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Monthly Archives: October 2022

Case Study: Junk King San Diego Helps Keep The San Diego River Clean And Green



For those of us living in San Diego, a valuable aspect of life here in “America’s Finest City” is the vistas, the landscapes, and the natural beauty of the region. And this includes the San Diego River.


The river travels 52 miles from its headwaters to the ocean, Originating in the Cuyamaca Mountains northwest of the town of Julian. From there it then flows to the southwest until it reaches the El Capitan Reservoir and the El Capitan Dam. Below the dam, the river runs west through Santee and San Diego.


As the river passes through the San Diego community of Tierrasanta, it flows through another San Diego treasure, the Mission Trails Regional Park, one of the largest urban parks in America.


Unfortunately, along the more than fifty miles of riverway, it picks up trash, junk, and rubbish. 


Which is why the folks at the San Diego River Park Foundation do what they do every week.


Keeping the San Diego River Clean and Green

As it turns out, keeping a river clean requires a great deal of resources and labor, especially when that river runs through the heart of California’s second largest city, from the mountains to the sea.

While efforts have long been made to clean the trash and debris that has made its way into the river over the years, a dedicated organization was needed to bring attention to this pressing need and to bring together the resources needed to accomplish the mission of both preserving and conserving the river and its natural environment.
To that end, the San Diego River Park Foundation was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to conserving the water, wildlife, recreation, culture, and community involved with the San Diego River.

The San Diego River Park Foundation sponsors and hosts several events and activities. Among these are what are known as the Clean and Green Team – Volunteers Leading River Restoration and River Clean Up.

According to the Foundation’s website,

“Twice each year, volunteers survey the San Diego River during RiverBlitz to map and record trash and debris sites.

The Clean and Green Team mobilizes to coordinate volunteers to remove these trash sites! On Saturdays throughout the year, volunteers gather to help create a healthier, cleaner, safer San Diego River Park system.”

And Junk King San Diego is wholly onboard that this a great way to give back to the community and improve the health of the river.

Which is why, in September 2022, we volunteered one of our junk hauling teams and a truck to allow the volunteers to use the back of our truck to dispose of the waste collected. Junk King then hauled the trash offsite to be recycled and disposed of properly.



Another Fabulously Successful Clean & Green Event at the San Diego River

In early September, a Junk King removal team and one of our big, red junk removal trucks made it’s way to the Clean and Green Team’s designated rendezvous point at the start of a beautiful Saturday morning. Their mission was to help pick up and remove trash and debris from the San Diego River while providing their truck as a staging and drop off point for trash removal.

In a city of close to 1.4 million people, the likelihood of rubbish, junk, and debris making its way into the river is quite high, so the clean up efforts are ongoing necessary. Fortunately, the tenacity and hard work pays off and the clean up activities always net huge amounts of trash removed from the river.

On this particular day, the Clean and Green team of 12 volunteers, along with an assist from the team of Junk King San Diego, succeeded in removing astounding haul of 3,640 pounds of trash from the river.

That’s over 250 pounds of trash per person that was pulled out of the San Diego River in one morning!




As much of that trash and junk as possible was loaded into the Junk King San Diego truck for sorting and, ultimately, recycling, and proper disposal. 

And since then, we’ve had the privilege of helping out time and again.

The San Diego River Foundation posted a recent tweet on their Twitter account sharing that,

“Over the last month, @SanDiegoJunk  has generously donated their hauling services for 3 of our River Rescue Clean-ups. Combined, they have helped us removed 8,400 pounds of trash! Thank You!”

Of course, doing all we can to help keep San Diego clean, green, and junk-free has always been a part of Junk King San Diego’s mission. And we are proud to offer our help and resources to the ongoing efforts of the Clean and Green Team and the San Diego River Foundation.


Need to Solve your Large Cleanup or Junk Removal Problem Affordably? Junk King San Diego has the Solution!


At Junk King San Diego we have always done our very best to provide San Diego residents and businesses with the best in junk removal services and the best in customer service.

In addition, we also work hard to ensure that our pricing is the best in our market. And one of the ways we accomplish this is with a more equitable approach to pricing each job. And is also an approach that is guaranteed to save you money.


And how do we do that?


Unlike most other junk removal companies that charge either a flat fee or charge by the weight of your junk load, Junk King only charges by volume. In other words, we only charge you for how much space your residential or commercial junk takes up in our junk removal trucks.


What that means is that you don’t pay more for removing one heavy junk item than someone else is paying to remove a half dozen lightweight items, for example.

This makes the junk removal pricing process simple, fair, and it saves you money! And because our trucks are larger, we don’t have to make as many trips, and you can get more removed in one trip from us than with our competitors.


You can rest assured that we will never add on extra charges nor surprise you with hidden fees of any kind. In fact, we guarantee to outdo any other written estimate. In fact, because we’re so confident that our prices are better than any comparable operator in our area, we’ll always provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate of your next junk removal project – even before you agree to work with us.


Now, who does that? Well, we do!


And, by comparable operator, we mean a licensed and insured junk removal company that operates a recycling-based business in the greater San Diego area with the goal of keeping our landfills free of unnecessary waste materials.


Which is how Junk King San Diego operates, by the way!


Our Green Junk Removal Happens with Large, Red Trucks – It’s the Junk King Way!


Junk King has long been the pioneer of recycling-based junk removal and we are proud of the fact that we successfully recycle as much as 65 percent or more of everything we pick up each day.


For owner Bruce Stone, serving customers and serving the environment and the are the reasons why he believes Junk King San Diego is such a “feel good” business.

“We’re the only recycling-based junk hauler in San Diego. We have a recycle center where we take all the different parts and components from our hauling jobs and make sure that they end up in the right hands. It keeps a lot out of our landfills – about 65 percent of what we haul is saved from going into our landfills.”


Need Safe, Reliable, and Efficient Junk Removal? Make the call to Junk King San Diego!


So, for fast, safe, and convenient junk removal, San Diego residents can be green and save green with Junk King San Diego.


We serve the entire San Diego area including communities like El Cajon, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, and our beautiful home region of Spring Valley, of course!


And remember, you can always get a free estimate from us first by going online, sending us a text, calling us, or simply get one once we arrive on site. When you call Junk King San Diego you will always get on-time junk pickup and removal in the San Diego area that is both eco-friendly and affordable.

When you call, just tell us about the junk items or excess trash that you need to have removed from your property. Our friendly customer service team is ready to walk you through our easy process over the phone or by online chat.

And our professional and insured junk removal team will also call 15 to 30 minutes before they arrive at your property. All you need do is simply point and we’ll do all the heavy lifting!


 So, need to get rid of your recyclable junk, as well? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.


Contact us today and tell us about the junk items you need picked up and removed. You can make an appointment by booking online or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).

How to Dispose of an Old TV in San Diego


 Dispose of an Old TV


Did you know that used TVs, monitors, and computers are hazardous materials? Because of this, it’s important to understand how to dispose of an old TV in San Diego in a safe manner. There are specific guidelines for disposing of these electronics that could pose a risk to the environment if not handled correctly. 


If you find yourself with an old television or computer monitor, there are several different ways you can responsibly get rid of it. You may feel like throwing it in the trash is the best option, but compact fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductor devices, and other electronics are considered universal waste because of the numerous types of chemicals they contain. 


The hazardous components found in universal waste products make them dangerous to throw away with regular garbage or compost. That’s why you want to turn to an eco-friendly option that can do it for you, like Junk King.


Disposing of an Old TV in San Diego: What You Need to Know


Before you dispose of your old TV, you must know what you’re dealing with. The first thing you should know is that older televisions are made up of two main components: the picture tube and the cathode ray tube. 


The cathode ray tube is the part that displays the image on the screen, and the picture tube is what creates the color. The cathode ray tube contains a small amount of mercury that is harmful if it leaks into the environment. It’s important to take proper precautions when disposing of an old TV to avoid exposing yourself or others to toxic chemicals.


What Is Recycling When It Comes to Electronics?


Recycling is a simple process where original items are broken down to be reused and remade into new items. Most recycled items can become various other items, not just what they originally started out as. For example, denim can be made from recycled plastic and is one of the few materials that gets softer the more use it gets. 


Taking an electronic and putting it in a landfill hurts the environment, the animals that live there, and can also harm the humans in the nearby area. That is because toxins from those electronics, such as the mercury in some old TVs, can leech into the ground and surrounding water. It is always best to recycle old electronics whenever possible. 


What Are the Benefits of Recycling Old Electronics?


There are many benefits of recycling electronics instead of throwing them in the trash. First of all, it’s good for the environment. Recycling old electronics conserves natural resources because we use fewer new materials. It also creates new products from old materials, reducing our carbon footprint. If you try to throw old electronics away in the regular trash, they could end up in a landfill where they will remain for years. The chemicals from the old electronics can leak into the soil and pollute the groundwater. 


Another reason to recycle tv sets, computers, or similar items is that they have difficult to find materials inside them. When you use recycling as your TV disposal solution, you allow those finite materials to be harvested, which means they can be reused in the future instead of being wasted or lost. 


What is the Best Way to Dispose of an Old TV in San Diego? 


An old a TV properly disposed of in the waste for recycling


For most households, the best way to get rid of an old TV is to call Junk King San Diego and let us haul it away. Junk King is a service that allows you to schedule a pickup online and book same-day service in most areas of San Diego. We are one of the top disposal options for TV sets, computer monitors, and other types of e-waste. 


The process is simple: you select the pickup date, write a description of the items you want to be removed, and let the crew here at Junk King handle the rest. We will arrive at your location, load up the items, and take them away. There’s no need to worry about disposing of the items yourself, let alone carrying something as cumbersome as an old TV set.


Where Do I Find an Electronic Recycling Facility Near Me?


When on the lookout for electronic recycling facilities near you, there are a few ways to go about it. First, you can call your local government and ask if they have a list of businesses you can contact. 


You can also call your utility company. Their job is to make sure electrical and electronic equipment is disposed of properly, and they usually have a list of businesses they recommend. 


If you have an internet connection, you can also search for businesses near you that handle electronics disposal. A simple search for “recycle a TV in San Diego” can yield results. 


Several websites list businesses that recycle electronics. However, if you want a fast, simple, and affordable solution now, then the professionals here at Junk King are your best bet. 


How Much Does It Cost to Dispose of an Old TV Responsibly?


The cost of disposing of an old TV responsibly depends on the type of service you use. If you decide to take the TV to a recycling facility yourself, it will probably cost you around $10-$50. 


If you hire professionals to haul the TV away for you, expect to pay a bit more. However, when you consider the fact that they come to you, the savings may make it worth it. These companies can also haul away other items you have cluttering up your home!


How Much Does it Cost to Recycle a TV? 


The truth is that the cost will vary. You can drop your old TV off at a nearby recycling center, but you have to lift it and drive it there, costing you time and money. Most facilities also charge disposal fees, adding to the cost of trying to recycle your old TV yourself. 


You can wait for the occasional days when garbage companies allow you to put extra items out by the road. However, you must be careful of the restrictions of what can and cannot be put out. 


Turning to a company that will come and get your old TV gives you the easiest and typically most cost-effective solution possible. You do not have to risk injury carrying an old TV set. Plus, you know that the company will take the recyclable items out of the TV for you, giving you an eco-friendly recycling option. 


Save yourself time, money, and hassle. Consider letting our Junk King crew come and help with your old TV and any other junk you may have lying around. 


The Best Ways To Recycle An Old Television in San Diego


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TVs are one of the most commonly recycled electronics. It doesn’t matter if the TV is broken or a newer model; it can all be recycled. If you are unsure what to do with an old TV, then look at whether the TV is still functional. For TV sets that still work, donating or selling them is a great option. However, most old TV sets do not work. In this case, recycling your old TV set is the best option. 


Options If You Have a Working TV


If you have an old TV you want to get rid of that still works, one option is to sell it. Many people don’t realize that used TVs can be worth money. You can list your TV online and sell it to someone who might be looking for a deal. 


Many charities accept donations of TVs and use them to provide entertainment to people who can’t afford them. Giving people the opportunity to have some form of entertainment, even if the picture is a bit pixelated, still helps. 


Let Junk King Come and Haul Away Your Old TV and Any Other Junk You Have


The best way to get rid of your old TV is to call Junk King and let us haul it away. We make it easy to reach out to us. You can call or text us with an idea of what junk you want to be hauled away. We provide TV pickup in San Diego, and we also offer nearly any type of junk removal you need aside from hazardous waste. 


There’s no need to worry about disposing of the items yourself. When you call Junk King San Diego, we provide full-service junk removal for nearly any item you need taken away. If you are not sure if we take the items that you need removed, then call us and ask! 


If you want to get rid of your old TV and other heavy items, we recommend you book a full-service pickup. Full-service pickups come with a two-person crew and a truck large enough to haul away your biggest items, like old projection TVs and sectional sofas. 


If you have a broken TV, an old computer, or other electronics lying around, don’t throw them away. Call us here at Junk King San Diego and let our crew help you with all your junk removal needs!

Exercise Equipment Removal – How to Get Rid of Old Treadmills and Weights in San Diego



Exercise Equipment Removal San Diego


Between New Year’s resolutions, milestone birthdays, and seeing someone near and dear go through a health struggle, we often pick up items like exercise equipment, hoping to improve something about our unhealthy lifestyle. We plan to use them, improve our lives, and feel better about ourselves. 


Then something comes up; we get busy, and those pieces of exercise equipment begin to collect dust. 


Don’t worry; you’re not alone if this is familiar to you. Many people have old exercise machines taking up space in their homes. These machines are often impulse purchases that end up being used only for a few months. 


If you’ve got an unused treadmill, elliptical machine, or any other type of exercise equipment cluttering your home, we can help you get rid of it fast here at Junk King. We specialize in exercise equipment removal, among other types of junk removal, so you can get those items out of your home and get your space back. You won’t even have to lift a finger – our prompt and friendly crew will handle everything from start to finish.


We All Buy Exercise Equipment with the Best of Intentions


Most people have old workout equipment gathering dust in their homes because they wanted to improve their health and fitness but couldn’t keep up the momentum of using it regularly. Life gets in the way, and we all can understand that. 


When you start a new exercise program, you should commit to it for the long haul, and long-term results only come from long-term commitment. The problem is, using old, dusty equipment can become a health hazard instead of an item that helps you feel better. 


Exercising with old equipment is not only unhealthy, but it’s also a safety hazard. If you purchased used equipment to begin with, the manufacturers might no longer be in business. The equipment may also no longer receive updates or have repair parts available.  


Using old equipment means you or someone inside your home could get hurt. That is never worth the risk. 


Why Junk King? 


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Turning to Junk King allows you to get affordable exercise equipment removal without the danger of hurting yourself. On top of that, it also allows you to remove the rest of the junk around the house in one quick appointment. You call, set up a window for our crew to come by, we pick up your junk, and we leave. Best of all, you do not need to be home for us to dispose of your junk!


Junk King is known as an eco-friendly brand because we take the time to recycle everything we can out of every item we pick up. We strip down appliances and big pieces of equipment, like your exercise equipment, removing everything that can be recycled. Then, the few items that are left are all that find their way into the trash. 


By calling and setting up an appointment for junk removal in San Diego, you help the environment while also reclaiming your space. It’s a win-win!


What is the Best Method for Disposing of Exercise Equipment?


You have three main methods when it comes to exercise equipment removal. First, you can look into fitness equipment recycling. Next, you can sell your old treadmill or weight-lifting machines. Finally, you can look into fitness equipment disposal. Each option has pros and cons and will take different amounts of time out of your busy schedule. 


For most people, the best way to get rid of old exercise equipment is to schedule a pickup with Junk King. Our crew will arrive at your home and load up your old equipment with absolutely no effort on your part. All you have to do is either have your junk in one area for the crew to pick up or point to what you want them to take. Our team will take it from there. 


Recycle Your Old Exercise Equipment


Many components of exercise equipment can be recycled through metal recycling. It can be challenging to determine which companies offer fitness equipment recycling. Instead of sorting through a bunch of companies, you can make your life easier and just call Junk King. 


We take working and broken exercise equipment and recycle every component possible. Some of the more common exercise equipment types you may need to recycle include: 


  • Old treadmills
  • Cardio equipment
  • Elliptical machines
  • Weights and weight-lifting machines
  • Stair climbers and aerobic steppers
  • Stationary bikes
  • Rowing machines
  • Strength-training equipment


Sell your Exercise Equipment on eBay or OfferUp


Selling your exercise equipment can be a great way to make some extra cash. This extra cash can be beneficial if you’re trying to finance a new exercise machine. However, you should be aware that certain types of equipment can be difficult to sell. Plus, it can take a significant portion of your time taking pictures, creating a description, and listing your piece of exercise equipment.


An old treadmill, for example, can be a great source of cash. However, you should know that these machines can be very expensive to ship and require someone to pick them up in a large SUV or truck to transport them if you offer a local pickup. If you plan to sell your treadmill via online auction sites like eBay, be sure to factor in the cost of shipping the machine to the buyer. 


Exercise equipment such as weight stations or dumbbells may be a bit easier to sell. Sometimes you can also sell your equipment to a local gym or health club. However, you will still struggle with the time it takes to sell and arrange pickup or shipping. 


Save Your Back & Hire Professionals


Here at Junk King San Diego, we do our best to make hiring us as simple as possible. When you decide to get rid of your old exercise equipment, you’ll have to determine how to move it out of your home. The easiest solution for most people is to hire professionals for exercise equipment removal. That way, the professionals come in, get the job done, and the caller gets their space back. By calling in professionals, callers get many benefits, including: 


  • No risk of getting injured while trying to carry one of these massive pieces of exercise equipment. 
  • The walls will not take damage if professional crews take the old equipment away. 
  • You do not have to try and move that old exercise equipment up or down any stairs, depending on its location. 


While you may be able to lift the smaller pieces, heavier machines may be too difficult to move. If so, you risk straining your back and putting your health at risk. 


There’s also the risk that you could hurt your home if you try to lift and move equipment on your own. Luckily, Junk King San Diego has a team of professionals who are more than happy to help you get rid of your old exercise equipment. 


Our crew will lift and move any items you don’t want, ensuring they are handled properly. Your items will be loaded onto our truck and hauled away, leaving you with extra time and space in your life.


Create a Space for Healthy Lifestyle Changes


It’s easy to fall into unhealthy patterns when feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. To make it easier to adopt healthier habits and stick to them long-term, create a space for yourself where you can be completely undisturbed so that you can focus on your goals. 


For example, set up an area within your kitchen where you can begin preparing healthier food options. Once you clean out your garage, set up exercise equipment you will see each day when you come home from work. Take an area of your basement and create an exercise spot, so you do not have to make extra time to drive to a gym. If you do not currently have this type of space, then make some. Put together a box or corner of junk items you no longer need, then decide what you need in your healthy space.


Make this space your own and fill it with things that help you feel inspired. Set yourself up for success. Start with small changes, like going for a walk each morning. Once this is routine, pick up some new exercise equipment so you can work on your health.


By creating a place where you feel comfortable making changes and sticking with them, you’ll be more likely to follow through with your goals.


Exercise Your Right to Hire Junk King San Diego!


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Exercising is a great way to improve your health, live a longer life, and people of all ages can enjoy it. It is an excellent way to spend your free time, which is why so many people opt for a new workout routine. However, using old exercise equipment stored in your garage or basement for a long time could be dangerous. 


Get back the space you had with your old equipment by turning to Junk King. We can help with sport supply disposal in San Diego, giving you peace of mind for making an eco-friendly choice and giving you back the space you need to kickstart these healthy habits. 


Call or text us here at Junk King San Diego to schedule a treadmill removal, stationary bike disposal, or sport supply recycling. Then, you will have the room you need to begin your new healthy habits right away!


Junk King San Diego
2735 Via Orange Way, Suite 104
Spring Valley, CA 91978
Hours: M-Sa: 8A-4P, Su: 10A-3P

Providing junk removal services to the San Diego area, including:

Chula Vista
El Cajon
La Mesa
Lemon Grove
San Diego
Spring Valley
and these nearby zip codes:
91901, 91902, 91910, 91911, 91913, 91914, 91915, 91917, 91935, 91941, 91942, 91944, 91945, 91977, 91978, 91979, 92019, 92020, 92021, 92040, 92065, 92071, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92131, 92132, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92139, 92140, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92152, 92154, 92155, 92158, 92164, 92169, 92173, 92176, 92179, 92182