Not everything that gets hauled away as junk has to go to a landfill. In fact, most of your residential junk removal items can be recycled. It's up to you.
Hauling your household junk and debris to a waste transfer station or landfill doesn't need to be your default approach for junk removal. You have options.
Why Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is More Than a Nice Saying
According to one source, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that about 75 percent of the waste stream generated in the United States is recyclable. However, only about 30 percent of the total waste stream materials are actually recycled.
An article at USAFacts noted,
"Americans recycled or composted about 32% of all municipal solid waste in 2018, the last year EPA data is available. That adds up to about 94 million tons of waste for the year. Another 11.8% or 35 million tons of waste was combusted with energy recovery a process of converting waste into heat, electricity, or fuel through combustion."
All of which means that almost 100 million tons of waste - junk, garbage, and debris - goes directly to our nations' landfills. And that's not counting to percentage of materials like plastics that end up in our oceans along with other junk and trash items that are found scattered around the country.
Part of the problem lies with the municipal waste management systems used through the U.S.
Many recyclables become contaminated by being placed in the wrong bin, or when a dirty food containers are put into the recycling bin. This type of contamination can prevent large amounts of material from being recycled.
And then there are some materials can’t be processed in certain facilities.
Not every recycling collection process is the same and some are more efficient and effective than others. Take the single-stream recycling approach, for example.
According to a report from the Columbia Climate School,
"Single-stream recycling, where all recyclables are placed into the same bin, has made recycling easier for consumers, but results in about one-quarter of the material being contaminated."
Adding to the recycling problem is the overwhelming quantities of plastic waste that is created in the United States.
The same report goes on to note,
"Although companies that make and sell plastic push the idea that recycling is the answer to the plastic pollution problem, six times more plastic waste is incinerated than is recycled. The CEO of Recology, a company that collects and processes municipal solid waste, wrote in a 2018 op-ed, “The simple fact is, there is just too much plastic—and too many different types of plastics being produced; and there exist few, if any, viable end markets for the material.” Moreover, because of the glut of natural gas and the resulting boom in U.S. petrochemical production, virgin plastic is now cheaper than recycled plastic."
There Is an Alternative Approach for Your Residential Junk Removal
The good news is that you don't have to load, haul, and unload your own junk items.
Junk King can take care of all your residential (and commercial) junk removal needs for you. We are always available to come and take all your junk, trash, and debris from your home or place of work, and dispose of it in a genuinely green and eco-friendly manner.
In other words, recycling.
At Junk King, it has always been our mission to take the time and effort to recycle as much as we possibly can. In fact, we successfully recycle up to 60 percent or more of everything that we take in, on average. By sorting junk materials that we collect, and partnering with our local vendors and recycling facilities, we are able to help find new uses - and new homes - for most everything we pick up.
Whether it is recycled, repurposed, or donated, Junk King promises to find a suitable method of disposal for your junk items and material.
And, while it may seem a little different to think of a professional junk removal service as a "recycling" service, calling on Junk King can be a far more efficient, convenient, and even cost-effective option than trying to do it yourself.
That's because we have the resources, the vehicles, the manpower, and the industry connections and alliances for making green junk removal and disposal fast and easy.
And when you've got far more junk and debris than you can load and haul on your own, that's simply another good reason to call in the pros!
Together We Can Make Junk Removal a Recycling Project
By contributing our efforts on an individual level, a corporate level, and a municipal level, we can successfully increase recycling rates to Zero Waste levels.
And, what do people mean by "Zero Waste"?
According to the EPA,
"Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them."
In states like California, the home of Junk King, several cities are succeeding in bringing their collective efforts to the level of Zero Waste and seeing huge reductions in the amount of waste going into landfills.
For example, the Columbia report noted that Los Angeles recycles almost 80 percent of its waste, with a goal to recycle 90 percent by 2025. Restaurants are required to compost their food waste, and companies get a break on their taxes based on how much they recycle. In addition, an initiative called “Rethink LA” helps residents understand the importance of recycling and composting."
And closer to home,
"San Francisco, which has set a zero waste goal for 2020, keeps 80 percent of its waste out of landfills. The city requires residents and companies to separate their waste into three streams, employing blue bins for recyclables, green for compostables (the city diverts 80 percent of its food waste) and black for material intended for the landfill. Food vendors have to use compostable or recyclable containers, and every event in San Francisco must offer recycling and composting."
Turn Your Junk Into Recycled Waste with Junk King!
You have a better option for your residential junk removal: Call your local Junk King.
Junk King provides professional junk hauling services for picking up and hauling off any amount of residential junk and debris. And we work with commercial customers, too!
And we don't just do "junk" - we'll even take your excess trash and garbage.
For example, we'll take your common recyclable items, too. Regardless of whether that's piles of plastic materials, discarded glass bottles, stacks of newsprint or other paper waste - we've got you covered.
But the good news is that ALL of your junk, debris, and trash can likely be recycled and that's exactly what we do with up to 60 percent or more of everything we pick every day.
So, no matter what your junk consists of, Junk King can help you get rid of it.
Recycling is part of being a green junk removal company!
We provide the most eco-friendly junk disposal processes of any junk removal service. And we are ready to help you get rid of any large quantities of paper, plastic, metal, or glass waste, along with your other unwanted junk, large trash items.
And that includes broken furniture and old appliances!
Our professional and insured appliance disposal team will show up at your home or office; we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You just point and we'll haul your unwanted items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).