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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!

Yard Debris Giving You a Headache? Get a Free Estimate for Professional Debris Removal!

Yard debris, sometimes called green waste or agricultural waste, includes things like grass clippings, flower cuttings, and hedge trimmings.

Unlike e-waste, most of your yard debris is biodegradable and able to be broken down into simple organic byproducts or even used as compost to help grow healthy soil and more plants.

Still, debris removal is definitely one of the most requested services at Junk King, especially when folks have a half dozen or more large trash bags overflowing with leaves at this time of the year.

Going Green with Professional Yard Debris Removal 

Debris Removal Calling local sanitation or bringing yard waste to the dump isn’t really the best option because your green waste might not go to the best use and wind up further clogging a landfill somewhere.

Most people don’t even have the cargo space in their car to bring it all to the dump in one trip anyway.

Another option is renting a chipper, but that option’s fraught with its own hazards if you’ve never broken down yard waste like this before. And then there’s the expense – chippers can cost hundreds of dollars per day to rent.

That leaves professional debris removal. This is usually a more affordable option than a chipper, and an eco-friendly junk removal service like Junk King is dedicated to responsible recycling and reuse wherever possible.

Junk King takes a whole host of items loosely categorized under yard waste. Debris disposal includes green waste that you’d associate with landscaping work or weekend projects as well as leftover debris from home renovations.

Yard Debris from Landscaping and Weekend Projects 

On the greener side of things, yard debris removal at Junk King includes: branches, clippings, tree stumps, extra soil and sod, and all kinds of landscaping debris like grass and bush clippings. Junk King takes other kinds of yard debris as well.
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Waterlogged lumber, leftover plasterboard, corrugated iron, shingles, frames, fencing, and old windows can all be conveniently hauled off in terms of yard debris removal in one of Junk King’s huge trucks that feature 20% more volume than competitor’s and a guarantee to beat any written estimate.

Having your old lumber and timber – lumber is sawed and cut whereas timber is rougher wood stock or even an entire tree - taken off your hands shores up room in your yard and could even lend a helping hand to the environment.

  • Reusing Wood for Construction and Mulch

Recycling and reusing old wood means less deforestation since less new timber needs to be cut for the same job.

The nice thing about having your lumber and timber taken by Junk King is that it can be used for other construction projects or even broken down and used for wood chips (an organic mulch) in the future.

Environmentally, California has made it illegal to burn wood on certain days because doing so could harm human health – through people breathing in too much of the fine particulate matter that the fumes let off – and harm the environment.

Junk King is tirelessly committed to doing the right thing and takes green debris removal and environmental conservation seriously.

Raked leaves can be used again as mulch if you don’t have the time, inclination, or green thumb to make that happen yourself whereas grass clippings make a very usable mulch for garden beds.
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Junk King can remove as much yard debris – including plasterboard, stubborn tree trunks, cut-down bushes, fencing, windows, shingles, and corrugated iron - as you want.

Here’s where you can book online and save $20 on your next yard debris removal appointment. Junk King is a full-service yet environmentally conscious junk removal company.

Hoarder Help: Let Us Help You Simplify the Process

Hoarding isn't just a matter of having some clutter around the house or holding on to a few sentimental items. Instead, hoarding is the excessive collection of items, even useless ones, which may clutter up living spaces and make them unusable. Up to 5% of the U.S. population hoards, which means that there's a surprising number of people out there in need of hoarder help.

While living with a hoarder can be messy and frustrating, hoarding is perhaps most frightening when you yourself have the behavior. Imagine having a clutter problem that dramatically balloons out of control over time, with no clear cause. In just a few months, the problem can begin to look insurmountable, and shame and guilt can take over. It's hard to know where to start with so much mess, and many people don’t know what kind of hoarder help they need — much less where to get it.

Junk-King Marin's Hoarder Help

It can be stressful to declutter a hoarder's home, because many of a hoarder's items have anxious feelings and memories associated with them, which can all arise during the cleaning process. On top of all that, as you work, the amount of trash you produce can build up to impressive levels. Many people find themselves in serious need of hoarder help, because they don't know how to easily and efficiently get rid of all these items.

But Junk-King Marin offers the vital hoarder help you and your loved ones need. We show up ready to haul your junk, without questions or judgment. Just show us what you need gone, and it'll be out of your life, making the process of cleaning up and starting anew that much easier. You can focus on questions of what needs to be disposed of, what can stay, and where items should go, rather than the tedious logistics of how to dispose of your clutter.

Clean Up and Rest Easy

With our professional, courteous hoarder help, you'll be able to take the first steps toward a clean, decluttered, safe home. Many hoarders report that once they get hoarder help and take the first steps toward clearing out their lives, they feel like a burden's been lifted from them, along with all their items. Getting hoarder help isn't just a matter of cleaning house or getting ready for company — it's a life-changing step that reduces stress, fear and shame, and makes room in your life for calm, peace and joy.

Whether you're in need of hoarder help, or you just need some help cleaning out a garage, Junk-King Marin can help. We haul away junk from your home, so that you can focus on getting things decluttered and organized again. Contact us today about your mess, and help us to put your mind at ease.

What You Need to Know About Household Hazardous Waste

What You Need to Know About Household Hazardous Waste Junk King MarinThe Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 exposed the dangers of industrial hazardous waste. That said, many people still don’t know all the facts about household hazardous waste lurking in and around their homes. Here’s what you need to know:

Facts about Household Hazardous Waste 

Household hazardous waste, if you’re like the average American, is accumulating in your home as you read this blog.

Scope of the Problem 

That’s because most people have a collective one hundred pounds or more of hazardous waste in their garages, sheds, closets and basements. This is a big problem and it’s not going away without a fight.

In fact, Americans generate upwards of 1.5 million tons of household hazardous waste annually, and that number is growing as more waste sources are identified and the population continues to grow.

So where the heck does this waste come from and why is it so harmful – hazardous, if you will – for the people who ignore the problem and the environment that suffers the consequences?

Sources of Household Hazardous Waste 

The answer is that household hazardous waste, as you may have guessed based on where it resides in the home (garages, closets, etc.), takes the form of household cleaners, battery acid, wall paint and common pesticides.

Car batteries and automative fluids can also accumulate in garages over time and pose significant health risk and environmental dangers.

As with most problems, though, the first step you can take to combat the problem is to identify the problem in the first place: forewarned is forearmed.

Identifying Household Hazardous Waste 

People are probably already most familiar with the skull-and-crossbones symbol denoting poisonous (a.k.a., toxic) materials. These could include household cleaners that also happen to be a household hazardous waste source.

Household hazardous waste may also be labelled as flammable, corrosive or reactive (see symbols in link below).

  • Flammable

Flammable hazardous waste (e.g., paint thinner or gasoline) is really a double whammy for homeowners in terms of liability – it ignites easily and burns rapidly.

This means that you’ll want to have any product labelled with the flammable hazardous waste symbol quickly disposed of and kept away from heaters and other fire sources around your home.

  • Corrosive

Corrosive hazardous waste might be the scariest type of household hazardous waste on this list because this type of hazardous waste has the potential to do some real damage if it comes into contact with your skin.

That’s because the “corrosive” part of corrosive household hazardous waste means that this type of waste can cause your skin to literally disintegrate. If that’s not scary enough, corrosive hazardous waste (e.g., bleach and battery acid) can also eat away at storage materials or part of your home as well.

Consider safely disposing corrosive household hazardous waste right away. Corrosive hazardous waste might be lurking in your yard, garage or storage closet right now so it’s important to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.

  • Reactive

Reactive, or explosive, household hazardous waste is usually labelled in a way that sometimes throws people off – it shows a chemical reaction or explosion outward. Compared to the skull-and-crossbones symbol this is harder to quickly take in.

The dangers of reactive household hazardous waste, though, are very real. Reactive household hazardous waste can come in the form of any product that mixes bleach and ammonia in a way that could trigger a chemical reaction.

  • Toxic

Toxic, also known as poisonous, household hazardous waste comes in the form of pesticides and expired medicines. Having these around your home could be dangerous. Contact Jung King-Marin to get it handled today.