November 8, 2019.
Getting rid of certain kinds of unwanted items is easy. You drop them in recycling or refuse bin, and you get on with your life. The City of Austin offers rather robust recycling and waste management services through the municipal Austin Resource Recovery department, but these programs do come with limitations. Find out how you can deal with unwanted bulky household items, and when you might want to consider working with private furniture removal companies in Austin.
The Difference Between Municipal Services and Private Furniture Removal Companies
It can be tempting to rely on municipal services when they’re available, particularly in a city like Austin. With an emphasis on sustainability and a lofty Zero Waste by 2040 goal, it’s easy to believe this would be the eco-friendliest disposal solution, too. The truth is, Austin Resource Recovery is neither the most convenient, nor the most ethical way to get rid of large items.
First and foremost, Austinites looking to get rid of furniture are usually doing so as part of a larger project. Projects usually mean deadlines, and deadlines mean you need reliable disposal on your schedule. ARR bulk collection happens only twice per year, during two separate weeks chosen by the City. Unless you’re able to fit your timeline around those weeks, you won’t be able to rely on ARR for bulk disposal at all.
If you can put your renovation, home improvement or furniture upgrade project off until the next scheduled bulk collection week, there are still some things you might want to consider. Appliances and other metal items are taken to Austin Resource Recovery’s recycling center and passenger car tires are sent to a special facility to be recycled, but all other non-metal waste goes directly to the landfill. If you place a usable sofa out for bulk collection, it’s not donated to a charitable organization or moved along to a household in need; it just takes up space in the landfill. Even with all the work the City is doing to reach a collective Zero Waste goal, there is simply no infrastructure in place to manage usable bulk waste.
There are also a host of rules, regulations and restrictions to keep in mind if you plan to work with Austin Resource Recovery. All items must be placed at the curb, which means a significant amount of heavy lifting. Bulk waste at the curb must be separated into two distinct piles: metal items, non-metal items and passenger vehicle tires removed from rims. These piles must be at least five feet from all fences, walls, parked vehicles, telephone connection boxes and water meters, and may not be placed under low-hanging tree branches or power lines.
Anything in bags will be considered extra trash and subjected to applicable fees, as bulk collection services are specifically intended for items too large for containers. Household trash, construction or remodeling debris of any kind, sheet glass and mirrors, automotive bodies and chassis, boats, trailers, hazardous materials and motorcycles are not accepted by ARR crews during bulk collection weeks.
Private furniture removal companies, especially those who offer full-service, white-glove removal, are different. These services work on your schedule and do all the heavy lifting, with minimal restriction. Choose a company with a focus on greener disposal, and you can also enjoy a conscience as clean as your spaces.
Choosing Between Private Furniture Removal Companies
Anyone with a truck can haul away furniture and unwanted debris, so it’s important to do some vetting while choosing between private haulers. Better providers will offer a wide range of services with a focus on environmental responsibility.
Our heavily trained and knowledgeable Jiffy Junk removal technicians provide the very best in private hauling, whether you’re looking to get rid of furniture, appliances, remodeling debris or a little bit of everything. We’ll come to your home or place of business to remove just about anything you no longer need or want, doing all the heavy lifting for you. This means we’ll uninstall appliances from where they sit. There’s no need for you to drag heavy and potentially dangerous furniture or appliances down to the curb yourself.
We carefully screen everything we remove, sending anything in usable condition to charitable donation centers in the Austin area. This means your gently used couch, or unwanted but still serviceable dining table, will stay in the community and out of the landfill. We’ll also work on your schedule because we know that time really is money. Rather than waiting to plan your non-urgent tasks around the city’s schedule, you can work on your own timeline and line up reliable waste management with a single phone call. Best of all, you can do so knowing that the disposal method you’ve chosen has less impact on the environment.
When we come to your property, we take what we do seriously. Our techs tear up old carpeting and padding for disposal, then leave your rooms broom clean and free of any lingering dust bunnies. When a Jiffy Junk crew leaves, you have a truly blank slate ready for whatever comes next. We help with projects including but certainly not limited to:
- Remodelling and redecorating clean-up – Let us help you focus on the aspects of your home renovation only you can manage while we take care of the trash. We’ll minimize your environmental impact while maximizing efficiency so you can get the most value for your money while still enjoying peace of mind.
- Estate management – Doing the hard work of closing a loved one’s estate can be physically and emotionally draining. At Jiffy Junk, we understand the toll these projects can take, and we work hard to lighten the load.
- Hoarding mitigation – There’s nothing easy about managing a hoarding compulsion, but we can help simplify the process of furniture, waste and hoarded goods disposal.
- Rental property clean-up – Some tenants take care of the property and pay rent on time, and others aren’t so careful. Getting your rental back on the market and rented as quickly as possible is crucial, so let us help you clear away the trash.