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How the Cheapest Junk Removal in Austin Can Be the Most Expensive

January 21, 2020.

Taking out the trash is no one’s favorite chore, and it’s even less attractive when you’re dealing with a king-sized discard heap. No matter what kind of project you’re working on, dealing with disposal can be one of the most difficult, but also one of the most vital, aspects. Accumulated debris, waste and clutter not only makes it difficult to navigate a work site, it also presents a significant set of safety hazards. A lack of planning for waste management also has the potential to totally derail productivity, in addition to jeopardizing everyone’s safety.

Maybe you’re doing the emotionally and physically draining work of hoarding mitigation or managing a loved one’s estate. Perhaps you’re simply working to reclaim livable but clutter-filled space in your basement or an unused bedroom. Whatever the project, it’s likely there are plenty of things on your to-do list you can’t possibly outsource to anyone else. While there are plenty of situations and tasks only you can manage, waste isn’t among them. When it’s all said and done, what seems like the cheapest junk removal routes can actually be among the most expensive. With a bit of research, you can make informed decisions that allow you to ensure the most efficient, cost-effective and ethical options take center stage.

The Hidden Costs of the Cheapest Junk Removal Options

When you think of the cheapest junk removal options available, there are likely two which come to mind: municipal bulk collection, and do-it-yourself hauling.

Municipal bulk collection is a cheap option at first blush. The base costs are rolled into the same fees and taxes you already pay for weekly waste collection through Austin Resource Recovery, and all you have to do is haul unwanted items down to the curb. Scratch the surface, though, and things aren’t quite as simple as they seem.

First of all, Austin Resource Recovery only provides bulk collection twice each year, and only on their schedule. This means you’ll either have to plan your entire project around those two weeks when bulk collection is offered, or hope that your project dates will miraculously line up with the city’s schedule. There are also a host of restrictions in place governing what you can and cannot place out for collection. ARR collection technicians will accept furniture, appliances and passenger vehicle tires removed from their rims. Because bulk collection week is intended for items too large to fit inside containers, small, loose debris, cardboard and household waste are considered extra trash, and as such are subjected to extra trash fees.

It’s also wise to take a second look at where the items ARR will accept end up. Despite a Zero Waste by 2040 goal, all non-metal items with the exception of passenger vehicle tires are taken to local landfills. This even holds true for furniture and household items in usable condition, as there is currently no framework in place for salvaging these items. One of the cheapest junk removal options comes with a very high price when you consider not only the environmental impact, but also the social impact of removing usable items from the community.

DIY options must be better, right? After all, you can make sure your usable items end up at donation centers and your landfill impact is mitigated to the greatest possible degree. To do so, you’ll need to be prepared to invest a significant amount of not only time, but also physical and emotional labor. You’ll have to do all the heavy lifting, but also all the route mapping and all the logistics mapping for making several trips to multiple locations. How much time can you reasonably afford to siphon off your main project just to handle the things you don’t want or need?

How Working with a Private Hauler Can Be the Cheapest Junk Removal Choice

Hiring professionals in order to secure the cheapest junk removal may seem counterintuitive, but there are ways in which outsourcing waste management can help you save big in the long run. When you’re able to focus your attention on the bigger and more pressing parts of your project, you can make sure everything runs smoothly.

At Jiffy Junk, we understand that time really is money. We know you don’t have time to waste waiting for two collection weeks each year, or fussing with managing it all yourself. When we come to your home or place of business to handle trash, unwanted items and debris, we handle everything for you. Our trained and highly knowledgeable removal technicians do far more than scoop up your already-collected waste from the curb. We provide full-service removal, which simplifies the entire process. We’ll remove heavy furniture from where it currently sits, uninstall old appliances marked for disposal and even tear out old carpeting you plan to remove, so you can focus on everything else.

Anything in usable condition is separated for transportation to local donation centers as part of our commitment to mitigating landfill impact. Everything else, we work hard to seek out sustainable and ethical disposal solutions that do not include landfill dumping, whenever possible. When everything has been removed, we’ll move through your spaces to leave them broom-clean and free of any cobwebs. When we’re finished, you have a blank slate ready for anything you have planned, all with minimal effort on your part. You’re free to dedicate your time and effort to the tasks on your project list you can’t outsource, while we do the waste management work.

Don’t stress about deadlines, municipal bulk pickup restrictions, the risk of fines or the stress of planning your own hauling routes. With one phone call, we’ll provide true white-glove service that eliminates all your anxieties about waste management. Call us today to learn more about our dedication to greener disposal, our earth-first commitment and all the ways we work to provide the very best in high-quality waste management to the people of Austin.

 

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