Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sacramento Trash Pick Up: Rules and Regulations

As any Californian first grader can tell you the capitol of the golden state is Sacramento. This means that the seat of power for the state is located here. However, there is also an entirely separated administration set up for the actual city itself. Although the city and state workers often cross paths, when it comes to things like police, schools and municipal services it falls to the Sacramento City Council to set up all of those guidelines and regulations.
The service that most city residents take for granted is the trash pickup. Whenever you move into a new home or apartment, you’re told by your neighbors when the trash is collected. However, there are some very specific guidelines that many long term residents might not even be aware of. For instance, you need to place your garbage container on the curb by 6:00 AM on the schedule day of pickup. This container also has to have the lid completely closed. Here’s where it gets really specific: You should allow three feet between each container and they should be at least six feet away from cars, mailboxes, boats or utility poles. And the containers need to be on the street not the sidewalk. All of this would seem like it would go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many folks forget some of these guidelines and end up causing trouble down the line.
As far as container size is concerned you actually have the option of a 32, 64 or 96 gallon garbage can. How much you’ll be charged on your utility bill for the trash pickup depends on the size of container you opt for. If you can reduce the amount of garbage you put out each week, you’ll be able to lower your monthly bill.
You should also know what is “banned from your can.” It is actually illegal to toss out any kind of household hazardous waste or e-waste such as computer monitors, household batteries, fluorescent lamps, bulbs, oil, oil filters or hypodermic needles. You’re also not supposed to put in any dirt, rock, concrete, asphalt or other construction materials.
When it comes to yard waste collection, the City of Sacramento provides two resident friendly options. You can fill up a container that is designated for yard waste or opt for a “loose-in-the-street” pickup. How that works is that residents are allowed to put a single pile of yard waste by the curb in from of their home for a weekly pickup. Among the accepted forms of yard waste for this pile are leaves, grass trimmings, tree and shrub prunings, Christmas trees or sod with the dirt removed. You can put out trash and debris, pet feces, excessive amount of dirt or lumber and concrete.
Naturally, if you’ve got bigger items that won’t fit in your garbage can or the loose street pile, you should consider contacting Junk King Sacramento. The Junk King crew can come by your home for a scheduled appointment to haul away truck loads of junk or garbage. When it comes to keeping things clean in Sacramento, you certainly have plenty of options!

Sacramento Recycling – Get Rid of E-Waste

So how did you spend e-waste collection month? Surely, you knew that March was e-waste collection month in Sacramento. It seems as though the entire city banded together to clear up the clutter of e-waste. Home Depot stores took in your old batteries. Many Whole Foods markets scheduled e-waste drop off days. Certainly all of those special recycling centers run by the city were open for business (and they still are!). If you cleared out your home or apartment of all your e-waste clutter, then good on ya! If not, you don’t have to wait until next year to properly dispose of that e-waste or any other recyclable materials.
It’s easy to figure out what is e-waste especially when you consider the “e” stands for electronic. That would mean anything you plug in would count. Computers, monitors, televisions, answering machines, fax machines, copiers; they would all be on the list. You might be surprised to know that those new energy-saving light bulbs that look like pig tails are also considered e-waste. Some of them contain mercury and shouldn’t be tossed out in the garbage. Once those bulbs break that mercury can be released and that’s not going to be good for anyone.
Speaking of hazardous waste, beyond all the electronics that should be recycled there’s a whole range of other products that shouldn’t be poured down the drain or tossed out with other garbage. The North Area Recovery Station is set up to not only take in your household hazardous waste, but also to repurpose it for reuse. Right now Sacramento residents manage to divert over 10,000 pounds of these kinds of material every month. The most popular reuse is paint. Remnants of paint cans are mixed together to create fresh, perfectly usable paint at a low cost.
Sacramento residents have always been on the frontline of recycling. That’s why the city has such a low overall carbon footprint. Beyond e-waste collection month, everyone gets into the act by recycling their papers and plastics. And thanks to those many municipal recycling centers, it’s easier for folks to drop off those bigger piles of recyclables that can’t fit into their weekly pickup trashcan. Are you taking advantage of those centers? It would be understandable if you don’t always have time to haul your recyclables off to them.
Most weekends are chock full of events like the kids’ soccer games, spending the day at the Sacramento zoo or taking visitors on a tour of Old Sacramento. Do you really have the time to dedicate for a recycle center run? That might be the reason why some of your junk has begun to pile up. Don’t feel guilty. Instead make a call to a local Sacramento junk recycling company like Junk King and arrange for a pickup.  Schedule an on site estimate by calling 1-888-888-JUNK or booking online.