Everyone finds themselves needing to get rid of junk once in a while. And most everyone makes the efforts to properly recycle. But not everyone realizes that the two actions can be the same thing!
We are a nation of recyclers. At least we’re working hard at becoming one, anyway. Unfortunately, the U.S. currently recycles less than 22 percent of its recyclable waste according to a recent study by Yale University and the EPA.
According to most statistics, in fact, the overall volume of recycling in America hasn’t improved in over 20 years. And this is true despite the billions of dollars that has been spent on recycling awareness campaigns and the ongoing development of new sorting technologies.
The United States only represents about 5 percent of the world's population, yet we generate more waste than any other country in the world, according to the World Watch institute. In addition, it’s been estimated that worldwide waste will double by 2040.
Junk Disposal Can Support Recycling
Almost every type of material that is placed into the waste stream can be recycled or reused. But there are several common materials that represent the bulk of our trash and junk that can be recycled and are often overlooked. By targeting these materials you can be more strategic with your junk disposal practices and add significantly to the recycling efforts in your community.So, what are those common materials?
Here is an illustrated chart that highlights these items. This infographic explains the five ways you can support your local recycling efforts:
Recycling Makes a Difference
What are the effects of improved recycling efforts on the environment?• Recycling conserves up to 95% of the fresh water used in processing many materials• Recycling prevents waste from going into oceans• Recycling significantly reduces use of fossil fuel energy and reduces CO2 emissions
As we’ve illustrated here, we can make sure that the most common materials will get recycled from our homes: paper, plastic, aluminum cans and glass. But there are other common items that can also be recycled into raw materials or restored through reuse and repurposing.
For example, we might find we have a growing amount of clothes, shoes, and personal belongings. Maybe it’s too many larger household items like furniture or exercise equipment. Whether you find you have too much excess stuff or you have things that have broken, wore out or simply become unusable or outdated, you can have to dispose of them.
What can you do to recycle them?
Most people will simply toss things out. If it’s not too big for the curbside trash bin, then that’s where most of these things go. But adding to the municipal waste stream or a local landfill isn't the only option for these items. In fact, much of what you think of as merely junk or trash can be utilized or disposed of in other ways – like your local recycling center.
The Best Choice for Your Junk Removal and RecyclingJunk King is proud to be North America’s greenest junk removal service. We pioneered recycling-based junk removal in 2005 and have been going greener ever since. We sort every job for metals, e-waste, paper, household goods, textiles, furniture and appliances, in our recycling warehouses.
But “going green” also means we donate, repurpose, and reuse everything from clothing, toys, baby cribs and strollers to office furniture and supplies. We run many of our trucks run on biodiesel, a domestically produced fuel made from more environmentally safe non-petroleum, renewable resources. Junk King is committed to continuing to lead the way to help keep our planet clean, green and beautiful for the generations to come.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete.
Our team specializes in trash and junk removal. We can be at your home in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to be an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us call at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).