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Dumpster Rental Vs. Junk Removal in San Francisco


If you are planning a major home remodel, or are taking spring cleaning to a whole new level with a major de-clutter, you need to start thinking NOW about what you are going to do with the waste that you collect. Even relatively minor home renovations often lead to a significant amount of construction and demolition (C&D debris) being accumulated. In 2018, Americans generated around 600 million tons of C&D debris, which is more than double the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW). If your home renovations will lead you to getting rid of some old furniture or appliances in favor of newer and more efficient models, those large, bulky items will take up even more space in the growing trash pile. 

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While most people think that the “last order of business” with any renovation or de-clutter is dealing with the waste collected, planning ahead can help you avoid a series of problems. If you live in relatively cramped quarters, not having a destined spot for putting the junk and waste that you collect can actually delay or hinder the renovation process. Also, if you are planning on simply storing the trash in your driveway or front yard, you´ll probably get some odd looks from the neighbors. 

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Sidewalk dumping not only can make neighborhoods look unsightly, but is costly to the taxpayers and can present safety hazards by obstructing pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Depending on what is left on the curb, you might also be attracting vermin, bacteria and mold, not exactly a neighborly thing to do. Even temporarily placing your bulky trash and junk items on the curb can lead to expensive fines. In the city of San Francisco, the Public Works Department states: “It is illegal to leave furniture, appliances, garbage bags, or anything on the sidewalk at any time unless you have a scheduled pick up from a licensed hauler or donation facility.”

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Instead of illegal dumping or trying to store all of the accumulated waste in your garage, what other options to businesses or individuals have when doing a major home retrofit or de-clutter? Renting a dumpster or planning ahead for professional junk removal are two strategies that can help you quickly, easily, and efficiently deal with the excess junk items that result from any major home or business renovation. In this short article, we look at when dumpster rental is the best option for business owners or homeowners, and when it makes more sense to simply call a junk removal service. 

When to Rent a Dumpster 

A dumpster rental generally makes sense for people when they are going through a long, drawn-out renovation or de-clutter process where junk and waste will slowly accumulate over several days or weeks. For example, let´s say that you have hired a green contracting company to help you make a complete energy efficiency retrofit of your home. Over the course of several weeks, the company will most likely replace certain parts of your home´s insulation, upgrade to more efficient HVAC equipment, and maybe even replace your old, single pane windows with more efficient double or triple pane options. 

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The end result will be lower energy bills for long-term savings. However, the process of improving the energy efficiency and thermal performance of your home will most likely take several weeks, at best. If the home had a spacious driveway or expansive backyard, a dumpster rental would most likely make the most sense as it would offer an option for safely storing the accumulated waste until the energy efficiency renovations were finished. 

Dumpster rentals tend to be the most affordable option for dealing with large amounts of trash. If you have a trailer and a heavy duty pickup, you might even be able to haul away the dumpster´s accumulated contents once the job is finished. Even if you plan to hire a junk removal company to get rid of the dumpster contents at the end of the renovations, you can expect to pay less for one large junk removal service rather than several smaller jobs. 

While dumpster rentals can be an efficient and affordable way to deal with waste, you need to first ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Do I have enough space in my yard or driveway to put the dumpster? If a dumpster is going to be blocking you (or your neighbor´s) car from getting in and out, and dumpster rental probably isn’t the best option. 
  • Will you be accumulating any sort of hazardous waste? Local disposal ordinances in San Francisco prohibit some types of debris from being thrown away in either dumpster rentals or your regular trash can. Some of these hazardous options include batteries, paint, tires, gasoline, railroad tires, and other materials with potentially toxic substances that could leach into the surrounding area. If you are not sure if your renovation or de-clutter process might contain prohibited items, you can call Junk King San Francisco today to clear up any doubts you might have.  Dumpster rentals are usually best for completely non-toxic waste materials such as normal construction debris, household waste like furniture, yard debris, and roofing debris. 
  • Are there any other regulations, ordinances, or laws that might make impede a dumpster rental in your region? You can read a detailed explanation of the ordinance regulating the placement of dumpster rentals and debris boxes in San Francisco here.  

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When to Hire a Professional Junk Removal Service 

Junk Removal services tend to be the best option for quick renovations or de-clutters where lots of waste is accumulated in a short amount of time. With professional junk removal you don’t have to worry about where to store the excess waste, what your neighbors might think or say, or whether or not you are infringing on some local ordinance that might result in a fine. Also, hiring a junk removal service means that you won´t have to do any of the heavy lifting, as you simply have to point to the junk items that you need removed. This “hands-free” junk removal service is obviously best for people who do not have the physical stamina to be taking heavy waste items out to the dumpster you´ve rented and placed at the end of your driveway. 

Whereas a dumpster rental will usually take several days to totally get rid of your waste, professional junk removal generally only takes a couple of hours at most. With Junk King of San Francisco, you can simply text us an image of what you need removed and we´ll text back a price estimate. Once you´ve agreed upon the price, we´ll give you the nearest two-hour window for pickup, and will notify you 15-30 minutes before we arrive. 

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Lastly, junk removal is usually the best option for extremely bulky items such as large furniture and appliances that simply won´t fit in a dumpster.

Junk King of San Francisco is America´s greenest junk removal service. We offer both junk removal and self-service dumpster rentals to help you deal with your waste in the most affordable and efficient way possible. We also offer the best customer service, and are proud to have a 5-star rating on Yelp. We promise to beat any written estimate and can help you get rid of your junk in an easy and professional manner. Call us today at 1-888-888-5865 to speak with a booking specialist who can help set up your junk removal appointment.

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Furniture Removal Services in San Francisco: What You Need to Know 

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At some point in all our lives, getting rid of bulky, used furniture will be a task that all of us will have to deal with. Even with careful maintenance, the average sofa will probably only last between 7 and 15 years. This means that we probably renew the furniture of our home´s interior several times during our lifetime. But what exactly should we do with the old couches, scratched dining room tables, and antique lamps that we no longer have room for in our homes? Junk King San Francisco is the top rated junk removal service in the Bay area and can help San Francisco residents quickly and affordably get rid of their used furniture in an environmentally friendly manner. 

The Environmental Problems that Come with Used Furniture

Did you know that every year American throw away around 9.8 million tons of old and used furniture items? From that lumpy mattress affecting your sleep to that ugly sectional sofa that you used to have stored in your unfinished basement, more than 4 percent of household waste is made up of used furniture items. While most of us probably do not throw away furniture on a daily basis, the sheer weight and bulk of furniture makes it an enormous contributor to the total amount of waste that we produce. 

Unfortunately, used furniture is one of the least-recycled items in a household. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only about 0.1 percent of the materials that make up our furniture eventually gets recycled. The other 99.9 percent ends up in landfills or incinerators, causing major environmental damage.

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However, as landfill space grows increasingly scarce, many organizations are making an effort to increase the percentage of recycled or refurbished furniture. The global technology research firm Technavio reports that the recycled office furniture market in the United States will reach $2.68 billion by 2020. Similar trends are happening for household furniture products as well. The EPA reports that the recycling of used furniture products has quadrupled over the past decade, and the amount of used furniture that is donated to thrift stores and other non-profit organizations is also continuing to rise. 

In 2015, people across the country spent an estimated $121.7 billion to re-furbish our homes with new furniture. New furniture not only increases the comfort of the homes we live in, but can also quickly increase the property value of our houses. What we do with the furniture we get rid of, however, can have a lasting environmental impact. 

So what exactly does all this mean for homeowners, business owners, and other residents of San Francisco? First of all, it is important to understand that it is illegal to leave furniture, appliances, garbage bags, or anything on the sidewalk at any time unless you have a scheduled pick up from a licensed hauler or donation facility. Recology, the company that provides collection and disposal of municipal solid waste, recycling, and organics/compost to commercial and residential customers in the state of California, only offers two curbside bulky item recycling collections per year. Also, if you are planning a complete remodel of your home, you most likely will not be able to simply send out to the curb the dozens of pieces of furniture you are wanting to get rid of. 

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Fortunately, Junk King of San Francisco offers efficient and affordable furniture removal services for residents, homeowners, and business owners of San Francisco. While you could haul your old couch out to the curb and place a “free” sign in hopes that somebody might come and pick it up, chances are that you would be rewarded with a hefty fine before anyone actually removed the thing. Junk King of San Francisco can help you avoid the headache of self-hauling your used furniture to the nearest collection facility. With a simple phone call or text, we can set up a time and date to come and help you get free up space in your home by getting rid of your used furniture items. 

Who is Junk King of San Francisco?

Junk King of San Francisco was started back in 2005 out of a garage in San Carlos. Over 15 years later, our business now has eight trucks and serves thousands of customers across the entire city of San Francisco. We have developed close relationships with dozens of recycling centers, thrift stores, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties to make sure that your used furniture is given every opportunity to be donated or recycled, instead of landfilled. We know that there are thousands of families in our community who don’t have the financial stability to purchase new furniture for their homes, and we are proud to make every effort to make sure that quality used furniture gets reutilized in other homes around the Bay area. In fact, we are able to recycle around 60 percent of the junk that we pick up. 

We also believe whole-heartedly that residents of San Francisco should be able to get rid of their used furniture without having to strain their back by pulling heavy couches and tables out to their driveways. We seek to offer the absolute best customer service and make every effort to ensure that furniture removal is effortless for you. Simply call us for a free quotation or send us a text with photos of the items you need removed. 

We´ll send you a free quote, and once we have agreed upon a price and a two-hour window for pickup, our professional furniture removal staff will send you a text 15-30 minutes before arrival to let you know we´re on our way. We´ll do all the heavy hauling, so you simply have to let us know which pieces of furniture you want to get rid of and we´ll do the rest! 

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Besides offering the most competitive furniture removal prices on the market, we are also proud to say that our customer service is second to none. We have a 5-star rating on Yelp, with well over 50 reviews and we can also guarantee to beat any written estimate.

How to Contact Junk King San Francisco

Whether you are completely renovating your apartment or simply have an old mattress that is taking up space in your attic, Junk King of San Francisco offers the most reliable, efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly furniture removal service in San Francisco. We are the pioneers of recycling based junk removal right here in the Bay Area, and can help you reduce your environmental footprint by ensuring that your used furniture gets every opportunity to be recycled, upcycled, or donated. If you need furniture removed today, give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK, or book online today!

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Junk King San Francisco
1485 Bayshore Blvd #225
San Francisco, CA 94124
Hours: M-F: 8A-5P, Sa: 8A-4P, Su: 8A-3P

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

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