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San Antonio Recycling News

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.

E Waste Recycling In San Antonio

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.

San Antonio 4th of July Junk Removal

Sadly, last year there were no fireworks in San Antonio, at least not the big shows sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. That’s because the surrounding land was just too dry to risk a spark flying off from the rockets. But this year, the fireworks are roaring back… provided it doesn’t get too much hotter! The plan is for a huge celebration to take place at the Woodlawn Lake where the San Antonio Parks Foundation will present their water reflected fireworks display. This is a truly unique experience that promises to be fun for the whole family.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department, the recent rainfall makes conditions a bit more agreeable for fireworks but that doesn’t mean we’re completely out of the woods. A sharp increase in the temperature could result in drying up the area and forcing another cancellation. Could you still celebrate the 4th of July without fireworks? Absolutely. But for that to happen you need to refocus your efforts on your own backyard. That’s where you can gather your friends and family for a good old fashion summer cookout.

One of the fun things about a cookout is that you probably won’t have any trouble getting the men to do most of the cooking. Naturally that “cooking” really means grilling. At any backyard barbeque you won’t have to look far for the husbands and dads. They’ll all be gathered around the grill discussing the merits of what makes the best BBQ. As for the kids, all they need for backyard fun is a sprinkler and a waterslide and they’re good to go. In fact, with the hot July temperatures it might be hard keeping some of those grown-ups off that water slide.

To get your backyard ready for this kind of fun celebration you’ll going to have to do a bit of safety proofing. Essentially this will mean inspecting every corner of your yard for any hazardous junk. Don’t forget if you have kids playing here than anything that isn’t nailed down can become a trap! Piles of lumber, chunks of concrete, busted planters or rusted kitchen appliances will all become fair game as those young ones explore and imagine. You can clear all that junk out in one afternoon by hiring a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King San Antonio.

The professional junk hauling team from Junk King will arrive at your home for a scheduled appointment. They’ll be working on your schedule not the other way around. If you need to be there to supervise they can show up after work hours or on the weekend. You could even pile up what you want taken away in your driveway. Attach a note saying, “All this junk goes!” and the pros will do the rest! Make sure your 4th of July and rest of the summer will be a safe one with a clean backyard.

Recycling News in San Antonio

There’s a big change coming to San Antonio SeaWorld Park. We’re not talking about the arrival of a baby whale or some new dolphin tricks but instead the banning of plastic bags. By this time next year visitors at the San Antonio SeaWorld Park souvenir shops will be offered a choice of either a 100% recycled paper bag or purchasing a reusable cloth bag to hold all their trinkets and souvenirs.

According to Angie Llanas, an animal ambassador at SeaWorld San Antonio, this is a major problem “At this park alone, we go through 800,000 plastic bags a year,” she said. “Taking that out of the mix can really have an effect on the environment.”  Not only is this an issue for San Antonio residents but also for all the denizens living under the sea. Recent estimates put the amount of plastic bags that end up in the ocean at around 1.4 billion pounds. That is billion with a B!

It’s not just the ocean that has to deal with all of this garbage but also many of the waterways like the ones that are home to animals like Spike, the alligator snapping turtle found in Texas and the southeastern U.S. What happens when a plastic bag makes its way into the water is that a creature like a sea turtle thinks it’s a jellyfish and gobbles it up. That can cause major problems for that beastie.

“We don’t want that, so anything we can do to help, that’s great,” Mark Miller, a park visitor from the Woodlands near Houston, told the local news. A program like this one is a perfect way to inspire the next generation of recyclers; that would be your kids.

The lesson here is that if they’re all are always alternatives when it comes to sending trash to a landfill or throwing it onto the street. You might already have your kids involved in a recycling program around the house. Once you teach them how to sort kitchen garbage it’s easy to fall into the routine of weekly recycling. The one drawback with this type of program is that you are only able to recycle whatever you could fit into your recycling bin. This is going to leave a lot of items earmarked for a landfill unless you team up with Junk King San Antonio.

Junk King is the San Antonio based business that specializes in junk removal of any size. The Junk King crews have been instructed that when they come across an item which can be recycled they need to make sure it ends up at the proper facility. This includes stuff like your unwanted furniture, mattress or scrap metal pieces. With Junk King San Antonio on your team you can rest assured that every effort will be taken to keep your garbage away from a landfill. That’s good for the kids and all creatures great and small!

San Antonio Cardboard Disposal and Recycling

The internet is a wonderful research asset we all have access to. Even somebody without a computer can head over to their local library and log on to get answers to any questions. For instance, supposed you’re sitting in your San Antonio home or apartment surrounded by piles and piles of cardboard and you wanted to get rid of it all? The obvious answer would be to go to the internet and ask the cyber world, “Where can I recycle cardboard in San Antonio?” Here are the actual top two answers to that question:

“The apartments we live in don’t recycle, so we take our items elsewhere that can be recycled. The only thing we can’t locate is a place to take cardboard! The drop off bins @ schools accept all forms of paper EXCEPT cardboard. – All of the recycling agencies on the city site don’t reference cardboard on their sites. ACCO Waste Paper of San Antonio” takes paper, but they don’t say if they charge or if you can drop off. Anyone have experience with this?!”

While that might not be a big help, this message was followed up with the following:

“Try earth911 I found two agencies that have listed themselves on this site as accepting cardboard. Since this information can change, you will want to contact the companies directly first. One of them is Greenstar, an Ireland-based company which actually has a facility in my area (Oklahoma City) and who has done some of the recycling for the Recycling Center that my husband and I run. Fortunately, here in Oklahoma, OEMA (Oklahoma Environmental Management Association) provides cardboard recycling bins. My Recycling Center has four of them. We did have five, but someone burned one of them down on July 4.”

So the answer to where to recycle cardboard in San Antonio is provided by someone living in Oklahoma. Okay, so maybe you have to dig a little deeper to get the right answers you’re looking for. Of course, you could just call up Junk King San Antonio and be done with it!

Junk King is the San Antonio based business which has been removing all kinds of junk from businesses and homes including cardboard boxes. What’s great about Junk King is that they’re not just going to be acting as super charged garbage men. Yes, they’ll come into your homes and pick up any item you want removed but they’re also going to strive to make sure that item is properly disposed of. In the case of cardboard, this means dropping that off at the San Antonio recycling center which handles that type of product.

When you hire Junk King San Antonio you have the option of filling up their truck or just getting rid of a couple of items. The choice is yours but know that whatever choice you make, you’ll be doing right by the environment by hiring Junk King.

San Antonio Spring Junk Removal

A group of Texas A&M student volunteers are spending their spring break far away from the maddening crowds and instead have chosen to cover themselves in muck. They’ve slipped on the waders and are trudging through the marshes at the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge for a learning retreat that is helping clean up Liberty Pond. Part of this project includes removing the aggressive Water Hyacinths from one the ponds. This could only be accomplished by wading in waist-deep water and kayaking to pick up the plants by hand one at a time. If these particular plants aren’t trimmed back, they can quickly overwhelm this delicate eco-system.

One of the students from the San Antonio area told a local newspaper about why she is doing this while a lot of her classmates are off sunning themselves. “This is what I love. I could do this every day. Even though I am exhausted, it is not like work. It is fun.” That includes the bout of poison ivy she got while on the clean up grew!

This kind of story certainly puts your own spring cleaning project in perspective. You’re only dealing with cleaning up your home or yards; you’re not going into waist deep pond water! You’ll also be working indoors which means access to cool drinks and fun tunes. Plus, you’re entitled to take as many breaks as you want. One advantage that the Liberty Pond cleanup effort has it there is an entire team doing the work. That will certainly make it go faster. Fortunately, you’ve got the exact same opportunity to have your own team. Call it team Junk King San Antonio.

Junk King is the San Antonio based business of professional junk haulers who have multiple crews and trucks standing by to be dispatched for any junk removal chores. How Junk King can work with you is by helping get rid of the clutter from your home before you clean. This is all that junk you’ve been staring at for months and years wondering when it’s going to disappear. Instead of waiting for magic, just call Junk King. They will make it disappear for sure! Another approach would be to call Junk King after your spring cleaning. That’s because you might discover a lot more junk you want to throw out as you clean through closets, under beds and in garages. All you need to do is start a pile for Junk King. Even if that pile grows as big as your own home, Junk King San Antonio won’t freak out. Whatever you throw at the crews, chances are they’ve seen worse! As soon as that clutter is gone from your home, then you’ll be able to do a deep cleaning like never before. It’s a perfect way to kick off the spring!

San Antonio Recycling – How and What to Recycle

Any new visitor to San Antonio is sure to make a b-line right to the Alamo. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire state. After they got their fix they might ask, “Now what?” For many the answer is a tour of the San Antonio River walk or Paseo del Rio, which actually is 20 feet below street level and just a few steps from the old fort itself. The River Walk is a winding sprawl of cafes, shops and museums along a 2 mile stretch of the San Antonio River that cuts right through downtown. A new project is under way to expand the River Walk up to 13 miles which will connect it to even more historic districts and prestigious museums. The River Walk offers up opportunities for a slow stroll along the banks to vibrant new life and of course amazing dining. Next to the Alamo, the River Walk has become the number two spot for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.
One of the most often overheard comments is how clean the River Walk is. This has a lot to do with the respect that folks have for the place. You can also thank the extensive recycling program instituted by the city government. There is an ongoing 10 year recycling plan in place that is calling on everyone in San Antonio to have easy access to available recycling services. A facet of the Keep San Antonio Beautiful program has to do with cutting back on the number of plastic bags in circulation around the city. A voluntary plastic bag reduction initiative has been put into effect with the goal of reducing plastic bags that are distributed by retailers by up to 25%. At the same time, the hope is to increase plastic bag recycling by 25%. Folks are encouraged to buy their own cloth bags that can be used for every trip to the grocery store. This can certainly put a dent in the amount of plastic bags being used.
As part of the citywide recycling program each resident is provided with a blue recycling cart. But are you aware of the dos and don’ts of what to put in? What’s allowed is any kind of paper product like junk mail, phone books, magazines or newspapers. Also cardboard like cereal and food boxes and broken down moving boxes. You can also toss in aluminum cans, steel cans, glass bottles and jars or any plastic item that is labeled with a 1-7 recyclable index number. What you can’t put into the blue bin are any bagged leaves, branches, paper towels, food waste, household cleaners, aluminum foil or plastic bags. All of that needs to go into your regular trash.
Then there is the issue of multi-family homes. Right now there are around 150,000 San Antonio residents living in multi-family units where the city doesn’t collect the garbage. They are encouraging the owners of these properties to provide access to the recycling program. In the case of an overflow of recyclable material, you’re well within you rights to contract a private hauling company like Junk King San Antonio. Junk King can can show up at an appointed time and take away any large or bulk recyclable materials and make sure it gets to the right facility.  Simply call 1-888-888-JUNK. It takes everyone to keep San Antonio clean.

San Antonio Green Junk Removal

During WWII, Americans were encouraged to plant their own “Victory Gardens.” These were simple front or back yard plots of vegetables and other produce grown by folks who never planted seeds in their life before. The goal was to take the strain off of the big farms who were supplying food for the war effort. The Victory Gardens were a big hit.

Today, folks who are looking for fresher foods have begun their own gardening projects. Nothing says organic like picking a salad from your own backyard. As any decent gardener will tell you, one the most valuable commodities for a home garden is a compost pile. This is essentially all of your biodegradable items like food scraps and coffee grounds that are jammed together into a heaping mound. When these items begin to break down, they release their nutrients to the surrounding soil and you’ve created some very friendly plant fertilizer. If only we could put everything into a compost pile.

Obviously, you can’t put an old recliner into a compost pile and hope it will break down. However, that doesn’t mean that recliner can’t be recycled. You just have to know the right person to call. A qualified San Antonio green junk removal company that offers hauling and recycling services will know just what to do with your big trash items, especially when it comes to recycling. Most of us know about recycling because we have the blue bins for curbside pickup. Since the goal of recycling is to repurpose a variety of old materials, there is a lot more that can be recycled beyond paper and plastics.

Take wood for example. The same wood that makes up the frame of the old sofa or a dresser that you want to toss out can be grinded down and repurposed into new pulp wood. The result? That’s a couple less trees that have to be cut down. More trees mean more oxygen for everybody. It’s a win/win all around.

Most people don’t associate old household junk with the green movement. Actually, the best recyclable material often comes from household items. The same goes for our businesses. Think about all the unused office furniture, files, and equipment that are sitting around your company collecting dusk. Now think about all the reclaimed space you would have when you can toss all that junk out.

The primary reason why most people hang onto their junk in their home or offices is that they simply just can’t physically get rid of it. Think of it this way, if you can carry something into your home, you can carry it out. That might not be the case with kitchen appliances or furniture. That’s when you need to call in the muscle of an experienced junk removal team like Junk King San Antonio. Not only will that have the big truck to cart away your junk, but they’ll also have the man power. You’re just one phone call away from sending your big junk to the big recycling bin.

Junk King San Antonio can handle all your junk removal needs with efficiency and an eco-friendly touch.  Simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.