May 8, 2020.
Cleaning up and clearing out your home as the seasons change is a time-honored tradition, but it can be a struggle to find a disposal solution capable of meeting both your needs and expectations. Waste management needs to be not only efficient and accessible on your schedule, but also ethical and environmentally responsible. For Austinites, this can be an even steeper challenge; Austin Resource Recovery does provide bulk pickup, but only twice per calendar year and with a host of restrictions.
Where do you turn when you’re ready to reclaim your house? Junk removal service options aren’t limited to municipal haulers, even in the age of social distancing. When you’re equipped with the information you need, making a solid plan can be as easy as picking up the phone for a single call.
Reclaim the House: Junk Removal Service Options
If you’re spending more time at home than ever before, purging and organizing can feel like a pressing task. Busting clutter can not only make your space more livable, it can also provide an avenue for asserting some control over your daily life. You can’t vanquish a pandemic and restore normalcy to society, but you can vanquish unwanted items and overwhelming clutter that make it difficult to feel comfortable in your own home.
To do this, you’re going to need reliable waste management. You can’t get rid of broken, unneeded or abandoned items without disposal, and your weekly household trash collection almost certainly won’t fit the bill. The twice-yearly bulk collection weeks provided by Austin Resource Recovery are a great way to get rid of a few exceptionally large items, but only when you’re on a project with no deadline. Also, the array of restrictions, regulations and limitations make ARR bulk pickup more difficult to navigate than your cleaning project itself.
To take advantage of bulk collection, Austinites must drag all of their heaviest items down to the curb. Then, you must separate those items into three distinct piles: metal items, passenger vehicle tires and non-metal items. Waste in the two former categories are taken to recycling centers, but the latter, which makes up the vast majority of bulk waste, goes straight to the landfill. Even with an ambitious Zero Waste by 2040 goal, there is simply no infrastructure in place to ensure non-metal bulk waste is handled sustainably. Worse, even items in usable condition will make their way to the dump, because there’s also no system in place for diverting these items to donation centers.
Opting to work within the Austin Resource Recovery bulk disposal guidelines means you have no control over when you can begin your project, no ability to keep items eligible for donation out of the landfill and the potential for fees and fines. Because bulk collection week is intended specifically for those items too large to fit into a container, containerized waste is simply considered “extra trash” and thus subject to extra trash fees. Clearing years of clutter doesn’t just mean getting the largest items out of the way; it also means finally freeing yourself of the odds and ends that collect over time. High volumes of small-item waste are simply not suitable for ARR bulk pickup week, which means that for most big projects, it’s just not a good fit.
At first blush, piling everything into the back of a truck and handling the hauling yourself can seem like the best option. After all, you’ll know where it all ends up if you do the work yourself, right?
The truth is, DIY hauling is so inefficient it can extend the timeline of your project dramatically. If you don’t have access to a suitable vehicle, you must rent one. This means rental, insurance, administrative and fueling costs, on top of the logistical challenge of coordinating multiple trips to several drop-off locations. The time you spend making numerous trips to locations all over the city is also time you can’t invest in the aspects of your project that can’t be outsourced. In the end, you’ve spent more time, more money, more manual labor and more resources trying to avoid the pitfalls of ARR bulk disposal, all just to take back your own house. Junk removal service, on the other hand, allows you to focus on the things no one else can manage without worrying about the overarching impact of your cleaning spree.
How Private House Junk Removal Service Makes a Difference
Anyone with a truck can pull up to collect items from the curb for disposal, but a high-quality service provider can be an absolute game-changer.
At Jiffy Junk, we’ve spent years honing our approach to bulk disposal while keeping our commitments to protecting the environment and providing the absolute best in full-service removal. Our extensively trained and knowledgeable removal technicians do all the work, even uninstalling unwanted appliances, tearing up old carpet and moving heavy furniture from where it sits. Gloves and N95 face masks are uniform standard in response to COVID-19 concerns, but we also use full Tyvek suits on request.
Items in usable condition are immediately separated from the rest for transportation to area donation centers. This allows us to keep those items out of the landfill and in the community, where they can be of help to neighbors in need. Anything that isn’t suitable for donation is taken to recycling facilities or disposed of as sustainably as possible, minimizing landfill impact to protect the planet and your conscience. Best of all, we’ll do it on your schedule any time of year, so you’re not forced to wait up to six months for the next collection period.
With a single phone call, you can turn an overwhelming amount of junk into a quickly, easily managed project. Together, we can clear out your space and improve your quality of life during a time when everyone is sticking closer to home. Contact us today to learn more about our greener disposal plans and all the ways we make quick work of even the biggest projects.