Monthly Archives: March 2016

What To Do With Your Junk?

Junk is a lot like traffic – you don’t really notice that it’s there until you’re overwhelmed by it. At first you have one or two unused pieces of furniture around your home or a few underemployed printers at the office – remember fax machines? – then you find yourself overrun by 20th-century technology.

When we say “junk” that actually includes more than you might think. The average American gets over 40 pounds of junk mail every year. That’s junk. Did you also know that Americans also eat, on average, 35 to 40 tons of food in their lifetime!

While there’s a lot of viable food (and food waste) that goes along with that, there’s also a whole lot of soiled cups, bowls and utensils that – if not recyclable in the form of aluminum cans, paper, or glass - should be considered junk.

How to Dispose of Junk 

The point is that just looking around our homes and offices we can spot a lot of junk: Some of which can be disposed of in our daily trash pickup while other kinds of junk are actually bulky waste that require special pickup.

And yet other kinds of junk could be categorized as recyclable material, electronic waste, yard refuse, construction debris, or even hazardous waste that we need to be careful around.

  • Recyclable Materials

First up are recyclable materials that might accidentally get lumped in with junk, but actually constitute items that can be put to further use.

What-To-Do-With-Your-Junk-junk-king-marin-CAThe average person, believe it or not, makes the mistake of confusing junk and recyclable materials pretty often – nearly three million tons of otherwise recyclable aluminum are tossed away every year instead of thrown into the blue recycling bin.

Office paper that you have sitting around, corrugated cardboard that may have once housed a package that you received in the mail, and old newspapers and paperboard should also be categorized as recyclable materials rather than junk. Newspapers are made from recyclable fiber and can, therefore, usually be recycled.

The interesting thing is that a lot of the glossy magazines out today can also be recycled because recycling technology has improved so much over the years. That’s something to bear in mind when eying your regular trash can instead of the blue recycling one when touting your magazines to the curb.

  • Electronic Waste

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term that we use referring to used or obsolete electronics that you have collecting dust in your home office or place of work.

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/electronics/whatisewaste/

Because of high turnover in the tech industry and the rate of change today, more electronic waste is being generated than ever before.

Things like old desktops, keyboards, printers and obsolete DVD players are obviously electronic waste, but household appliances like microwaves and dishwashers might also qualify since there’s no hard-and-fast definition of what is and isn’t e-waste.

Just make sure that if you use a department store’s e-waste recycling program that you’re not turning in something that would be better categorized as hazardous or bulky waste.

  • Bulky Waste

Bulky waste (a.k.a., bulky refuse) are items like HVAC units and certain dishwashers that are too large for regular trash collection. You might need the help of a junk removal company like Junk King to take these items off your hands.

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Why? Because Junk King can pick up bulky waste items like yard refuse, mattresses, large appliances and foreclosure clean out items using heavy-duty devices like grapple trucks. Junk King can also help you remove construction waste and e-waste like old televisions that you aren’t sure are recyclable. Set up an appointment online today!

What You Need to Know About Household Hazardous Waste

If you are like most homeowners, you have all sorts of junk scattered around your home. It is easy to let things accumulate in the basement, attic or backyard. Junk King is here to to haul away just about every piece of junk from your property. Though we have the manpower and equipment available to haul away the vast majority of your items, we do not accept certain types of household hazardous waste. Let’s take a look at the dangers of household hazardous waste and explain why you should be careful when removing these items from your property.

Why Junk King Hauls it all but for Household Hazardous Waste

Our mission is to haul all types of junk unless it has the potential to cause a fire or create an environmental hazard. If you have an old mattress, table, furniture, yard debris or just about anything else, we will show up to your property and haul it away. However, we draw the line at certain household hazardous waste items. For safety and health reasons we do not remove hazardous items like biological waste and asbestos. The bottom line is that if the federal government bars us from removing the items we will abide by their rules.

What-You-Need-to-Know-About-Household-Hazardous-Waste-Junk-King-Marin-CAWhat is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste is often referred to as “home generated special materials” materials or “retail hazardous waste”. This broad term includes an array of consumer products that have the potential to harm the environment if disposed of in an improper manner. It also includes household chemicals, pest control sprays and automotive care products. Each of these products has dangerous characteristics as a result of their ignitability, reactivity, toxicity or corrosivity. Other common examples of household hazardous waste include oil paint, latex paint, drain cleaner, fuel, antifreeze, motor oil, herbicides, poisons, pesticides, cleaning chemicals and rodenticides.

How to Dispose of the Household Hazardous Waste That Junk King is not Allowed to Take

Do your best to keep hazardous waste items in their original containers until you can find an appropriate location for their proper disposal. Read the label of each potentially hazardous item to gain a full understanding of the manufacturer’s recommended disposal instructions. Even if the label simply directs you to bring the item to a specific recycling site or warns of improper handling procedures, it is still worth reading. These directions will help you avoid injury and prevent unnecessary environmental harm. Do not combine your leftover hazardous waste with other products. Some household hazardous waste items like fluorescent lamps and batteries can be brought back to the retail stores where they were purchased.

Junk King is Here to Help

If you are unsure as to whether one of your household items is eligible to be picked up by our junk hauling crew, do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information. Our junk removal experts will let you know if we can pick up those items or if they are considered to be household hazardous waste that must be disposed of in a special manner or location. As long as the federal government permits us to pick up the item and it is not dangerous to handle, we will haul it away. Reach out to us today for more information by dialing 1-888-888-JUNK (5865) or by filling out our convenient online contact form.

Three Essentials for Organizing Your Garage

The average homeowner’s garage is chock full of random sundries from rakes to power tools, garbage bags, automotive products, sports equipment and beyond. There is absolutely no reason that your garage should look like a pigsty. Imagine a decluttered garage that is perfectly organized. Think about how nice that would be. You would be able to head on out to your car without feeling any sort of anguish. Perhaps more importantly, an organized garage will allow you to find exactly what you need without rummaging through clutter. Let’s take a look at three helpful tips for organizing your garage.

Three-Essentials-for-Organizing-Your-Garage-Junk-Kng-Marin-CAOrganizing Your Garage: Begin by Eliminating the Excess

The typical garage serves as a dumping grounds. Family members rarely think twice before throwing random items in the garage because they aren’t sure where else to put them. Though most of us really do think that we will use these items at some point in the future, the truth is that many of them go unused for months or years.

Make today the day that you take control of your garage. Start by designating items that can be eliminated. Begin with the bulky items that have been collecting dust. Put them outside for Junk King’s junk hauling professionals to pick up and take away. Create a separate pile of items to give to charity or friends. The city of California has laws in place that require the maintenance of one’s surroundings including the garage.

Organizing Your Garage Requires That You Consider the Value of Every Item

Now that you have removed the items that you will not use again it is time to reconsider the utility of what remains. If you have remaining items that don’t have much value and probably won’t be used in the near future, do not hesitate to remove them. Let Junk King haul these items away. You can also store some of them in enclosed compartments. If your garage doesn’t have any cabinets, make use of a workbench. A large workbench is the perfect storage space as it has a combination of drawers, shelves and a pegboard where you can easily store items that would have otherwise been scattered about the garage. There is no sense in leaving any loose items out in the open. They will only get in the way when you are trying to move around in the garage or work on home improvement projects.

Establish Boundaries When Organizing Your Garage

It is imperative that you create zones when organizing your garage. Designate specific spaces for categories of items such as hand tools, power tools, automotive care products, sports equipment etc. Organizing your garage with these zones will help you remember where items belong when it is time to put them away for storage. It will also make it much easier to find exactly what you need in a timely manner.

As you designate spaces of the garage for zones, be sure to keep the center wide open so you have ample space to park your car(s). Don’t forget to leave the sides of the garage free and clear. This will provide enough space for the car doors to open all the way out.

Junk King is Here to Help Simplify Your Garage Organization Project

As you organize your garage you will likely find that you have all sorts of extraneous items, many of which you do not use on a regular basis. Don’t let these items take up space in your garage. Contact Junk King to schedule a haul. Our team will remove your undesired items in a quick, clean and safe manner. Give us a call at 1-888-888-5865 or fill out our online contact form.