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.

 

 

 

 

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:

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Moving

 

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!

 

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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

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 Physcologytoday.com, 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,