Hoarder Help – Here’s How You Deal with a Hoarder

Different from collecting, hoarding involves keeping items that have value to the person but unlike collecting where they are organized, hoarding moves beyond its designated containers and spills over into the person’s space.

Very little is known why people hoard, but most psychologists agree that it starts during puberty though most people will not seek help until they are 50. Some experts also believe it can be a form of obsessive compulsory disorder or related to inherited brain patterns.

Nonetheless, one thing is sure; hoarding is an unhealthy behavior. The question then is, how do you deal with a hoarder? Here are the dos and don’ts.

Hoarder Hoarder Help: Don’ts

  • Don’t remove property without the person’s consent Though it might seem like the person will be better off starting with a clean slate, you will end up causing the person emotional distress as s/he will have lost valuable items. Also, it is not a long-term solution as you have not addressed the underlying issue, and the person might revert to old ways.
  • Don’t get angry or try to reason with the person right away. Anger will only scare the hoarder and s/he will distance herself from you. Reasoning with the person also will get you nowhere as the hoarder has created a sense of normalcy with the situation.
  • Finally, do not enable the behavior.  Yes, taking things away is wrong, but buying them gifts or taking them on shopping trips is equally bad. Though you might want to show love, do so in a way that is not related to consumption.

Hoarder Help: Dos

Now that you know what not to do, here are some things you should do.

  • First, do try and learn more about hoarding. Yes, TV shows do spread awareness about this disorder, but they often paint an incorrect picture. Seek to learn from experts, so you are in a better situation to know what the person is dealing with.
  • Keep everything confidential. Hoarders realize that their habit of holding on to thing is not healthy and thus are cautious. They rarely let people into their spaces, and you should assure them of your confidentiality if you are to earn their trust.
  • Encourage them to seek professional help. Though you cannot force someone to seek help, you can nudge and point them in the right direction. You can also be part of the process and help them find a professional or provide the resources that they need.
  • The final step in the hoarder help process is to find a professional company when the person is ready to let the items go. These can help identify things that are important from those that are not and help organize the house in a way that the hoarder can cope.

Conclusion

Hoarding; the persistent difficulty of discarding things because of a perceived need to save them can result in people becoming reserved. When dealing with one, ensure they are in their element if you are to start an honest discussion about the behavior.

Moreover, you should hire a professional company (such as Junk King if you are in Marin) to get rid of the items. You can be sure that we will leave the place in a way the person can cope. Contact us for more information.

Toxic Waste Disposal: How Marin County’s Zero Waste Policy Works

Did you know that the U.S. produces over 1.5 million tons of household hazardous waste per year? It’s true. The typical residential home easily contains up to 100 pounds in the garage, storage shed, and/or basement. If not properly disposed of, toxic waste can create serious potential risks to people and the environment. Junk King of Marin’s professional, fast, and green removal services can help with all your toxic waste disposal needs in a safe and secure way.

What is Toxic Waste?

Toxic Waste DisposalThere are five kinds of waste covered by Marin County policy: solid, liquid, organic, recyclable, and hazardous or toxic waste.

Toxic waste includes inflammables, corrosives, reactives, and other materials that easily catch fire, explode, erode metal, or poison humans and animals. Common household items that meet the toxic threshold include cleaners, asbestos, batteries, automotive fluids, stains and varnishes, certain paints, pesticides and herbicides, and many other items, including old propane tanks and fire extinguishers.

Each type of toxic waste has its own disposal method under Marin County regulations.

Toxic Waste Disposal Practices

In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste by throwing it in the trash, flushing it down the drain, or by abandoning it. Marin County has a Zero Waste program that promotes the safe collection and disposal of household toxic waste so residents are in compliance with California state law. The County provides a “What We Accept” and “Not Accepted” list on its website.

Zero Waste Marin focuses on helping residents and businesses meet the county’s zero waste goal by 2025 with, among other things, safe toxic waste disposal. The program is made up of the city and town managers of the communities that make up the county, as well as the county itself. Residents can visit the program’s website to learn about less toxic alternatives they can use to clean and otherwise care for their homes and businesses.

The County also has bulb and battery take-back programs, paint disposal facilities, motor oil and filter recycling, and more.

Junk King of Marin is Your Toxic Waste Disposal Partner

Junk King of Marin has long been engaged in eco-friendly practices and we encourage our residential and business customers to see recycling, repurposing, and proper toxic waste disposal as an earth-friendly practice that reduces their environmental footprint. We’re committed to protecting the environment and our waste disposal services are designed to serve and benefit our local communities while protecting the planet.

If you’ve let toxic materials accumulate at your home or business because you just don’t have the time to deal with it, why not let our experienced crews help you sort through and figure out which of your household wastes can be recycled, reused, or repurposed, as well as which materials are considered hazardous.

Are you a Marin County resident looking for a socially responsible toxic waste disposal company that offers quality and friendly service? We’re the one to call! We’re North America’s #1 green junk and toxic waste disposal service and our professional crews make speedy work of sorting through and removing every type of waste from your home or business facility.

To learn more about our toxic waste disposal and other junk removal services, give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today! We look forward to serving you!

Our Garage Cleanout Service Makes Organizing Your Garage a Snap

Did you know there are a lot of benefits to parking your car in the space that was designed for it—the garage? For many of us, the garage becomes anything but a place to keep our vehicles. But even if you need the storage space, there are plenty of reasons to get down to organizing your garage to make way for your car or truck.

  • Next to your house, a car is probably the second most expensive asset you own. Left outside, even in the driveway, it can be damaged by weather, other vehicles, or rambunctious kids.
  • Check your insurance policy. Does your carrier offer a lower rate for keeping the car in the garage? Many do.
  • It’s a no brainer that locking a vehicle up in the garage means less theft and vandalism. Why leave an open invitation to a resourceful car thief or face the hassle of filing an insurance claim or waiting for reports after someone trashes your vehicle?

It also helps to keep the car’s engine in shape by maintaining a consistent temperature for the oil and other fluids.

If there’s simply too much stuff in your garage to park your car there, a garage clean out service is just what you need to jumpstart organizing your garage.

From Car Storage to Junk Room

Organizing Your GarageOrganizing and cleaning out the garage at your Marin County home is more than throwing a bunch of junk in the trash receptacle and then hauling it to the curb for regular pickup. If you’re like most people, there are probably discarded electronics, cleaning products and other chemicals, old paint cans, bits of carpets and floor tiles, and other items that aren’t permitted under Marin County’s Zero Waste Program.

When it comes to figuring out what is garbage and what isn’t, you have two choices: spend the time researching it yourself, or let an experienced garage clean out service like Junk King of Marin handle it for you.

Our friendly, dedicated teams will handle all the sorting, hauling out, loading, and proper disposal, recycling, or repurposing of your junk. And you can rest easy knowing you’ve disposed of unwanted items in the most proper and eco-friendly way. Just sit back and watch all your garage junk disappear!

Organizing Your Garage With the Help of Junk King of Marin

It’s easy to accumulate so many things, and there’s a lot to be said for holding onto some, thinking you’ll use them in the future. But as we all know, that rarely happens, and all that unused stuff takes up more and more space, with the piles growing bigger every year.

By organizing your garage you’ll discover what’s really need and what can go. For the most part, it’s probably time to let the majority of it go and give your garage back to its rightful owners, you and your vehicle! From boxes of clothing, to furniture, old heavy appliances, and other discarded household items, Junk King of Marin removes it all. We offer fast, friendly, high-quality, and affordable garage clean out services. Our efficient crews are fully insured so you and your home are protected. And our low-price guarantee and free upfront estimate make the process a breeze.

Let’s Get Organized!

To learn more about Junk King of Marin’s garage clean out service, contact us today. We also offer basement, crawl space, attic, and hoarder clean out assistance. With our top-rated services, environmentally-friendly disposal practices, and lower prices, you won’t find a more cost-effective way to remove no longer needed household goods and get your garage perfectly organized once and for all!

E Waste Disposal – Our Growing Problem and How We’re Helping to Solve It

How many abandoned electronic devices does your family have laying around? As new gadgets go obsolete on what seems like a daily basis and people don’t give a second thought to buying the latest and greatest technology, the country is facing a big and growing e waste problem. And with it comes an e waste disposal challenge.

E Waste Disposal Nearly a decade ago, the United Nations reported that in some countries, production of e waste would rise by as much as 500% over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, that prediction was accurate, with 20-50,000,000 metric tons of e waste disposed of worldwide every year. The statistics and trends on e waste are startling:

  • The average mobile phone user buys or leases a new cell phone every 18 months.
  • In the US, consumers toss over 100 million mobile devices in the trash every year.
  • According to the EPA, well over 100,000 computers are discarded every day in the U.S. alone. That’s a staggering 40 million+ laptops and desktop computers each year!

Sadly, less than 15% of e waste is disposed of and recycled properly. Junk King of Marin is committed to improving that statistic.

The Problem with Improper e Waste Disposal

Most people know they shouldn’t just throw e waste into the garbage. But many don’t know what items are considered e waste and how they should be handled. Yet when e waste is not recycled properly, it often ends up in landfills either here at home or in developing countries, where it can cause serious harm.

So, what exactly is e waste? The term covers any and all discarded electronics that, when improperly disposed of, can potentially harm the ecosystem. That’s because many electronics contain heavy metals like lead, mercury, lithium, and other hazardous materials that pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. In addition to electronics, items such as fluorescent bulbs and tubes, pesticides, paints, old medications, cleaning products, and other chemicals are forbidden to be put in your regular trash or poured down a drain or gutter because of the contaminants they contain.

Letting the Pros Handle Your e Waste Disposal

Proper e waste disposal and recycling is vital for your and the planet’s health. That means everyone needs to be vigilant about where they recycle and dispose of their old and discarded electronics.

Figuring out where to recycle those old electronics, especially because many e waste recyclers limit what they accept, is a struggle for many in the Bay area. And, unfortunately, many so called e waste recyclers don’t recycle and handle e waste disposal in a proper and sustainable way.

Junk King of Marin has extensive experience in proper e waste disposal practices. From computers to cell phones and televisions, we handle all your e waste needs whether it be through recycling, repurposing, or proper disposal. The superior service that our skilled and friendly teams bring to the job ensures a quick and efficient removal of all your e waste.

If you reside in Marin County and are looking for a socially responsible e waste disposal company, Junk King of Marin is the solution you’ve been looking for. Give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today and let us help you properly dispose of all your abandoned electronics.

Everything You Need to Know About Commercial Property Furniture Removal in Marin County

Furniture removal is not for homeowners and apartment dwellers alone. To be sure, Junk King of Marin hauls away a lot of furniture from houses, apartments, and other residential properties. But we also pick up and dispose of outdated and unwanted furniture from commercial properties such as offices, medical facilities, motels and hotels, restaurants, retail establishments, and more.

We can help with removing any and all your commercial furniture and furnishings.

Furniture Removal with Minimal Disruption

Furniture RemovalWhen Junk King of Marin handles removing your facility’s furniture, we understand how important it is that the job get done with as little interruption to your business’ day-to-day operations as possible. Our talented and experienced teams work closely with you, handling the breakdown of furniture as well as all other removal details, including coordinating with the building when necessary.

We take it all!

  • Filing cabinets and bookcases
  • Office desks, chairs, and credenzas
  • All sizes and shapes of tables including conference room furniture
  • Hotel/motel beds, sofas, tables, and desks
  • Rugs and drapes

We offer the area’s best furniture removal services and handle everything from standard office furnishings to specialized equipment.

We’re Marin County’s most eco-friendly furnishings removal service, too!  We make sure any of your still usable furniture makes its way to area recycling facilities and donation centers, helping to reduce waste that otherwise is sent to local landfills.

Professionalism and Experience

If you want the quickest and most efficient furniture removal available, we make it easy. Our years of expertise and commitment to outstanding customer service guarantees a stress free process for you and your employees. Our services feature:

  • Consistent communication that makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your crew during the entire furniture removal process.
  • Unbeatable prices.
  • Unparalleled reliability and performance that provides outstanding value.

Best of all, we bring you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your commercial property is safe and secure. Junk King of Marin is fully insured, so you and your employees are completely covered and protected during the entire removal process.

Junk King of Marin Goes the Extra Mile So You Don’t Have To

You have a business to run. Why handle a big job like furniture removal yourself? When you trust your company’s furniture removal services to Junk King of Marin, you can count on us to execute a quick and efficient move while respecting your needs and budget.

Ready to move forward with removing all the unused, unwanted furniture from your commercial space? We have the equipment and manpower to get the job done today. At Junk King of Marin, our goal is always to minimize disruption while efficiently removing all your old furniture. To learn more about all the services we offer or to get a quote get in touch with us today. You can even text us pictures of the furniture you want removed. And when you book online, you save!

Waste Collection: Top 5 Types of Waste

The EPA estimates that every year over 230 million tons of trash—nearly 5 pounds per person per day—is generated in the U.S. And that’s just items consumers put out after use for local waste collection: bottles, food, boxes, sofas, grass clippings, computers, refrigerators, and tires. What it doesn’t include are common items sent to landfills such as construction debris and other non-hazardous wastes.

Junk King of Marin’s professional, fast, and green removal services can help you dispose of all your unwanted junk and trash.

The 5 Kinds of Waste

Waste Collection Waste can be solid or liquid and may or may not be hazardous.

  • Solid waste is any garbage, rubbish, or refuse produced in a home or business.
  • Liquid waste is self-explanatory but may also include solid waste that has been converted to a liquid for disposal.
  • Organic waste includes plant and animal sources such as fruit and vegetable peels, flower trimmings, and even pet waste. They are biodegradable and many people compost them for use in the garden.
  • Recyclable waste covers materials that can potentially be processed into new and useful products. Aluminum cans, many plastics, glass bottles, and paper products often fall into this category.
  • Hazardous waste poses risks to the environment or public health and includes inflammables, reactives, corrosives, and toxic materials that can easily catch fire, explode, eat through metal, or poison animals and humans. Common household items that fall into this category include old propane tanks, fire extinguishers, and most pesticides.

Each type of material requires its own method of waste collection and disposal. Junk King of Marin can help you sort through and figure out which of your wastes can be recycle, reused, or repurposed, as well as which materials are considered hazardous.

Waste Collection and Disposal Practices

There are 4 major methods of household waste collection and disposal.

  1. Landfills are the most popular and involve burying waste underground.
  2. Incineration burns solid wastes at high temperatures, converting them into residue and gaseous products.
  3. Recovery and recycling takes useful unwanted junk and debris and processes it into new materials or forms of energy for heating, electricity, and fuel.
  4. Recycling converts waste materials into new products with the goal of preventing consumption of new raw materials and energy usage while reducing the volume of waste that ends up in landfills. It also aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air and water pollution so to preserve natural resources for future generations.

Junk King of Marin is Your Waste Collection Partner

Junk King of Marin encourages our residential and business customers to see recycling and repurposing as a philanthropic endeavor that reduces their environmental footprint. We’re passionate about the environment and our waste collection services are designed to serve and benefit our local communities while protecting the planet.

If you live in Marin County and need a socially responsible waste collection company that offers quality and friendly service, we’re the one to call! We have long considered ourselves a leader in green-based waste removal services. We are North America’s green junk removal company! Our professional and friendly crews make quick work of sorting and hauling away every type of waste from your home or business facility.

To learn more about our waste collection and other debris removal services, give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today! We look forward to serving you!

Fall in Love with Recycling

A few years back, say a decade or two ago, nobody was concerned with the accumulation of waste in landfills. There was ample land to create new dumps, and the problem was not as significant as it is today. However, poor waste disposal would later become a disaster, and a solution had to be found. That is how recycling came to be.

Salvaging involves converting waste into new and useful products. About 75% of all waste can be recycled, but we are only reusing 30% of our waste. This is a sure sign that we have to intensify our salvaging efforts.

But why is it so important?

Benefits of Recycling

  • Environmental Conservation

RecyclingAmericans generated 254 million tons of trash back in 2013. Most of this waste found its way to the 2,000 landfills in the country. Some of it finds its way to our oceans and lakes where it chokes marine life, while the rest decomposes in the landfills producing methane gas which is known for its greenhouse effect.

However, by stepping up your reutilizing efforts, you reduce the waste in our oceans and reduce carbon emissions which cause global warming.

Moreover, reutilizing will improve groundwater quality. How?

Well, landfills do not treat the waste which is rarely environmentally friendly. These contaminants will pollute groundwater when it rains, or there is a runoff making it harmful for consumption.

  • Increases Property Value

One indisputable way to beef up your property value is to reclaim waste. Landfills reduce the resale value as no one enjoys living near a smelly area. It reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfills and consequently reduces the number of disposal areas needed.

  • Saves Energy

Tossing an aluminum can in the trash takes less than a second. Reusing a can takes the same amount of time and has more benefits. Reusing one aluminum can save enough power to run your TV for up to 3 hours. Moreover, companies that use recycled aluminum use 95% less energy than those that use raw materials.

  • Recycling Creates Employment

Plants and industries are required for effective reutilization. If we were to ramp up our efforts of recycling, we would create ten times more jobs than landfill management.

According to a 2016 EPA report, reusing created 1.57 jobs for every 1,000 tons of waste recycled. The total jobs created by recycling were 757,000 and generated more than $36 billion in wages.

So, recycling is good business.

  • Ensures a Sustainable Future

There is only so much the environment can offer with its limited natural resources. Recycling ensures that we minimize the immediate effect on the environment and giving it time to recover while creating sustainable habits for the future.

In fact, salvaging one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 2 barrels of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space and 7,000 gallons of water.

Recycling is ABC easy and is a practice you should embrace. Given the benefits contrasted with the disadvantages of poor waste management, it is a no brainer that we should ramp up our efforts. Nonetheless, reusing is not easy while doing it as an individual and that is why you should engage our services to save yourself the trouble.   

Debris Removal: Here’s How to Get Rid of It

DebrisHere’s a junk-related question for you. What image springs to mind when you hear the phrase “debris removal?” Most people immediately think of trash pickup, but there are many types of debris that Marin County identifies on its website:

And don’t overlook severe weather-related debris like shingles, branches, and windblown garbage, all of which can become a serious problem after a storm.

From apartment, condo, and full-house clean outs to landscape clean-up, Junk King of Marin offers home and business owners the area’s most professional level of debris removal services. Our professional teams are committed to making the removal of debris from your property an easy and pleasant experience for all our customers.

The Best Way to Dispose of Debris

Marin County has a Zero Waste Program that aims to reach zero waste by the year 2025 by sending less debris to area landfills. If you live or own a business in Marin County and have bulk items like unwanted electronics, construction debris, discarded furniture, or other items not suitable for regular trash pickup or recycling, Junk King of Marin provides the following services:

  • Residential debris and junk removal.
  • Commercial debris removal that’s done in a clean, sustainable way.
  • Electronic debris hauling, included recycling items such as computers, TV’s, DVD players, printers, mobile phones, and most items that contained electronic elements.

From the very beginning, Junk King has been dedicated to removing debris in an eco-friendly manner, recycling, repurposing, or disposing of junk in an efficient and environmentally sound way.

The #1 Debris Removal Service in Marin County

At Junk King, our employees are driven by the principles of hard work, dedication, and community service. They’re also highly respectful of your property, arrive when expected, and are fully licensed and insured. Wouldn’t you rather have our friendly and experienced teams take care of all your debris hauling so you can sit back and relax or devote yourself to other home or business needs? When you work with us to supply your home or business facility debris removal needs, we make sure it happens in a professional and efficient way!

Why handle debris and junk removal and multiple trips to and from the local dump on your own? Contact us today to learn more about our fast, affordable, and dependable debris removal throughout Marin County. You can also text us a photo and book online. It’s the simplest and most effective way to remove debris from your home or business.

Top 3 Benefits to Hiring Professional Furniture Removal Services

Are you finally ready to get rid of all your unwanted furniture? Whether it’s for your home or office, handling furniture removal yourself can be stressful. A professional furniture removal service can make the entire process easy and worry free. When you hire Junk King of Marin to remove your old furniture, you’re getting the fastest, most professional, and eco-friendliest junk removal services in the Marin area. We’ll efficiently remove and dispose of your old and unwanted furniture in an environmentally friendly way while taking every precaution to protect against damage during removal. Furniture Removal Here’s what you can expect when you work with us:

  • Easy and convenient scheduling
  • Savings with online booking
  • A pre-call 15 to 30 minutes prior to arrival
  • The friendliest crews in the business

From tables, chairs, and desks to dressers, couches, sofas, cabinets, and bookcases, we handle just about any piece of furniture you have.

Don’t DIY Your Furniture Removal

Many people try to handle their own furniture removal to save money. But without the proper equipment and safety know-how, they eventually end up spending more money than if they had hired the pros in the first place. Here are the top 3 benefits of hiring a professional furniture removal company like Junk King of Marin.

  1. Unparalleled expertise. We do things the old fashioned way. We’re committed to ensuring the safety of your home or office while we remove your old furniture. Our removal experts are fully trained in moving, loading, and unloading all types, sizes, and weights of furniture. And they use the latest equipment and tools to make sure the job is done quickly and cleanly.
  2. Saved time and no stress. Your crew will arrive with all the necessary tools and equipment needed to complete the job, including proper safety gear, dollies, and state-of-the-art trucks. Need to be out of your office or home by a specific date and time? We’ll make sure you never worry about getting the job completed on time and budget .
  3. You’re fully covered. Our furniture removal pros follow all safety guidelines and standards but on the rare occasion accidents can happen. Our teams are fully insured which means you’re never responsible for damages or injuries.

All Your Old Furniture Removed in No Time Flat

At Junk King of Marin, we make furniture removal simple! After all, we have our stellar reputation to maintain! No home or office furniture removal job is too big or small for our teams to handle. Our trained professional crews and modern fleet of trucks ensure the entire process is a friendly and courteous one.

Junk King of Marin Goes the Extra Mile

If you’ve never used a professional furniture removal service before, you’re going to be thrilled with what a terrific experience it can be. Our goal is always to minimize disruption to your daily life while quickly and efficiently removing all your old furniture. Interested in an estimate beforehand? Try our online pricing estimator. To learn more about the benefits of hiring professional furniture removal services, get in touch with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Junk King Marin’s Garage Cleanout Service

If you take a look at our website, you’ll see the Junk King loves to call itself an environmentally friendly Marin – Garage Cleanout service. We make sure that whatever junk you’re getting rid of in your garage that can be recycled gets to where it’s going. Not only that, we have a keen eye for what can be donated and used again. The goal is to make sure that we lessen your carbon footprint and do our part to keep the planet green.

If you take the time to look around your garage at the stuff that’s been collecting in there for years, you’ll see that most of it can be tossed. That’s why we have an excellent Marin – Garage Cleanout service to serve you.

Here are just a few of the things we can get rid of for you:

Televisions
Most of the flat screen TVs that are sold today are too big to put in your car when it comes time to get rid of them. We’ve been in business since 2005 in that time we’ve seen our fair share of televisions that have been stored in a garage and forgotten. Not only will our Marin – Garage Cleanout services cart them away, we’ll make sure whatever can be recycled gets put in the right place.

One of the reasons that we have an industry-leading reputation is the fact that we keep everything simple. It all boils down to the fact that we supply an efficient service and value to each and every one of our clients.

Appliances
We’ve also seen our fair share of refrigerators and stoves stored in a bigger garage after the family has bought new ones. At Junk King, we understand how daunting getting rid of those old appliances like washing machines and refrigerators can be.

Even if you’ve got a vehicle that you can put them in like a pickup, it can be overwhelming to try and find out where they need to go to be properly disposed of. Our Marin – Garage Cleanout services take all the hassle of whole experience for you. We donate what we can and recycle what can go to our central hub. Keeping as much as possible out of landfill is always our focus.

If you’re looking for Junk King Marin – Garage Cleanout that you can trust and is affordable, call or click online today.