September 24, 2019.
Finding a large-scale disposal solution can be difficult on its own; working to also unravel the mysteries of junk removal pricing is sometimes enough to make a big project seem altogether unmanageable. From municipal services to private haulers to do-it-yourself removal, you do have a plethora of options, but figuring out which is best suited to your needs can be a challenge. The key to making the right choice is a clear understanding of all your options, including each of their benefits, drawbacks and hidden expenses.
What Austinites Should Know About Junk Removal Pricing
With a Zero Waste by 2040 goal and a vast number of municipal initiatives aimed at increasing sustainable living and disposal, the City of Austin does provide a number of greener services to residents. Because of the citywide focus on reducing waste and increasing awareness surrounding ethical disposal, it’s easy to see why many Austinites assume disposal services through Austin Resource Recovery are among the eco-friendliest available.
When it comes to bulk disposal week, however, you might want to think twice about the hidden costs, including the cost to the environment. Despite Zero Waste goals and community recycling initiatives, non-metal items, apart from passenger car tires, end up at the local landfill after bulk collection week. There is simply no infrastructure in place to keep these items out of a landfill, even for furniture and household goods that are still in usable condition and fit for donation. Immediately, there is a hidden environmental cost associated with bulk municipal collection.
Budgeting for a major cleaning or organization project means considering your investment of time and labor, as well as the toll taken on the planet. Because municipal bulk collection services are scheduled by Austin Resource Recovery and offered only twice each year, it’s vital for Austinites to consider the impact of scheduling on their budgets. If you’re in the middle of purging for a big move, cleaning out the home of a loved one as part of closing an estate, or working to get a rental property ready for the market after troublesome tenants, time really is money. You simply may not have the luxury of waiting for months until the next collection week, especially when there are tight restrictions on what ARR crews can and cannot collect.
Sometimes waiting just isn’t an option, which is the point when some consider the DIY hauling route. On paper, this seems like a straightforward way of ensuring you’re able to stick to schedule while retaining control over how and where your discarded items end up. In practice, however, taking full control over waste management often means adding several days of logistics management, manual labor and extensive transportation to your project, along with fueling costs and processing fees at drop-off centers. If you don’t have access to a vehicle suitable for hauling, then you’ll also be on the hook for truck rental, insurance and administrative fees, which can quickly add up when you’re making multiple trips to several different locations.
Professional Junk Removal: Pricing and Philosophies You Can Appreciate
Working with Austin Resource Recovery means waiting for one of your twice-yearly opportunities to get rid of only some types of items. You’ll have to drag heavy items down to the curb on your own steam, running the risk of injury along the way. Items have to be carefully separated into three distinct piles, all of which must be positioned at least five feet from fences, walls, telephone connection boxes, mailboxes, parked vehicles, low-hanging tree branches and power lines. In the end, some items may still be considered extra trash and subject to additional fees as such.
Attempting to do it yourself means handling all the manual labor, all the logistics and all the transportation. It also means doing all the work of ensuring you are following the most sustainable disposal practices. This means you’ll be taking time away from all the aspects of your project only you can manage in order to take care of something you can easily and efficiently outsource. At the end of the day, your project can cost more and take longer to complete than if you had opted for a private waste management solution.
At Jiffy Junk, we provide services that go beyond simple junk removal. Pricing for our white-glove service includes our trained and knowledgeable removal technicians doing all the heavy lifting, not just driving a truck. We’ll come to your home or place of business ready to make quick work of all your removal needs, even if it means uninstalling old appliances and tearing out old carpeting. Forget dragging heavy furniture down to the curb to await pickup, working frantically to meet municipal guidelines, or trying to schedule your real life around a municipal bulk collection calendar.
Working with Jiffy Junk also means walking away with a clean conscience to match your clean space. Anything in usable condition is immediately marked for drop-off at charitable donation centers, keeping good-quality items in the community and out of the landfill. With Jiffy Junk, you’re able to minimize your landfill impact while maximizing your positive community impact, all as an extension of simply cleaning out your space. For anything we can’t donate, we’ll seek out recycling or other sustainable disposal solutions that do not include landfill dumping whenever possible, even if it means seeking out community-based recycling or reuse initiatives. Whether you need one-time removal or ongoing hauling, there are no jobs too large or too small for us. We’re here to help the people of Austin and the environment, one job at a time.
We take our commitment to the planet just as seriously as we take our commitment to the people of Austin. Together, we can make Austin a better, cleaner and more sustainable city. Contact us at Jiffy Junk today to learn more about our vision for ethical bulk disposal, and how we can help you turn even the most intimidating and overwhelming projects into something you can easily manage with a single phone call.