Often after a big garage sale or estate sale there’s a lot of “junk” that needs to be disposed of. A concern many share is that this junk will wind up in a landfill and harm the environment in some capacity. Fortunately there are brilliant companies and entrepreneurs who are creating new ways to recycle many common household items that become junk. You can be assured when you contact 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (we highly recommend this junk removal service), that your junk will be properly handled and recycled. They’ve even taken extra steps to “compartmentalize” items in their trucks so that each section will be sure to arrive at the proper recycle station at your area landfills.
According to 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, more than 60% of what they collect is recycled, and that number is higher in some regions where landfill recycling technology is more advanced.
Have you ever wondered what the most commonly recycled junk is? Here’s a short list, and chances are you’ve got some of this “junk” hanging around your home – taking up space – time to recycle it!
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
Appliances – stoves, fridges, freezers
Keep in mind most junk removal companies will not pick up hazardous materials such as paint or pool chemicals. Many municipalities have recycling days for things like paint cans and batteries, be sure you find out when these days are, sometimes there’s a small fee, but you’ll feel great about doing your part to save the environment and recycle your junk!
Don’t forget, if you have junk cluttering your home, give your friendly local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? company a call and they’ll happily help!