July 12, 2019.
Once upon a time in Palm Beach County, large trash pickup happened twice each week and limits on how much you could get rid of in a single trip were few. While this certainly made it easy for residents to get rid of everything they didn’t feel like packing before a big move, it wasn’t always a hit with the neighbors, who were forced to look at teetering piles of refuse left out twice a week up and down every street. As a result, things are changing when it comes to bulk waste disposal on a municipal level through the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.
New city ordinances and changes in municipal waste management codes mean residents looking to get rid of large items in high volume might need to rethink their disposal choices. This especially holds true for those who are committed to keeping their environmental impact as small as possible because items collected each week by SWA might not end up where you expect. Fortunately, there are a few ways to dispose of bulk items, and not all of them are dependent upon the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.
What Palm Beach Residents Should Know About Large Trash Pickup
Under new rules, residents may place no more than three items out for large trash pickup once per week. Construction waste totaling no more than two cubic yards per week resulting from small home repairs must be in bags or containers weighing less than fifty pounds. Debris exceeding SWA limits can be removed by Solid Waste Authority crews at a rate of $8 per cubic yard, with exceptions for debris resulting from hurricanes or other natural disasters. Along with new ordinances also comes the potential for fines and penalties, up to $250 from code enforcement or inspectors from Solid Waste Authority for residents found breaking new regulations.
There’s also the question of ethical disposal to consider. When you toss a gently worn sofa, out of date or outgrown clothing, castoff household goods or other usable items out on the curb for collection, it’s important to understand these items will not be collected for donation or recycling. With the exception of appliances and select types of items required by law to be recycled, most bulk waste will be taken directly to the nearest landfill, rather than staying in the community where it can benefit families or organizations in need.
Of course, in order to take advantage of SWA large trash pickup programs in any capacity, you must be able to move bulky items down to the curb in the first place. When you’re dealing with heavy furniture and appliances, this is often easier said than done.
What do you do when you’ve got far more than three large pieces to get rid of, though? Managing the final closing of an estate, dealing with rental property cleanup in preparation for new tenants, getting rid of assorted odds and ends before a big move, or something as difficult as a hoarding mitigation project tend to require far more than the three item per week allotment afforded by SWA under new bulk collection limits. This means you’re left with two options: do-it-yourself disposal or working with a private hauler.
Moderate- to large-sized cleaning or organizing jobs tend to yield a wide variety of waste, all of which will need to be sorted into three categories: items to be donated, items to be recycled, and items for which there are no recycling solutions. If you’re managing disposal yourself, this means multiple trips to a potentially wide variety of locations, all with you in charge of the manual labor. If you don’t have access to a large vehicle, this also means truck rental, insurance and administrative fees, along with fueling costs and any processing fees at drop-off locations. By the time you balance the value of your time and manual labor against the very real costs of DIY hauling, you may be surprised by just how expensive, and exhausting, it really is.
Large Trash Pickup Services with a Conscience in Palm Beach County
Your time and your health are valuable, and there are simply too many aspects of a large-scale project that only you can manage. While a lack of waste management planning can derail even the most meticulously plotted project, the truth is it can be outsourced without disturbing other aspects of organizing, cleaning, moving or planning for whatever comes next. When you work with Jiffy Junk, a single phone call is all it takes to put the stress and worry of dealing with disposal out of your mind once and for all.
Our extensively trained and experienced removal technicians will come to your home or place of business in Palm Beach County to remove just about anything you no longer want or need, no questions asked. Because we’re dedicated to providing the very best in true white-glove removal services, we remove items marked for disposal from where they currently sit; no need for any heavy lifting on your part. We’ll even uninstall old appliances and tear out old carpeting.
Anything we remove that is still in usable condition, like furniture, clothing or household goods, is set aside for transportation to area donation centers. This is the first way we work to minimize our landfill impact. Next, we work hard to find recycling solutions for anything we can’t donate, even seeking out community-based recycling initiatives where they exist to further minimize our footprint. When we’re done, we’ll leave your space broom clean and free of any lingering dust bunnies, so you have a truly blank canvas to go with your clean conscience and big dreams for the future.
Don’t let a mountain of waste and new limitations on municipal large item pickup through the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County make your upcoming project seem more daunting than it should. Call us today and find out how we can work together to turn even the largest and most overwhelming project into a truly clean slate.