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Monthly Archives: September 2022

How To Pick The Right Junk Hauling Company For Your Needs

Everyone gets junk.

We may not intentionally set out to have junk, but we all end up with belongings that were once valued and useful and have long since devolved to the status of “junk.” And they have a tendency to pile up around the house in different places.

For some of us, our junk is relegated to the garage or basement. Others have junk stashed in their attic that they haven’t moved since Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon! But no matter where it’s tucked away or piled up, or how much or how large, our junk eventually needs to be removed.

And that’s when a professional junk hauling company like Junk King Washington DC is needed.

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Dispelling the Myth of the Convenience of DIY Junk HaulingDispelling the Myth of the Convenience of DIY Junk Hauling

Junk hauling is probably a chore that is as old as human civilization. Our prehistoric ancestors were dumping refuse and their own version of junk into pits as far back as five thousand years ago. As one source noted,

“3,000 B.C. | The first recorded landfill is developed in Knossos, Crete (modern-day Greece), where large holes were dug into the earth to dump refuse.”

In the land that would one day be known as the United States of America, indigenous peoples created shell mounds known by archeologists as middens. These were the places where they deposited the empty oyster shells in places like Florida, Maine, and even Chesapeake Bay.

More recently, many residents of the colonies, including locals like the George Washington household, would routinely discard trash and what we might term their “junk” into large trash piles, or middens, like the one excavated in South Grove at Mount Vernon.

Today, if we want to haul away our own junk, it usually means a trip to a nearby waste transfer station since landfills are far and few between in the Capital region.

In fact, there are no landfills in the District of Columbia, and there are just three waste transfer stations serving the larger DC area. The nearest landfill is the I-95 Landfill Complex in Lorton, Virginia, and then the Millersville Landfill in Maryland after that.

Plus, if you choose to go the DIY junk hauling route, you will need a truck to transport your unwanted items and materials in. Depending on the amount of junk and the size, this could also require some tie-downs to keep your load secure and possibly even a tarp to cover it so that things don’t fly out on the highway.

Then there is the cost for fuel, the cost for dumping, and possibly the cost for tie-downs, tarps, and maybe even an appliance dolly. Not to mention the time it takes to load, drive, unload, and then drive back for every “dump run.” And, of course, you have to do all the heavy lifting – and probably twice.

The good news is that there’s a better option for junk hauling.

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Finding the Right Junk Hauling Company

Before you grab your phone and start searching for “junk hauling near me” you should know that the results will do little more than show you how many choices you have to choose from. But those results do nothing to tell you which junk hauling companies are the right one for your needs.

Not all junk hauling companies are created equal.

But, to help you navigate the selection process, we’ve put together a brief guide for picking the right junk hauling company for your needs.

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 Excellent Customer ServiceExcellent Customer Service

Every company claims to provide good customer service. But simply showing up with a smile is not the standard for great customer service. Putting the customer first in everything and working hard to ensure that the job is done right, done well, and done quickly are the hallmarks of excellent customer service when it comes to junk hauling companies.

Fortunately, we live in a time when it is easy to learn the level of service from any company simply by reading online reviews and asking for recommendations. Once you’ve narrowed your choices to those who consistently earn good reviews for their service, there are a few other deciding factors to consider.

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Fair and Transparent Pricing

Pricing is definitely a key consideration but should never be your only decision-making criterion. There’s almost never a good reason to simply go with the lowest-priced option you find. Nor should you base your choice on the highest price. High fees do not necessarily mean premium service, just as the cheapest price almost always means you simply get what you pay for.

A good junk removal company will make its pricing structure and process clear, transparent, and readily available. In addition, a company that offers free estimates before you decide is often a sure winner.

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Green Junk Disposal Processes

In order to prevent your junk from being added to our rapidly diminishing landfills, you want to hire a junk hauling company that makes full use of “green” processes. Many junk hauling companies will try to avoid landfills and even recycle some of the junk they pick up. But finding a company that recycles or reuses as much material as possible means finding a company that cares about the environment.

This also means you won’t have to find a recycling center yourself and make trips to drop off recyclable junk since a green junk hauling company will do it for you.

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When hiring a junk removal and hauling company, you want to make sure that they are insured and bonded. Small things indicate a commitment to professionalism, including staff members being uniformed and trucks that are clean, painted and branded. The quality of their website and its ease of use is a factor to look for. always check their experience and professionalism.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 and variant strains, a professional company will have a touchless junk removal process in place. And lastly, ease and clarity of communication is a hallmark of a professional company regardless of the type or industry.

The good news is that if you live or work in the greater Washington area, finding the right junk hauling company for your junk removal needs is quite easy. Simply make the call to Junk King Washington DC and book an appointment with us today.

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Junk King Washington DC: The Right Junk Hauling Company for the Capital Region

Although the best thing about junk hauling with Junk King Washington DC is not having to do the work yourself, there are several other great things about calling us for your next junk hauling project.

For example, we do everything we can to make the process easy for you!

And our professional and experienced junk removal team can remove and dispose of any type of junk you have – except for hazardous waste.

Junk King Washington DC is a proud part of one of the nation’s largest and top-rated junk removal firms. And we’re also proud to be both a locally owned business and a 100 percent veteran-owned business.

Our professional and insured trash and junk removal team will come to your home or place of work, and we’ll always call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once we’re there, we’ll provide you with a free estimate based on how much room your debris, trash, and other junk take up in our truck.

You simply point, and we’ll load your junk quickly, safely, and efficiently. Once it’s loaded and we sweep up, we’ll haul it away. And we do it all without any extra charges or hidden fees!

Also, if you do need to take a DIY approach to load your own junk on your own schedule, you can easily book one of our convenient MINI Dumpster rentals and have us pick it up when you’re done.

So, ready to take advantage of our quality junk hauling services? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

You can make an appointment by booking online above or call us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).

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5 Yard Waste Removal Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

While the meteorologists have already moved into the fall season as of September 1st, the actual and “official” first day of fall is September 23rd. And, for many of us who still have kids going off to school, the “unofficial” last days of summer happened over the Labor Day weekend.

Regardless of when you mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, now is still a great time to get your home and your outdoor spaces ready for the fall season.

And, as we know quite well here at Junk King Washington DC, that almost always means dealing with yard waste removal.

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Fall Weather and the Coming of Winter in the Washington DC RegionFall Weather and the Coming of Winter in the Washington DC Region

Summer in the Capital region is a time of heat and humidity. And the onset of fall means a bit less of both, which is almost always a welcome relief.

Unlike many other areas of the country, however, we certainly don’t see a lot of rain in the fall. In fact, according to data provided by WeatherSpark.com,

“The month with the most rain in Virginia is June, with an average rainfall of 3.8 inches. The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from November 23 to March 18. The month with the least rain in Virginia is January, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.”

And in Maryland, October is the driest month, with only 8.1 rainy days. The month with the least rain in Washington, D.C., is January, with an average rainfall of 2.1 inches.

In addition, the region in and around Washington, D.C. doesn’t have much snow before December. However, the temperatures begin to drop significantly by October and on into November, usually in the 60s and then down into the 50s and 40s by the first day of winter before Christmas.

All of this means that September is likely the most comfortable and pleasant time to get your home ready for fall.

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Five Great Yard Waste Removal Tips to Get Your Outdoor Living Space Ready for Fall

DC area homeowners and renters know that yards can get cluttered and messy over the summer months. And when the trees begin to go into their fall mode, leaves will add to the mix.

In addition to the junk and rubbish that should be cleaned up, yards can have other debris resulting from broken fences, broken sheds, and other structures. Summer storms are known to pack a brutal punch with some strong winds along with lightning, thunder, and sudden downpours.

And too often, the debris that these passing storms leave behind doesn’t always get cleaned up right away, which results in a great deal of yard waste in many cases.

So, with that in mind, here are five solid yard waste removal tips to help you make your outdoor cleanup project a breeze!

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Tip One: Keep Your Yard Tools Handy: Use a Bucket for Weeds and for Tools

Make your yard work easier by using the right tools and by keeping them in a tool belt while you clean up. A great way to keep weeds and cuttings in one place while weeding is with a five-gallon bucket. Simply place collect your weeds inside for easy disposal afterward. And once you’re finished with that task, you can use it to store your yard tool belt.


Tip Two: Refresh Flower Beds and Mulch with Bed Debris and Fallen Leaves

Plant and flower beds can fill with leaves during the fall, so it’s important to clear them out. In addition, this is a good time to remove any dead or dying flowers and plants. You can store the dead leaves and other organic debris in leaf bags until spring to use as mulch weed control in your garden.

When it comes to leaves, it’s quite possible to have a lot of them accumulated in your yard. Instead of bags, try using a large tarp to make leaf removal easier. You can either rake them on or use a leaf blower to push the leaves onto the tarp.

Or, as Bob Vila suggests, “If you are bagging leaves, rake them into rows rather than a large pile. You can then separate a manageable portion of leaves from the end of the row to put into each bag.”

And since this is also a good time to be getting your garden ready for winter, you can shred the leaves to insulate the bases of your plants against the winter cold. For large amounts of leaves, simply shred them with your lawn mower.

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Tip Three: Prune Tree and Shrub Branches

As the folks at Lowe’s point out,

“If you have dead or out-of-control branches, the fall is a good time to prune or trim them. But wait until spring to prune green branches. Pruning green branches in the fall may not leave the plants enough time to heal before the cold sets in. Pruning helps keep your plants healthy and encourages new growth.”

You will find that it’s much easier to prune branches with sharp blades than with dull ones. And a sharp pruning tool will make cleaner cuts, which allows plants to heal faster. So, make sure all your pruners, shears, and hedge clippers are sharp, oiled, and well maintained before clearing away dead wood and broken branches. And don’t forget end-of-summer maintenance for your other lawn equipment.


Tip Four: Mow and Trim the Lawn

It’s always a good idea to give your yard one last cutting before the cold weather begins here. You can bag your grass clippings or, even better, leave the bag off when you mow and simply make mulch with the clippings, which saves time and is good for your lawn.

Grass clippings are 80 percent water and contain about 4 percent nitrogen, 2 percent potassium, and 1 percent phosphorus. These clippings break down quickly and will enrich your lawn with vital nutrients as they decompose. After mowing, use a powered string trimmer or edger to create clean lines around the boundaries of your lawn.


Tip Five: Use a Leaf Blower to Clean Your Gutters and Rinse Them from the Ground

Most leaf blowers have a special attachment that can be fitted on them to make leaf removal from your gutters much easier, quicker, and safer than doing it by hand from the top of a ladder. Be sure to clean the gutters before you rake the leaves in the yard so that you don’t have to rake twice.

Also, having a gutter attachment for your garden hose or an attachment on a pressure washer is an effective and efficient method for rinsing your gutters after clearing them of leaves and debris. And if you notice your gutters are damaged, this is the time to fix them before the cold and snow start.

No one wants to spend more time than they need to with end-of-summer yard cleanup and yard waste removal. So, when you’ve got all your piles together and everything has been cleaned up, it’s time for the final step of yard waste removal.


Call Junk King Washington DC for Your Yard Waste Removal Needs

Summer is ending, and Autumn is just around the corner! And that means football, festivities, and fall weather. This also means it’s a great time to get your outdoor spaces spruced up, cleaned up, and cleared out.

And when it comes to removing and disposing of all the yard waste, just call Junk King!

We are confident that you’ll love your experience working with Junk King Washington DC because we offer:


  • Easy scheduling and on-time arrivals
  • A courtesy call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive
  • Uniformed staff of trained, insured professionals.
  • Safe junk removal with fast and courteous service.
  • Free and honest estimates with no hidden fees


In addition, at Junk King, being green and environmentally friendly is part of our company mission.

And we demonstrate this daily by regularly recycling, donating, or re-purposing everything we possibly can. For furniture removal, we take an environmentally friendly approach by ensuring the metal, wood, and other materials are recycled properly.

If your old item can be reused, Junk King will transfer it to a local donation center where it can find a new home.

So, ready for fast and affordable yard waste removal? It’s as easy as 1,2,3.

Book online or call us today at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865) to get started with a free estimate.

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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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