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Jon Grobbelaar | September 27th, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans generate around 254 million tons of waste every year. Of that waste, only 34.3% is recycled or composted. That’s a lot of garbage piling up, but when you think about it, we aren’t just throwing away empty plastic bottles, old newspapers, and crushed cans. We’re throwing away money. According to the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful, if the recyclable materials tossed out in the U.S. waste stream were actually recycled, they would produce over $7 billion.

This guest post was submitted by Jon Grobbelaar of Junk King.

Americans throw out an estimated 25 million plastic bottles per hour. We dispose of 69 million tons of paper every year. Unfortunately, many people either don’t know or don’t care about which items are recyclable and which are not. Believe it or not, 90% of office waste from the workplace can be recycled. Yet, many offices don’t feel it’s worth the trouble to sort and separate their waste for recycling properly.

What if there was a service that separated your recyclables for you? Would you be more willing to recycle if it was just a little bit easier? That is where “green junk removal” comes in. With minimal effort on your part, you can clear your workplace of waste while simultaneously helping the environment and giving back to your local community.


According to premium junk removal service Junk King, “Hiring a commercial junk removal service does not have to mean sending all your junk to a landfill. When you choose green junk removal, everything gets reused if possible.”

A green junk removal service will load your items onto their trucks and take them to a warehouse outfitted with sorting equipment. As the junk comes off the trucks, it is separated and sorted to maximize the amount of waste that gets recycled. Some items are recycled, some are donated, and hazardous waste is properly disposed of to keep the community safe.

Junk removal is an “on-demand” service available for both residential and commercial properties. Whether you’re taking on your yearly spring cleaning, tidying up after a construction project, or trying to kick your hoarding habit, a green junk removal service will make sure your mess is taken care of the right way.


Green junk removal services will take nearly anything that can be recycled, donated, or sent to the dump. Your local garbage collectors may limit what you can put out on the curb; however, junk removal companies are known to take what others won’t. Here are a few examples:

  • Scrap metal
  • Furniture
  • Textiles
  • Electronics and appliances
  • Yard waste
  • Mattresses
  • Construction waste
  • Hot tubs

      You’ve heard the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Not all of your “junk” is actual junk; some things might simply be of no use to you anymore, but that doesn’t mean they should go to waste. Green junk removal is about more than disposing of garbage. One of the best ways to recycle an item is by repurposing it. When an item can be donated to a local charity and reused by people in need, it’s even better for the environment and your local community. Junk King, for instance, works with charities all across the U.S. and Canada, including Goodwill and Salvation Army.

      Convenient, affordable, and efficient, green junk removal takes care of your waste in a fast, eco-friendly manner. With such a simple solution, there’s no excuse not to recycle.

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