May 19, 2020.
In a perfect world, life would never present unexpected and urgent situations. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world full of short deadlines. When you’re facing a mess so large you need a professional cleanup crew, junk removal options can feel completely overwhelming. To further complicate matters for Austinites, strict guidelines and limited municipal bulk waste removal offerings make it difficult to rely on Austin Resource Recovery when time is of the essence.
Whether you’re trying to reclaim living space ahead of a home improvement project, working hard to mitigate a hoarding situation or anything in between, sometimes you can’t wait six months for hauling. When you’re in the thick of a remodeling, cleaning or organizing project, you also don’t have time to become an expert in all things related to waste management in Austin. Fortunately, it’s easy to find service offerings ideally suited to your unique needs. Taking a step back to look at the big picture helps you to understand how to choose the best disposal solution for your individual project.
Cleanup Crew, Junk Removal Service or Municipal Disposal? Weighing Your Options
Staring down a mountain of odds and ends you no longer want or need can be a harrowing experience. Where do you turn when there’s far more waste than you could ever hope to fit into a weekly curbside bin? How do you navigate large-scale disposal while making ethical, sustainable choices for the good of the planet? During a global health crisis, do you even have access to any kind of outside help?
Austin Resource Recovery, the City of Austin’s municipal waste management system, does provide curbside pickup for bulk waste. These services are only provided twice per year, though, and on ARR’s schedule. This means you may find yourself waiting for the better part of six months for your area’s designated pickup week. This is far from ideal under any circumstances. Even if you happen to find your schedule aligning with that of the city, you may want to think twice before dragging your unwanted items down to the curb.
With an admirable goal of Zero Waste by 2040, Austin has a number of programs in place to mitigate landfill dumping. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to bulk week. Though metal items, including appliances, and passenger vehicle tires are taken to a recycling facility, items which don’t fall into those two categories make their way straight to the local landfill.
Unfortunately, non-metal items make up the vast majority of items collected during bulk week. If you’re trying to keep the environmental impact of your project as small as possible, Austin Resource Recovery may actually be one of the most ill-suited options. Even furniture and household items in usable condition are taken to the landfill, as there is no infrastructure in place to divert them to donation centers.
The restrictions in place for what can and cannot be collected, extremely tough rules about placement and sorting and the potential for extra trash fees also make it a less than practical option. For smaller projects, ARR bulk collection may be easy enough to navigate. For jobs large enough to require a cleanup crew, junk removal through municipal services just won’t fit the bill.
DIY hauling can feel like the next logical option. After all, you’re sure to be able to control where your waste ends up if you drop it off yourself. In the age of social distancing, though, it can be difficult to know what is and is not open to the public on any given day. It’s also important to remember that all the time you spend sorting waste, making multiple trips to more than one drop-off location and handling the heavy lifting is time you can’t spend on the rest of your project. Waste management can be outsourced to professionals, but that’s not the case for many items on your to-do list. When it’s all said and done, it can be more cost-effective, more efficient and far more ethical to work with a professional crew that understands the importance of eco-friendly disposal.
Choosing a Private Hauler in Austin
When you’re on the lookout for the ideal private hauler, there are a few things you should keep in mind. You need a service provider that shares your commitment to sustainable disposal, doing right by the community and one who puts your schedule first.
At Jiffy Junk, we immediately separate usable items for transportation to donation centers, not the dump. This keeps your items in the community where they can help those in need, and out of the landfill. We also do all the lifting, saving your back and your time while you focus on things no one else can manage. We’ll uninstall appliances, tear out carpeting and remove heavy furniture from where it sits so you don’t have to worry about anything at all.
Gloves and N95 breathing protection are uniform standard for our extensively trained removal technicians, or we can arrange truly contact-free disposal on your terms. We also provide full Tyvek protective suits to our removal technicians at your request, so you can enjoy a clean space and peace of mind when it comes to your health. Best of all, we’ll do it on your schedule. No waiting for the one week every six months ARR transports perfectly good furniture to the landfill, and no more scrambling to meet a looming deadline.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can simplify and streamline every aspect of your cleaning project. We even provide sanitization services, using an EPA registered disinfectant free of chlorine, corrosive compounds and bleach capable of sanitizing all non-porous surfaces in your home or place of business. Together, we can make quick work of even the most overwhelming jobs, even during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. With one phone call, we can turn a daunting project into an exciting and stress-free experience, so let us help you make the most of your time.