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Appliance and Furniture Waste: Disposal for Large Items in Broward County

May 28, 2019.

Whether you’re upgrading appliances as part of a kitchen remodeling project or trying to make better use of an under-utilized guest room, nothing holds up a home improvement project faster than a need for appliance and furniture waste disposal. You can’t make room for the new stuff without clearing away the old, and bulk disposal is a bit more complicated than chucking household waste in a weekly pickup bin.

You need to dispose of unwanted items, but you also want to do what’s right for the environment. While finding eco-friendly, efficient and reliable disposal for bulky items may seem like an insurmountable challenge, it’s easier than you might think.

Weighing Bulk Item and Furniture Waste Disposal Options

In order to make an informed decision about how you will get rid of appliances and furniture, you must first be aware of all your options. In most cases, your disposal options fall into one of three broad categories: municipal pickup, DIY disposal or private waste removal.

One scheduled day per month, Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services offers bulk waste collection to residents. Before 7AM on the scheduled collection day, items must be placed at the curb in an orderly fashion. Crews will collect furniture, appliances, carpeting, padding and fencing. Lumber, palm fronds, tree trimmings and other lawn waste are also accepted. Rugs, carpeting, padding and fencing must be rolled and securely fastened.

 Be aware, however, that lawn waste generated by commercial activities, including a landscaper’s crew, are not accepted on bulk collection days. Neither are automotive parts, marine parts, chemical waste, or construction and demolition waste. Items may not be placed near a fence, parked vehicle, utility pole or cable box. These items, once collected, will mostly be taken to the landfill. Appliance recycling minimum requirements exist on a federal level, so these items will be taken to a recycling facility. Everything else, though, will be disposed of by far less environmentally-sound means. Because these collection days happen on the municipal schedule, you’ll also have to work your own deadlines around the one day per month when you can dispose of large items. Unfortunately, life seldom works around bureaucratic schedules, so you may find yourself struggling to manage deadlines when you’re moving, clearing an estate or otherwise working on a tight schedule.

When you stop to think about the manual labor of hauling items down to the curb for collection, the difficulty of maneuvering around the city’s schedule and the hassle of dealing with a guilty conscience over landfill dumping, it can feel much more appealing to simply haul waste away yourself. After all, you’re in control of where it ends up, when it leaves your property and how it gets where it’s going. This is, of course, assuming you have access to a vehicle large enough to haul away appliance and furniture waste.

If not, you’re on the hook for rental, insurance and administrative fees right off the bat. You’ll also incur fueling and mileage costs, along with any fees you encounter at recycling facilities. You’ll also be responsible for wrestling heavy items on and off a truck, so it’s wise to have a strong friend or two on standby. You’ll have to make multiple trips to several locations in order to ensure the most ethical disposal possible, and the time you invest in logistics, hauling and disposing of these items is time you aren’t focusing on the rest of your project.

Private hauling is far more flexible and less labor-intensive. Working with the right service providers makes it easy to get rid of things you no longer want or need while making disposal decisions that help your community, rather than causing harm and contributing to landfill dumping.

How Private Furniture Waste Disposal Works

You don’t have time to worry about plotting out routes for optimal disposal hauling efficiency, or to spend learning the ins and outs of local, state and federal disposal law. There’s also a good chance at least some of what you’re trying to get rid of is still in usable condition, even if it’s no longer right for you.

At Jiffy Junk, we understand the value of our clients’ time and energy. We also understand the importance of working hard to guard the environment for future generations, so we take a unique approach to private waste disposal. Unlike private haulers who meet bare legal recycling minimums before hauling everything else to the landfill, we’ve built our business model around making more ethical and ecologically-sound choices.

Our trained and experienced removal technicians will come to your home or place of business to get rid of anything you no longer need, from furniture and appliances to outdated clothing and unwanted household items. Our crew separates everything they remove, making sure usable items make their way to local charitable donation centers, where they stay in the community and out of the landfill.

Anything we can’t donate, we work hard to recycle, even if it means seeking out special programs not used by municipal waste disposal services. Because we work so hard to keep our impact small, our clients can enjoy a clear conscience when we help them clear their space.

Minimizing landfill impact isn’t the only service we provide to our clients, though. We pride ourselves on providing the very best in full-service, white-glove waste removal in Broward County. We’ll uninstall appliances before disposal, so you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting. Our removal techs will even tear up old carpeting before hauling it away, so you’re able to save your energy for more pressing matters.

Let us help you make quick work of a big mess, all on your schedule and at your pace. Call us today to learn more about our ethical, efficient and highly-praised methods. Together, we can make sure you meet any looming deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise, while feeling good about your disposal choices along the way.

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