June 16, 2020.
Planning a big cleaning or organizing project can feel overwhelming under almost any circumstances. In the middle of unprecedented upheaval during a global pandemic, managing a big job can feel almost impossible. Whether you’re under a pressing deadline or just trying to take advantage of social distancing downtime at home to reclaim livable space, completing a project during a health crisis is no small feat. This is particularly true when the job includes hauling away junk.
Removal service options in Austin can be both confusing and stressful to navigate, but they don’t have to be. Armed with a bit of knowledge about your local options can help you make not only the most efficient choices, but also the ethical and environmentally responsible ones your conscience demands.
Ideally, you’ll have an idea of how you want to proceed with waste management before work begins. Accumulated waste presents a serious injury risk, but it also makes it difficult to maintain productivity for the duration of your project. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify the disposal process so you’re free to focus on everything else you need to manage.
Weighing Your Options for Hauling Away Junk: Removal Service, Municipal Collection or DIY Hauling
Municipal waste management services through Austin Resource Recovery can seem like the best possible choice at first glance. After all, they make quick work of weekly household waste and the city’s Zero Waste by 2040 goal seems to imply this is a greener, more sustainable solution. While Austin does work hard on a municipal level to minimize landfill impact in a number of ways, bulk waste collection is one area where things may not always be what they seem.
While metal items and passenger vehicle tires are transported to the appropriate recycling facilities, the vast majority of items collected during special bulk collection weeks will make their way directly to the nearest landfill. This is even true for furniture, household items and other goods which are still in usable condition, as there is currently no framework in place to facilitate transportation to donation centers. Relying upon Austin Resource Recovery means the environmental impact of your project will likely be substantial, but this also isn’t the only concern.
Unlike other cities which offer bulk collection on demand, on a monthly basis or even weekly, Austin provides bulk collection only twice per calendar year. This means you could find yourself waiting up to six months for the next available window of opportunity, especially now. With COVID-19 impacting the way a host of municipal services are handled, it can be difficult to determine when or if bulk collection services are even available for the foreseeable future. Even when timing works in your favor, working with ARR to manage large-volume waste can be quite the headache.
In addition to a host of restrictions and regulations governing what may and may not be placed out for bulk collection, there are also strict guidelines in place for how and where those items are placed. Everything you want removed must be separated into three distinctly separate piles: metal items and appliances, passenger vehicle tires removed from rims and non-metal items. These piles must not only be separate from one another, but also at least five feet from any walls, fences, parked vehicles, utility meters or telephone connection boxes. These piles must be clear of any low-hanging tree limbs or power lines, and you must be physically capable of hauling even the heaviest items down to the curb.
Large items are difficult to manage, but a high volume of small waste is also a challenge, as bulk collection week is specifically intended for items too large to fit into a trash cart. Any containerized waste, including bagged items, will be considered extra trash and as such, subject to additional fees.
With so much to keep in mind, the idea of do-it-yourself hauling can seem appealing. While it’s true you’ll be able to ensure everything is disposed of in a manner you feel comfortable with, it’s a much more complicated, labor-intensive and time-consuming approach to disposal. You’ll need to set aside plenty of time to make multiple trips to more than one location, then secure assistance loading and unloading your vehicle at each stop. If you don’t have access to a suitable vehicle, you’ll also need to prepare for the expense of truck rental, administrative and insurance fees, along with fueling costs and processing expenses at drop-off centers.
In the end, it’s often more cost-effective, more efficient and far easier to work with a reliable private hauler that specializes in sustainable disposal.
Saving Time, Money and Energy with Private Hauling
Organizing a garage, closing an estate or clearing out unwanted items before a big move all require your attention, but waste management is one of the few things on your to-do list that can be outsourced. When you need to concentrate on everything else, working with a reputable service provider can be a game-changer.
At Jiffy Junk, we understand that large-scale disposal goes hand-in-hand with a packed schedule. When we come to your home or place of business to get rid of things you no longer want or need, we provide full-service removal so you can focus on everything else you need to manage. Because we’re committed to making sustainable and ethical disposal attainable for everyone, we also take a different approach to removal. Our experienced and knowledgeable collection techs remove heavy items from where they sit, uninstall appliances and even tear out old carpeting marked for disposal so you don’t have to worry about the heavy lifting. Anything in usable condition is immediately separated and marked for transportation to local donation centers, keeping them out of the landfill and in the community where they can be of assistance. Items ineligible for donation are disposed of as sustainably as possible, avoiding the landfill whenever we can to minimize the impact of even the largest project.
When it’s all said and done, you’re left with a clean space and a clean conscience, even in the middle of a pandemic. N95 breathing protection and gloves are always uniform standard, but we also provide our techs with full Tyvek suits upon customer request to maintain the safest possible circumstances. Best of all, we do it all on your schedule so you never have to wait.
Contact us today to learn more about our greener disposal system, and all the ways we work to simplify even the most overwhelming project.