Monthly Archives: November 2017

Fun Recycling Trivia

Recycling is not something you talk about every day but it is something you might do every day. If there is a recycling bin in your home or office, then there is zero effort attached to tossing out a soda can or plastic water bottle into that recycling bin. No one does that for “extra credit.” They do it because they know it’s good for the environment. When the topic of recycling does come up, you can now be armed with these fun trivia facts:

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According to surveys, it’s more likely that Americans will recycle then vote. A lot happens when you don’t recycle or vote! For instance, in the US alone nearly 20 billion diapers thrown out each year. That accounts for 3.5 million tons of waste headed to a landfill. When landfills get densely packed, there is degradation amongst the garbage. Essentially, it is all decomposing without a lot of air. When that happens, methane gas is created which in turn contributes to global warming.

When it comes to plastics, only 5% of recyclable plastics are actually recycled in the country. There’s around 2.5 million plastic bottles being tossed in the trash each hour. Every one of those bottles will take up to 500 years to decompose in a landfill.

Over the past hundred years, the amount of trash that humans produce has increased by 10,000%. Not all of that trash ends up in the landfill. Right now, there are around 46,000 pieces of plastic floating around in every square mile of our oceans. That leads to over 1 million seabirds dying from ocean pollution each year.

Around this time of year, a lot of e-waste will be created. Overall, around 50 million tons of e-waste he’s generated each year. That would be 50 million tons of computers, cell phones, monitors, keyboards, televisions and printers. That would be equal to lining up garbage trucks halfway around the world. Speaking of going around the world, if you were to line up all the aluminum cans that are recycled each year, they would circle the earth 169 times.

Right now, the recycling rate for the United States hovers around 34%. If it would go up to 75% that would be the equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the highways. That would account for a very significant reduction in carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

If you’re looking for ways to expand your own recycling program, then count on a company like Junk King Boston to get the job done right. These are professional junk haulers who have dedicated themselves to dropping off the bulk of what they collect to recycling centers or charities. If you want to keep your junk out of a landfill, then give it the Junk King Boston today. They’ll know what to do with it.

New England is one of those areas in the country where winter arrives before the official calendar date. We are already feeling the chill in the air and it wouldn’t be a surprise if snow arrived before Christmas. There is a lot you should be doing around the house to get your home ready for winter like making sure your pipes are insulated and your rain gutters are clear. But there’s also a lot of unwanted winter clutter that you can get rid of as well. Perhaps it is time to do an inventory of all your junk.

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There are a lot of things that can fall into the winter clutter category. Start with all the sporting equipment that is not being used any longer. You might have all kinds of old skis, snow boots, snowboards and sleds that have seen better days. If those items have already been replaced, then there’s no point in holding onto the old ones. All of that can be turned over to Junk King Boston. These are the junk removal pros that can quickly move through your basement and garage picking up any item you want taken away and that includes all that old sporting equipment.

Winter clutter can also refer to some clothing items. When was the last time you went to your closet and dresser to make sure everything you’re holding onto something you still want to wear? Yes, you can hold onto at least one ugly Christmas sweater just for laughs. But what about all the other sweaters, turtlenecks, scarves, hats, coats and shoes that you’re not wearing anymore? Those can also be turned over the Junk King Boston but they won’t be dumped into a landfill. Instead, Junk King Boston will see to it that those usable items are dropped off at a charity. That’s the perfect thing to do at this time of year!

Finally, there might be some power tools that are part of your winter clutter like a snowblower that doesn’t work. That’s a very important tool for anyone living in this area but there’s no reason to hold onto that power tool if it’s broken. Turn it over to junk King and make room for a new model. Getting rid of all your winter clutter is easy when you turn the job over the Junk King Boston.