Yard waste doesn't have to end up in your local landfill. In fact, almost all of it can by recycled and reused when you know how.
However, if you are looking out your front window at massive snow drifts and dealing with sub-Arctic temperatures, yard waste is probably the last thing on your mind.
This, Too, Shall Pass - Get Ready for Spring
While it may not seem like it now if your yard is buried in snow, but spring is just around the corner and soon it will be time to clean up your outdoors spaces from the ravages of winter.
And the sooner you start on it, the better.
In the past, for most people anyway, the typical approach to dealing with yard waste was to get rid of it. In other words, throw it in bins and dispose of it. We would do it with leaves, with grass, and with just about anything we could stuff into our green recycling bins or even the household garbage bin!
Or, depending on where you live in the country, burns piles or burn barrels in the spring and fall are common sights. Pile on the old leaves, branches, and anything else that can burn, and get rid of it all that way.
But there's a better way.
Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose - Your Yard Waste
It's a bit ironic, but many people are conscientiously "green" about household waste, yet neglect the same approach to their "green" waste. Or "brown" waste, for that matter.
Green wastes, such as lawn grass, contain high in concentrations of nitrogen, while brown waste - things such as dried leaves, pine straw, or hay, are rich in carbon. And, if your yards are typical of most, they generate a great deal of both.
As Recycle Nation points out,
[O]ur yards produce plenty of things we want to get rid of. Leaves, weeds, tree trimmings, frost-damaged vegetable plants and grass clippings all need to find a home either on or off our property. Yard waste recycling has become very popular in recent years. Green waste, as it is also known, makes up a significant percentage of the total waste stream.
And, believe it or not, our yard waste can actually be harmful to the environment depending on how it is disposed of.
Strange as it seems, these materials can do real environmental harm if they end up in a landfill. But they can do our planet a world of good if they are recycled. Read on to find out why it is vital to recycle yard waste and how you can do it.
It turns out that yard waste, when buried in a landfill and cut off from oxygen, it breaks down and produces methane. Unfortunately, methane is 80 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and is second only to carbon dioxide in producing greenhouse gas.
In fact, the nation's landfills are the third-highest producer of methane. And all our yard waste there doesn't help.
How much is that exactly? The EPA estimates that more than13 percent of all municipal solid waste is yard trimmings. If all our yard trimmings were recycled, we could keep over 33 million pounds of methane-producing waste out of our landfills each year.
Yard Waste Disposal - The Green Way
It turns out that many of the old yard and lawn care practices that many homeowners and others are used to are not all that environmentally friendly. But there is a better way to do things that will not only help save the planet, but help save you time and money.
Here's a quick checklist guide we put together to help you through your yard waste disposal (once the snow melts!)
Yard Waste Disposal Can Be More Than Leaves and Grass
There can be a great deal debris than you can effectively reuse or recycle. In those instances, you may not want to deal with the pickup and removal of that excess waste yourself. The good news is that Junk King is standing by to provide you with our yard waste pickup service.
In fact, when it comes to getting rid of your yard waste, there's a whole list of items we can take, including:
- Soil and sod
- Landscaping debris
- Firewood, lumber, or old timber
So, don't waste your own time making multiple trips to a waste transfer station or some green recycling facility when you can make a quick call and let a professional team with a large truck do it all for you.
Yard Waste Removal - Getting Rid of the Excess
Yard waste can be caused by a number of things. For example, you might discover that the recent winter storms will leave huge tree branches, twigs, and other debris strewn across your yards.
Or maybe you're in a milder region like the Southwest or California, and you're getting an early start on your spring gardening or landscaping projects. These are the types of things that will likely produce piles of dirt and debris everywhere.
Perhaps you simply have piles of lumber and other materials from old fences that have blown down, or an old shed that is no longer useable. And, along with that, you've probably got other junk and clutter in your yard now that you haven’t been able to clean up because of the weather.
Regardless of what it is or how it got there, we want you to know that Junk King offers efficient, safe, and eco-friendly yard waste removal services so you don’t need to worry about the pickup or disposal of your yard debris.
Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have.
In fact, our professional and insured yard waste removal experts will show up at your home or office and we'll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site. Once there, we’ll also give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.
You just point and we haul the debris into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
Ready to get rid of your yard waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).