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Moving in NYC: Trash Collection on a Larger Scale

April 11, 2018.

Moving is never easy, but it’s particularly stressful when it seems you have more to get rid of than to pack. There are times when NYC trash collection services just aren’t enough and moving is definitely one of those times. Whether you have old appliances and furniture to discard or just a lot of random detritus, you want to make sure you’re taking the most ethical and efficient steps to manage your waste.

While it may seem as if the New York City area is home to a mind-boggling number of disposal options, there are really only three: hauling it yourself, working within the existing DSNY framework, or private collection.

Choosing the Right NYC Trash Collection Option for You

Every situation is unique, and every move comes with its own complications. At the end of the day, you need to find a waste management system that fits your individual needs.

Do-it-yourself hauling seems like the most cost-effective option, but there are so many recurring costs it can turn out to be one of the most expensive. You’ll need access to a relatively large vehicle, not something the average New Yorker owns. This means rental, along with associated fees and insurance costs. Then you’ll need to factor in the cost of fuel and recycling center or landfill charges. This plan will also depend on your access to assistance, especially if you’re managing a move solo.

Another hidden cost of DIY hauling is the risk of fines and citations. Most cities have strict guidelines when it comes to disposal, and New York City is no exception. You’ll need to carefully research your legal obligations, particularly when it comes to recycling. Some items can’t legally be tossed into a garbage can or hauled to a landfill, and some must be processed before they can be recycled.

DSNY special pickup programs do exist for free hauling, though you’ll need to make an appointment for things like large mattresses, appliances and furniture. You’ll also need to make sure you’re prepared to meet all the minimum requirements to avoid fines, like bagging mattresses in specific bags designed to prevent the spread of bedbugs. These bags are not provided by DSNY, so you’ll have to buy and apply them yourself before hauling your mattress to the curb. Some appliances are not eligible for pickup at all, and others must be handled carefully to avoid environmental contamination.

Private hauling consolidates costs into a single charge, rather than a series of expenses to rent, insure and fuel a truck or purchase items to comply with DSNY hauling guidelines. In the end, this one-time cost can be less than you’d pay to manage it yourself, and you’re not required to do any of the heavy lifting.

The Perks of Private Collection

You want to keep costs low and efficiency high, but you also want to be environmentally responsible.

At Jiffy Junk, we understand the stress of moving and the importance of protecting the planet. Our technicians will come to your home or place of business anywhere in the five boroughs, Nassau or Suffolk Counties. We’ll collect everything, even hauling items marked for donation to the charity center of your choice. Everything else will be taken to the appropriate recycling center because we work hard to minimize our landfill impact. We’ll leave your space swept clean and free of dust, making it easier for you to collect your security deposit. Best of all, you never have to lift a finger. Make your move a smooth one!

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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