TV Recycling: The Best Way to Recycle Your Old TV

Television technology has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. Big and bulky CRT televisions have gone the way of the Dodo bird, but if you’re like many people in Marin, you still might have one laying around the house. People do this because these TVs can seem really difficult to move and throw away. Even older flat-screen TVs can be heavy and cumbersome, so we tend to let them sit around rather than putting them to good use.

Worker holding television at a TV recycling centerWhen you finally need to get rid of an old TV, you can’t simply throw it into the trash for several reasons. First, it probably won’t fit in your normal garbage bin. Second, dropping a television into a normal landfill can be hazardous to both the environment and the local health of the community. CRTs contain cadmium-based phosphorus, several pounds of lead and other highly toxic metals and chemicals. That’s why TV recycling is likely to be your best option for disposal.

The Benefits of Recycling Televisions

If you have an old TV that still works, donating it to a local charity or returning it to the manufacturer may be an option. When your TV doesn’t work, however, TV recycling is clearly the best choice. In fact, there are both federal and state laws that require companies to recycle televisions rather than send them through the normal waste stream. Recycling has a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Conserving natural resources like rare earth metals and petroleum
  • Supporting local schools and organizations with refurbished units
  • Promoting the economy in Sonoma and nearby areas at recycling plants and related businesses
  • Protecting the local environment from hazardous materials

Recycling your old television is clearly the right choice, but what about getting it to your local recycling center? At Junk King Sonoma, we eliminate the need for you to haul your old TV yourself. Simply give us a call or schedule an appointment online and we’ll pickup your TV right at your home or office.

We Take It All

Junk King Junk King Sonoma is ready to take any type of old television you have sitting around your home or office. We can take that 30″ bulky CRT that feels like it weighs 100 pounds or those old 17″ LCD monitors that have been laying around your office for years. We can even pickup that huge rear-projection television that’s taking up space in the garage. Our professionals are ready to pickup one or more televisions or monitors of any size and weight.

To get a free quote for your upcoming television pickup, contact us today. At Junk King Sonoma, honesty and integrity are cornerstones of our TV recycling business. We make it easy to schedule an appointment through our online booking system or over the phone.

Best Practices for Chemical Waste

If your business in Marin uses hazardous chemicals, implementing responsible waste practices is crucial, and Junk King can make the process a lot easier. We can play an important role in the pickup and responsible disposal of your waste, but you’ll need to make sure chemicals are handled safely while they remain at your site. We have a successful history of working with businesses, schools and other organizations.

Proper Storage and Segregation

Chemical Waste in barrels outside buildingBefore we can start picking up your chemical waste, you’ll want to create a proper storage setup that accounts for the safety of everyone in your building. Here are the best practices you will need to follow:

  • Designate a storage area for chemicals that’s close to where waste is generated. It should be clearly labeled and as far away as possible from normal lab or business activities.
  • Use containers that are compatible with the chemical you’re storing by using chemical compatibility guidelines. Make sure these containers are properly sized and secured.
  • Ensure each container has a hazardous waste tag. Remove other labels, except for the original product label, to eliminate confusion about what’s inside the container.
  • You must request a collection of your chemical waste before certain time and quantity limits are reached. If waste is 90 days old, it must be disposed of. You also must get rid of waste that’s reached a quantify of 55 gallons.

By following these best practices, we can handle the disposal part of the process quickly and with very little hassle. If you have any questions about the proper storage of the chemicals at your facility, one of our waste experts may be able to help.

Types of Chemical Waste

There are four main types of chemical waste that help us determine how to conduct proper disposal. These characteristics are also important for you to pay attention to for the safety of everyone that’s near these chemicals. These categories include:

  • Innocuous aqueous waste – Mild acids and alkalies, hypochlorite solutions, TLC grade alumina and silica and alcohol containing salt
  • Organic solvents – Chloroform, chlorobenzene, ethyl acetate, methane, hexane and methanol
  • Red list – Biocides, cyanides, metal phosphides, fluorides and nitrites.
  • Solid waste – Gloves, syringes, test tubes, centrifuges and other solid materials contaminated by chemicals.

Very special care must be taken with many of these chemicals, especially on the red list, as they can be harmful to the health of any person exposed to them. The person or team responsible for handling chemicals should also consult updated Material Safety Data Sheets as well as any federal or state laws regarding the usage of chemicals. We’re here to help you with the process in any way we can.

Schedule Chemical Waste Removal with Junk King

At Junk King Marin, we’re dedicated to providing fast, compliant, cost-effective and sustainable chemical waste solutions for our customers. Whether you run a medial laboratory or manufacturing facility, we can pick up your waste on a regular basis so that you comply with safety standards. We can also perform one-time pickups after special projects. Contact us today to speak with one of our experts about your chemical disposal needs.

Is It Time to Recycle Your Appliance?

Appliance Recycling At Junk King, we’re ready to help you recycle your old appliance in a safe and responsible manner, but how do you know when it’s time to get rid of your appliance? The right time for appliance recycling depends on many different factors that are different for each type of appliance. Whether your appliance needs frequent repairs or you’re just ready for the latest and greatest model, we’ll save you time and energy by doing all the heavy lifting and transport. Here are some of the appliances that we recycle at Junk King Sonoma:

  • Air Conditioners – Old, inefficient air conditioners can waste a lot of electricity, so you may want to replace yours if it’s more than 20 years old. We can either help you donate your AC unit or make sure the parts, including the compressor, condenser coils, and electronic components, get reused or recycled for their raw materials.
  • Dishwashers – Dishes that don’t get clean, leaking, and loud noises are just some of the signs that it might be time to recycle your dishwasher. If you just want to upgrade your existing dishwasher for a newer and fancier model, we can help you donate the old one to someone that needs it.
  • Refrigeration Units – Both refrigerators and freezers may be ready to recycle if they are no longer able to hold the right temperature in an efficient manner. Many of the parts and materials may be appropriate for reuse, and we’ll dispose of the waste material, including any ozone-depleting substances, appropriately.
  • Lawnmowers – Some high-quality mowers are designed to last a lifetime, but others only last a few years or a decade. If your lawnmower doesn’t cut the way it used to or is no longer reliable, we’ll recycle it for you.
  • Stoves and Ovens – The most common reason our customers want to recycle their stoves and ovens is for a kitchen remodeling project. In many cases, we can help your stove and oven find a new home so that you can make an upgrade. We know these are very bulky and heavy appliances, and we can do the hard work for you.
  • Microwaves – Non-working microwaves are considered electronic waste which we can take care of for you. If you’re replacing a working unit, we’ll take your microwave and donate to someone who needs it.
  • Water Heaters – Whether your water heater can no longer keep up with the demands of your growing family or has stopped working altogether, it may be time for appliance recycling. These units can be big and bulky and unsuitable for the dumpster, but we can take it.
  • Washing Machines and Dryers – Large advancements have been made in the efficiency of washers and dryers, so you may want to recycle your old units even if they still work. We can also help you recycle your washer or dryer if it’s leaking, noisy, constantly in need of repairs, or completely broken.

Quick and Easy Appliance Recycling

Appliances are heavy and cumbersome, so many homeowners procrastinate when it comes to disposal or recycling. This can cost you a lot of money and even be hazardous to your home and the environment. There’s no need to risk your safety or spend extra time guessing the best way to conduct appliance recycling when we’re ready to do the job at an affordable price. At Junk King, we have professionals in Sonoma ready to handle the job. Schedule an appointment with Junk King for all your appliance recycling needs.

What Is Responsible Yard Waste Removal?

Whether you just completed a large landscaping project or have large amounts of plant debris after a storm, excessive yard waste on your property can present a real problem. Your local trash pickup company does a good job with normal loads, but they simply are not equipped to handle special situations like this. As a responsible property owner in Sonoma, you’re wondering what the safest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to conduct yard waste removal.

At Junk King Sonoma, we provide a service that fulfills this exact need. By simply scheduling a pickup with us, we’ll come to your property and remove all your yard waste and take it where it can be most useful.

Types of Yard Waste

Yard Waste Removal You already know that dead leaves, tree branches, and other plant life that’s collected or accumulated on your property qualifies as yard waste, but you may not know that many other materials you might throw away can also be disposed of responsibly. We’ll be happy to take:

  • Displaced soil from a project
  • Removed tree stumps
  • Sod you replaced for new grass or turf
  • Fencing or plasterboard from recent renovations

We know that these types of debris can pile up quickly either because you have an ongoing project or because you’re always gardening or otherwise tinkering with your property. You can request us for yard waste removal on a regular scheduled rotation or just a single date.

Where Your Waste Goes

After we pickup your yard waste, we dispose of each type of debris in a way that’s most useful to our community and least harmful to the environment. Most types of organic waste, like grass and dead leaves, can be used for composting to support Sonoma’s thriving agricultural market. Used lumber and timer can go to home builders and other construction contractors to create rustic features. Even rocks and stones can go to other properties to create amazing hardscaping features. There’s no reason to worry about your yard waste removal needlessly filling up our local landfills. We’re committed to keeping Sonoma a healthy and beautiful place.

Easy Scheduling and Pickup with Junk King Sonoma

Scheduling yard waste removal for your home or business in Sonoma is quick and easy. Simply contact us by phone or online and we can give you a free quote. If you like our affordable price, just pick a date and time and we’ll arrive punctually and get rid of all your waste in a jiffy. We can also leave a large container that you can fill up at your convenience. You can trust that every item will be put to good use whenever possible.

Computer Disposal the Right Way

Do you have an old computer laying around the house or office that is just taking up space? Have you tried to sell the thing, or even give it away, with no luck? It’s time to think about disposing of your computer properly. According to California law, you can’t simply throw away your old computers in the normal trash like you would with other items. What are you supposed to do then?

Old computers that no longer have a functional purpose are considered electronic waste. You may have seen signs or advertisements around Sonoma providing locations and times for events where e-waste is gathered, but getting to these locations can be difficult. While this is one way to responsibly recycle, it’s not ideal due to limited locations and hours. At Junk King, we make following the law and being environmentally responsible quick and easy.

Why Computer Disposal Is Important

Computer Disposal There are several reasons why its important for people like you to handle their computer disposal properly. The first is environmental. Motherboards, memory, hard drives, CPUs and especially monitors contain heavy metals and toxic materials that can contaminate the groundwater and harm local wildlife. Sonoma is a beautiful place that we don’t want to see destroyed by our old, unwanted technology.

Another reason proper electronic waste disposal is important is that even old computers have lots of valuable raw materials in them. These include gold, silver, copper, aluminum, lead and a wide range of other valuable metals. Left to sit unused, these materials can become toxic, but they can be used to manufacture new devices when recycled correctly. This means less mining of new raw materials is required, reducing the amount of damage done to the environment throughout the world.

What Type of Computers Qualify for Electronic Disposal

Junk King is ready to take almost any kind of old computer and computer accessory away for proper electronic disposal. Computers from all brands and of all ages are eligible, so there’s no need to worry about something being too old or in too poor of condition. We’ll even take individual components keyboards, LED screens, printers, external hard drives, RAM, optical drives and video cards. You can trust us to take your old computer parts and make sure they are disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.

How Junk King Makes E-Waste Easy

We know the temptation to simply throw all your old computers in the garbage is strong, but with Junk King, we make everything really easy. There’s no need to worry about sorting your computer parts or worrying about whether or not items will go to the right place. Our computer disposal experts will make sure useable items go to people who need them while recyclables get processed in a responsible, eco-friendly manner. All you have to do is contact us to schedule a pickup and we’ll handle every other aspect of your computer disposal.

The Accidental Sofa Collection: Sofa Removal to the Rescue

Does your basement have an “interesting” array of seating options? Have mismatched old sofas made their way into spare bedrooms and guest quarters?

When it comes to outdated furniture, people tend to be surprisingly good about giving it the heave-ho. But there’s something about sofas and other large pieces that they never seem to leave the house. For one thing, they’re awkward and for another, they’re heavy. And it can be confusing figuring out how to dispose of them.

As far as we’re concerned, large sofa removal and mattress disposal are two of the bulky item jobs you should leave to the pros.

Fast & Easy Furniture Removal in Sonoma

If you have one, two, three, or more old sofas or large recliners ready for removal, it isn’t always as easy as hauling them own to the front curb. You’ll need to schedule an appointment and, depending on where you live, you may have to pay for subsequent pickups. Sonoma follows the Zero Waste initiative, but keep in mind they do not offer donation services. You’ll have to make those arrangements yourself. And many charity organizations do not accept sofas.

An Eco-Friendly Way to Handle Sofa Removal in Sonoma

Sofa Removal However many old couches you need removed, a professional sofa removal service is your most convenient solution. At Junk King of Sonoma, we take all size sofas no matter what condition they’re in. We also remove other household furniture such as:

  • Dressers and wardrobes
  • Coffee, end, and accent tables
  • Bedroom sets and headboards
  • China cabinets, credenzas, sideboards, and hutches
  • Desks, writing tables, and bookcases
  • Old television and stereo consoles
  • Gaming tables
  • Workout equipment and benches

Why waste a weekend and risk straining your back while dealing with removing bulky items from your home? Our experienced crews know how to make quick work of sofa removal and know how to give your old furniture new life. Instead of everything heading to the landfill as it does with conventional bulky item pickup, we’ll make sure any pieces that can be refurbished or refurnished are handled in an eco-friendly way.

Just because an old sofa is no longer useful to you, someone else may love it! Junk King of Sonoma has for many years joined with local charitable organizations throughout the Sonoma area to determine if your something old can be something new for someone else.

Sofa Removal Done Right

There’s no reason old sofas need to be left on the side of the road, burned, or abandoned in front of a charity shop that doesn’t want them. If you’re ready for the most professional sofa removal services money can buy, give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today. We offer no-pressure estimates, quick service, eco-friendly solutions, and a stress-free experience that brings you the peace of mind that comes with being fully insured. Call today! We have all your bulky junk and sofa removal problems covered!

5 Terrific Reasons to Donate Cell Phones

Sonoma County’s recycling laws are geared towards eliminating landfill disposal of electronics and other “universal waste” such as batteries, fluorescent lamps, and other devices that contain mercury, lead, cadmium, and copper. Section AB 2901(2004) Cell Phone Recycling specifically requires retailers who sell mobile phones to take back used ones for recycling. But many people don’t turn their old phones in, saving them “just in case.”

When you donate those unused cell phones, though, you can do a world of good. Junk King of Sonoma can pick up and donate all your discarded electronics, including phones, so you can feel good about doing your part for the environment and for others in need.

Why Donate Cell Phones

Donate Cell Phones It’s said that most people like to get rid of their current cell phone every two years or so, when a better model makes its appearance. Since globally more than 5 billion people own cell phones, that means an enormous number of discarded devices. In the U.S. alone, over 400,000 cell phones enter landfills or incinerators every day.

Donating, recycling, or repurposing old cell phones helps save energy, conserve natural resources, protect our waterways, and keeps both reusable and toxic materials out of local landfills.

  1. Donating just one cell phone saves enough energy to power a laptop for over 40 hours!
  2. If Americans recycled or donated those unused cell phones mentioned above, there would be enough energy saved to power more almost 25,000 homes for a year.
  3. Recycle 1 million cells phones and you can provide electricity to 185 households for a year.
  4. A pile of 1 million donated cell phones contains 75 pounds of gold, over 35,000 pounds of copper, and 775 pounds of silver.
  5. Toxic materials can also be recycled and reused, but if they make their way to a landfill, they contaminate the air, soil, and groundwater.

How Junk King of Sonoma Can Help

Junk King of Sonoma has from the start been committed to providing the area’s best green junk removal service. We understand that busy people like you may find it easier to dump your e waste rather than search for a location to donate it.

Our crews offer quick and easy pickup of your e waste anywhere in the greater Sonoma area. We recycle and donate cell phones along with other electronics like computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and more.

Junk King and a Sustainable Future

At Junk King of Sonoma, we know you have plenty of options when choosing an e waste disposal service. Of course, we believe hiring the area’s most reliable removal firm (us!) is your best choice. We’re extremely proud of our reputation for eco-friendly disposal practices; when you work with our friendly teams, you can rest easy knowing your donated cell phones won’t end up in a landfill. We’re also fully insured and offer easy online booking.

The next time you get a new cell phone, don’t throw the old one in a drawer or in the trash can. Recycle or donate it and do your part for creating a more sustainable planet. To learn more about how to donate cell phones or to arrange for a pick up, contact us today.

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?

Learn More

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!

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.

Hot Tub Removal Done the Right Way

Do you have an old hot tub, jacuzzi or above-ground pool at your property that you no longer use? Perhaps you use your hot tub every now and then but have grown to dislike it as it takes up space. Others view old hot tubs as eyesores. Regardless of your reason for wanting to get rid of your hot tub, Junk Kings is here to perform your hot tub removal. Let us do all the heavy lifting so you do not have to. We will eliminate your hot tub for good without leaving a mess behind.

Hot Tub Removal

Hot Tub Removal You have likely spent a good amount of time thinking about how to remove your old hot tub. Do no waste one more second pondering the best ways to remove this massive item from your home. Our haulers are here to do the work and free up that much more space in your home. We remove hot tubs, spas, appliances and other heavy items so our clients do not have to bother attempting to move these bulky and cumbersome items. We also remove all sorts of other junk ranging from old furniture to yard debris and beyond.

All you have to do is contact us to schedule an appointment. When our junk hauling team arrives, lead us to the hot tub. We will strategically break down the hot tub, load up our trucks and haul away your hot tub for green removal. This means we do not head straight over to the landfill and dump the hot tub. Instead, we assess the tub to determine what parts can be recycled. The last resort is to bring the tub to a landfill. Green hot tub removal really is as easy a that. You do not have to lift a finger but to dial the phone to schedule the removal of your hot tub.

Hot Tub Removal Done Right

It is certainly tempting to break down every hot tub destined for removal, put the pieces in our trucks and simply toss them in the trash. However, such an approach is irresponsible to our planet as well as future generations. We go the extra mile to make our hot tub removal and every other junk haul environmentally-friendly. Our aim is to minimize the amount of junk we pick up that ends up in landfills. Much of what we haul away can be recycled, re-purposed or disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Avoid the Nightmare that is DIY Hot Tub Removal

Can you imagine the amount of time and effort required for you or you and a friend to break down the entirety of your hot tub and find a way to remove it from your property? Such a project would also take a considerable toll on your body. Hot tubs are supposed to be places to relax, not burdens. Do not let your hot tub removal stress you out; let Junk King perform this haul so you can square your focus on your new hot tub or the space freed up thanks to our comprehensive haul.

Prepare Your Hot Tub for the Haul

You can do a couple things to prepare your hot tub for removal. Drain the water. Disconnect the hoses and everything else from the hot tub prior to our arrival. This means the heat should be turned off. The circuit breaker should also be in the off position. Do not worry about whether the hot tub will fit in our trucks as we have the specialized equipment and years of experience necessary to break down your tub and haul it away with unparalleled efficiency. If you have any queries feel free to contact us.