Monthly Archives: November 2018

Here’s What You Need to Know About Household Chemical Waste

Household chemical waste comes in a lot of different forms. Oil-based latex paints, wood varnish, and garden chemicals like pesticides and fertilizer could all be considered household waste because they pose a danger to your health, and even public health, if improperly disposed of.

Household Chemical Waste Can’t be Flushed, Abandoned, or Thrown Away 

Chemical Waste That means that you can’t simply flush household chemical waste down the toilet and call it a day. Something as seemingly innocuous as tile cleaner or carpet cleaner could wind up doing real damage to the environment and local water systems if flushed away or poured down the drain.

At the same time, many personal electronics like computers, monitors, and old cell phones contain heavy metals like lead and mercury that make them dangerous to throw in with the normal trash. The same thing goes for light bulbs and thermometers, which could also contain mercury.

The problem with household chemical waste is that it can leach into the soil if left just anywhere, and it can certainly get into local water systems if flushed down the toilet. For that reason, you need to take extra precautions when disposing of a lot of the stuff in your garage: gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, and even pool chemicals require special treatment.

Whether you’re talking about stuff in the garage or cleaning products in the cupboard, you’re talking about household hazardous waste. Although Junk King doesn’t take hazardous waste, you can call on Junk King for most other kinds of garage cleanouts: tires, books, boxes, windows, and rubbish.

Pouring out a household cleaner in the regular trash could endanger the health of local sanitation workers, and flushing that same cleaner down the toilet might contaminate your septic tank. In fact, the state of California has for over a decade banned folks from tossing fluorescent bulbs and batteries in the trash because both are considered “universal” waste.

Steps to Reduce Household Chemical Waste 

Both Junk King and the CalRecycle are committed to making it easier to responsibly dispose of household hazardous waste and universal waste. That said, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of chemical waste in the first place.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends reducing your purchases of cleaning products that contain hazardous materials. The EPA also says that it would be a good idea to use environmentally friendly products (e.g., greener laundry and dishwasher detergents) or even using DIY alternatives to bug spray where possible.

At the same time, you can often accomplish the same thing as, say, drain-clog removers (a.k.a., Drano) or furniture polish do with much less of a negative impact on the environment. For example, a plunger and plumber’s snake (auger) can unclog drains. Lemon juice, vegetable oil, and a towelette can also give your wood furniture a nice, clean sheen.

As America’s greenest junk removal service, Junk King takes and recycles and/or donates all kinds of items, including electronic waste. Though electronic waste, or e-waste, often contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury, e-waste is typically considered universal waste. Junk King actually takes e-waste like computers, monitors, and printers.

Junk King Takes E-waste…Not Hazardous Waste! 

That’s important because old cathode ray tube televisions and monitors contain lead, which can pollute the air, soil, and water if improperly disposed of. The thing to remember is that Junk King accepts electronic waste, but doesn’t take hazardous waste like paint, gasoline, pool chemicals, and household cleaners.

For virtually everything else, Junk King can help. Call on Junk King for foreclosure cleanouts, office cleanouts, furniture and appliance removal, construction waste removal, and yard waste removal.

5 Great Reasons to Hire Us for Debris Removal

Yard and construction debris are two of the most common types of debris removal jobs we do. Yet we know that debris can be found in any area of a residential or commercial property. That’s why we offer debris removal services that cover all the bases:

Junk King Sonoma offers the area’s most professional level of junk removal services. We’re fully committed to making the debris removal experience an easy and pleasant one for all our customers.

Sonoma’s #1 Debris Removal Service

Debris Removal Clearing away piles of debris is no easy task. Here are five good reasons you should call Junk King and make it a stress-free chore.

  1. Safety. Construction debris in particular is full of sharp materials, rusty nails, toxic waste, and other potential safety hazards. Hiring a professional debris removal company provides the peace of mind you seek. You can rest easy knowing your family or employees are safe from all types of dangerous debris.
  2. Convenience. Debris piles up fast. By the time you’re ready to haul it away using your own vehicle you might spend the entire day traveling to and from the dump. With a debris removal company like Junk King Sonoma, all you need do is schedule a convenient pickup time and your debris will be removed in a way that doesn’t take over your schedule.
  3. Responsibility. Eco-friendliness matters more now than ever, so it’s important your debris is properly recycled, repurposed, or disposed of. Want to ensure your debris is removed in the most environmentally safe way? Junk King’s commitment to eco-friendly practices is second to none in the whole of Sonoma County. We’ve partnered with a number of area organizations and recycling centers to accept any items that qualify as recyclable or able to be repurposed. We love doing our part to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in local landfills!
  4. More Space. While it may be easier to let debris pile up until a job is done, it can also make your home or commercial site an eyesore to the neighborhood. Having a professional service periodically remove debris from your site helps you easily maintain the area and have more of it to work with!
  5. Reduced Costs. You may think it’s less expensive to haul away your own debris, but debris removal involves a lot of hidden costs you may not have considered: fuel prices, crew wages, and dump charges can quickly add up. And it’ll cost you even more if you have to transport debris to numerous collection sites. When you choose Junk King Sonoma

Wouldn’t you rather have our experienced crews take care of all the lifting and hauling so you can sit back and relax? When you decide to rid your home or commercial site of unwanted debris, our team is here to make it happen in a professional and efficient way.

Your Debris Removal Partners

Our talented crews make quick work of hauling away all sorts of debris and other unwanted items from your home, office, or retail space. So why not make Junk King Sonoma your #1 choice for debris removal? We offer the area’s lowest rates and outstanding customer service.

Contact us today to discover how easy it can be to get the most cost-effective and professional estate cleanout throughout the entire Sonoma County.

Hoarder Help is Finally Here with Junk King

The really interesting thing about hoarding is that people do it for all kinds of different reasons. Some people hoard photo albums, jewelry, old CD cases, and other items that they deem valuable.

Another person might hoard because something fits a perceived need or utility in their lives. The “I might use it one day” syndrome that everyone is probably guilty of to some extend.

The truth is that everyone saves a few sentimental pictures and knickknacks or has a collection of items related to their hobby. That’s perfectly normal. If you play golf, for instance, having a few spare clubs in the closet typically isn’t a problem.

Hoarders tend to save way more than the average person, though, and fill entire rooms with items that they think could come in handy some day (e.g., stacks of magazines).

Hoarding for sentimental and utility reasons are both pretty common. But people also hoard for aesthetic reasons and believe that something is too beautiful to throw out.

A Mountain of Hoarded Stuff? Hoarder Help? Call Junk King 

Hoarder Help Six percent of Americans, or about 19 million people, are actual hoarders, but a lot of people keep things past their prime thinking they’ll need this or that one day. The truth is that old cell phones and phone books from ten years ago are rarely revisited.

If your living spaces are getting too cluttered and affecting your ability to comfortably navigate your own home, then you could probably benefit from taking a hard look around and considering hoarder help.

It turns out that for hoarders the act of hoarding actually relieves anxiety, but it also produces anxiety because now they have more things to worry about. An inability to discard items and collecting useless stuff like junk mail might be signs of hoarding.

  • Junk King will recycle and selectively donate items

Junk King has its own proprietary trucks that are now 20% bigger. And as North America’s greenest junk removal service, Junk King makes an average of eight trips to Junk King’s warehouse hub per day to sort out discarded items for recycling purposes.

Junk King is here to provide hoarder help and keep as many items as possible out of landfills and into the hands of charities, recycling programs, and people who can possibly reuse things like well-maintained furniture and functional electronics like old televisions.

Hoarders frequently pile up outdated magazines and newspapers. Fortunately, a lot of what hoarders hoard is recyclable. Junk King can come to your home, or the home of a loved one, and haul away recyclable paper and plastic items.

Hoarders will even collect things like magazines, phone books, and manuals thinking that those might come in handy one day. Perhaps, but in the meantime they’re likely to clog up the house. Fortunately, paper and plastic items as well as many glass items can be hauled away by Junk King and responsibly recycled.

Junk King is Compassionate, Helpful and Nonjudgmental 

There’s a lot of comfort in knowing that Junk King has helped hoarders before and has garnered thousands of five-star reviews throughout the years. Junk King’s staff is dedicated to only throwing out those items that you’re ready to part ways with.

For millions of hoarders, years of accumulated junk can be embarrassing. Realize that Junk King is here to offer compassionate, nonjudgmental help in carefully removing unwanted items.

If you know that a friend or loved one is suffering from an actual hoarding disorder, then consider having a professional organizer with a specialty in dealing with hoarding disorders present during your appointment with Junk King. Book online here.