Sorting Junk

How Do You Sort?

One of the most prevalent tasks of our job is sorting through customer’s “junk” to be sure the items get sent to proper place. The sorting hierarchy we use is as follows: resale, scrap metal, donate, re-purpose, recycle, trash. This helps us to insure the landfill is truly the last viable option for the stuff we collect, which is of the utmost importance in a wasteful society. We strive to keep at least 85% of what we collect OUT of the waste stream. Separating and sorting, including presorting on the job, saves us time on the unloading side of our job because naturally, everything that we put on the truck has to come off.


Why is sorting so important?

There is a saying that “time is money,” and this is especially true in our field where we have to constantly find ways to use time as a resource. Doing so as efficiently as possible increases our bottom dollar. Sorting increases our efficiency level considerably and allows us to move on to the next task, job or whatever the day throws our way. The back of the box trucks are essentially office space, and so we must strive to keep our work space clean, and in a “ready to use” space, because on busy days, losing 5-10 minutes can put us behind drastically by the end of the work day.


The best case scenario for a Junk Removal is a customer that has everything they want removed in one location, as close to a pull up area as possible. This does two things immediately: it gives a clear picture of the volume it will take up in our truck – allowing us to give a more concise estimate, and also lets us see what we’re removing so we can start sorting right off the bat. Time is money, and we pride ourselves in being in and out on most jobs so as not to waste the customer’s time, or ours.





Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste!


TV’s, wet paint, fire extinguishers, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and a slew of other environmentally toxic items ARE among the things we’ll help you get rid of! These hazardous materials can be a real pain to figure out where they are supposed to be disposed of properly. County landfills and transfer stations generally accept most hazardous materials from households, but not always businesses. It may be somewhat of a hassle to find the information, but it is out there! We’ll include some hints and tips on how to make disposal a little less stressful.




TV’s have a per unit charge at the landfill, but sometimes they can be donated to those less fortunate. One potential place for television donations is the Veteran’s Quarters. Donation Centers typically accept flat screen televisions only. In the past, Best Buy has accepted three televisions per residential address. Now they charge $25! Donating them, or recycling are the best two options, and should be the first two! If neither of  these work for you, please don’t hesitate to call us. Buncombe County Solid Waste Management takes TV’s and paint on certain Friday, and we almost always make the trip up.


Separating wet paint into Acrylic/Latex and Oil based helps us properly dispose of it quicker and more efficiently. Old paint that is no longer usable can be condensed as long as the bases are consistent. Mixing cat litter with latex paints will render it inert, which allows to be disposed of in the dump. This helps keep costs down, because we charge per gallon.


Contact your local disposal sight to see how much quantity they take a time, and to ask them about specific laws and regulations concerning your specific area. For more information on what we take, visit our page here:


Salvaged Wood and Lumber

Something that is prevalent in a large portion of our Junk Removals is scrap wood. Whether we’re cleaning up a construction site, a family is remodeling a bathroom, or removing old, stored piles of lumber from a garage, a lot of what we collect is perfectly usable! We’ve also done barn deconstructions, which produced some amazing furniture from local wood workers. A rustic look and feel is really hard to beat!


We shouldn’t be throwing away materials when our resources are limited. Sure there is plenty of lumber, but at what cost? If we continue to be wasteful, wasting away seems to be the direction we’re heading. As gloomy as that sounds, the fix isn’t necessarily all that difficult. Let us pick up the scrap lumber you have and keep it out of the landfill! Here is the most recent example of how we use “scrap” wood:




We are building new work spaces! The larger side is for the Garage TRS mechanic to fix up the motorcycles we bring in, the space will be an actual tool room for the Junk Recyclers Inc. to store and maintain. Chad Adair has been helping us recently and has done some outstanding crafting, and he is heading this one up as well. Stop by and say “hey!”



These are examples of barn wood and flooring that we collected, salvaged and used or sold off as inventory:






Wood and lumber are capable of so much. Creating shelter for those in need. Making furniture at a lower cost, to supply more people in the community with luxuries many take for granted daily. These are just a few ideas where saving, and salvaging scrap wood can be used to change lives and reduce waste. What a better ending for “scrap” to be reused for a purpose, instead of wasting away in the wastelands of America!


How to Pack a Truck

Can you pack a Truck?


When the Junk Recyclers go out on jobs for the day, space can get a little tight! We have to know how to pack! Efficiency is the key to any successful business, being efficient with time and space are vital to this one. Strapping items to the E-tracks attached to our box truck interior walls, correctly stacking boxes, and blanketing furniture are essential to packing any move or donation/consignment pick up. Whether on a junk removal, move, or any other job required of us, knowing the ins and outs of how to pack the truck correctly can make or break a work day, week and so on.


Junk Removal


We constantly balance the speed of packing box trucks to the brim, with presorting to ensure items end up in their proper place. For example, why would anyone ever throw recycling in the dumpster? All trash is collected and then charged by weight! Sorting out the recycling is a part of the day that tends to take up a little time, but it saves space and weight on the dump and return charge from Waste Management (who do an excellent job!) and can add up considerably.


Besides the cost factors, recycling is the smart, and right thing to do. When we pack our trucks, the sorting hierarchy is: resale-ability, reuse-ability, scrap metal (see previous blog), donate-ability, and the absolute last option is the landfill. To help us keep our hours down, presorting the junk removal items into these categories enables us to get them off the truck quicker than if we just slung it all into the truck.


Junk Removal Photo: 2016072195145828




Switching gears over to moves, this may be the most important part of knowing how to pack. We often hear customers say, “it’s kind of like Tetris.” And that’s true! Loading others belongings can be stressful in already stressful situation. Let’s be real – no one likes to move their collection of material possessions. A huge part of our job on moves is to reduce the stress level and make moving easy, if not enjoyable! Strapping items high or low, or in the middle can literally break an item. Some items may require multiple straps, others can be bungied to the wall to secure them for transport. We use ratchet straps to get everything snug.

Boxes come in all shapes and sizes, just like us! Heavier boxes (i.e. books), and furniture with flat surfaces (desks, dressers, etc.) are best on the bottom. We suggest putting lighter boxes, and fragile items higher to avoid anything crunching down on them. We also recommend the larger furniture (couches, buffets, etc.) be loaded sooner rather than later, otherwise space may become an issue quickly!


Move Photo: IMG_20160527_120158786


Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post! We offer full service junk removals and professional move/hauling services with competitive hourly rates! Contact us today to schedule a job, or get an estimate: 828-707-2407

Scrap Metal


At Junk Recyclers Inc., we do our part in helping the environment by sorting through the junk we collect and sending it to the proper place of disposal. One area where we see a decent return is scrap metal. Metal scrapping is something everyone can do! While steel is the lowest it’s ever been, others like aluminum (beer cans) and old copper piping you may have lying around can really add up!! Crushing cans and then tossing them in an extra trash can outside with a lid could add up to cover a bill or two! Depending on how much scrap metal you can save up at once, maybe even some rent money!! Cha ching!

Other pluses are old appliances that can’t be reused. Washing machines, refrigerators and microwaves are some of the heavier ones. When you replace these items, why not get as much as you can from the?! Especially if they aren’t even functioning!

Here’s a picture of the Hendersonville Metal Yard we sometimes venture to when we’re on Junk Removal jobs South of Asheville:




If you have so much metal you can’t haul it away, don’t hesitate to call us! 828-707-2407 Our box trucks are fully capable, and our crews are more than happy to help clean up the clutter. Scrapping metal junk is the responsible was to dispose it, so let us help you get rid of it.


Metal recycling places in Asheville are:


Biltmore Iron & Metal (BIMCO) at


Asheville Metal Recycling at 144 Caribou Rd Asheville NC 28803


Blue Ridge Metal Recycling Inc. at 9 Mulvaney St Asheville NC 28803


Some of these facilities also allow scavenging if you are the artsy type! If you are dropping your own junk metal off, why not see what others have thrown away? Repurposing waste is one step above recycling it! So if you’re a metal worker at heart, maybe you should spend more time at one of our local metal yards!


Waste not, want not!


Be kind to Earth, it’s the only one we have!!


How to Choose a junk Removal Service

When to use a Junk Removal Service

When to use a Junk Removal Service

Practical Steps for Finding The Best Junk Removal Company

Junk, Webster’s dictionary defines it as, secondhand, worn or discarded articles, or something of little meaning, worth, or significance. There are documentaries and old sitcoms where junk is the center of focus, where everyday people have a hard time getting rid of useless stuff. With popular shows like Hoarders, and Buried Alive, we can see how bad the accumulation of junk and debris can get. In some instances, it can get so severe as to become a health hazard and an eyesore. When neighbors start to complain about junk filled yards or your garages are filled to capacity with items that no longer have any use or purpose, then the time to consider hiring a junk removal company is at hand.

When to use a Junk Removal Service

You could wait until a producer from a cable television network approaches you and offers to do a show on your trash filled yard or home, in return for a free cleanup, but you might find yourself waiting a long time. Using a junk removal service is a much wiser course of action. Junk removal companies can perform the work of clearing and removing junk from your home or yard economically and efficiently. Below are a few other reasons to use a junk removal company instead of trying to do the work yourself.

Saves Money

How to Choose a junk Removal Service

How to Choose a junk Removal Service

At first glance, it may appear cheaper to load and haul away all of your junk yourself but oftentimes this is not the case. With the cost of truck rental, if you don’t already have one, the cost of fuel, and trips to the landfill, cost can rise quickly. When you include time off work to complete the job, the amount of money saved becomes inconsequential.

Saves time

Time is money, why spend hours or days clearing, loading and hauling away loads of trash and junk, when a professional junk removal company can do the job in half the time while you get to work or just sit back and relax.

Saves back-breaking labor

Let’s face it, removing a bunch of junk is hard physical labor. doing it yourself could possibly save you a few dollars, but in the long run, it’s not worth all of the heavy lifting and loading that could possibly end in injury and most likely will end with a stiff and sore back.

Makes you feel better

Removing a bunch of clutter and junk will help reduce stress. That’s right, according to, clutter and mess produces stress by making it difficult to relax, creates feeling of guilt, especially if neighbors are hounding you about your cluttered yard, and distracts you by drawing your attention away from things you should be focused on. These are just a few of the benefits of using junk removal companies. When selecting a junk or trash removal company,consider some of the following:

  • Price – A good junk removal service will offer a free estimate before any work is started. Get several estimates before you decide on which company to hire, and take into consideration the amount of work involved if you had to do the work yourself. Keep in mind, the lowest price does not always equal the best service.
  • Location – If you live way out in the country in Western North Carolina, or in the heart of the big city, factor in travel time and fuel cost to and from your city’s landfill or dump if you were to do the job yourself.
  • Protection – Not talking about protection from being crushed by a mountain of old dog food cans you’ve been saving for a spaceship you’ve been planning to build, but about
    being licensed and insured. The company you hire needs to be licensed for demolition, clean-up and junk removal in the Western North Carolina area. By Being licensed or certified to perform these services, you will be protected should any legal issues arise with the company after removing junk from your property. Insurance is equally important to cover medical cost of any accidents that might occur and cause injury or pay for property that is accidentally damaged.

A good junk removal service should provide fast, professional service and have a courteous and friendly staff. You should be provided with a free estimate of all services and given an estimated time of completion. Junk removal companies provide a time saving, cost-effective way to remove unwanted clutter and junk from your home or yard,

Asheville Junk Haulers

A Salvagers Journal

Hello all you wonderful salvagers and junk aficionados! I am Tyler J Garrison though some call me “The Marquis of Debris”. We’ve been asked by many of you to write about all the wonderful stories and the things we see in the world of junk removal, salvage, antique and salvaging. Since I always love a chance to talk about these topics I am finally making this blog a reality. I should warn you right off I am not a great writer, nor am I someone who lets my point get in the way of whatever I want to say in the moment, so you can bet these blogs will cover a great many subjects not on topic and may wander from time to time. On the upside there are some crazy things we see in this world of restoration and hopefully it will be at least interesting.

Asheville Junk HaulersQuick back-story for those who don’t know us yet: I started Junk Recyclers and The Regeneration Station with a pickup truck and 10×10 storage unit. To say we started from humble beginnings is a bit of an understatement. I suppose our story is as much a story of American business success as it is junk and seeing new jobs and businesses succeed is something I am equally passionate about. I hope this blog can also offer help to new businesses, dreamers, and entrepreneurs as well. I am sure in future blogs we will be sharing many general business rants, credos and ideas too.

Looking back, if you had told me all the late nights without pay we would go through I might have rethought all this. But very quick into the journey a simple idea got in my blood: The Idea that it could be possible to limit/eventually end the waste stream and provide the coolest and most affordable home goods and furniture store in the world. This dream became a passion and I can tell you, you had better be passionate about whatever you are doing, otherwise the sacrifice will seem too great. Now, we may still be a long way from seeing our vision fully realized, but everyday one customer and one piece of unwanted misfit junk at a time we get closer, thanks to you our amazing customers. I and the wonderful team here now get to explore crazy basements, garages, and barns searching for unwanted treasures. We build our dream by restoring and building old junk into cool modern masterpieces and having a blast while doing it. Whether its a complete dirty trash out or a salvage expedition you can bet we are out there somewhere right now playing and doing what we love. So come roll up your sleeves with us, get a little dirty, and let have some fun in this world of antique treasure/junk/and repurposed love!

With sincere and warm gratitude,

Tyler J Garrison
The Marquis of Debris
Junk Recyclers Inc.

You Get, We Give Deal

We are so excited to announce our deal with You Get, We Give. YGWG is a great organization that donates 10% of all deal purchases to a local Asheville charity. And I mean, straight up 10% of ALL purchases! How awesome! Read more about them here.

Our deal launches tomorrow: Friday, September 21.  With the deal, you get a $50 coupon for only $25!  How awesome is that!  And 10% of that $25 goes to an Asheville charity!

This all seems too good to be true, right?  But it's not. 🙂

The deal launches tomorrow morning, so go here to purchase your coupon and come shopping this weekend!