With the holidays finally behind us, many people in Fresno are probably more than ready to get back to their normal lives and routines. Part of that “return-to-normal” starts with cleaning up the messes that the holidays left behind. Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving adornments, unwanted gifts stored in a closet, and the general mess left by dozens of family and friends who visited over the holiday season: all of these junk items can quickly lead to a disorderly and cluttered home. Fortunately for homeowners and other residents of Armona, Biola, Caruthers, Clovis, Corcoran, Del Rey, Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Fowler, Fresno, Friant, Hanford, Ivanhoe, Kerman, Lemoore, Madera, and Visalia, Junk King in Fresno is here to help you get rid of your holiday trash in the most efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly way possible.
In this short article, we take a quick look at how much holiday waste we tend to accumulate and then offer a few tips for how you can make your holiday cleanup as easy and stress-free as possible.
A Few Statistics on Holiday Trash
According to one estimate, between the dates of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the total amount of waste produced in the United States increases by an estimated 25 percent. Put another way, our holiday celebrations lead directly to an extra one million tons of garbage each week around the country. Due to the stress on our fragile recycling system, the vast majority of that holiday trash gets sent directly to the landfill.
Where exactly does all that extra waste and junk come from? American consumers purchase over 38,000 miles of ribbon for decorating gifts each and every year. To put that number into perspective, the accepted measurement of the Earth’s circumference today is about 24,855 miles! Our holiday ribbon consumption is enough to turn the entire globe into a massive present. Also, the annual holiday shopping sprees lead to an additional $11 billion worth of packing material and about 227,000 miles of wrapping paper that is thrown away after Christmas morning each year. During the 2020 holiday season, Amazon delivered an incredible 1.5 billion packages, the majority of which we were sent to the landfill come January.
Despite the rise in the popularity of e-cards, we still send about one billion Christmas cards to the trash each year. Being that it takes one tree to make 3,000 Christmas cards, those billion-holiday cards is the equivalent of 33 million trees used each year. Furthermore, there are about 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold every year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, and several million of those are hauled out to the curb the first week of the New Year.
The increase in waste isn’t just from decorations and holiday purchases but also comes from those huge holiday meals that no one can actually finish. According to The United States Department of Agriculture, Americans waste around 30-40 percent of the food supply, but that amount rises an additional 25 percent during the holidays due to supermarket waste and uneaten leftovers.
Top 3 Tips for Holiday Decluttering, Seasonal Cleanouts, and Reducing Holiday Waste
Everyone enjoys a festive holiday season, but might we be able to actually reduce our waste footprint during the holiday season, instead of sending more waste to our already overburdened landfill system? Here are three simple tips for how people in Fresno can decrease the amount of holiday waste that ends up in the local landfill.
- Start a backyard compost bin: One of the simplest ways to reduce the amount of holiday junk you send to the landfill is by dealing with your organic waste at home. Building a simple backyard compost bin or pile can give you a convenient space for composting leftover holiday meals and even cardboard boxes. After a few months of decomposing, you will be left with rich, fertile compost that can be spread around your flower garden or fruit trees.
- Get creative with your gift wrapping: Gift-giving is obviously at the center of the holiday spirit. With a bit of creativity and ingenuity, you can essentially eliminate your packaging waste by relying on recycled or upcycled materials. Old newspaper and comic strips, pretty cloth and textiles from old clothing you no longer wear, and even those paper bags from the grocery store that you have saved throughout the year can all be upcycled into innovative wrapping paper solutions.
- Hire a holiday junk removal when the season ends: Lastly, when the holiday season ends and you still feel the need for a pretty thorough seasonal cleanout, consider hiring Junk King of Fresno to help you with your holiday decluttering needs. We are proud to be the top-rated company offering the most environmentally friendly junk disposal services. After years of being the leading junk removal company in Fresno and the surrounding communities, we have developed strong relationships with recycling companies, thrift stores, charities, and other similar organizations. This allows us to promise that at least 60 percent of the junk items that we haul away are either donated, recycled, or otherwise kept out of our local landfills. Furthermore, we abide by all relevant laws and legislation to ensure that electronic waste is properly recycled, and we NEVER resort to illegal dumping practices that could contaminate our community.
How to Hire Junk King of Fresno for a Quick and Efficient Holiday Cleanup?
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to clean up your home and property after a hectic holiday season, give Junk King Fresno a call today. We are often able to haul away your holiday junk items on the day that you contact us. Also, unlike other junk removal companies, we only charge you for the amount of space or volume that your junk items take up in our trucks. Because our trucks are significantly larger than the competition, we are almost always able to offer more competitive prices. Cleaning up your home or business after the holidays shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg, and we are here to offer affordable and quality holiday junk removal.
Also, providing our customers with “fair and transparent” pricing is one of the hallmarks of our company and we even offer your four different ways to get a free estimate, including free, on-site pricing estimates. You can also call us toll-free at 1 888-888-JUNK or at (706) 705-5320, text us a photo of the junk items you need hauled away at 737-888-5865, or use our easy-to-use online pricing estimator.
No matter what option you choose, when a price is agreed upon, you choose a date and two-hour service window that works for your schedule. Our junk removal professionals will call you 15-30 minutes before we show up to promptly take your junk!
When you need a junk hauling team and want to choose the greenest junk removal company in the industry, contact us or call 1-888-888-JUNK (5865). During this holiday season, we are here to make your life easier!