything else that is just plain broke beyond repair.

And don’t think junk removal is limited to mere garbage. You can bring in Junk King Columbus to haul away yard waste such as fallen tree limbs or dead shrubs. And if you’re going to take a sledge hammer to your cracked driveway, you’re going to need to get rid of all the broken cement. Let a junk removal company do all the heavy lifting.

If you are concerned about where you junk might end up don’t hesitate to go green with Junk King Columbus. Any good Junk Removal company has built up a relationship with the numerous recycling centers located around the Columbus Ohio area. This means your junk can actually be turned around and sent back into the world as recycled goods.

Junk King Columbus is just a short phone call away at 1-800-995-JUNK, or you’ll be able to get a free estimate by scheduling an online appointment.   Think of it this way: there was a time when you didn’t have that junk. Remember the extra space you had? It’s time to reclaim your kingdom.