This blog was recently updated in April 2021. It was originally published on February 19, 2013.
Just outside of Escondido in Oceanside a battle had once raged over what was known as the Gregory Canyon Landfill project. This particular battle went on for close to twenty-five years. Keep in mind that this landfill was approved by voters in 1994 and since then over $67 million had been invested in getting it ready for use while the permits were still under review.
But it was not to be. In 2014, after reportedly spending more than $100 million on the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill, GCL’s original investors declared bankruptcy.
According to a November 2016 article in the San Diego Tribune,
“A controversial plan to build a landfill in rural northern San Diego County has been scrapped, and a key piece of the land has been sold to a Native American tribe that opposed the project. The deal announced Thursday puts an end to a 25-year fight over the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill that included several lawsuits and two countywide ballot measures.”
There was a real concern that the groundwater in the basin under the proposed site could be at risk. This is despite assurances from the developers that every reasonable precaution has been taken to prevent those kinds of leaks. Those concerns came to an end five years ago when the Pala tribe stepped in.
While this was one potential ecological disaster averted, there are dozens upon dozens of landfills throughout California and the nation that pose serious risks to the environment. Of course, the only absolute way to avoid those potential hazards is not to dump in the landfill at all. Unfortunately, that might not be practical given the expanding population.
In fact, in California, there are only 77 landfills that serve a population of almost 39 million people. That works out to one landfill for every 500,000 people.
However, continued efforts towards recycling can have a very positive impact on minimizing the need for more landfill volume.
Our Landfill Avoidance Strategy
Wouldn’t it be great if we reached a point where landfills were no longer needed?
One company that is helping towards that noble goal is Junk King North San Diego. That’s because we are junk removal experts who specialize in recycling. In fact, a large percentage of everything that Junk King collects is diverted away from local landfills and towards recycling facilities. Our recycling rate – almost 60 percent – is impressive by anyone’s measurements.
Let Junk King take all the hassle out of recycling for you.
There is no need to rent a truck and drive around Escondido and other parts of North County looking for those certified recycling centers. They’re all on the Junk King route. And you also don’t have to worry about how to decide which of your items can be recycled. The Junk King North San Diego team assigned to your pickup has been trained on how to sort through collected items and then determine its final destination.
That could be a non-profit organization that accepts donations for those discarded junk items that are still in condition and usable. Or a certified recycling facility for those things that can’t be reused but can be reclaimed.
In fact, you might be surprised to learn just how much of what you throw away each day can actually be recycled.
Recycling Includes More Than Cans, Bottles, and Paper
So, what else can be recycled from your home?
For starters, all types of unwanted furniture and kitchen appliances are perfect examples of items that can be broken down and recycled. Of course, if they’re working and in good shape, those same items can be dropped off at a local charity and provided to someone in need.
Much of the old furniture that gets disposed of can be recycled or dismantled and large portions of them recycled. Materials such as glass, wood, metals, and even some fabric, foams, and plastics can be recycled.
Appliances are even better since most of them are made primarily of sheet steel along with some glass, plastics, and other metals. All of which are usually recyclable. Of course, there are the boxes full of old books, magazines, and other paper-based materials that can be recycled along with the broken-down plastic patio furniture pieces.
The reality is that, on average, probably 70 to 80 percent of the waste and junk we usually try to send off to the dump can be recycled.
This is why you need to call Junk King North San Diego for all your junk recycling and removal needs.
We work hard to guarantee that your junk will have a second life. And, yes, you will be reducing your carbon footprint when you hire Junk King North San Diego. In addition, you’ll also be reclaiming space in your home as well as doing your part for the environment.
And what could be better than that?
What Kind of Junk do We Remove for Escondido?
Junk King North San Diego handles junk removal jobs of all sizes and shapes from garage cleanouts to mattress removal, trash removal to debris from a residential remodel. And when you choose Junk King for your junk removal, you can expect friendly, courteous service from real professionals.
Our goal is to help make your life easier by providing you with fast, affordable, and dependable junk hauling services. And, best of all, we do all the hard work – you just point and it’ll be gone!
We take just about everything and anything you might need to get rid of, except for hazardous waste items. Whether it’s in your backyard, your garage, basement, or attic, or somewhere else in your home, we can remove it for you and haul it away quickly and efficiently.
That includes items such as:
- Electronic waste, or e-waste
- Excess garbage
- Yard waste
- Hot Tubs
- Bulk trash
Junk King North San Diego – Making Junk Removal a Green Thing
As we pointed out here already, the team at Junk King North San Diego is committed to keeping as much junk and debris out of our local landfills as possible.
For us, being green is much more than a nice marketing tactic – we do it because being green is an integral and foundational part of our Junk King corporate mission. And the North San Diego team is wholly on board with that mission of operating an environmentally friendly business.
Recycling-based junk removal was pioneered when Junk King started back in 2005 and we are proud to be a part of the greenest junk removal service in North America.
So, what makes us green?
For starters, we take all the material from every junk removal job to our recycling warehouses and sort through those materials to separate metals, plastics, wood, glass, textiles, and other reusable materials and items.
This process includes old furniture and appliances because it’s all part of our green mission to ensure that as much junk as possible gets recycled, reused, or donated. In fact, Junk King is proud to be the only national company to operate with the goal of recycling 60 percent or more of every job using local sorting facilities.
Best of all, you can “be green” as well when you work with Junk King North San Diego for your junk recycling and removal.
Your Junk Removal Experts for Escondido and the North San Diego Area
If you have a large quantity of junk, trash, and other debris that needs to be disposed of or recycled, that’s a great reason to give us a call.
Junk King North San Diego always delivers efficient, safe, and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pickup or disposal of your old, unwanted items or piles of junk. And our experienced team will carefully remove and haul away all types of junk items without damaging the walls or doorways in your home.
So, ready to get rid of all your unwanted junk?
Our professional and insured junk removal team will come to your home (or workplace!), and we’ll also call 15 to 30 minutes before we get there. Once we arrive, we can give you a free quote based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.
You simply point and we load it all into our junk removal trucks and haul it away for one simple price and no hidden fees.
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. Just make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).