January 17, 2020.
Whether you’re purging before a big move or doing the difficult job of closing a loved one’s estate, one of the most challenging and stressful jobs can be dealing with unwanted furniture. Removal should make your life easier, not more difficult, but it doesn’t always feel that way. This can be particularly true when furniture disposal is only a single facet of a much larger, more complicated project.
When you have a project to-do list that feels a mile long and is filled with things only you can manage, maintaining productivity is key. Furniture, appliances, household goods and other items marked for disposal impede that productivity by cluttering your work site; this clutter can also present a safety hazard. A lack of planning for waste management can derail your entire project, throwing everything off schedule and putting your ability to meet deadlines in jeopardy.
For residents of Palm Beach County, changes to county ordinances that went into effect in October 2019 can make municipal waste management a more complicated choice than before. Now more than ever, it’s important to make a definitive plan for waste management as soon as possible.
New Palm Beach County Ordinances and Unwanted Furniture Removal: What You Should Know
Prior to October 2019, residents of Palm Beach County were invited to place a nearly limitless number of items out for bulk collection right alongside household waste, twice per week. This made it relatively simple to deal with discarded appliances, household goods and unwanted furniture; removal was regular and dependable.
New ordinances effectively cut the number of annual bulk item collection days in half, dropping from twice per week to only once. Where once there were few limits on the items residents could place out for collection, there are now a host of new restrictions. No more than three bulk items may be placed out on designated collection days. Accepted items include not only appliances and household items too large to place into a regular trash cart, but also discarded furniture. Should you find yourself with more than three of these large items, you’ll have to contact Solid Waste Authority customer service for an estimate and to arrange additional haul-off for your address.
Socially conscious and eco-friendly residents should also be aware that while appliances and other metal items are typically recycled, most furniture makes its way directly to the nearest landfill. This holds true regardless of the condition of these items, which means even a gently worn sofa collected by Palm Beach Solid Waste Authority is discarded.
What if you have more than furniture that needs to be removed? If your furniture disposal needs spring from a larger remodeling or home renovation project, you may find yourself with construction debris as well. Construction and demolition waste resulting from minor home repairs is accepted by collection technicians, but there are restrictions on this type of waste, too.
All C&D debris must be containerized, but filled containers must weigh no more than 50 pounds each, and total debris should not exceed 2 cubic yards per week. Discarded carpet must be cut into 4-foot pieces and rolled into secure bundles, which also must weigh less than 50 pounds. Bulk waste, from unwanted furniture to construction debris, that does not meet guidelines will not be collected.
Of course, you must also be prepared for moving large, difficult-to-maneuver items down to the curb, too. Heavy lifting is no one’s idea of a good time, but it can also be downright dangerous. Do-it-yourself hauling means even more lifting, and potential truck rental if you don’t have access to a suitable vehicle. When it’s all said and done, the easiest, fastest and often the most cost-effective option is working with a private hauler. Choose one with a commitment to environmental responsibility, and it can also be the most sustainable choice.
Finding Greener, More Efficient Unwanted Furniture Removal
There’s more to unwanted furniture removal than getting something off your property. You must consider the implications for not just the community, but also the environment as a whole. When items in good condition end up in a landfill, everyone loses.
At Jiffy Junk, we understand that hauling away discarded items comes with a responsibility to do what’s right for the planet. When we come to your home or place of business to remove things you no longer want or need, we make sure that anything in usable condition is immediately separated for transport to local charitable donation centers. This keeps good items out of the landfill, but it also keeps them in the community where those in need have access to them. Everything else, we seek out greener disposal methods that do not include the landfill, whenever possible. We go the extra mile to cut out the dump, and to minimize our own environmental impact so we can pass a smaller footprint along to our clients.
Our white-glove full service promise also means we handle all the heavy lifting. Forget dragging items down to the road, we’ll remove heavy furniture from where it sits. We’ll also uninstall appliances before removing them, and even do the work of tearing out unwanted carpeting before disposing of it for you. Because we know time is of the essence in any project, even those with self-imposed deadlines, we’ll make quick work of even the biggest junk pile. Our removal technicians will even leave your spaces swept clean and free of cobwebs, so you’re left with a truly blank slate, ready for whatever comes next.
Don’t let new regulations and restrictions throw your project into upheaval. Contact us at Jiffy Junk to learn how you can totally outsource your waste management needs, knowing everything will be handled in the most ethical and responsible manner possible. Together, we can turn your stressful project into something more easily managed, more rewarding and better for the environment. Best of all, we can do it on your schedule, and with a single phone call.