While the quickest way to get rid of junk may be to give everything the heave ho straight into the trash can, that is definitely not the most environmentally friendly option. Landfills are quickly overflowing and it is up to us to protect Mother Earth for the generations to come. So the next time you are doing a home purge, whether for an upcoming move or regular Spring cleaning, keep these eco-friendly solutions to junk removal in mind.
Eco-Friendly Solutions to Junk Removal
- Find a great company. The best time saver is to find a junk hauling company, like Fire Dawgs Junk Removal, that does the sorting for you. That’s right – so you can still create one big mosh pit of junk which is easier on you, but you’ll still feel rest assured that anything that can be donated or recycled will be. Additionally, you can make a preference on which donation sites to use and you’ll still receive the tax receipt you’re owed.
- Make time to sort. As you are going through your items begin to create piles. A pile you’ll keep, a pile that is trash, a pile that can be recycled and a pile to be donated. If you are so inclined you could also create a pile to sell if you wish to host a garage sale or sell online. Depending on how much you have to sort this can be an exhaustive project but you will feel better in the end knowing the difference you made on your carbon footprint. For the future, create organizational bins or free an area of your basement or garage for sorting piles that way you can manage it as you go and then once or twice a year as it becomes full you can take care of it quickly and move on.
- Research options. Many times people are just unaware of everything that can be recycled, donated or reused. Look up donation and charity centers in your area – usually there are several options besides the typical Goodwill or Salvation Army. Your local schools and churches are also a great place to start. If an item is still usable, just unwanted, and you don’t have the time for a drop off some cities allow you to put on your curb with a “free” sign or there is also a “free” category on Craigslist you could post to as well.
- Be aware of hazardous items. Some items are more dangerous to the environment and people and therefore require special disposal. For example: paint, batteries, and pesticides need to be disposed of properly in order to maintain a safer and greener environment. Research your local hazardous waste sites to educate yourself on the entire list. Also, check out a list of items that can’t be placed in dumpsters.
Hopefully these eco-friendly solutions to junk removal provide assistance in making a greener decision next time you are purging. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions at 1-800-712-JUNK (5865). Be sure to check out our other service companies at Fire Dawgs Junk Removal and Fire Dawgs Cleaning Services!