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How To Stay Eco-Friendly

There are many companies that like to promote themselves as a “green business.” Technically, they could have a recycling bin the company break room and call themselves green. Of course, if a company is wasting energy running air-conditioning when no one is in the office, then it might negate all their recycling efforts. That’s not to say that recycling is in an important part of being eco-friendly. Most households in Columbus take part in some form of recycling program. That is all great news for the environment. But your recycling efforts don’t have to stop your paper, plastics and newspapers. When it’s time to get rid of junk that can also be done in an eco-friendly way if you hire the right company. That would be Junk King Columbus who takes going green to a whole other level.

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Junk King Columbus is part of a nationwide chain of professional junk haulers. Every one of these franchises is dedicated to eco-friendly disposal policies that were established at the beginning of the company. The very first load of junk that was removed by a Junk King crew was also recycled. Here in Columbus, the Junk King operation has also set up partnerships with charities and recycling centers. These are the organizations that are open to accepting all kinds of things from old furniture, e-waste, clothing, appliances and other household goods. Junk King is determined to make sure as much of what is collected can be kept out of local landfills as possible.

As you decide what you want to get rid of, you don’t have to sort between items that could be donated or recycled. The Junk King crews have been trained to handle that type of work. It is also something that’s going to happen long after they’ve picked up your stuff. All they want to do is get in and get out as quickly as possible so you can get back to your busy day. Remember, that this recycling program also extends to any yard waste you want removed. Junk King Columbus can recycle concrete, stone, lumber and even tree limbs. If you want to extend your recycling program beyond the basics, then Junk King Columbus is your perfect green partner.

Fall yard and garden clean up checklist Columbus Ohio

Hurricane Sandy Brings Torrential Rain and Snow to Ohio…in October?!?

Map of NOAA long-term forecast for the U.S. for fall and winter 2012

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It suddenly feels like winter in Columbus, and a harsh one at that. Snow before Halloween? I can’t remember the last time that happened—if ever!

The NOAA forecast for a wet winter for Ohio and the Great Lakes region is looking like a safe bet right about now.

Freak storms aside, I prepared a fall yard and garden clean up checklist but it suddenly seems like I should be out shopping for rock salt and snow tires. This list is adapted from one I found on the Iowa Gardener.

And while I am thinking about it, we offer storm debris clean up, too. Whether a it’s flooding from a late year, slow-moving hurricane,  hail or lightning damage from a summer thunderstorm or an ice storm’s deep freeze, we will help you clean up and dispose of everything in a safe, environmentally sound way. And we don’t even charge for labor!

Without further ado, here is the ‘official’ Junk King Columbus autumn checklist for Central Ohio:

❏ Pull up all annuals (plants that you have to buy every year).
❏ Cut back perennials (plants that return every year).
❏ Start a compost pile for organic matter, including small amounts of leaves and branches.
❏ Call Junk King Columbus for assistance gathering and hauling away anything you won’t be composting ;-)
❏ After the first frost, dig up and store indoors all tender bulbs.
❏ Empty all pots and store in the garage so they don’t crack in the cold.
❏ Have Junk King rake the leaves from your lawn but it is OK to leave them if they are few and in flower and garden beds—Free Mulch!
❏ Mow the lawn one final time before winter arrives. We suggest you use a mulching mower but we can dispose of grass clippings too.
❏ Run the mower until the gas tank is empty. Check the owner’s manual to see if any filters need to be changed and what, if anything,
to do with the oil.
❏ Sharpen the blade, this is something that should be done every fall.

As a reminder, we do not charge for labor so if you don’t feel like raking leaves or picking up the yard you can call us and we will do it for you at the same price as if we were just picking it up and hauling it away to be composted.

To book an appointment or schedule a free on-site estimate call us at 1-800-995-JUNK (1-800-995-5865).

Remember to buy candy and drive carefully in residential neighborhoods on Beggar’s Night.

Recycling TVs and Computer Monitors in Columbus, Ohio

When we first opened Junk King we were amazed at the number of calls we got from people in the Columbus area who wanted us to pick up and recycle an old television or monitor.

While we are located in Dublin and a majority of our appointments are from here, Columbus, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Worthington, Westerville, New Albany and Delaware, the fact of the matter is that central Ohio is home to over 2 million people.Old TV ready to be recycled Tube-type displays are heavy and bulky; large, flat-screen TVs are…well, large. Beyond that they contain mercury and other heavy metals, which means they can’t go into the regular trash (legally and environmentally speaking).

Needless to say, if you are researching television recycling you are not alone. Very few, if any, local municipalities offer this service and while there are places that accept drop-offs, you have to find them and visit on their schedule—which in all likelihood are the same hours that you have to work. Not to mention lugging a big, bulky, possibly heavy TV…and that’s assuming you can do it yourself. Otherwise, you must recruit a friend or loved one to help.

It can eat up a lot of time and effort…Or you can call us!

Our appointment line is 1-800-995-JUNK (5865) and we can often come out the same day you call. Beyond that we are concerned with the environment and we recycle everything thing we can. With TVs and monitors that means 100% is recycled so it never ends up in a landfill leaching heavy metals into the groundwater. The same is true for all the electronics and appliances we take in, be it a laptop, old stereo components, or a Super Nintendo that finally gave up the ghost.

If it is a serviceable item we try to donate it to a local charity but in most cases, we recycle them en masse. Truth be told, it feels really good to realize the volume of items that we reuse or recycle in one way or another that won’t end up in a landfill somewhere; most of our customers share this sentiment.

We have some of the lowest prices in the industry and professional, uniformed, bonded and insured teams who will come to you and pick up TVs, monitors, electronics and just about anything else you want us to get out of your way. It’s pretty common for people to also realize they have other stuff they’d like us to clear out and to decide to kill two birds with one stone—maybe even clean out the basement while we’re at it.

We operate every day but Sunday and we service all of Franklin County and parts of all the surrounding counties. If you have specific questions you can call the appointment line above or our local number can be found on our website: northcolumbus.junk-king.com

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.

Columbus Junk Recycling

Did you know that the average American creates over four pounds of garbage each and every single day? If you were to take all that garbage created in one day by everybody in the country you could fill up 63,000 garbage trucks. That’s certainly a lot of garbage that has to be put somewhere. We all know where it might end up: the landfill.

Landfills are a major dumping site for all our junk but there’s a growing movement right here in Columbus, Ohio called “green junk hauling.” That means a professional junk hauling service can come by your home and collect all of your unwanted junk. But instead of dumping it in a landfill, they’ll take it to one of the many Columbus recycling centers.

You might already be involved with a basic household recycling program involving plastic bottles or papers. This is basically the trash you can sort into your own recycling bin. Then on a weekly basis it is picked up by the municipal garbage trucks. Very easy to do. But what about the big junk that’s cluttering up your home, attic, garage or basement? Things like the old mattresses or broken down appliances or even those computers that have crashed beyond repair. Instead of letting them become an eyesore collecting dust, why not call a Columbus Junk Recycling company to get rid of that junk once and for all in an eco-friendly manner.

Green junk hauling means that a company has identified a wide range of recycling centers that can handle various items. The mattress recycling center isn’t going to be the same place to take your old washing machine. Do you really want to spend the time researching the dozens of potential recycling centers you’ll need to properly dispose of all your junk? Of course not. That’s where an experienced and eco friendly Columbus junk hauling company can come in and make your junk removal project completely hassle-free.

We all want to do right by the planet but sometimes doing right is just out of our zone. You know you shouldn’t just dump that broken down air conditioner by the side of the road. But you also don’t have a clue what you should do with it. Think about the amount of junk around your house right now that would fall into that same category. This isn’t about giving up the perfect Ebay item. This is about getting rid of the junk you’re never going to use again in a responsible manner.

Think of all the space you can open up by hiring a junk hauling service like Junk King Columbus. Think of the valuable lesson you’ll be teaching the kids when they learn how important it is to recycle. And most importantly, think about how you won’t have to lift a finger to do anything; except of course calling or booking online to set up a free estimate.