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5 Surprising Things You Can Recycle From Your Home

Posted by Junk King on Jun 6, 2018 9:00:20 AM

There are many other household items that can be recycled in addition to just aluminum cans, glass bottles, boxes and newspaper.


In fact, you might be surprised at the variety of household items and debris that can actually be recycled instead of dumped in a landfill. While, most people are quite familiar with the concept of recycling, we do tend to think of it only in terms of common items we're familiar with.

But, the fact is that there is a vast number of items that can be effectively recycled and re-used.

5 Household Items You Can Safely Recycle

One of the challenges homeowners face with recycling is in knowing what can and cannot be safely recycled. Fortunately, there is much more coming out of your household that can be re-used than just the milk jugs and soda cans!

In fact, here are five other common items that can be recycled from your residential trash:

5 household items


Re-Thinking Residential Recycling

For most American households, recycling has become a way of life.  Although recycling itself is a centuries old practice, it's only been advocated the United States during the last few decades. In fact, there was a time when recycling was a novel concept for most people over 50. 

Here is a brief 'timeline' of modern recycling in America:

  • The first curbside-recycling bin is used in Missouri for collecting paper in 1974.
  • In 1976 Massachusetts starts weekly multi-material curbside collection programs in two cities with the first ever residential recycling truck.
  • By the end of the 1970s approximately 220 curbside collection programs are operating in the US.
  • By 1985 approximately 10% of Americans are participating in nationwide recycling.
  • Also in 1985, New Jersey passes the nation’s first universal mandatory recycling law requiring residents to separate recyclables from their trash.
  • By 1995 America is at 20% nationwide recycling participation and by 1998 we are over 30%.
  • In the early 2000s, organic waste collection at the curb begins on the West Coast in San Francisco.
  • In 2011, lawmakers in California adopt a goal to get the state’s recycling rate to 75% by 2020.

Today, the practice of separating our trash for recycling has become an accepted and normal way of life in America, In fact, almost every municipality has the familiar recycling curbside bins and the number of programs, tools, and advocacy continues to grow.

Large Items and Residential Recycling

In addition to the plastic, paper, glass and metals from your house trash, there are many other household items can also be recycled. The problem is too many of us try to get rid of large, unwanted items by taking them to the dump. But this isn't the only option, nor event he best.

Not only are landfills becoming scarcer, there are often limitations on what can and cannot be disposed of there.

But there are a surprising number of items that can either be reused or broken down and the components recycled. For example, you can recycle appliances at any recycle center that is equipped for them.

Unfortunately, a common sight in America is the random sofa lying abandoned on the side of a road. And even a broken microwave or washing machine at times. Not only is it unsightly, but it's a hazard, as well as illegal in most places. But there are a number of ways to get rid of these items without dumping them.

For example, there are many non-profit groups, or community thrift stores that would be glad to have them for free. Donating your used appliances can be a great choice and many organizations will pick them up for you.

But, if your simply want to get rid of an old appliance, there are businesses that will pick it up for you and then dismantle them for the usable parts and recyclable materials.

This option eliminates the work of lifting, hauling, and dumping your old appliance, and can save you the disposal fees you would probably have to pay at the landfill or disposal facility.

Recycling Large Items Is Easy

Junk King provides professional junk hauling services to remove refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves, flattops, dishwashers, ranges and more. We have all the equipment and man power to remove a large fridge even up a small stairway or down your basement steps out through the garage. We can remove commercial appliances if you are renovating a restaurant or upgrading your old equipment.

Junk King will remove any household appliance that you deem unfit. Whether the appliance is broken or you just want to upgrade your equipment, Junk King can help you get it out of the way. We provide an eco-friendly appliance removal service to help you get rid of any unwanted washers and dryers, or any heating and cooling equipment.

Our professional and insured appliance disposal team will show up at your home and call 15 minutes before we arrive on site. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your items take up in our truck. You point and we haul your old appliances into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865)

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Topics: metal recycling, appliance recycling, Residential Junk Removal, Recycling, Landfills

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