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Can a junk removal service recycle?

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The answer is yes!

However, in order for a junk removal service to recycle your unwanted objects, they have to look at your material in a different way. Let’s define “junk” as any type of furniture from a desk, file cabinet, bed, or a cubicle wall. The junk pick-up service cannot just look at your couch and say, “that is a couch”. They have to think about what is inside that couch. A couch is usually comprised of textiles (fabric), wood, and metal (sometimes there is plastic mixed in as well).

The junk removal service has to figure out if any of the material is recyclable. For the most part, if you are up to date on recycling technologies all “junk” can be recycled. Knowing the technologies is very important because all the different materials that comprise a couch have to be separated.

You cannot recycle textiles and metal together. The textiles have to go in the textile pile; the metals have to go into the metal pile, etc. The biggest trick is determining how to separate materials in a cost effective manner. If it costs too much to separate the material, the customer will most likely not be willing to pay the extra money.

For instance, how about recycling computers? Imagine how long it would take to separate and break down a a computer by hand. Quite some time…and guess how the guys get paid. That’s right, hourly.

Of course, you might think that the recycled materials will offset the labor cost. However, the materials that come from a couch (and most other junk) don’t really amount to any money. It actually costs money to recycle wood and textiles.

The best option for the consumer is to find ajunk removal service that has shredding and sorting technologies available to them. These do exist but can be hard to find. The good news is once you find that company a lot of money will be saved. Typically, recycling will save you 20 to 30 percent on your junk removal bill. It’s a great win-win. Not only are you being green but you are keeping money in your pocket.


If you need a junk removal service that also recycles, contact E-cycle Environmental today on their website or call them at 1-877-307-2221.

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