The further we get into the 21st century, the more we realize just how important recycling really is. Taking care of our planet is a huge priority these days, and at Junk King San Francisco, we feel that environmental considerations should be a part of any business plan moving forward. That’s why we pride ourselves on being the most ecologically friendly company in the junk removal industry. Everything we pick up, whether it’s construction debris, furniture, or just plain old trash, gets taken to one of our sorting centers to be recycled. If any piece of your junk can be reused, we make sure it will be.
Recycling doesn’t just end with junk removal, however. It’s also important that we all do our part, not just as a business, but also as individuals. San Francisco is one of the most progressive cities in North America, and that extends to recycling as well. Here are a few guidelines you can use to make sure you’re taking full advantage of the bay area’s robust recycling program.
How Does Recycling Work in San Francisco?
In 2009, the city of San Francisco passed the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance. That means it’s actually a requirement for all residents of the city to place anything recyclable or compostable into the proper receptacles to keep it out of the landfills. The way it works is pretty straightforward.
The city provides all residents with three 32-gallon bins – one green, one blue, and one black. The green bin is for anything recyclable, like cans and bottles. The materials in the green bin will be sent to factories to be remade into new products, making sure that nothing gets wasted. The blue bin is for food, plants, and other organic materials that can be composted. The contents of this bin will be sent to local farms to help create nutrient-rich soil. The black bin is for trash, and the contents will go straight to the landfill.
As of 2021, approximately 80% of the waste generated by San Franciscans ends up in either the green or the blue bin. That’s the highest recycling rate in all of North America, and the city hopes to reach a rate of 100% as soon as possible.
What Goes Where?
There are relatively few limits on recycling in San Francisco, but there are certain things that have to go into the landfill. Most paper and cardboard belong in the green bin, including newspaper, cardboard boxes, and egg cartons. Shredded paper can also be recycled, but should be put in sealed paper bags first. However, metallic-backed paper, like wrapping paper, has to go to the landfill, along with wood and waxed cardboard. Any cardboard with food on it, like pizza boxes, should go in the compost bin.
Any rigid or hard plastics can also be recycled, including plastic bottles, buckets, CD and DVD cases, toys, and food containers. Styrofoam peanuts can also be recycled but should be taken directly to a recycling center rather than just tossed in the bin. Plastic bags, wrappers, or film belongs in the landfill, and any plastic labeled “compostable” can go in the compost bin.
Most metals can be recycled as well, like aluminum cans and foil, tin cans, and paint cans. Scrap metal can’t be recycled through the city, although Junk King San Francisco will both haul and recycle it at your convenience.
Finally, any glass bottles and jars can also go in the recycling bin. Mirrors and windows, however, will have to go into the trash or can be hauled away by a junk removal company like Junk King.
It can be a little tricky sometimes to keep all these categories straight, but it’s worth making the effort for the good of the environment. Of course, if you need to have trash or materials hauled away by Junk King, we’ll do all the sorting for you in one of our sorting centers in the city.
What About Composting?
Composting is the other big piece of the recycling puzzle. For the most part, any food is going to end up in the blue composting bin, although there are a few guidelines. Food, food-soiled paper, and vegetation all belong in the composting bin, along with cotton balls, pet fur, compostable plastics, and small pieces of wood or crates. Cat litter, textiles, cooking oil, corks, diapers, dirt, rocks, flower pots, liquids, and plywood won’t be accepted.
What Does Junk King San Francisco Take?
If you have enough trash that you need to bring in a junk removal service like Junk King, the limitations are going to be a lot shorter. In fact, Junk King will take anything and everything you have short of toxic waste. That means trash, debris from construction, raw materials, and even large objects like furniture, appliances, or mattresses. Junk King also takes electronics, including televisions, computers, and monitors. We’ll even haul away yard waste like branches, leaves, and dirt.
If you’re looking for a junk removal company that shares your values on environmental protection, then Junk King San Francisco is the business for you. Despite taking in mainly trash and other objects that recycling centers won’t take, we still manage to recycle or donate well over half of what we haul away. This includes items like mattresses or refrigerators that most municipalities just toss in the landfill. When Junk King was founded all the way back in 2005, it was envisioned as the first recycling-based junk removal business in the country, and we’ve stayed true to that vision to this day.
If you’re interested in getting a free estimate from Junk King San Francisco, feel free to give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK, or set up an appointment online. We offer both self-service dumpster rental and full-service junk removal, and we pride ourselves on being the most affordable junk removal company in the industry. We’re also proud of our customer service, which has been consistently ranked #1 nationwide among junk removal businesses.