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Estate Clean Outs Done Right

An estate clean out is the type of massive project best left for experienced junk haulers. Attempt to perform a comprehensive estate clean out on your own and you might be saddled with days or even weeks of demanding physical labor. Your time is better spent elsewhere. Why bother with the massive time investment and effort required to perform an estate clean out when you already have a full or part-time job? If you are in your golden years, your focus should be on enjoying life rather than hauling the junk away from an estate. Our estate clean out team is here to do all the work on your behalf.

Estate Clean OutWhether someone in your family has passed away, if your are moving to assisted living or if you have a foreclosure on your hands, there is no shame in asking for help. This is likely a difficult period in your life. Our junk hauling specialists are here to help. We will ensure all of the property is removed from the house before it is put on the market.

Whether it takes dozens of hauls, several days or longer to perform the entire estate clean out, you can trust our haulers to get the job done right. Just as important is the fact that we perform our hauls with care and precision. Hire Junk Kings to perform your estate clean out and you will rest easy knowing we go out of our way to prevent damage to your property while carrying out those bulky items.

Let us do the Heavy Lifting

Schedule your junk haul with our environmentally-friendly service and you won’t have to lift a finger but to dial our phone number. All you have to do is show us with items need to be hauled away from the property and we will do the heavy lifting. You can remain on the property to point out the items to be removed or venture elsewhere as you see fit. Our team is here to clear away all the clutter so you do not have to. Just be sure you know exactly which items are to be hauled and which items will be given to family members. Once the distribution of belongings is squared away, we can haul away the remaining junk in full confidence.

Green Junk Removal With a Smile

It is not enough to simply show up, load up the junk and haul it away to a landfill. In fact, the exact opposite is necessary for the sake of our customers as well as the planet. Let our junk haulers perform your estate clean out and you will be treated as a valued customer. Our team is sociable, warm and respectful. We perform junk hauls with a smile as we are genuinely appreciative of our customers.

We recycle and re-use as much junk as possible to preserve the environment for generations to come. The icing on the cake is the fact that our team is quiet, clean and mindful of your property. We won’t make a mess, create noise pollution or damage your house when hauling away undesired items. Do business with Junk King and you will do your part to save the planet. We go to great lengths to ensure our vehicles and junk hauling practices are eco-friendly. We really do take the time to sort through our hauls so usable items can be donated or re-purposed to provide utility to someone else. Give us a call at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865) to schedule your estate clean out or other junk haul.

Fertilizer & Xeriscape: Tips To Help Your Landscape Thrive

One of the bonuses of a water-saving (xeriscape) landscape is that it needs less fertilizer than its water-thirsty counterparts. However, soil health is essential to the healthy lifecycle of your garden’s flower plants, shrubs, and trees. When soil becomes depleted, plants begin to starve, so regular fertilizer applications prevent soil depletion altogether.

A depleted plant has a higher risk of succumbing to disease and is less able to combat common pests. By using suitable fertilizer, at the correct times, home and business owners ensure their living landscapes have what they need to thrive.

Xeriscape Fertilizing: Information & Tips

The more you learn about soil, plant needs, and the ins and outs of fertilizers, the better equipped you are to nourish your landscape as needed.

1. Fertilizing needs depend on soil quality

Plants, shrubs, and trees depend on about 16 mineral elements for their “nutrition.” They get most of the oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen they need from the air and water. However, plants depend on soil to deliver the rest. The most necessary of these elements are:

  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus (P)
  • Potassium (K)

If you worked with a xeriscape landscape designer, you might remember they focused on soil analysis. Part of this analysis was to learn more about the mineral element balance in the existing soil. From these results, they used amendments to create a richer soil biome. Over time, plants consume essential minerals leaving soil depleted without additional fertilizer boosts.

If it’s been a while since your soil was tested, or you aren’t sure where to start, it’s worth having your soil tested in different landscape areas. First, mark them well, so you know where they came from, and then have them tested at a local nursery or through a landscape professional that offers soil testing. This is the best way to learn precisely what your soil needs, after which you can select customized fertilizer treatments and amendments.

2. Select eco-friendly fertilizers

Xeriscapes inherently support their environments. They’re designed to honor the water available on-site and from the average area rainfall, with minimal input through irrigation. And because we use native plant species, waterwise landscaping is also designed to attract pollinators and other wildlife, creating an eco-friendly habitat. Therefore, the fertilizers you select can make or break the entire plan.

Always select organic or eco-friendly fertilizers that use minimal to no chemicals or synthetic ingredients. This minimizes the risk of nutrient runoff into rivers, lakes, and streams or toxic poisoning of crucial insects, pollinators, and soil microbes. 

3. Understanding the numbers

Remember we said the three essential mineral elements for plants and trees are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium? When you purchase fertilizer for your landscape, the container will have numbers representing each product’s ratio of Nitrogen: Phosphorous: Potassium. Some of these ratios are set for “general” fertilizer, while others are specific to flowering and fruiting plants, leafing plants, particular types of grass, etc.

You’ll also notice that some of the most commercially-known fertilizers have very high ratios (like 11:7:7 or 15:9:12). In contrast, organic or eco-friendly fertilizers have lower numbers (more like 6:3:2 or 3:2:3). That’s because most commercial fertilizers are artificially loaded with powerful chemicals to achieve immediate results. Organic/eco-friendly brands use animal and plant residues.

The less powerful, but better for the environment, alternatives are fine for a well-maintained xeriscape. With xeriscape, less is more in every way. That includes less water and less need for fertilizers. The continuity of proper, organic fertilizer application yields consistent, long-term results with virtually zero harmful effects on beneficial organisms.

4. Fertilizer timing is important

In almost all cases, we recommend fertilizing plants, trees, and shrubs twice yearly: once in fall and once in spring. This achieves a balance where wintering roots have access to nutrients as they gear up for their re-emergence in spring. Then, once dormant winter plants come back to life, a spring dose of fertilizer gives them the extra nutrients they need to produce lush foliage and flowers through the summer.

Bring your plant list or xeriscape design map to a local nursery, and they’ll help you select specific fertilizers as necessary. However, you can also purchase a general, all-purpose organic fertilizer and apply it as directed if you prefer to keep things simple. If you contract with a local landscape maintenance company, speak to them about fertilizing. If they automatically fertilize as part of their services, you don’t want to apply extra as more is not better, and you can harm plants if they’re over-fertilized.

5. Don’t forget the power of mulch as fertilizer

In a Science Direct post about fertilizer, researchers state, “Organic fertilizers contain plant- or animal-based materials that are either a byproduct or end product of naturally occurring processes, such as animal manure and composted organic materials.” That is a good reminder that while commercial fertilizers are purchased from a nursery, fertilizer is always made when organic matter decomposes. 

That includes organic mulch that decomposes and acts as fertilizer for your plants in addition to minimizing moisture loss and weed growth. Decomposing mulch materials like shredded hardwood bark, straw, coarse compost, or shredded native tree cuttings are fantastic year-round landscape enhancements. They both protect and nourish the landscape while also benefitting solid microbes. Applying and maintaining healthy layers of mulch further minimize fertilizer needs.

Connect With Xeriscape Maintenance Pros & Learn About Fertilizer

Not exactly sure what to use or how to fertilize your xeriscape? Contact XX, and we’ll schedule a visit. We love educating clients on the best xeriscape maintenance practices and can help you select and apply fertilizers to help your landscape thrive.

Garbage Pickup – How to Dispose of Large Volumes of Waste

Most weeks, it’s fairly simple to get rid of trash and debris in your normal garbage pickup. But there are times a special pickup is required and that’s when Junk King of Marin can step in.

Businesses and homeowners alike can require a large volume trash pickup service for a number of reasons:

  • Foreclosures
  • Tenant turnover
  • Inventory cleanout
  • Major spring cleaning or preparing for move or sale
  • Garbage exceeds weight limitations for municipal pickup

Garbage PickupIn Marin County, single-family homeowners get 3 carts for their monthly collection rate: one garbage (or landfill), one recycling, and one compostables. If you need anything over that, you’ll need to pay an increased rate. You’re not permitted to overfill your one allotted cart, either, or you’ll get charged for that, too.

Junk King of Marin offers a great solution for volume trash pickup that saves you the stress and expense of doing it yourself. We’re committed to making large order garbage pickup an easy and pleasant experience for all our customers.

Bulk Item or Regular Garbage?

We’ve all been there. “ Is this garbage considered a bulk item or is it trash?” If you’re not sure, you must call your municipal refuse management department to find out. But chances are good that if you’re questioning whether it can be picked up in your regular trash service, it probably can’t.

When Marin County conducted a waste characterization study, it found less than half of what people put in the garbage belongs there. For many years, people just assumed anything and everything could be put out for trash pickup. It’s just garbage after all, right? But the truth is, it’s regular household trash that goes to incinerators and landfills, but other bulky items and recyclables that are typically part of large volume garbage situations need to be handled in a different way.

The Best Volume Garbage Pickup in Marin

Junk King’s bulk garbage pickup service is an efficient, safe, and eco-friendly way to make the process an easy one for you. We do the heavy lifting, and we make sure your garbage is disposed of according to municipal regulations.

And for businesses that require larger scale garbage pickup on a regular basis, Junk King of Marin can help with that, too!

Our friendly and experienced teams are known for their high work ethic and dedication to community. They respect you and your property, show up when they say they will, and are fully licensed and insured. Why wouldn’t you want to use them for your large volume garbage pickup?

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To learn more about our garbage pickup services and other fast, affordable, and dependable junk removal options, contact us today. Or text us a photo and book online, where you’ll save even more. Junk King of Marin offers the simplest and most effective way to remove large volumes of garbage from your home or business. Let us prove it to you!

How to Dispose of a Mattress: Mattress Disposal Guide

There is no ideal time to get rid of your mattress. However, it is advisable to replace it every 10 years. This number varies depending on how well you take care of it, how often you use it, and the quality. When you buy a new mattress, it is crucial to get rid of the old one responsibly because improper mattress disposal could lead to hefty fines.

Though appropriate mattress disposal may sound simple, it can be challenging because they are bulky and most of them don’t compact well. Attempting to get rid of a mattress can be a bit of a hassle. Nevertheless, letting it rot away isn’t eco-friendly and dumping it in curbsides or alleyways is not illegal either. So how do you dispose of it properly? Keep reading to find out.

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How do you know when to dispose of your mattress?

There are numerous ways of knowing when your mattress needs a replacement. The most common ones are;

When its quality starts to deteriorate

According to the consensus, you should dispose of your mattress every ten years. However, some mattresses tend to last longer or shorter. For example, a hybrid innerspring-foam mattress is likely to serve you for 6 years, while a memory foam will serve you for about 15 years before needing replacement.

The best way to tell when your mattress needs replacement is to check for quality deterioration signs. These signs include; threads starting to unravel, springs getting weaker, and stains beginning to show. Once you begin to notice these signs, it is time to let your mattress go.

When You Start Getting Allergies at Night

Suppose you find yourself having a mysterious allergy that perks at night when in bed, then it is most likely a sign that you need to change your mattress. The reason for this is that in addition to a mattress being home to your body, it could be a host to mildew, mold, and dust mites. These are allergens that you may not easily smell or see. Instead of risking your life every night, get rid of your old mattress and get a new one!

Getting Back Pains

There are many causes of back pains, such as poor posture and underlying medical conditions. However, a worn out mattress is another cause that most people fail to notice. If you consistently have back pains, especially in the morning, the issue could be your mattress.

With age, a mattress tends to sag and have a depression in the middle, leading to limited movement and sleeping in one direction. This leads to a strain on your back, leading to back pains. Mattresses are designed for good spinal health, so if you are constantly having back pains due to your mattress, it means that it is time to throw it away and get a better one.

What Should You Consider Before Getting Rid of Your Mattress?

Before disposing of your mattress, it is vital to ensure that you check the following;

Mattress’s Warranty

A warranty is the time frame given by a mattress company in which they will replace it for free if it gets damaged for whatever reason. Though this number varies from one company to another, it is between 5 and 10 years. Check if your warranty covers mattress disposal. If it doesn’t cover it, dispose of the mattress yourself. But if it does, contact the company and let them replace the mattress for you.

State Policies

State policies regarding mattress disposal vary from one state to another. It is essential to research and find out your state’s guidelines to avoid illegal disposal, which could cost you a fine.

The Most Common Way To Dispose Of Your Mattress

Once you purchase a new mattress, you have to decide what to do with the old one. In many cases, a mattress retailer provides pick-up services for mattress removal. However, if they don’t, you have several options for your mattress disposal. They include;

Recycle it

According to the Mattress Recycling Council, about 80% of mattresses can be recycled. It is one of the best ways of disposing of your mattress as it is very eco-friendly. Numerous states have proactive mattress recycling services. All you need is to reach out to recyclers, and they will load up your mattress at a small fee subsidized by the local government. To ensure recycling services are available in your state, do a Google search using your zip code. After this, reach out to the nearest recycling services providers and organize your mattress to be recycled.

Donate it

Sometimes you may get a new mattress when the older one is still in good condition. In this case, the best way to dispose of the older one is to donate it to a business, thrift store, or a local charity. This method of mattress disposal is legal and is encouraged in most states. However, for your mattress to be accepted for donation, it needs to be clean and in good condition.

Resell it

If your mattress is in good shape and donating isn’t a viable option for you, try reselling it. To successfully do this, market through your network or make use of social media. Utilize marketplaces such as Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, and Offerup. All you need is to post a clear picture of your mattress and give a reasonable price. Before considering reselling your mattress, make sure that it is clean and free of bed bugs.

Repurpose it

A mattress contains numerous materials that you can use if you love DIY. These materials include memory foam, natural fibers, nails, steel, wooden parts, and screws. From these materials, you can make an item or two that you can use at your home or one that you can sell and get some money.

Hire a Mattress Disposal Expert Near You!

No matter the size, disposing of your old mattress is not simple. It involves a lot of considerations, handling, and lifting. Also, it requires you to comply with your local mattress disposal regulations to avoid unnecessary fines. Luckily, Junk King is here to help! Give us a call on 1-888-888 to learn more about our process.


7 Essential Tips for an Estate Cleanout

Since 2000, many American retirees have increased dramatically, with about 10,000 people turning 65 every day. Despite the increasing number of baby boomers, most retirees barely have savings to push beyond retirement. Eventually, it culminates in an estate cleanout to sell a property and live within a constrained budget.

An estate cleanout is always a stressful time for every homeowner. Despite complexities, you may proceed with the cleanout and sale when compelled by circumstances.

Regardless of the cause, you should find the simplest and stress-free way to clean out your property. Here are some pointers to help you plan ahead of time before you embark on the enormous task of estate cleanout.

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What Is an Estate Clean Out?

It involves the total removal of all equipment, food items, and personal belongings from a property.

During the process, either you or an assigned relative takes away all belongings to divide the property among heirs, liquidate, or put it on offer for sale.

When an estate cleanout comes forth, it is usually as a result of numerous unfortunate factors, namely;

  • You are downsizing to a smaller home.
  • You’ve lost a spouse.
  • Marital separation or divorce.
  • You have enormous debt.

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Tips for Handling an Estate Cleanout

A property cleanout can be difficult without proper planning. That’s why you require a professional junk remover to help you.

Besides a junk remover, the following tips will come in handy.

#1 Have a Timeline

Consider setting a deadline to complete your cleanout. When you have a deadline to meet, it motivates you to push through the tedious process, finish within a reasonable time and concentrate on other activities.

A timeline is also important if the house is under auction or subcontracted to a new tenant. You’ll avoid infringing on any cleanout terms or timeframes outlined by the court due to auctioning.

#2 Take Inventory of What to Clean Out

Before vacating the homestead, be sure to identify all items due for cleaning out. If you inherited the apartment from your parents, consider accounting for every valuable item they may have hidden. It could be some cash under a pillow, family photos in a crawl space, or a safe concealed in the basement.

Similarly, if you are the initial owner of the estate, consider locations where you possibly kept some items that you may haven’t checked out for a while.

For instance, in the case of a will, your parent’s attorney will likely have an idea of the most current edition of the document. Therefore, the attorney will help you understand the conditions enshrined in the will.

#3 Secure All Vital Documents

Sorting and identifying important documents is part of cleaning out a property. Essential documents include a deed, estate titles, banking information, testamentary, car title, insurance plan, birth records, mortgage statements, and identification documents. The new occupant of the estate will require some identification documents, such as estate titles, to close the deal on cleanout.

Moreover, some files may contain personal details that you wouldn’t want unauthorized people to access.

#4 Hire an Appraiser and Liquidator

Based on the price of the estate’s contents, you may require an estate valuer and a property liquidator.

For example, some accessories require a professional evaluation to determine the value before cleaning out. Such items include old ornaments, antique furniture, historical records, or a collection of silver pennies. If you wish to sell them, hiring a valuer guarantees that you will get a reasonable return on your investment.

Similarly, if you have a tight schedule that doesn’t allow you to handle the process, then hiring a property liquidator to do the legwork could be the best option. You will earn extra cash from the property sale without devoting all of your time to it.

A property liquidator can advise you on making the most of every item you don’t want to keep.

#5 Talk to Relatives on How to Distribute Households

Family struggles are not common during estate cleanouts because some items may be shared. As a result, you cannot dispose of all items without involving close family members.

One useful strategy is having close relatives prepare a checklist of some items they would wish to have from the homestead. Alternatively, you can allow relatives to politely request the merchandise they want to retain by settling on a negotiated agreement.

Whereas this can work well in some scenarios, it can also lead to conflicts and misunderstandings in other households. If you encounter conflict during property distribution, you may need legal assistance to help solve it. Other external intermediaries may also be beneficial.

#6 Keep Sentimental Photos for the Future Generation

While your photos may be of little benefit to the new occupants of the property, it doesn’t make sense to leave them behind.

Therefore, photo albums and galleries form an indispensable part of the family lineage, especially the extended family. The idea is not to brag about your lavish lifestyle but to give youngsters and others who may come across them an opportunity to link to relatives they may never have had the privilege of meeting.

#7 Donate to Charity Organizations

An estate cleanout is the best moment to give to charity within the neighborhood. Clothes, for instance, may not be worth selling unless you have an antique collection dating to the 1950s and 1960s. Other attires have little residual value after-sales, so they are worth giving out to the needy.

Outlet stores like eBay can offer a reliable platform to earn good revenue from secondhand clothes.

Suppose you have other items, such as furniture, washing machines, and kitchen utensils. In that case, you could also donate to secondhand stores or non-profit entities that accept donations to help needy people.

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Estate Cleanout: Where to Find a Professional Junk Removal Company

The cleaning out process of an estate is not only time-consuming but physically demanding. Moreover, without proper knowledge, it may turn out extremely stressful.

As a result, you should only focus on the critical aspects that truly require your time and effort. Luckily, our tips will help you overcome the hassles and have a peaceful transition.

Therefore, before you begin, have a timeline to help you complete the task within the required period. Additionally, deciding on what to clean out and ensuring the safety of essential documents are critical.

Junk King Sonoma is a trusted partner in hauling services. Our polite and friendly staff are always ready to solve your estate cleanout needs. If you live in Sonoma and need estate cleanout services, please contact us.

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The Top Benefits of Proper Appliance Disposal

When you buy a new refrigerator, microwave, or dishwasher, you may not know what to do with the old one.

Guess what? You are not alone.

Many families are stuck with old appliances, not knowing whether to move them to the garage, give them away or dispose of them.

Having extra appliances that you do not actively use can cost you more cash and energy every year. The worst part is that these old appliances can find their way to our landfills, negatively impacting the environment.

Proper appliance disposal can save you lots of money, prevent greenhouse gas emissions, and help keep waste from our dumping grounds.

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What is Appliance Disposal?

Appliance disposal is the safe and professional removal of old domestic and commercial appliances from a building to create space for new ones and keep electronic waste from landfills.

Disposing of old appliances is not a DIY project. It requires the input of a professional who has the knowledge, expertise, and equipment to haul your old dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, or air conditioner out of your premises safely and as per waste disposal requirements.

Is It Necessary to Dispose of Old Appliances?

So, what’s the point of staying with old appliances that you don’t need?

As a property owner, it is always a good idea to dispose of all your old appliances from your premises as soon as you get new ones.

Whether small or large, old, unused machines can take up a lot of space on your property, subsequently causing significant inconvenience. Moreover, they can make your home lose its aesthetic appeal, especially if you dump the gadgets in your yard.

Leaving your old appliances lying around your compound can also cause safety concerns. If left unused for long, air conditioners and refrigerators may spill refrigerants and release gases harmful to humans and animals.

With this in mind, proper appliance disposal is essential for improved safety and environmental conversation.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional for Appliance Disposal

Disposing of old appliances might look easy on paper, but it remains one of the most complex processes. It involves lifting and hauling heavy objects safely and appropriately from your compound.

All these processes require a high level of expertise and advanced equipment, and that’s why it is vital to hire a professional to handle all your appliance disposal needs. With that said, here are the top benefits of professional appliance disposal services:

  1. Safety

Safety comes first when handling any waste. Trying to remove your old appliances can be potentially dangerous, and it may end up in injury. After all, most devices are bulky, and they involve heavy lifting. If you don’t have the right equipment to haul the appliances, you may damage your property or even hurt yourself.

  1. Convenience

We are living in a busy world where every second counts. The process of removing old appliances from your property might take ages and eat up into your schedule if you decide to go the DIY way. Allowing pros to handle the entire task is not only convenient but also time-saving.

  1. Cost-Effective Appliance Disposal

Attempting to remove your old appliances can be costly. Think about it. You have to buy or rent equipment, procure a helping hand, and drop all your other plans. Eventually, you’ll discover you’ve spent more money than you expected. Hiring professional appliance disposal can save you from spending more than you need to.

  1. Recycling of Old Appliances

One of the most important benefits of enlisting professional appliance removal is recycling. When you hire pros to dispose of your old appliances, they are likely to recycle them rather than take them to the landfills. Recycling goes a long way to conserve our natural resources and save the environment.

  1. Hauling of Large Appliances

Lifting and hauling large appliances is not a job for the faint-hearted. It requires the right skills and expertise to remove these bulky items without causing damage to your property or harming anyone. This is where the importance of hiring professional appliance disposal services comes into play.

  1. Reduction of Carbon Emissions

The goal of responsible appliance disposal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce your carbon footprint by ensuring that old appliances do not find their way to landfills. Old appliances also consist of metals that can be harmful to the environment. A professional can recover valuable metals and dispose of the rejects appropriately to help converse the environment.

  1. Increased Energy Efficiency

Most people don’t know where to keep their old appliances, so they move them to the garage or another room. You may not know this, but keeping your old appliances can increase your energy bills significantly since you are likely to continue using these items. To save your cash and reduce your energy costs, consider hiring professional appliance disposal services.

  1. Proper Tools and Equipment

As you already know by now, appliance disposal requires the right tools and equipment. Above all, you need some expertise on how to use these removal tools. Buying or renting appliance removal tools can be costly, so you are better off hiring a pro to handle the task. Professional appliance removal companies have all the proper tools and equipment to tackle any disposal tasks.

  1. Consumer Savings

Not trying to force anything, but with reduced energy costs comes consumer savings. Permanently removing old dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers from the national grid translates to billions in savings to consumers.

  1. Regulation Compliance

Appliance disposal is not a straightforward task since it involves several laws and regulations. You must comply with your county’s by-laws on waste disposal before you can remove your old appliances. The good news is that licensed appliance disposal companies know these requirements and have what it takes to ensure compliance.

Hire an Appliance Disposal Expert Near You!

Here’s the point. No matter the size, disposing of your old appliances is not easy. It involves heavy lifting and handling potentially dangerous materials. While at it, you have to make sure you comply with your local waste disposal regulations to avoid unnecessary fines. Fortunately, Junk King is here to save you! We are the greenest appliance disposal company, serving dozens of locations around the country. Give us a call on 1-888-888-JUNK to learn more about our process.


Why You Need Professional TV Disposal

The rate at which new televisions are coming out might have caught you by surprise. Even before you enjoy watching your new TV set, another one comes out. Amazingly, the latest brands are available at remarkably low prices, making them affordable for everyone.

If you recently bought a new TV and have no idea what to do with your old one, consider calling professional TV disposal. Dealing with a pro to discard your old TV ensures you do not violate any waste disposal rules.

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Here are other top reasons why you might need professional TV disposal and recycling services:


Disposing of your TV might seem like a straightforward task, but it’s more than that. There are so many safety concerns involved when discarding electronics, including your TV. Televisions consist of various electrical components that may explode when discarded inappropriately. They also contain several metals and liquids that can cause harm to your health.

Professional TV disposal ensures you remain safe from all the risks involved. A pro will discard your old TV without requiring your input. You’ll never know where they take the TV as long as your safety is top on the list of priorities.

Extra Convenience

Many homeowners often find it challenging and inconvenient to discard their old TVs once they get new ones. You have the option to take your TV to a local recycling facility or donate it to your friends or loved ones. However, all these measures require time, and they are somewhat inconvenient.

Hiring professional TV disposal will provide you with convenience and the peace of mind you deserve. A pro will save you time by discarding your old or damaged TV appropriately without requiring your intervention.

Environmental Conservation

The main goal of proper TV disposal is to conserve the environment. As you already know, your old or damaged TV contains metallic and plastic components that can harm the environment. Metals and plastic do not decompose, meaning they can cause immense environmental hazards.

When you let a pro discard your TV, they’ll probably take it to a recycling plant where the recyclers can convert the old TV into something useful. They can also save the discarded metals and plastic for reuse with other devices.

Reduced Pollution

TVs contain toxic elements and gases such as mercury, zinc, lead, and chromium. When disposed of in an incarcerator, your old TV may release these elements, subsequently polluting the air.

The effects of e-waste on the ozone layer, the atmosphere, and the environment can be devastating. You can ensure that these elements do not find their way into the air by hiring a professional to handle and discard your old TV. Professional TV disposal entails proper handling and management of potentially dangerous gases and materials.


You may not know this, but keeping and using your old TV can cost you more money in the long run. Fair enough, you may be watching the TV in your garage or home office, but this means having to pay extra on your energy bills.

From a different perspective, trying to dispose of your TV yourself can be costly. You may need to hire or procure space and equipment to dump your TV. By hiring a professional, you can eliminate all these costs associated with TV disposal.

Economic Growth

One of the most overlooked benefits of professional TV disposal is economic growth. Look at the bigger picture. Hiring a professional to discard your electronic waste results in less pollution, less energy use, and less water use. All these benefits have a direct impact on the economy of any region.

As if that is not enough, recycling old TVs translates to reduced production costs. Manufacturers no longer have to spend money producing new gadgets and manufacturing new components when they can recycle what is already available.

Preserve Natural Resources

Proper TV disposal not only protects the environment but also preserves natural resources. As you know, most TVs and electronics contain components and elements that manufacturers must mine from virgin fields across the globe.

Continuous mining will inevitably lead to the depletion of resources. Instead of mining for new materials, manufacturers can save, recover, and reuse valuable materials and components from your old TV. Capacitors, circuit boards, and sensors are examples of materials that a manufacturer can recycle.

Save Landfill Space

The number of TVs and electronic waste dumped in our landfills continues to rise every year, creating various environmental issues. Enlisting professional TV disposal services will ensure that your old gadgets and appliances do not find their way to the landfills.

The goal of hiring a pro to discard your TV is to prevent the usage of landfill space. The removal company will likely recycle your TV, subsequently saving our landfills. These dumping grounds should only be available for waste that cannot be recycled.

Protect Water Bodies

TV components contain toxic substances and elements that pose various risks when disposed of incorrectly. The chemicals can find their way from landfills to freshwater bodies, leading to chemical poisoning. Drinking contaminated water can be fatal to humans as well as animals. Enlisting professional TV disposal protects water bodies from chemical poisoning and contamination.

Increase in Employment

Believe it or not, but allowing a professional to discard your TV creates employment opportunities. So many opportunities arise in waste disposal and recycling. Professional TV disposal also makes it affordable for the less fortunate to afford high-end televisions at affordable rates since it creates a secondary market for unwanted electronics. If you want to play your part in reducing unemployment, do not hesitate to enlist professional TV disposal.

Call the Experts to Dispose of Your TV

So you want to dispose of your TV because you got a new one? Let Junk King handle it. We are here to manage all your old appliances, including your TV. We have vast experience in hauling old TVs and other gadgets. Besides, our TV disposal process is the greenest on the planet, so you don’t have to worry about filling our landfills. Give us a call on 1-888-888-JUNK to learn more about our services.

Why Foreclosure Cleanouts Are Pivotal to Selling a House

Keeping up with mortgage payments might sometimes prove to be a challenge, meaning you may end up with a foreclosed home if the borrower defaults on their loans.

Depending on the agreement, the owner may voluntarily move out while carrying their belongings, leaving the house in good condition. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some homeowners have to undergo forceful eviction, and they often leave trash, debris, and sometimes their personal belongings behind during the ejection.

Before putting up the house for sale, you must  legally discard the items left behind by the evicted tenants. You also have to repair and renovate the home to ensure it is in excellent condition to attract potential buyers and hopefully recover your loan balance. This is where the importance of foreclosure cleanouts comes into play.

What Are Foreclosure Cleanouts?

A foreclosure cleanout is a process that involves a series of activities performed by a junk removal service or waste disposal company to clean and restore a repossessed building (home) to its best state.

Aside from general cleaning, the process entails the removal of household items such as old furniture, appliances, clothes, trash, and other unwanted belongings, left behind by the previous owner.

Since lenders and realtors are not professionals in junk removal, waste disposal, and general cleaning, you have to enlist experienced foreclosure cleaners to take care of this business side.

Top Reasons Why You Need Foreclosure Cleanout Services

Selling a foreclosed home is usually tricky. After all, many foreclosed houses are generally in bad condition due to various reasons such as poor maintenance by former owners or even vandalism. Sometimes, the home may stay abandoned for long, leading to overgrown lawns and structural damage. You also have to deal with the personal property left by the evicted occupants.

The best bet for a lender or realtor to sell a foreclosed home and recoup their loan balance is to clear out the junk and renovate the house accordingly.

If you decide to clean the house yourself as you prepare it for sale, you must hire independent laborers who, in most cases, are uninsured. You also have to buy or rent junk removal equipment and trucks, which might eventually cost you a lot of money.

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Considering this, hiring a professional to do the job makes a lot of economic sense. You will also save a lot of time and energy in the process. With that said, here are the top benefits of enlisting foreclosure cleanout services:

  1. All-inclusive Cleaning

A foreclosure cleanout service includes a thorough cleanup of the interior and the exterior of the house to ensure it is back to its best condition. The process entails cleaning the walls, windows, floors, staircases, countertops, doors, entryways, and all surfaces. Of course, the cleaning is after decluttering the home and removing all items left behind by the evicted tenants.

  1. Broad Junk Removal Services

From damaged appliances to vandalized fixtures, most repossessed homes have plenty of junk that requires discarding. Fortunately, foreclosure cleanouts come with a broad range of junk removal services, including appliance removal, trash removal, furniture removal, mattress disposal, refrigerator disposal, recycling, construction waste removal, E-waste disposal, and garbage removal, among many others.

  1. Cost-Effective Waste Disposal

When you hire a foreclosure cleanout service, you do not have to spend extra money buying junk removal equipment or renting waste disposal trucks. Many cleanout companies have the correct equipment and machinery to do the job. They also have trucks that they use to haul the trash away from the property. Even if they hire trucks from elsewhere, you do not have to pay for it.

  1. Hauling of Large Debris and Construction Material

Most foreclosed houses require plenty of repairs and renovations that usually result in large debris and construction waste. Removing these debris and construction waste materials is a job best left to the professionals. After all, it requires special tools and equipment, not to mention adequate experience, to handle and dispose of construction waste materials.

  1. Easy Recycling of Materials

In this era of going green and conserving the environment, junk removal companies are now focusing on eco-friendly practices during foreclosure cleanouts. Recycling is one of the services offered by these companies. The process involves converting waste materials such as plastic, glass, metal, and wood into usable products. Since the cleanout crew will handle this task, you do not have to worry about sorting or separating recyclable materials.

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  1. Insured Personnel

When working with a reputable foreclosure cleanout company, you can always be sure you are dealing with insured personnel. Many foreclosure cleanout companies worth their salt ensure that all their outfield employees are insured. The crew will clean the repossessed home without causing additional damage. If they accidentally damage any item, the foreclosure cleanout company will remain liable for the loss and compensate you accordingly.

  1. Mowing and Landscaping

Maintaining the lawn and landscaping of a foreclosed home is not a concern for many lenders and realtors. Most of them only look for gardeners and landscapers when it is time to put up the house for sale. The good news is that some foreclosure cleaners offer more than just junk removal. They are ready to mow your lawn and provide minor landscaping to improve the home’s overall appearance.

  1. Minor Repairs & Renovations

Some foreclosure cleanout companies can undertake minor repairs and renovations in the home. They can help identify problem areas correctly, fix and replace damaged fixtures, tighten loose nuts and bolts, and replace faulty appliances. Do not be surprised when a junk removal company offers to clean walls and install wallpapers in the foreclosed house.

Need Help with Your Foreclosure Cleanouts?

Whether you want to discard damaged fixtures left behind by evicted tenants or you need to haul away old furniture from a repossessed house, Junk King is here to help. Our foreclosure cleanouts are simply unmatched as we are America’s number 1 greenest junk removal service. Besides, we provide our services in several locations across the country, so you can always be sure of getting the help you need. Visit our website to book an appointment or give us a call on 1-888-888-JUNK.

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8 Easy Tips for Yard Waste Removal

Yard waste may accumulate into unwanted material that contaminates the environment. When bacteria feed on an indisposed landfill, it fails to decompose wholly due to inadequate oxygen. Improperly decomposed yard waste may produce toxic greenhouse gases such as methane. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to adverse weather effects like global warming.

Therefore, proper yard waste removal is essential to ensuring a safe environment. It also rejuvenates the soil by increasing soil nutrients.

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Eight Simple Tips for Proper Yard Waste Removal

1. Make Mulch from Yard Waste

Mulch helps keep the soil moist by preventing evaporation of soil moisture into the atmosphere. It also covers the soil surface, since bare soil is prone to erosion from wind and moving water. As a result, it enhances soil health, forming a conducive environment for living organisms.

Instead of getting rid of yard waste, consider acquiring a wood chipper and repurpose all yard waste into mulch for open spaces and garden beds. Next time you want to plant, you’ll have nutrient-rich soil for your plants.

2. Give Yard Waste to Your Neighbor

A convenient option through yard waste removal is to donate all the waste you don’t need. Be sure to check around if your neighbor may require mulch to fill their garden beds. You’ll save your neighbor the cost of hiring an expert to help them make mulch.

3. Do Not Remove Grass Clippings After Mowing

People often make a common mistake to collect grass clippings after using a lawnmower to trim the grass. Before you remove grass clippings, you should have a place prepared to dispose of the grass. If you collect grass clippings with nowhere to take them, you’ll end up with a heap of yard waste. Therefore, you may opt to leave your grass clippings undisturbed after mowing. This helps protect the soil and rejuvenates the soil’s nutrients as a result of decomposition.

4. Make Compost Manure

If you have adequate space in your backyard, you need not worry about yard waste removal. Your backyard is one of the best places to make compost from leaves, twigs, and repurposed wood branches.

Compost, however, takes time before it is ready for use because the tree branches and stems also take time to decompose. Occasionally, you’ll turn over the whole heap for better aeration and uniform decomposition. So, if you want the best compose for your farming, you should be patient.

5. Burning Yard Waste

If you have a limited backyard space, you may burn all the waste altogether. The best thing about burning is that it produces wood ash, a key component of compost. Therefore, if you make compost, you may preserve some yard waste for burning to make wood ash. Since wood ash is rich in alkaline content, it will neutralize acidic content in the soil, especially if it is highly acidic.

However, to reduce the level of carbon emission into the atmosphere, the burning of yard waste should not be a frequent activity. Further, before you start a fire, be sure to check your local municipal guidelines for the best fire management practices. If you live in an arid climate prone to wildfire, burning yard waste may be the last option.

6. Build Planting Heaps and Raised Beds

Yard waste forms the best material for filling up or raising a planting bed in your kitchen garden. For the best type of planting bed, use the yard material for the base and fill it up using soil and compost. It saves you the cost of buying compost or transporting soil to fill up the seedbeds.

Over time, the tree branches and twigs will break down, decompose and form the best planting bed for fruits and vegetables. You can plant melons, pumpkins, lettuce, kales, and onions.

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7. Dispose at Municipal Collection site

Some municipalities and towns may have designated spots for yard waste removal and collection. You may inquire from the local authorities if there’s a collection point near you. If your local council has a collection point for yard waste, collect and drop them instead of dumping them in the trash. For easy transportation and to prevent contamination, keep the debris in unique bags for collecting garbage.

Some municipalities may have specific dates for collecting yard waste and trash from homes. Be sure to check on the specified dates to avoid inconvenience.

8. Hire a Full-service Junk Removal 

Full-service junk removal is an on-demand trash collection, overhaul, and removal of furniture and home appliances. It may involve house cleaning, light demolition, accumulation of trash, debris from construction material, and yard waste removal.

Full-service junk removal comes in handy when you have a lot of junk material to overhaul yet lacking equipment for overhaul and space to dispose of the waste. Besides, you may have hazardous substances around the yard and lack proper disposal of dangerous substances. You’ll therefore require the services of a qualified junk removal expert.

Junk removal companies have expert knowledge of breaking down and overhauling scrap from items. Afterwards, they repurpose the object into other functional uses.

Benefits of full-service junk removal:

· You enjoy a comprehensive service that incorporates a wide range of junk removal. Therefore, you don’t need to hire multiple companies to perform various assignments.

· You can save on additional costs by hiring a single company, unlike different companies that require payment for different services provided.

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It saves time spent in travelling to landfills, recycling plants, and hiring transportation to carry your items

A professional junk removal company has skilled employees that understand correct disposal procedures for waste and junk items. For instance, if you have hazardous items such as toxic chemicals, they know how best to dispose of them.

Hire an Expert

Do you have a heap of waste in your backyard that you wish to dispose? It is time to call a professional junk removal company!

At Junk King Sonoma, we offer full-service junk removal. We are top-rated for junk removal in North America. We can help you dispose of your old furniture, home appliances, and all forms of waste, including yard waste material. Contact us today or book your appointment.

All You Should Know About Recycling After Computer Disposal

Most business processes have now moved online as more people aim for convenience and companies seek to minimize the number of workers in their physical locations. This means that almost everyone nowadays owns a computer. Though smartphones and other gadgets can handle most of the activities undertaken on a computer, the latter is easier to use and cheaper than the former.

Like almost all appliances, even the best manufactured and cared for computers often break down beyond repair or no longer suit users’ needs. Most people choose to leave the computers rotting away on their premises or simply throw them in the trash rather than follow the proper computer disposal protocol to recycle the gadgets. A 2020 study estimated that recycling a million computers can save enough energy to power 3500 homes in the U.S for up to a year.

With such promising statistics, it is prudent to play a role in computer recycling by getting the right waste removal company to take your computer. Below are a few guidelines on the computer recycling process to give you an insight into the critical role you will play.

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What Is E-Waste Recycling?

When looking for information on computer recycling, you will often come across e-waste recycling. E-waste (electronic waste/scrap) encompasses all trash generated from surplus, obsolete, and broken-down electronic devices. This includes home appliances like cookers, televisions, air conditioners, as well as information tech equipment like laptops, computers, monitors, mobile phones, batteries, and hard disks.

Issues Associated With Indiscriminate Disposal of E-Waste

When you throw away broken-down electronics in the trash, it often ends up in landfills where it releases toxic and hazardous substances. These usually contaminate groundwater and soil. They eventually end up in the water humans drink and the foods they eat. Some of the adverse effects of exposure to the harmful materials in e-waste for kids include stillbirths, poor birth outcomes, premature births, impaired thyroid function, and increased risk of chronic diseases.

Producing one computer takes not less than 1.5 tons of water, 530 pounds of fossil fuels, and 48 pounds of chemicals. When a computer is recycled, these precious materials are not entirely lost but reused in manufacturing new gadgets, thus minimizing the impact of manufacturing electronics on the earth.

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Steps of Recycling Computers

Below are the usual steps involved in the computer recycling process:

  1. Collection

When you have an outdated or broken-down computer, the first step in recycling it is calling a junk removal company that handles e-waste to pick it and drop it at the nearest computer disposal plant. Some centers will pay computer owners a small fee as an incentive for increasing recycling and the sale of new computers. Nonetheless, most will charge computer owners for the disposal of their gadgets.

  1. Sorting

The recycling center will manually sort the computers by type before they move them into reuse or processing. After sorting, the computers will be tested for the possibility of reuse. The ones in reasonably good condition can be repaired or refurbished then sold or donated.

  1. Manual disassembly

The computers that cannot be reused or repaired are manually disassembled into sound cards, circuit boards, DVD drives, keyboards, hard drives, and speakers. CRTs (cathode ray tubes) are carefully handled to prevent exposure or spilling of dangerous materials like cadmium, barium, phosphorus, lead, and barium. Dangerous parts like rechargeable batteries are often sent to secondary recyclers with suitable machines for battery production and recycling. Highly skilled workers to maintain the integrity of parts handle the manual disassembly. Some parts are re-sold, while others move to the next step of recycling.

  1. Data destruction

The hard drives and processors from recycled computers will be crashed and shredded into a million pieces. This ensures that all the data stored in them is fully destroyed. The processor and hard drives are made into aluminum ingots used in the automotive sector.

  1. Separation into material composition

After harvesting a computer’s valuable components, the other pieces are shredded by material composition. This means separating them into plastics, metals, wires, and other components. The resulting debris will be passed through different screening techniques that remove all valuable parts. Smelting recovers metals like silver, copper, iron, and gold from the debris.

  1. Reuse

The different recovered materials are ferried to their respective material recyclers for further processing. For instance, metals can be sent to metal recyclers to manufacture new steel and metallic materials. However, CRT glass undergoes further recycling to remove lead and harmful materials from it before selling it to CRT recyclers.

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Parts of E-Waste That Can Be Recycled

Not all parts of your computers and other electronic waste are recyclable. Here is a guide on the parts that are recycled and what they are made into:

  • Plastic that is used to make vineyard stakes, fencing posts, trays, equipment holders, insulators, and sleepers, among other items.
  • Metal used to manufacture new metallic products.
  • CRT glass is used to make new screens for computers, tablets, phones, TVs, and other gadgets.
  • Mercury is used in dental amalgams, fluorescent lights, and metric instruments after undergoing specialized techniques to make it safe.
  • Cadmium, nickel, steel, and cobalt from scrap batteries are used to manufacture new batteries or fabricate steel.

With most of your questions on recycling computers answered, you need a company that believes in recycling as much as you do to pick your computer for its recycling. Your answer is Junk King Sonoma that serves Sonoma and the surrounding areas in California. The company recycles about 60% of the waste it receives; statistics that place it among the most eco-conscious waste removal companies worldwide.

It might seem like having a waste removal company pick your computer and other e-waste to take to a recycling center is overkill because most of these devices are portable. Nonetheless, the waste needs to be carefully handled to avoid exposure to hazardous materials and salvage any components that can be reused. Get in touch with Junk King Sonoma today to start the recycling of your e-waste.

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