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Junk Removal — Arlington County Residents and Junk King

Here is some information to help you decide whether to use the Arlington County Service or call Junk King when you need to dispose unwanted items or debris. In general, for small pick-ups, Arlington provides good service at a modest additional cost to residents. If you think you have a big load or you need some labor to clear your clutter, then Junk King is likely your best option.

For Arlington Service, you request a pick-up, Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. You need to get your items to the curb and Arlington has some rules you must follow. “Pile items separately, curbside or in the street (not in the yard). There must be an overhead clearance of approximately 25 feet. Do not pile under low hanging power lines or tree limbs. Do not place next to parked cars; the truck needs at least a 10-foot clearance from cars to avoid possible damage.”

Arlington charges $20 for televisions and $15 for computer monitors, added to your quarterly utility bill. Arlington charges $10 for metal items (air conditioners, cabinets, exercise equipment) collected curbside for recycling. They have a weight limit of 50 lbs. maximum for each item. These charagable items include:
• Air conditioner
• Awnings (window, porch)
• Boat
• Camper shell (truck)
• Car doors, bumpers
• Cast iron/wrought iron fixtures (bath tub, sink) and furniture
• Chain link fence
• Dehumidifier, humidifier
• Desk/office
• Drill press
• Engine block
• Exercise equipment
• File cabinet (3 drawer+)
• Fireplace, insert
• Floor buffer
• Furnace
• Garage doors
• Gas grill
• Grate/iron (sewer, tree)
• Heat pumps
• Heating oil fuel tank
• Home appliances (dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer)
• House radiator (cast iron)
• Hydraulic floor jack on wheels
• Lathe/metal
• Lawn equipment, motorized (leaf shredder, mower, rotor tiller)
• Motor/outboard
• Pool
• Recreational vehicles (go cart, moped, motorcycles/motorbikes)
• Safe
• Shower stall
• Snow blower
• Metal stairs
• Stationary air compressor
• Table saw
• Tool chest
• Truck wheel/rim
• Wardrobe/closet
• Water cooler, heater
• Wood stove

The Arlington County Website has a list of items they take curbside or that you can drop off at their disposal facility. Click here.

Junk King takes everything. We provide all the labor, even some demolition for items such as sheds and hot tubs. We charge by volume. You can call Junk King 24 hours per day for same-day service in a convenient two-hour window. We can guide you through the disposal of paint and other items that Arlington will not take. Roughly speaking, if you have enough junk to fill a standard pick-up truck or more, you are probably better off using our labor to remove the unwanted items.

Again, Arlington has a good service for small, easy-to-manage disposal problems. Certainly, if you can get your items to the curb, Arlington’s $20 charge for TV or $10 for a gas grill makes more sense than calling a junk hauler.  For larger cleanouts, you can save your time and your back by calling Junk King.

At Junk King, we give free estimates, and we’ll be straight forward and tell you if we think you are better off with the Arlington County service. Call me any time: Alex Powers, Owner and General Manager, (703) 819-5667

One last note:  Arlington has an awesome system for leaf collection.  Here’s the schedule: Click here. 

 

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Is the Old Fridge really a goner?

My Fairfax neighbor told me, “My old refrigerator just provides a little shade for the food but doesn’t make things cold anymore. Can you get rid of it for me?”

We’ll be happy to come remove your old refrigerator or freezer and we’ll give you a good price, excellent service, and recycle it for you.

But first, let’s make sure the old fridge really is a goner. Follow these five simple steps:

1. Check the plug and circuit box to make sure your fridge is getting power.
2. Check the thermostat to make sure you didn’t accidentally bump it into the off position.
3. Make sure the vents in the back of the fridge or freezer aren’t blocked.
4. Ensure your condenser coils—at the back of, or underneath your fridge—are clean. You can use a coil brush or a vacuum to clean the coils.
5. Ensure that the condenser fan spins freely. If your condenser coils are on the back of your fridge, you won’t have a fan.

If the fan doesn’t turn, unplug fridge try to clean the fan blades. Then plug in the fridge and watch to make sure that the fan spins when the compressor turns on. If the fan doesn’t spin, you need to replace it. The parts run from $7 to $30 for most models.

If the fridge is dead, you’ll need a new one. Some stores provide free delivery and haul away—score! If the store tells you the haul-away fee is greater than $89, then you owe it to yourself to call Junk King for an estimate.

Recycling Metal from Junk

Americans throw away enough aluminum in three months to rebuild all of our commercial airplanes. The energy saved by recycling one aluminum can could run a television for three hours. The energy saved by recycling a year supply of steel cans can power a city the size of Washington DC for 10 years. You can recycle the small stuff—cans and such—through the county services. Northern Virginia and Montgomery Md have good programs for recycling.

For the big items,you may need a junk removal company. Junk King is, by far, the greenest.
In 2012, Junk King Fairfax recycled, repurposed, and donated everything we hauled—more than 950 tons. We met our goal of being 100% landfill free.

We recycled more than 150 tons of metal. We take metal items that other hauler will not take, such as propane tanks. We are one of the few haulers that has a warehouse where we can adequately sort the debris.

Junk Kings: Angie’s List Award

Junk King continues as the #1-rated Junk Removal Service on Angie’s List, earning the Super Service Award for 2012. Junk King has more A ratings than any other hauler in the Washington Metro Area. Our goal is to remain the #1-rated hauler through our commitment to customer care.

Junk King Super Service Award

Junk King Super Service Award

Junk King’s General Manager, Alex Powers, commented on his customer care: “We are building a junk removal service on relationships. We bonus our crews based on their customer reviews—not by their sales volume. We provide free advice, free estimates, fair prices, and almost flawless performance. And on those rare occasions when we do make a mistake, we always make it right with the customer.”

Junk King will soon expand service. At present, we server all of Northern Virginia: Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, and Prince William. In the New Year, we plan to serve Montgomery County, Maryland as well.