September 17, 2019.
Bulk collection week – the two weeks of the year when Austin residents can drag their largest and most awkward items down to the curb for disposal. With a commitment to green initiatives and a Zero Waste by 2040 goal, it’s not a stretch to imagine this twice-annual waste management extravaganza is also a celebration of sustainable removal. The truth is, Austin Resource Recovery’s bulk collection weeks may not be as eco-friendly as you think.
Find out why you might want to think twice before hanging onto those large items throughout the year in hopes of giving them a greener send-off, and how you can find a faster, easier and more ethical disposal solution on your own schedule. Take a closer look at all your options. The most convenient, least labor-intensive choice may also prove to be the most economical and efficient.
The Darker Side of Municipal Large Garbage Pick-Up
Simply placing your items out for bulk collection weeks can be a challenge. Strict rules and regulations govern everything from accepted items to proper placement, and failure to meet these conditions can end in fines, fees or items left at the curb. When bulk disposal week only comes twice per year, you can’t afford to have anything left over after collection crews have finished making their rounds. You certainly can’t afford to find yourself with waste left behind and fines to pay, so it’s important to have a good understanding of how bulk collection works through Austin Resource Recovery.
First, it’s important to understand what can and cannot be placed out for special disposal. Bulk collection is exclusively for large garbage. Pick up crews will not collect items in bins or containers. In fact, bags at the curb are simply considered extra trash, even on bulk collection days, and are subject to the same extra trash fees you’d pay any regular collection day.
This also means you’ll need to carefully consider the type of items you’re looking to rid yourself of before you begin. If you’re dealing largely with household items, outgrown clothing, unwanted toys and other small items, bulk collection may not be for you. Even though you’re facing a high volume of small items, bulk trash is only intended for items too large to fit into a container.
Furniture, appliances, rolled fencing and nail-free lumber, lawn mowers with gas and/or oil removed, passenger car tires not mounted on rims, pallets, carpeting, doors and similar items are accepted. At the curb, items must be separated into three separate and distinct piles: non-metal items, metal items (this includes appliances), and tires.
These piles must be a minimum of five feet from fences, walls, telephone connection boxes, water meters, mailboxes or parked cars. They may also not be placed under any low-hanging power lines or tree limbs. Failure to comply with placement rules may also leave you in a difficult position as collection crews will not risk damaging personal or municipal property in order to gather bulk items for disposal.
Metal items and tires are taken to recycling facilities, but non-metal items face a less ethical fate. Regardless of condition, these items are taken to the landfill. Austin Resource Recovery currently has no plan in place to divert usable items collected during bulk disposal week, despite the City’s hard work to reach a Zero Waste goal by 2040. For Austin residents who take it for granted that these items will be disposed of in a more sustainable manner, this can be an unpleasant and perhaps unacceptable surprise.
In addition to environmental concerns, there’s also scheduling to consider. While there are cleaning and organizing projects that can be completed according to your own timeline, life simply won’t always wait for municipal large garbage pick-up. If you’re in the process of preparing to move, working to clear out and repair a rental property to get it back on the market, or doing the difficult and draining work of managing a loved one’s estate, time is of the essence. Working with a private large garbage pick-up service provider not only gives you more control over how and where your unwanted items are disposed of, but also more control over your schedule.
Greener Disposal Solutions for Large Garbage: Pick Up Service Options
You need service providers you can count on to help you meet your deadlines while clearing away unwanted items. You also need to be confident those items are being disposed of in a manner that aligns with your own moral code. It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their part for the planet and working with service providers who make greener disposal a core tenet of their business allows you to simplify waste management without burdening your conscience.
At Jiffy Junk, we take our responsibility to sustainably dispose of the items we collect very seriously. Our extensively trained and knowledgeable removal technicians will come to your home or place of business to remove unwanted items from where they sit, even if it means uninstalling appliances, removing old carpeting and tearing out padding for disposal. You never have to do any of the heavy lifting, just point out what needs to go and we’ll take care of everything. Along the way, we’ll do the work of sorting and separating items.
Anything in usable condition is immediately set aside for transport to local donation centers. We believe these items belong in the community, where they can be of use to families or organizations in need rather than languishing in a landfill. We work to find recycling centers or other sustainable disposal solutions for everything else, working hard to divert everything we can from the landfill as part of our greener disposal promise.
Whether you need one-time removal or ongoing waste management for an exceptionally large job, we’ll coordinate with you to devise a plan tailored to your needs. Together, we can turn even the most overwhelming discard piles into something easily managed with a single phone call. Get in touch with us today and learn more about how our white glove Jiffy Junk service can be the greenest disposal option in town.