October 12, 2017.
Is the outgrown swing set on your lawn taking up valuable outdoor living space? Once the kids are past the age of enjoying play equipment, you have the opportunity to reinvent your back yard as a grown-up oasis. First, though, you have to figure out how to handle your swing set removal. This can be trickier to manage than you might anticipate.
Dismantling an old set can be difficult enough, but then you’re faced with finding the right system for disposal. While you might be tempted to chuck all the pieces you can gather into a truck bound for the nearest landfill, this might not be the most ethical or even the easiest method. Bulk pickup through municipal waste services can be difficult to schedule, with complex rules and regulations. Depending on the material your swing set is made of, there may even be health hazards to consider.
Potential Complications of Swing Set Removal
Swing sets can be manufactured from a number of different materials, though they’re typically made of lumber, metal or a combination of the two. If your old set contains any wood, it’s important to take potential hazards into account.
Prior to 2004, it was not uncommon for play set companies to use pressure-treated lumber during the manufacturing process. While pressure-treated lumber does withstand the elements better than the untreated variety, it also contains chromium, copper and a form of arsenic, which is a known human carcinogen. Disposing of pressure-treated lumber requires special attention and may be regulated by state, local or federal law.
Wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) should be disposed of in debris landfills authorized to accept construction and demolition waste. Because CCA does leach into surrounding soil and ground water, it’s vital you do not chip treated lumber into mulch. It’s also not advised to ever burn CCA-treated lumber, since combustion can release dangerous compounds.
Legal compliance aside, it’s also important to make sure your disposal method is as environmentally responsible as possible. Recycling options exist for most materials, though they aren’t always easy for the average homeowner to track down effectively. Still, keeping reusable and recyclable materials out of landfills is the key to responsible disposal.
Quick and Convenient Playset Disposal
You can dismantle your old swing set yourself to dispose of the pieces appropriately, but it will likely require trips to more than one drop-off location if you’re committed to recycling construction waste. Facilities that accept metal swing sets, for instance, may not accept wooden components.
We understand your time is valuable, which is why our trained and experienced Jiffy Junk technicians offer white-glove services to customers throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We’ll not only provide ethical disposal by prioritizing recycling and donation; we’ll also dismantle your old swing set on the spot before taking the pieces to the right locations. Don’t let the complications of removing an old playset keep you from transforming your lawn into the space of your dreams.
Call today: 844-543-3966.