Most people are concerned about using a junk removal company because they assume the majority of junk collected ends up in the landfill. Perhaps they’ve seen our trucks at a transfer station or dump. This doesn’t mean there is no recycling occurring. The local landfill sorts a wide variety of items for proper disposal, and we compartmentalize items in the truck – some earmarked to dump and some then taken to be recycled. If this is a concern of yours, my suggestion to you is to request the items you let go of be recycled, and realize that, depending on location and accessibility there are some restrictions, but every effort will be made to take of your request.
At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? we recycle on average more than 60% of what we collect, and in some regions that figure is dramatically higher. We conduct a waste stream analysis every two years to ensure our statistics are current.
Here is a list of the most commonly-recycled junk:
Green Waste – yard trimmings, trees, branches, grass, trunks, shrubbery and brush
Household Items – food waste, packaging, clothing, light bulbs, magazines, books
Construction/Demolition debris – lumber, concrete, asphalt, masonry, wallboard, roofing, insulation, carpeting, fly ash, clay bricks
Metal – iron, steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel
Glass – bottles, building glazing, automobile glass
Plastics – packaging, bottles, empty drums, mixed plastics, HDPE, LDPE, PET
Paper/Paperboard – office paper, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, paper packaging, phonebooks, medium-density fiberboard, mixed paper
Tires – on-road and off-road vehicle tires
Universal Waste – CRT monitors, computers, electronics, fluorescent tubes, batteries, aerosol cans, personal computers, computer monitors
White Goods – appliances such stoves, fridges, freezers
Items that most junk removal companies will not pick up include hazardous materials, such as paint and pool chemicals.
Of course it is possible to haul away your own junk and still do it in an environmentally friendly way. Consult your local city for suggestions on where to recycle the items you have.