If you live in the City by the Bay and need to get rid of some unwanted items, you may find that when it comes to junk removal, San Francisco can be a challenge.
Depending on where you live in the City, just getting your junk out of your house or apartment can be a major undertaking. And when you consider that getting any large junk items into your car may be difficult at best, the entire undertaking can become overwhelming.
And, of course, if you manage to get it loaded you still have to know where to dispose of it!
The Challenge of Junk Removal
In the City of San Francisco there are only a few public waste management transfer facilities available for disposing of your own junk. And, in a city of over three million people, that can be a problem.
As everyone living in the City is aware, if you want to go anywhere outside of San Francisco you can only go north over the bridge, east over the other bridge, or south through Day City or South San Francisco. In other words, getting your own junk to a proper landfill is no easy task.
However, simply dumping your junk in a landfill isn’t your only option and, in fact, it’s not even your best option.
That’s right – you have options!
Thinking About Junk Removal – What Can You Do With It?
You’ve likely heard the old saying that “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Although that may not be literally true, what is true is that much of what we throw out on a regular basis has value.
Depending on whose study you look at, it’s been estimated that in the United States somewhere between 60 to 80 percent of common household trash that goes into the waste stream is made up of recyclable materials.
Not only that, it’s been determined that a substantial amount of this is actually reusable “as is.” In other words, it simply needs to be repurposed or reused somewhere else. Because the default practice for most of us, however, is to throw away what we no longer want or need, most of this ends up in the trash.
How much ends up there?
In the United States, the average person produces almost four and half pounds of waste every day. Yet, of that, almost a third of it can be either recycled or composted.
The United States generates over 250 million tons of trash every year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, yet more than 85 million tons of it is material that’s either recyclable or compostable material.
Unfortunately, however, the recycling rate in the U.S. is still only a little over 34 percent.
Even in San Francisco, we generate 900,000 tons of discarded material every year, but the annual amount of trash sent to landfills increased to 427,000 tons in 2018.
That year, the city’s new mayor, London Breed, set new goals of achieving zero waste by 2030, cutting all waste the city produces by 15 percent, and reducing the waste it sends to landfills by 50 percent.
The bottom line for everyone, especially those of us in San Francisco, is that everything we throw in the trash shouldn’t go to a landfill. This is why, at Junk King San Francisco, we make every effort to recycle or reuse everything that comes into our doors.
Rethinking Junk – Can You Give It Away?
One of the great things about “junk” is that it isn’t all broken and unusable stuff. In fact, many of us have some items we think of as junk that could easily be given away to someone else or donated to a non-profit organization.
This is something that is far easier to do in the City than finding a landfill!
One of the great things about old junk is that many items are almost certainly reusable. Used furniture, slightly dated clothing, old but working electronics, toys, and just about anything else that can still be used can also be donated.
If you can’t pass them along to friends, neighbors, or family members that want them, there are plenty of organizations that will most likely take them.
There are a few ways to find a place to donate your unwanted, usable items in San Francisco:
Depending on the type of items you need to get rid of, your local schools, churches, or even community theaters might be open to accepting donations. While making conscientious donations requires some effort and forethought, it is a great way of doing good for others while helping yourself.
Of course, there is always the option of selling some of your “junk” items.
Aside from the venerable yard sale approach, most folks these days choose to use online sites for selling their old, unwanted items. The only downsides are that this approach can take a bit longer and requires some work on your part.
Not too many years ago it seemed that there were just a few sites for this kind of selling: eBay and Craigslist. However, the market has changed in just the last decade. Here’s a brief listing of some of the selling sites that are now available online:
Every site is different and some charge fees to list, others only a transaction fee, while some are completely free. When selling anything online it helps to have good, clear images, as well as compelling descriptions and full disclosure of and defects or damage.
So, maybe you just have junk that is really, well, junk. What do you do with it if you can’t donate it or sell it? Call in a professional junk removal team to take care of it for you.
Why Junk King San Francisco for Junk Removal?
Remember, when you hire Junk King, you’re getting the industry’s Number One junk removal service.
At Junk King San Francisco we use a two-person team and one oversized junk removal truck, which allows us to take more for less. That’s because Junk King’s junk removal trucks are 30 percent larger than our competitor’s trucks.
Junk King San Francisco will not only remove your old, unwanted junk items quickly and efficiently, but we proactively work to keep as many of your items out of landfills as possible. In fact, our eco-friendly mission has always been to make sure as much of your junk gets recycled or donated as possible.
In fact, we are the only national company to operate our business with local sorting facilities and achieving the goal of recycling 60 percent or more of everything we haul away!
In addition to junk removal, Junk King San Francisco also removes excess household trash, construction debris, yard waste, or even old refrigerators. Our other services include foreclosure clean outs, hot tub disposal, electronic waste disposal, mattress disposal, old furniture removal.
From the Richmond District to Hunters Point, we haul away your junk with our award-winning service. And, along with our great service, we offer the lowest pricing in our service area. In fact, fair and transparent pricing is one of our hallmarks.
Your Expert Team for Junk Removal in San Francisco
Did you recently move and found that you have old junk you need to get rid of? Have you remodeled your home and need to dispose of debris? Or do you simply have a bunch of old office furniture at your place of business that you haven’t had time to dispose of?
Junk King San Francisco gives you efficient, safe, and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pickup or disposal of your junk. Our experienced junk removal team will carefully remove and haul off any types of junk you have. Unlike the backseat of your car, our junk removal trucks are made to handle those old junk items.
Ready to get rid of your old junk? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You need only make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).
Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home or office, and we’ll call 15 minutes before we get there. Once on site, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.