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Monthly Archives: May 2021

An Unlikely Hot Topic: Old Mattress Removal

Remember the good old days when you slept on the same mattress for what felt like decades? You only bought a new one when the dips in your mattress made it too hard to get out of bed, or the broken springs got so bad they hurt.

And, for those who aren’t old enough to remember those hardy mattress products, you might still know what it’s like to be stuck with the same mattress you had in grade school. 

Eventually, however, we have to get rid of that old mattress and replace it with a new one. 

But sleeping on an old, broken-down mattress was nothing compared to the task of old mattress removal!


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Yes, It’s My Truck and, No, I Won’t Haul Your Mattress

While it has certainly been done, transporting a mattress on top of the family care is not a good idea. Aside from the work involved hefting it up there and then trying to secure it with whatever rope or old clothesline you happen to have on hand, it’s just not very safe.

But without a full-size pickup truck, mattress removal is a daunting task.

In fact, there are really only two options and the first one – hauling it yourself – requires access to a truck. Plus, you have to have a place to take it to.

The second option is to have someone else take it for you. And, as you might imagine, that’s the option we highly recommend at Junk King Washington DC. We have the trucks and, yes, we WILL haul your mattress. In fact, we specialize in mattress removal

However, you might be surprised to know that we won’t take your old mattress to the dump.

Virginia has roughly 60 solid waste landfills still in operation, according to the website VirginiaPlaces.org, and the EPA counts 74, but breaks it down to only 28 landfills with current plans to expand. The other 46 are either close to being full or have been slated to close soon. 

So, in a region that boasts a population of close to 6.5 million people in the Washington DC Metro area, one has to imagine that there are going to be a few used mattresses that need to be removed and taken somewhere!

And if you were thinking it’s someplace other than a landfill, you’re getting warm – really warm.


Not Your Grandmother’s Incinerator

Enter Waste-to-Energy combustion.

The advent of technologically advanced furnaces that can efficiently and safely reduce solid waste to reusable ash has radically altered the waste disposal landscape.

As one of the leaders of this field describes it,

“These modern facilities divert waste from landfills to generate energy from the combustion of municipal solid waste. Our Waste-to-Energy facilities are designed to convert the waste that remains after recycling into electricity for homes and businesses and/or steam for export to industries.”

Using high-tech furnaces, companies like Covanta produce steam from the combustion process which then generates electricity. And their facilities generate enough electricity right now to power 1,000,000 homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while reducing the amount of greenhouse gases by over 20 million tons.

But let’s bring this out of the realm of “Big Picture” statistics and closer to home. Like Fairfax County, for example.

Covanta’s I-95 Energy/Resource Recovery Facility, where we take old mattresses, by the way, has an impressive list of statistics of their own:

  • Every year, our facility processes more than 1,120,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.
  • Less waste in landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1,220,000 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 236,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
  • We use waste to produce 80 megawatts of electricity 24/7 – enough to power 62,000 homes for a year.
  • We also recover 39,700 tons of metal for recycling annually – enough to build 29,000 cars.

Oh, and all the ash that results from combustion is processed to recover metal for recycling, while all gases are collected, filtered, and scrubbed – or cleaned – before being released safely into the atmosphere.


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Junk King Washington DC, Mattress Removal, and Waste-to-Energy – How It Works

At Junk King Washington DC we collect large numbers of old mattresses through our mattress removal process. These are staged at our Junk King warehouse and then transported in bulk to the I-95 Energy/Resource Recovery Facility in Lorton, Virginia located on the aptly named Furnace Road.

Once our old mattresses are delivered, they are strategically placed on the floor approaching the entry to the furnace. By holding these mattresses in place with the blade of their bulldozers, employees at the facility guide them across the floor, using them like “giant squeegees” to clean the floor before being pushed into the furnace. 

The combustion furnaces reach temperatures close to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, superheating water, which is then turned into steam and pumped into the turbine generators. 

And, once we collect another load of old mattresses, we take them to Furnace Road, drop them off and the cycle repeats.

Oh, and back to the ash.

Solid waste can be practically vaporized by these furnaces, but there is still a residue of ash remaining. In the past, this relatively benign by-product was reluctantly sent to landfills. 

However, a newly developed ash processing system takes the ash from Waste-to-Energy facilities and further separates it into its component parts

As the Lorton facility’s website explains

“The result is small metal fractions that can be recycled, and aggregate that can be reused in construction material, such as hot-mix asphalt for roads and parking lots and concrete for commercial use. Most importantly, the process can reduce the amount of ash needing disposal in landfills by as much as 65 percent.”

In addition, with the help of our team at Junk King Washington DC, hundreds of mattresses that would otherwise likely end up in landfills, as well, are essentially turned into electricity to power local homes.

Waste-to-Energy Mattress Removal: Just One More Reason to Call Junk King

The eco-friendly corporate mission of Junk King is to make sure as much junk as possible is either recycled or donated. As a result, Junk King is the only national company that operates with the goal of recycling 60 percent or more of every job by using local sorting facilities.

And Junk King Washington DC is proud to be a part of the greenest junk removal operation in North America.

This is why every junk removal load we pick up, no matter how large or how small, is sorted for various types of materials in our recycling warehouses such as metals, plastics, wood, glass, textiles, and reusable items.

And for mattresses to be turned into energy!

Another reason for choosing Junk King Washington DC is that we have the best pricing in our industry. And we also provide fair and transparent pricing. 

“Fair and transparent” simply means that our low minimums are clearly noted, and there are no hidden fees or “extra” charges added to our estimates. All of this means that you can trust Junk King Washington DC to charge you a fair price for your junk removal and you’ll never be unpleasantly surprised with a higher price once the job is done.


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Say a Warm “Goodbye!” to Your Old Mattress with Junk King Washington DC

In addition to giving a warm send-off to your used mattress, you can know that it will be serving a great purpose to help preserve the environment. And you can be assured that you’ll be getting world-class mattress removal service when you call Junk King Washington DC.

Even better than our renowned service is the benefit of not having to do it yourself.

Our professional and experienced mattress removal team can also remove and haul off any other types of junk you have, as well (except hazardous waste.) Fortunately, old mattresses rarely fall under that category!

Not only is Junk King Washington DC part of one of the nation’s largest and most respected junk removal firms, but we are also proud of the fact that our location is locally owned and a 100 percent veteran-owned business.

While our passion is maintaining a green and eco-friendly operation, we are also adamant about providing outstanding service to our neighbors who live here in and around Washington DC.

Mattress removal couldn’t be any easier – or green!

Our professional and insured mattress removal team will come to your home and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your mattress and junk takes up in our truck.

You simply point, and we’ll load your old junk mattress and other items into our big, red, junk removal trucks and haul them away – and all with no hidden fees!

So, ready to get rid of your old mattress? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

All you need to do is make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).


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5 Criteria For Choosing Your Junk Removal Service In DC

“Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. But I’d like to add a third certainty: trash.” – Ruth Ann Minner, 72nd Governor of Delaware

Junk is a fact of life.

It is an inescapable reality of being human and living on the planet. We produce trash in a wide variety of ways and forms. Some of it is what we typically refer to as “garbage” which usually ends up in the waste stream. But some of it we tend to categorize as “junk.”

Interestingly, trash is as old as human existence – and holds great value for scientists, as well.

According to a story from CNN,

“Studying ancient trash from around the world gives archaeologists and historians the chance to understand the habits that defined people’s daily lives, said Dr. Richard Meadow, Director of the Peabody Museum’s Zooarchaeology Laboratory and Senior Lecturer on Anthropology at Harvard University.

It may not be glamorous but, he said, “much of what archaeology knows about the past comes from trash, if trash is defined as the products of human consumption. Trash is a proxy for human behavior.’”

It’s not likely that anyone will be studying our junk anytime soon, and most of it is unwanted and just needs to be removed and gotten rid of. 

But how do you choose the right junk removal service here in DC?


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Five Criteria for Choosing the Right Junk Removal Service

The truth is that almost anyone with a truck can pick up junk and dump it somewhere. That doesn’t mean it’s exactly legal or that it will be done properly. And there are plenty of professional junk removal services out there, as well.

However, finding a professional and reliable firm that is the right service for you to take care of your junk removal the right way is critical. Why? Because not all services do it right.

So, how can you know which junk removal service to choose?

Here are five key criteria for choosing the best junk removal service in the DC area:

They are a Locally Owned Company

Some folks might argue that a big, corporate entity with multiple branches can deliver the best service because they’re, well, big! But locally owned and operated businesses have much more at stake. They need to build and maintain the goodwill of their customer base and their community.

In addition, when it comes to a service like junk removal, having a local firm makes a huge difference in the quality of service you can receive. They know your neighborhoods, know your city and county, and are familiar with the various facilities and local agencies that are instrumental in an effective junk disposal process. 

The Company is Fully Licensed and Insured

Many municipalities require various types of waste removal licenses for firms to operate as a legitimate junk removal service. In addition, when you have a company come to your home or place of work and remove junk on your property there are potential liability issues. This is why being both licensed and insured is an important criteria for you.

They Have Professionally Trained Staff

While some people may view junk removal as an unskilled task, professionally trained haulers know how to make sure your home or office walls, floors, ceilings, and doors remain safe during junk removal activities.

In addition to making sure that your property remains undamaged, they know how to best prioritize and effectively load your junk. And if any type of dismantling is required, they will have the skills to take care of that, as well. 

Touchless Junk Removal is Offered

After the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became essential for businesses as well as individuals to practice social distancing. In addition, services like junk removal – which are considered essential businesses – should have made it a number one priority to follow guidelines from the CDC and WHO when providing junk removal services.

While the overall coronavirus situation appears to be improving and various restrictions are loosening, any conscientious face-to-face service business will still opt for touchless practices whenever possible.

They are Environmentally Responsible

We only have one planet, and each of us shares a responsibility to protect and preserve it. This is why we believe that any commendable junk removal service is one that makes environmentally responsible and eco-friendly disposal practices a major tenet of their corporate mission and operations.

This means practices such as using larger trucks to reduce overall hauling trips, having fleets of trucks that make use of biodiesel fuels when possible, and making it a priority to donate or recycle as much of all the materials they remove, for each and every job. 

Of course, we are not shy about saying that Junk King Washington DC meets all these criteria and more! Whether it’s junk removal for your home or for your place of work, Junk King is your number one and local junk removal service in the Washington DC area.


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Providing Fair and Transparent Pricing – A ‘Bonus’ Criteria for Choosing

In addition to these important criteria, it’s just as important that you always get the best pricing for junk removal in your area, as well.

The right junk removal service will always be able to provide you with a free estimate before you make the decision to hire them. And the final quote should be the actual price you pay – that means no hidden fees or undisclosed charges. 

In addition, the most equitable and fair pricing method is to charge you only by the amount of space your junk takes up in the removal truck. That means the junk removal service that only charges a flat fee or, worse, charges by the weight of your junk load is not going to be the most cost-effective or fair provider for you.

The good news is that, at Junk King Washington DC, we never have hidden fees or extra charges, and we only charge you for the amount of space your junk takes up in our truck. We also provide free estimates before taking on any job. 

Best of all, we guarantee to beat any written estimate from any comparable operator. This simply means another junk removal service that is also licensed, insured, and operates a fully recycling-based business like Junk King.

And speaking of free estimates, we also give you four different ways to get one!

  • An On-site Estimate – This is the best and most accurate way for us to assess the job and offer you the lowest price by providing you with a free, no-obligation on-site estimate.
  • You Can Call Us at 888-888-JUNK or live chat with our highly trained customer service representatives.
  • You Can Text Us with a photo of your items at 737-888-5865, and we will text you back with an estimate.
  • An Online Estimate is also available by clicking the “Pricing” tab in the navigation above, scrolling to Pricing Estimator, entering your zip code, and choosing “By List Item” or “By Truckload.”

Like we said, getting a free estimate with Junk King is, well, easy-peasy!


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Make Junk King Washington DC Your Junk Removal Service in the Capital Region

No matter where you live in the greater Washington DC area – whether that’s Columbia Heights, West End, Chevy Chase, Manor Park, Pleasant Hill, or Washington Highlands – we’ve got you covered. 

Regardless of the nature of your junk removal needs, and regardless of how small or how large, when you call Junk King Washington DC, we guarantee to provide you with efficient and eco-friendly junk hauling and removal services. And the best part of all is that we do all the heavy lifting! You no longer need to do it yourself. 

We know, too, that once you decide to hire a junk hauling service, you need to determine which firm is the right one for you.

Junk King provides efficient, safe, and eco-friendly residential and commercial junk removal services so you don’t need to worry about the pick-up or disposal of the debris after your cleaning project is done.

Whether you need our services several times during your cleanup, or just once after you’re finished, our junk hauling professionals will ensure that the junk and debris is out of your way so that you can get on with your life.

And our professional and experienced junk removal team can carefully remove and haul off any other types of junk you have except hazardous waste

So, ready to get rid of your old junk? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. 

Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home or office and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room all your unwanted stuff takes up in our truck.

You simply point, and we’ll load your old junk items into our big, red, clean junk removal trucks and haul them away – and all with no hidden fees!

All you need to do is make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).


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Junk King Washington DC
8900 Edgeworth Drive Suite H
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Hours: M-F: 8A-6P, Sa: 8A-4P

Providing junk removal services to the Washington DC area, including:

Capitol Heights
College Park
District Heights
Upper Marlboro
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