San Antonio has a 10 year recycling plan intended to significantly reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. One aspect of the plan is an organics recycling program. This was given a test run by the city’s Solid Waste Management Department and was proven to be a success. The idea is that residents will be given a third recycling cart which is meant strictly for organic waste such as food scraps, leaves or other natural debris. These organics will be collected by the city and then turned into compost. However, a city councilman is putting the brakes on moving forward asking for more study.
Councilman Carlton Soules asked for a “council consideration request” for a comprehensive review of the plan. He isn’t opposed to organic recycling per se; he just feels that it might make better sense to encourage folks to do their own composting as opposed to adding expenses of providing carts for everyone. Mayor Julian Castro agreed to take up the request after the council adopts the annual budget.
For that pilot program, the city provided 30,000 green carts in four council districts. Everyone who got a cart seemed happy to comply. At issue is the scope of San Antonio’s plan. In 201 the city council approved a measure that set the goal at 60% recycling rate by the year 2020. Soules thinks that 40% is a more realistic approach. Now the council is dividing itself between those who want to push for the 60% or coast to the 40%. Obviously, this is an issue that is going to be at the heart of many future council meetings.
When it comes to recycling items that can’t fit into those carts, your best option would be to hire Junk King. Junk King is the local San Antonio based business who is already on board with the concept of recycling. In fact, their recycling rate is closer to 65%. That means that over 65% of all the junk they collect from area residents is diverted away from the landfills. This makes Junk King the perfect recycling partner for your needs.
When Junk King recycles they are doing so with the big stuff. Oversize items like mattresses, sofas, bed frames and kitchen appliances can all be repurposed and reused. The trick is making sure those items get to the right recycling center. Junk King makes drop-offs at those centers nearly every day. It’s part of the complete service provided by Junk King for everyone of their customers. Best of all, there is no extra charge for recycling. You’ll be paying for the amount of space your junk takes up in their truck. Nothing more, nothing less. When it comes to recycling the big stuff, Junk King is the only way to go.
When it comes to e-waste recycling in San Antonio there are many options at your disposal. According to the Texas Campaign for the Environment the first option should be can you re-use the item? If we’re talking about something like an old television then it is conceivable that the TV could be put into a spare room or with one of the kids. But if you’ve got a great HDTV in the family room nobody is going to want to watch TV on that old set. If you donate the TV you’re just kicking the can down the road. In other words, if you don’t want the TV are you sure someone else might?
Then there is the issue of what to do with old computers. Here is where the Texas state legislature stepped up to the plate and instituted a “take back” law. Now manufacturers have to take back an old computer and dispose of it properly. But there’s a hitch: You’ve got to take the computer back. In some cases you also have to arrange for shipping. Yes, you might get a rebate coupon good for the purchase of a new computer but you’ll have to do all the busy work.
As for cell phones the TCE is happy to take them off your hands but you have to drop them off at their offices. Guess what? They don’t have a branch in San Antonio. Once again you’re stuck. That’s why you could go through anybody’s home or apartment and chances are you’d find plenty of computer towers, lap tops, monitors, fax machines and all kinds of other e-waste shoved into a closet or under a bed. All of that junk is taking up valuable space just collecting dust. If you want to get rid of it once and for all you’re going to have to call the pros. In this case the pros would be Junk King San Antonio.
Junk King is the San Antonio based business who specializes in e-waste removal among other types of junk hauling. There have been many reports about shady dealers who take in e-waste and end up dumping in a landfill or shipping it off to some country for them to deal with. That’s not going to happen with Junk King. They’ll make sure your e-waste gets to the right recycling center. In fact, they take that same approach with all of your junk. If it can be recycled, Junk King San Antonio will see to it that it is dropped off at the right facility. You’re not going to get that level of attention from some guy riding around your neighborhood in a pickup truck looking for junk. When you want your all of your junk, no matter how big or small, removed responsibly from your home then the only call you should make is to Junk King.
When you’re serious about getting in shape, you’re much better off signing up for a gym membership at a certified club. It’s a safe place to work out. Case in point: two men tried to break into a San Antonio gym thinking they could get away with some easy cash. Why they thought there would be cash in the gym isn’t clear. These were not the smartest of robbers. Of course, they didn’t get very far with their scheme. That’s because when they broke into the gym they surprised a group of mixed martial arts fighters who were busy training. Picture that scenario: On one side are two scrawny break-in in burglars and on the other side are some buffed up MMA fighters. Who do you think came out the winner in that match-up? Luckily, the burglars were detained without harm and the police were called in to do their thing. But it does point out the gym is indeed a safe place to work-out.
It’s also a smart place to work-out. At any given time you’re going to find a lot of experts working at the gym as trainers who can help you with a quick question about a machine or routine. Depending on the gym, you could also find a lot of options when it comes to staying in shape. Not only will there be a variety of equipment but you’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for all kinds of classes for spinning, aerobics, weight training, kick boxing and MMA! Doesn’t it make sense to have experts and variety for your work out?
Which brings us to the issue of your home treadmill. Mistake purchase? Maybe not at the time. But over the months (or years) of monotonous treadmill workouts you’re going to become bored. With boredom comes the end of any workout commitment. Let’s face it; if you haven’t climbed on that treadmill in the last six months than chances are that ship has sailed. Maybe it’s time to let it go. The same can be said for any other kind of home gym equipment. We’ve all seen those gizmos advertised on TV that promise flatter stomachs or smaller thighs. The truth is that if you’re serious about getting into shape and staying there then a gym is your best option. And to get rid of that treadmill Junk King San Antonio is your only option!
Junk King is the local San Antonio TX business that is dedicated to helping you reclaim your home space. Couldn’t you think of a better use for that corner where the treadmill lives? Of course you can. One call to Junk King San Antonio will get you on the road to recovery as in recovering that space! Start working out in the gym today and you’ll be in amazing shape just in time for the holidays.
Given the choice, most folks would prefer their dinners grilled. Whether its steak, fish, chicken or ribs, cooking them on an outdoor BBQ is the best way to enjoy a wide range of flavors. You don’t have to travel far around San Antonio before you find a grill being fired up somewhere. Even if you’ve been grilling all your life, there are still probably some tips you might not even be aware of. Taking on any one of these helpful hints can completely change your grilling game.
Top of the list would be the advice not to grill cold meat. Yes, we’re being constantly warned not to leave meat out on a countertop because that’s where bacteria grows. That certainly holds true when it comes to thawing meat but not necessarily with meat that you’re bringing to room temperature. The challenge is heating a piece of meat from the center out. How many times have you cut into a steak to find it too undercooked in the center? Warming up that meat before it goes on the grill increases your opportunity for a more thorough cooking. Preheating is also essential to a good BBQ. You have to preheat your oven so why not preheat your grill? Always start grilling with at your perfect temperature for the meat you’re cooking.
There are many grillers who like to poke, prod and flip their food. This is only going to get in the way of locking in those amazing flavors. Sear first. This means setting your meat on the heat and letting it “flash brown.” Do this on both sides and around the edges (counts for chicken too!). Once your meat is sear, place it on your grate and let the heat work. In other words leave it alone for several minutes then flip. It doesn’t have to be that complicated.
You also want to avoid fueling your fire with fat. Sure it’s fun to see the flames flare up and hear that sizzle as fat or excess marinade drops down from your meat. However, what you’re doing with that flare up is causing char. That’s going to ruin your dinner in a snap. And just like cooking indoors, give your meat a chance to rest between the grill and the plate. Open another bottle of wine while your steak “settles down.”
Before any of this great grilling can begin you have to make sure you’ve got the best working BBQ. Leaving a grill outdoors year round means it’s going to take a beating. At some point, you have to surrender and buy a new grill. That’s a good thing! What else is a good thing is letting a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio handle the task of old grill removal. They can load up your old grill and just about anything else you want to get rid of. Clearing out the clutter from your home and yard is a perfect way to start the summer.
What do you really need to get by in life? We’re talking about the physical things like furniture that make for a comfortable living environment. Beyond the kitchen (because we all need one of those!) the basics are a bathroom, a bedroom and a living room. That would be just for you. Now multiple that by the members of your house and you’ve got the need for more bedrooms and more bathrooms. Perfect. But what happens when those “extra” family members go off to start their own lives? Suddenly having all those extra rooms doesn’t seem very practical. You’ve still got to keep them clean. When you heat the home it all gets heated. And then there is all the annoying yard work. This is why you might want to seize upon the idea of downsizing by moving out of that big empty house and into a smaller place. If you make this choice, you’ll be joining thousands of other San Antonio residents who have already embraced the idea of downsizing as a better way to live.
If you do make the move, you need to have a strong sense of your new living environment. This will help you decide which pieces of furniture you want to hang onto and which pieces should be given away or tossed away. One of the first things to go is often that big dining room table and chairs. Do you really eat in the dining room or in your kitchen? Sure, for holidays you would bust out the good china and serve in the dining room but is it really worth having a big house with a room you only use two times a year?
Also, it’s time to be realistic about your work-out equipment. If you have a huge treadmill that gets more of a workout as a clothes hanger than an exercise machine do you really need to space to keep it in?
Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean you have to throw all of this stuff out. You could offer it for sale on Craigslist or have a yard sale or even pass it off to another family member. The key point is that if you’re not going to need something then get rid of it. As for all that stuff that is left over which nobody can use and no charity would want, you can turn that junk over to a crew of professional junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio
These hard working crews are every bit as able as a solid team of professional movers. The difference is that they’ll be taking your stuff to its final resting place as opposed to your new home! Getting rid of the clutter in your life can be a truly liberating experience even if you’re not moving. In other words, downsizing applies even if it simply means to downsize all the junk you’re hanging onto.
Ever since the food network launched, cooking shows have gained in popularity. Not only have these lead to a whole new batch of fun personalities but they’ve also started a trend towards cooking competitions. Today you could try out be an Iron Chef, a Master Chef or a Top Chef. All you really need is to be an excellent cook. If you’re someone who amazes folks with your culinary creations then you know the value of a good oven. This is the hearth from which all great meals come from! If your old stove isn’t living up to your cooking potential then you definitely need to treat yourself to a new oven. You might not make it onto a reality cooking show but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook like an expert as long as you have the right equipment.
As you consider a new stove option you might want to think about a convection oven. This is what all the professional chefs use. A convection oven has a fan inside the baking zone that circulates the hot air around your food. This results in a more even cooking environment. With the convention oven you don’t need to constantly rotate your baking dishes. That hot air circulation does the trick.
The key factor with any type of cooking in an oven is temperature control. The average oven uses a standard gauge that is turned by your hand to the appropriate temperature setting. The problem is that over time these settings can often be off by as much as 25°. When you are timing of roast or turkey a difference like that could sap all the succulent juices from your meal. It’s also hard to make the adjustment in the middle of a meal that you’re cooking. The way around this is to find an oven that has electronic controls. This doesn’t mean an electric oven but simply an oven that uses digital readings to set the oven temperature. This lets you adjust the settings within a range of 5°. You’ll have much more precise baking and cooking with this type of oven.
The other thing you have to be aware of is where your steam is going to go. Every oven releases steam during the cooking process. If that steam is improperly vented over time it can cause damage to the ovens electronic systems. If you’re going through all the trouble to buy a new oven make sure you’ve got proper ventilation installed.
You can also say goodbye to the coils and flames with your new oven. This is because you can now pick from radiant or halogen burners. These burners are fitted underneath a glass surface and heat up very quickly. Heat is still heat whether it’s coming from a flame or another source. The benefit with using a radio or halogen burner is how easy it will be to clean up. It’s the difference between wiping a stove with one swipe of a rag as opposed to taking apart all those different pieces to get down to the grease.
As soon as you discover all the great features for your new oven you’re good to be very excited to try it out. First you have to get rid of that old oven in your San Antonio room to make room for the new one. One phone call to a professional team of junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio can take care of that. From then on it is happy baking!
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Get ready to freak out: according to scientists your dishwasher could be a breeding ground for bacteria and killer bugs! Think about this for a moment. Where does most of the bacteria grow? In a moist and hot environments. Doesn’t that describe perfectly a dishwasher? A recent survey found that 62% of dishwashers contained the fungi Exophiala dermatitidis and E. phaeomuriformis around the rubber band that sealed the door. These particular forms of fungus are referred to as black yeasts and can be extremely dangerous for human beings. Even though you’re using detergents in your dishwasher cycle some of that bacterium manages to survive and thrive in high temperatures. Does this mean you need to throw out old dishwasher? Depending on how old it really is it might be something to consider.
If the rubber seal around the dishwasher’s door is where the bacteria lives then you can take a look at your own dishwasher and just see how intact that rubber seal is. Are there tiny cracks in that seal? Guess who’s throwing a party in those cracks? That would be all the bacteria! Some people try doing a cleansing of their dishwasher by running vinegar through the wash cycle without any dishes loaded up. While this might do a good job of disinfecting it also might not reach deep down in those areas where the bacterium is living. This would be the perfect time and place that old dishwasher.
New dishwasher designs are more compliant with regard to health concerns. The rubber seals, drains and other components where bacteria can grow have been refined to help prevent that. You can also help the cause by giving your dishwasher a wipe down at least once a week with the strongest disinfectant.
Before switching over to your new dishwasher you’re going to have to make arrangements to get rid of the old one. This is where you can hire a professional crew of San Antonio junk haulers like Junk King to show up and take that dishwasher away. Just because you might schedule to have your dishwasher taken away doesn’t mean you can’t have other things removed at the same time. If you plan it right, getting rid of your dishwasher could be the perfect excuse to get rid of a lot of other junk.
Take a simple tour around your house to see what else you might consider tossing out. Are there some unwanted and worn-out pieces of furniture that could go? Boxes of dusty papers and clothes that are meant for the trash heap? What about all the refuse from those unfinished projects that are now just taking up space in the garage or basement? Truth of the matter is that old dishwashers just going to take up one small corner in a big hauling truck. Certainly you could fill that truck up with a lot more junk. You might even be thinking of replacing all your kitchen appliances to make sure you’re getting the most energy efficient models. That will fill up a truck for sure!
Have you ever heard the saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s art?” Take a random tour of any San Antonio modern art gallery and you’ll find an amazing array of sculptures and paintings that incorporate what can best be described a garbage into art work. For these talented artists, everything is up for grabs: toilets, fast food wrappers, soda cans and even car parts. They all can provide inspiration for those artists that think outside of the box. Bigger pieces require bigger pieces of junk. Don’t be surprised to find a sculpture built around an old kitchen stove or sink. Could you turn your stove into a work of art? It could be fun to play around with, but what happens if it doesn’t turn out quite the way you’ve expected? You’ll then be left with a painted up stove that’s just sitting there being an eyesore. Maybe the better course of action is to leave the art to the artist and leave the old junk to a San Antonio appliance disposal company like Junk King.
Getting rid of your old appliances by calling up a team of professional junk haulers is a proactive step to take when you’re planing on upgrading or remodeling your kitchen. But there is another equally important reason and that has to do with keeping San Antonio clean. Most resident of San Antonio take great pride in the beauty of their home. Along with the stylistic architecture, the sprawling desert landscapes are the real work of art. However, that beauty can often be marred by the dumping of junk like old washers or refrigerators. Think of all the effort that has gone into dragging that appliance out of the house and loading it up into a truck only to take it out to a desert gulley to dump it. Maybe the person behind this illegal dumping thought they could drop it off at a landfill, but got lost. Or didn’t want to pay the dumping fee. Sadly what was once their problem is now our problem as we have to cringe every time we past it. It doesn’t have to be that way.
When you hire your local Junk King San Antonio hauling crew, they’re not just going to toss your appliances anywhere. That crew could very well be your neighbor. Do you really think they want ruin the beauty of San Antonio? Of course not and they’ll know right where to take that junk. Whether it is at a sanctioned landfill or a San Antonio recycling center the goal is to properly dispose of that item. Even if you’re the kind of person who would never dump something by the side of the road, do you have the muscle and the truck for hauling away your appliances? If not then absolutely consider a professional crew. You also don’t want to take any chances with banging up your walls or scraping your floors when it comes to the actual removal. With an experienced team of movers who are bonded and insured, none of that will be an issue. Get rid of those appliances the right way!
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