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Keep Plastic Bags Out Of Recycling Bins

Do you recycle the plastic bags you get from the grocery store into your blue recycling bin? Noble but wrong. States like California have already implemented a plastic bag ban. Here in Salt Lake City, the city council is moving towards changing the recycling ordinances to keep those bags out of the bins.

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“It used to be economical to capture those plastic bags. Now they are proving much more of a nuisance. They get caught on equipment,” said Sophia Nicholas, a spokeswoman for Sustainability Department, to a local news outlet. “What we really want is for people to be focusing on the ‘reduce and reuse’ aspect of bags, not thinking of recycling all their plastic in their blue bin as a solution, because it’s not.”

When those bags gum up the recycling equipment the entire process comes to a screeching halt. Plus, when people put other recyclables into the bags, it makes it harder to sort, which can cause further delays. For now, the city is working to educate the public. They’ve taken plastic bags off the list of recyclable items and will be adding stickers to residential blue bins.

Recycling restrictions shouldn’t prevent you from making the effort. In fact, there are some ways you can expand recycling around the house especially when it comes to getting rid of your junk. Did you know that your old kitchen appliances and furniture can be recycled? The same can be said for unwanted clothing, coats, shoes and hats. All of those things can be turned over to a charity, which is just as effective as recycling. As long as stuff is kept out of a landfill, it counts towards that goal. To help with this project, you’ll want to enlist the services of Junk King Salt Lake City.

Junk King Salt Lake City is a professional junk removal service that is dedicated to an eco-friendly way of getting rid of junk. They’ve been at this for several years and know all the certified facilities to drop off what they collect. All of that is included in their junk removal service at no extra charge. Hire Junk King Salt Lake City for your junk removal and take your recycling to the next level.

Salt Lake City Recycling Facts

Salt Lake City has a robust recycling program that a majority of residents participate in. However, there are some restrictions. It all has to do with the “stream.” That would be the flow of trash that is deemed recyclable. That stream needs to be consistent. It means keeping certain items out of your recycling bin. Here are the Salt Lake City recycling facts that you should know direct from the city:

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“Plastic grocery bags are recyclable, but not in your curbside recycling bin.  The best way to recycle grocery bags and other plastic film is to take it back to the grocery store with you and place it in the bag-recycling box provided.  This includes all clean and dry #2 and #4 plastic film such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, bread bags, Ziploc bags, etc. Any plastic container (bottles, tubs, jugs and jars) can be recycled in Salt Lake County regardless of the number or chasing arrows. Other plastics generally are not recyclable.”

That takes care of plastic but what about paper? All newspapers, magazines and copy paper are recyclable. What isn’t? Paper towels:

“Paper products such as paper towels, napkins, tissue paper and toilet paper are not recyclable. The paper fibers used to create these products are too small to be recycled again, and most are contaminated by food additionally.”

Metal cans are great recyclable materials but do they need special prep? Not according to the city:

“There is no need to detach the can label, just makes sure any gobs of food are cleaned out of the can and toss it in your recycling bin. A quick rinse will suffice.  Make sure they are drained of any liquids and scrape out any gobs of food left in containers.  We recommend rinsing with dirty dishwater to conserve water when additional rinsing is necessary.”

That covers the basics of kitchen recycling but what about the bigger items you would like to get rid of around the house like a mattress, refrigerator, television or other bulky objects. There are recycling drop offs around the city for most of those items but you have to do all the work. That means renting a truck, loading the item, driving to the drop off and having a crew to unload. A much better way is to hire Junk King Salt Lake City. These junk removal pros have been making recycling drop offs ever since they began operations in Salt Lake City. Recycling doesn’t have to be a hassle when Junk King Salt Lake City is in charge.

 

The Perfect Way To Take Care of Big Appliance Recycling

Recycling makes a big impact even a little recycling. For instance, if you recycled just 100 soda cans you can save enough energy to light your bedroom for two weeks. Every recycling bin you can fill is going to matter. What about the stuff that can’t be put into a recycling bin like a big appliance? It turns out that can be recycled, too if you hire the right junk removal company. That company would be Junk King Salt Lake City.

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Junk King Salt Lake City is proud to be the newest member of the national Junk King family. This is a company that has been collecting and recycling junk since 2005. Junk King Salt Lake City doesn’t do the actual recycling but they make sure whatever can be recycled is dropped off to the right facility. That might mean driving a few extra miles out of the way but it is a trip that Junk King is happy to make.

If you need Junk King to take care of your big appliance recycling, then it probably means you’re replacing that appliance. A good fridge, stove or washing machine should last up to 10 years but after that, the service calls for repairs can start to add up. You can schedule your Junk King pick up on the same day as your delivery of the new appliance. Talk about a smooth transition!

Along with getting your old fridge or washer hauled away, you can take full advantage of the Junk King crew by having them take away any other unwanted item on your home. It could be a sofa, a futon or a box of clothes. Junk King is also the perfect company to give all your old electronics to.

The cost for Junk King’s service is very fair and affordable. Your flat fee will be based on how much space your stuff takes up on the truck. Thankfully, the crews like to get as much into as little space as possible. That is going to benefit your bottom line. The best approach to big appliance recycling and junk hauling is Junk King Salt Lake City. Put them to work today.

Go Greener Are With These Eco-Friendly Ideas

Having a green thumb means you are great with plants. But that’s not the only place you can be green around the house. There many eco-friendly ways to make your home even greener. If you are already recycling, then you’re off to a good start. Here are some of the things you can do starting today:

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Take Shorter Showers

How much time do you spend in the shower each day? In reality, we probably only need five minutes to get clean. Yes, it’s very soothing to stand in a hot shower and relax but that’s also letting hundreds of gallons of water go down the drain. Even if you shave one minute off of your daily shower routine, you’ll save up to 1000 gallons of water each year. That will translate into big savings on your water bill. It’s also good for the environment.

Wash Produce and Save the Water

Along the same lines of taking shorter showers, you should also be aware of anytime you turn on the faucet. If you are washing produce, then do it over a large bowl. Save that water for your garden. Same thing can happen whenever you boil water for pasta or potatoes.

Change the Light Bulbs

A compact fluorescent light can last 10 times is longer as a regular light bulb. They might cost a little bit more up front but you are going to be saving right away because you’re not going to be replacing that light bulb as often. It’s also much more energy efficient and that will show up on your power bill.

Turn Down the Water Heater

You know what temperature your water heater is set at? The standard setting is 140°. But that can generate very hot water that leads to accidental scalding. You could reduce your temperature 120° and hardly feel the effect. That will save you up to 10% and water heating costs.

Make Sure Your Home Is Insulated

Is your home insulated? Not only should the attic be covered but also your basement. If your home is insulated, then it might be a good idea to bring in a professional contractor to look over that insulation. If it was there when you bought the home several decades ago, then it might need to be replaced. You also should take a look at any exposed pipes and make sure they are insulated as well.

Recycle Your Rubbish

If you’re getting rid of a lot of rubbish, then you should consider hiring Junk King Salt Lake City to haul it away. Not only will they provide you with all the manpower and truck space you need to get the job done but they are also a very green company. They’ve set up partnerships with recycling centers and charities throughout the Salt Lake City area. That is where the going to drop off your collected rubbish. Junk King Salt Lake City will help you go greener without lifting a finger.