August 6, 2019.
There’s nothing fun about oversized trash, but it can be especially tricky to navigate when you’re working on a project with a tight deadline and you’re committed to doing the right thing for the environment. Municipal waste management programs aimed at collecting large items are offered by Austin Resource Recovery, but bulky item pick up services offered by the city may not be ideally suited to your needs for a number of reasons. Before you start counting on the city to take care of your large waste management needs, it pays to consider not only the pros and cons of municipal collection, but also your other options as an Austin area resident in need of bulk disposal.
What Austin Residents Should Know About Municipal Bulky Item Pick Up Services
If you’re new to the area or have never needed to take advantage of bulky item pick up, you may not be familiar with how large waste collection works in Austin. The most important thing for most people to know is that, unlike some cities where bulk collection happens monthly or even weekly, Austin offers collection of items too large to fit into a weekly pickup bin only once each year. If you’re clearing out things you don’t want to take with you before a big move, preparing a property for transfer as part of an estate closure, working to get a rental property ready for the market, or working on any other time-sensitive project, this simply will not be sufficient unless you’re fortunate enough to find your schedule happens to align with that of Austin Resource Recovery’s one week of bulk collection per year.
What if you’re not working on a tight schedule, though? Clearing out the attic or garage, tackling the clutter in an unused spare room or redecorating your home can happen whenever you choose in most cases, so it’s easy to align your schedule with Austin Resource Recovery bulk collection week. It’s also easy to assume your waste will be managed ethically and responsibly; after all, the City of Austin is working diligently to reach a Zero Waste goal and places a high emphasis on sustainable waste management.
The truth is, most waste collected during bulky item pick up week will be taken to the landfill, even items in usable condition, simply because there isn’t yet infrastructure in place to funnel collected items to the appropriate places. Metal items and passenger car tires collected by Austin Resource Recovery crews are bound for recycling. Everything else goes straight to the dump, the last thing you want to hear if you’re working to minimize your own landfill impact.
It’s also important to note that municipal bulk item collection is a curbside service only, which means you are responsible for ensuring all items are hauled down to the curb and then separated into three distinct piles: metal items, tires, and non-metal items. Managing the heavy lifting can be a tall order, indeed, especially if you’re dealing with appliances, household fixtures or particularly large pieces of furniture.
In the end, working with private haulers who handle all the heavy lifting for you and who share your commitment to the environment can make all the difference by reducing both the emotional stress and the environmental impact of your project.
What to Look for in a Private Bulky Item Pick Up Service
Anyone with a truck can come to your home or place of business to remove items you no longer want or need, but not everyone can offer true white-glove, full-service removal with an emphasis on greener disposal. Where some private haulers recycle only the bare minimum required by law to simplify the process and maximize profits, we’re more invested in the health of the planet for future generations.
At Jiffy Junk, we’ve built our business around providing our customers with more than just hauling services and transportation to the nearest landfill. Our trained and experienced removal technicians don’t scoop up heavy items you’ve already dragged down to the curb or out of the house; we do all the lifting for you. We’ll even uninstall old refrigerators, dishwashers or other major appliances you no longer want or need before hauling them away for recycling. Where other haulers may accept rolled carpeting and padding for disposal, we’ll tear up old carpet and find the most sustainable possible disposal solution for it, too. When we’re finished removing items from the property, we’ll even make sure the space is swept clean and free of dust bunnies so you have one less thing to worry about when you go about the hard work of managing the rest of your project.
When you work with Jiffy Junk, you get to enjoy a clean conscience to match your clean, clutter-free space. Items we remove from the homes and businesses of our clients are examined carefully, and those in usable condition are taken to area donation centers. This keeps them in the community, where they can be of service to people and organizations in need, rather than taking up limited space in a landfill and potentially leaching harmful substances into the soil as they slowly degrade. Anything we can’t donate, we work hard to recycle, even if it means looking beyond the recycling services offered at a municipal level and partnering with community-based initiatives wherever possible.
We work hard to make sure our customers’ spaces are sparkling clean and ready for whatever comes next, but we also work hard to make sure we do our part to protect the planet however we can. We’re able to pass our minimized footprint along to our clients, but we’re also able to make quick work of even the largest and most difficult messes with no judgement, no questions and no fuss. Call us today and find out how Jiffy Junk can help you take control of your waste management projects no matter the size, with bulky item pick up services you can trust whenever you need them, not just once per year.