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Tuning in to Eco-friendly Junk Removal and Television Recycling

Electronic Waste


Removing old electronics (e-waste) is one of the top junk removal requests that we get at Junk King North Shore. One of the top reasons for that is more states around the country are passing restrictions on electronic waste going in the regular, municipal trash. 


This is only the tip of the iceberg, however, when it comes to finding reasons to recycle electronic waste like old televisions. There were approximately 40 million new televisions sold last year in the United States, which means old televisions need to be hauled away by Junk King North Shore, reused, or responsibly recycled. 


Two Big Reasons to Recycle Televisions 


It is crucial to go with an eco-friendly disposal or recycling method for two main reasons. Reason number one is that televisions, especially cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions can contain toxic substances like lead glass, cadmium, phosphorus, and mercury. These heavy metals can gradually decay in landfills or get burned in incinerators, thereby posing hazards for the environment and human health. 


The second reason to go with eco-friendly disposal or consider recycling your old television is that your old television is probably, literally, made of gold. Televisions usually contain precious and semi-precious metals like gold and palladium, which can be reused in other products to prevent new mining. Letting these semi-/precious metals rot in landfills or burning them in an incinerator is not the best option!


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  • The scale of the Problem and Solution 


Realizing the benefits to recycling electronic waste that contains these semi-/precious metals, 25 states plus the District of Columbia currently have some kind of restrictions when it comes to e-waste disposal. The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to make recycling e-waste easier. That’s good news because more Americans than ever own gadgets and gizmos that need to be responsibly recycled by junk haul services like Junk King North Shore. 


The average American is said to own 24 electronic devices, according to the National Conference of States Legislatures. Annual electronics sales – meaning the amount every single year! – is over $200 billion in the United States alone. These numbers represent a big increase over a generation ago, and they highlight the importance of appropriate e-waste management once these devices reach the end of their useful life. 


To give you a feel for the numbers, consider that 2.4 million tons of electronics were disposed of in 2009 in the United States. That is over a 100 percent increase from 1999. But where do things stand today? It is reported that the United States generated nearly 7 million tons (6.92) of electronic waste in 2019. That comes to 46 pounds of electronic waste per person! The sad part is that only about 15 percent of that e-waste was recycled, so potentially 85 percent found its way to landfills. 


One way to turn the tide on these numbers is using Junk King’s full-service junk removal to responsibly dispose of e-waste. At Junk King North Shore, we separate similar items – such as electronic waste – in the ‘big red’ trucks so that they can be easily processed downstream. Sometimes the best option is to repurpose or donate old televisions, but other times recycling an old television is the way to go. 


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Recycling Your Old Television 


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If your old television gets recycled, then it will be taken apart by hand and the individual components will be separated. Certain parts need to be worked around before the recycling can begin. For instance, the cadmium, phosphorous, and layers of lead glass need to be separated before recycling can begin. Television screens may also contain LCD lights and tubes filled with mercury, which need to be safely removed before the recycling process really gets underway. 


Once all of that is handled, however, your old televisions components can be separated out and perhaps sold on a commodities market or repurposed into making new televisions and other electronics. For instance, the plastics and woods in your television can sometimes be salvaged, and semi-precious metals like copper can find new industrial applications.


What about the precious metals discussed above? These are typically found in your old televisions – or computer’s/laptop’s – circuit board. A specialty recycler will usually receive circuit boards because they are really good at separating precious metals in an eco-friendly manner. Newer flat-screen televisions – e.g., liquid crystal display (LCD) – contain recyclable plastics which are easy to handle. 


Junk King North Shore accepts a variety of new televisions, including plasma screens, LCD, LED, and a variety of flat screens. Plasma screens are important to recycle because they contain the precious metals mentioned above, but also some harmful metals and hazardous materials such as mercury, phosphor, cadmium, chromium, lead, and barium. Yikes! Eco-friendly disposal is definitely a nice option to keep in your back pocket. 


What about LCD and LED televisions? This is a good news, bad news situation – mostly good news. While plasma screens were most popular about 15 years ago, in the last few years sales of LCD and LED televisions have been skyrocketing partly due to materials and manufacturing costs going way down. This is good news because more recycled materials have gone into manufacturing LCD and LED televisions, and there’s a commensurate reduction in energy consumption to make these televisions. 


The bad news, in a sense, is that more of these televisions are being sold and eventually disposed of – because these products are so affordable now. You see these kinds of televisions in homes, offices, and other workplaces like hospitals all the time. If these televisions were responsibly recycled at higher rates, then the issue of disposal wouldn’t be that bad, but more of these televisions are winding up in landfills. Remember that only about 15 percent of electronic waste was recycled in 2019. 


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Eco-friendly Junk Removal 


We’re a full-service junk removal company at Junk King, which means we’ll handle all the heavy lifting and transportation. We work with local vendors, recyclers, and charities to give most electronics a second (or third) life. Whether you’re a business owner or homeowner, Junk King can help you responsibly dispose of electronic waste. Why wait any longer? Contact us at Junk King and lock in a date and time today!


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Junk King and North Shore Recycling Make Recycling Easier

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One of the most common questions that we get at Junk King North Shore is, “what’s the point of recycling anyway?” That’s a great question but one that needs to be unpacked because it has so many layers. 


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in 2018 that only about 32 percent of eligible materials get recycled. That number, sadly, is down from 34 percent three years prior, in 2015. 


Junk King North Shore is committed to recycling and guaranteeing that more valuable resources are kept in circulation and harmful materials stay out of landfills.


Although nine-tenths of solid waste doesn’t get recycled in the United States and the approximately 2,000 landfills from coast to coast are getting more overcrowded, at Junk King, we realize that more can always be done. 


Nine out of ten people say that they would recycle if it were easier to do. Junk King and North Shore recycling want to make recycling easier. At Junk King, we have formed relationships with local metal recyclers, mattress recyclers, and non-profits that can use anything that can’t be readily recycled. 


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What is Recycling and Why Is Recycling Important? 


Recycling is the process of gathering and eventually processing materials like metal, paper products, and plastics. Products made out of these materials can be thrown away in the regular trash, where they might take decades to decay in landfills. 


So part of the reason that recycling is hard for some people to wrap their minds around is that it involves a lot of different products. 


Why is recycling important, though? Recycling is important because it can prevent products containing the materials mentioned above from decaying in landfills and harming the environment.


A mattress, as one example, contains many recyclable materials (e.g., textiles and fibers) but also materials containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The beauty of recycling is that it allows recyclable materials to be reused and harmful materials to stay out of landfills. 


Another benefit to recycling is the conservation of resources. By recycling metals fewer materials need to be mined – more materials are kept in circulation so that new products can be made from re/processed materials already in circulation. 


At Junk King, we’re proud to be North America’s ‘greenest’ junk removal company for many years running. Partnering with North Shore recycling ensures that more products are kept in circulation and fewer decay in landfills, thus saving resources and benefiting the environment. 


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Easiest Materials to Recycle 


Metals, glass, and plastics are some of the easiest materials to recycle because they’re probably lying around your home or business right now and readily processed at recycling facilities. 




Metal Recycling


Recyclers typically separate ferrous (iron) from non-ferrous metals, but most metals are easily recycled. Steel is said to be the number-one recycled metal in the United States.


Aluminum is a close second thanks in large part to the fact that 100% of aluminum cans be recycled. Even more amazing is the fact that aluminum cans can go from the recycling plant to appearing back on store shelves in as little as two months! 




Glass is another material that is 100 percent recyclable, according to the Glass Packaging Institute. Recyclable materials like glass are sent to a materials recovery facility to be further separated and processed accordingly. 


The wonderful part about recycling glass is that it can be endlessly recycled without any loss of quality. Glass is pretty easy for recyclers to work with partly because it is made of, for instance, sand, limestone, or cullet. 


These ingredients that go into making glass can be, in turn, heated up again and turned into new products. Glass is a hot commodity when it comes to making new products, so there’s no shortage of demand. 


Although all kinds of glass can be recycled, some kinds of glass have to be recycled separately. Pyrex and crystal, for instance, may have to be processed differently than glass food containers. 


Unfortunately, the percentages above from the EPA are paralleled with glass products since only about 39 percent of glass bottles were recovered for recycling, per 2018 data. 


Because over a ton of natural resources are saved for a ton of glass recycled and 100 percent of glass can eventually be recycled, Junk King continues to partner with North Shore recycling to get those recycling numbers up! 




Plastic Recycling


Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – made from ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid – is a type of plastic that, like some of the metals and glass materials mentioned above, is recyclable. The good news on this front is that 1.5 billion pounds of PET bottles/containers are recovered for recycling purposes every year in the United States. 


North Shore recycling and other recycling programs in the United States accept PET products, which can come from a variety of different products. Plastic bottles and plastic containers are a prime source, but PET is contained with clothing and construction debris as well. 


PET is a very common plastic and is utilized to make a soft drinks, juice, and water bottles. Various dressings and cooking oils also use this kind of plastic for their packaging. About 31 percent of PET products get recycled in the United States, whereas across European countries about 52 of PET products get recycled. 


It is said that the average American uses about 50 pounds of PET containers every year. That amounts to 500 pounds a decade! The incredible thing is that there’s a huge upside to recycling these PET containers and only a minority of them are recycled at present. 


Junk King and North Shore Recycling 


Junk King is proud to work with recyclers like North Shore recycling and accepts both residential junk and commercial junk. Junk King continues to offer full-service junk removal, which means that we will handle everything from removal to transportation to eco-friendly disposal, repurposing, and/or recycling. 


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Ready to get started? You can book an appointment online and select a date and two-hour service window. Junk King offers full-service junk removal and self-service dumpster rentals to fit your needs and budget. 


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Eco-friendly Furniture Removal Made Easy

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Going about furniture removal on your own can be a real head-scratcher for millions of homeowners. Where do you even begin? Can you do it without banging up against the walls? get it down a flight of stairs? do you need to rent a truck? 


Old furniture simply needs to be removed from your own to make room for the new, many homeowners feel. Businesses have similar needs with office furniture. Selling, donating, and repurposing your furniture can be good options, but Junk King North Shore can also handle a lot of that for you! 



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Furniture Recycling: More Important than Ever! 


The process of eco-friendly furniture removal is more important than any other time in history because of the amount of waste produced and the environmental effects of improper disposal.


In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that Americans produced over 12 million tons of furniture waste that year alone! One huge problem with that is what the furniture is made of. The woods, plastics, and metals can often be tricky to recycle or require heading to multiple locations. 


Maybe the more troubling finding, also reported by the EPA, was that over 80% of that furniture waste found its way into landfills. Unfortunately, among the waste that made it to landfills – remember that 80% of disposed furniture winds up in landfills – 99.7% of furniture waste stayed there, i.e., wasn’t recycled.


You might, also, be surprised to find out that office furniture is the primary source of furniture waste, coming in at around 8 million tons of the 12 million tons produced annually by Americans. With all of this turnover in furniture, Junk King North Shore is proud to offer both residential and commercial furniture removal.


Downsizing or moving doesn’t necessarily have to mean that furniture winds up in landfills instead of getting reused, repurposed, or recycled thanks to Junk King. Since Junk King is such an experienced junk removal company, we know where to send particular pieces of furniture for further processing, which is often a time-consuming process. Better than the furniture winding up in a landfill, though!  


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At Junk King North Shore, we’re North America’s top-rated junk removal company and the greenest one around. While your municipal trash service may not even accept your old furniture, or what is called ‘bulk trash’ items, Junk King takes just about everything except hazardous waste. That means, in terms of furniture, Junk King North Shore accepts: 


  • Couches
  • Sofas
  • Sofa Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Bookcases
  • Cubicles
  • Desks 
  • Filing Cabinets 
  • Boxes Armoires 
  • Tool Units 


Junk King North Shore can swing by your home, apartment, or workplace and take away even the bulkiest furniture pieces, e.g., credenzas and executive desks. The crew at Junk King is insured and experienced.


We also have the right tools to get the job done efficiently the first time. Junk King’s trucks are 20% larger now and you only pay for the volume inside that you use, thus saving you a ton of money.


You have to figure that otherwise, you might have to figure out how to responsibly recycle furniture items on your own if you wanted to keep them out of landfills. Junk King can take a lot of that guesswork out of it since we do our best to recycle 60% or more of every residential and commercial junk haul. 


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  • The State of Modern Furniture 


Much modern furniture waste has been generated by retailers that make furniture intended to last only a few years. Everyone has to have the latest styles. This kind of furniture is difficult or plain not worth the effort to repair it if something should go wrong. The upshot is that many homeowners simply pop the furniture into the trash or send it to landfills. 


A lot of modern furniture is composed of dozens of different materials, which can make recycling difficult. More affordable furniture is made of chipboard, rather than higher-quality solid woods like rosewood. The chipboard is chopped pieces of wood that are glued together with toxic chemicals and bound together with plastic laminates. Yikes! 


An eco-responsible junk haul company like Junk King can ensure that your old furniture gets recycled or properly disposed of – thus minimizing the adverse environmental impact of furniture disposal. The foam from old furniture can contain polyurethane and volatile organic compounds that need to be handled with care. Junk King North Shore is here to help. 


Junk King North Shore and Bulk Trash Removal 


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A big part of Junk King’s bulk trash removal is furniture removal. Remember that Junk King North Shore is a full-service junk removal company, which means that we’ll do all the heavy lifting, take your items away in the ‘big red’ trucks, and dispose or recycle items in an eco-responsible way. There’s no reason your old furniture necessarily needs to wind up in a landfill. 


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Junk King North Shore can handle larger furniture pieces as well as mattresses, which contain volatile organic compounds and need to be handled with care to avoid harming the environment. Because refrigerators, hot tubs, and televisions can also contain harmful materials, e.g., hydrofluorocarbons and heavy metals, you want a junk removal company that will do the right thing. 


Scheduling an appointment with Junk King North Shore can be done online. This option allows you to pick the date and time most convenient to your schedule. While you’re online you might also want to explore the online pricing estimator, which lets you get an accurate estimate before receiving a free, on-site estimate from Junk King. Simply choose the items you want to be removed and receive an accurate estimate. 


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You may also want to call 1-888-888-5865 (JUNK) or text a photo to 1-737-888-5865 to receive an estimate for your next residential or commercial furniture removal. Junk King is North America’s number-one-rated junk removal company for a reason: We are dedicated to offering superior value, service, and effort. 


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Junk King Massachusetts North Shore
155 New Boston St. Suite 137
Woburn, MA 01801
Hours: M-F: 8A-3P, Sa: 8A-1P

Providing junk removal services to the Massachusetts North Shore area, including:

North Reading
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