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One Man’s Trash: Furniture Reuse & Recycling

You may not think of furniture as waste in the same way you do plastic bottles or used Starbucks cups. But furniture, like other forms of trash, can end up in landfills just as easily, which is disappointing when you consider the saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

When it comes to furniture, this could not be more true. People all over turn to thrift stores and donation centers when it comes time to decorating either to save money or to add a retro spin on things. Needless to say, that couch you’ve had in the basement for 10 years could be a gold mine to someone looking for a particular design taste.

Can Your Furniture Be Recycled or Reused?

Whether you’re getting rid of old, unusable furniture, or it’s simply time for a fresh look, there are ways to dispose of your furniture that are eco-friendly and considerate. Imagine a perfectly good couch in a landfill somewhere when it could be going to good use in someone else’s home.

Things like sofas, tables, and chairs can easily be used by another family and so should be donated or sold instead of throwing them in the dump. However, sometimes furniture is broken and beyond repair and in this case, it needs to be recycled properly to limit its effects on the environment and the community.

How to Dispose of Unwanted Furniture

It’s important to keep in mind your local guidelines for disposing of unwanted furniture. Check with your local sanitation department before placing it on the curb because most areas will not allow you to dispose of bulky items like furniture in your regular, curbside pick-up.

Some cities, though, will allow you to schedule a pick-up for old furniture to be recycled and others have specific days throughout the year for “bulky item pick-ups.” It’s important to investigate the best way to recycle furniture in your area because you don’t want to just leave it outside where it becomes an eyesore for the whole neighborhood.

Another great way to dispose of unwanted furniture is to donate it to an organization that benefits those in need. Choosing to donate to charities like Habitat for Humanity or others like it is a great way to keep your footprint to a minimum while benefiting the community at the same time. Many of these organizations also offer furniture pick-up, so you can save yourself the hassle of transportation. This especially comes in handy for big, bulky items.

Easy Furniture Disposal in Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN

We understand that trying to figure out the easiest way to dispose of unwanted furniture while keeping the environment and community in mind can be a big hassle, so if you’re looking for fast, easy furniture disposal or removal in Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN, look no further than Junk Command.

Give us a call and we’ll handle all of your furniture removal needs from pickup to clean-up, whether it’s one sofa or an entire house. We’ll haul away your old or unwanted furniture and either donate it for reuse or, if it is no longer in good condition, dispose of it at the proper recycling facility, so you can rest easy knowing that you did your part in keeping the environment and community clean and safe.


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The Environmental Impact of Appliance Waste

At Junk Command, making sure your appliances are recycled properly is as important to us as it is to the environment and the local community here in Minneapolis - St. Paul. The reality is, appliance waste has a major impact on our environment and whether you’re moving out, or just replacing old appliances, it’s important to be conscious of how your waste affects the rest of the planet and dispose of your belongings safely.

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What Happens When Appliances Are Not Disposed of Properly?

Every year, tons of appliances are disposed of incorrectly and end up in landfills all over the world. Many times, people don’t think about where their waste goes after it leaves their home, but refrigerators, for example, are filled with harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to the environment if they end up in a landfill.

Certain refrigerants and insulants are made up of chemicals that, if released into the environment, destroy the ozone layer. Other hazardous components in common appliances are used oils, PCBs, and Mercury. If any of these end up in landfills, they can contaminate the soil and groundwater, so it’s important to make sure they are reused or recycled properly.

Small appliances in particular, like toasters and microwaves, are mostly made up of plastic and metal so they are highly recyclable. Simply throwing these items in the trash is wasteful when parts can be reused instead of ending up landfills where they will take hundreds of years to break down.

How to properly dispose of appliance waste?

Not only is it wasteful and bad for the environment to simply trash your appliances, but they’re also usually too bulky for regular trash pick-up services. Many curbside recycling programs, though, allow you to recycle a limited amount of large appliances in your curbside pick-up. Some cities require that you pay a fee for pick-up before placing them out while others require that you transport the appliance to the recycling facility yourself. It is best to look up the guidelines for your area before attempting recycling.

It is also a good idea to search for an appliance turn-in program in your area which may actually offer you money in return for your old appliance and some utilities companies give you discounts when you recycle your appliances and upgrade to a more energy efficient model.

Keep in mind that items that are still in good working condition can also be donated or sold for reuse to benefit another family in need. All in all, there are plenty of options for recycling your appliances, and there are plenty of resources out there to help you figure out the best way to recycle your appliances in Minneapolis or your local area.

Appliance Recycling in Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

Figuring out how to dispose of your appliances in an environmentally friendly manner can be a hassle. At Junk Command, we pride ourselves on providing eco-friendly junk removal services and we’ll haul away your large and small appliances along with everything else, so you can rest easy knowing that they were disposed of safely while keeping the environment and community in mind.


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Easy, Eco-Conscious Trash Removal After Garage & Estate Sales

There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting rid of clutter. And while a garage sale or estate sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted junk and make a few extra bucks, such sales are often done out of necessity.garage sale trash removal

Either way, you are likely to be left with many items unsold that you no longer want to store. Leaving them out for the trash can be damaging to the community and the environment if your regular trash removal service doesn’t pick up bulky items and if they are not sorted and recycled properly. 

When this is the case, Junk Command can step in and take care of your junk and trash removal needs. Junk Command is there for Minneapolis-St.Paul residents who need an extra hand in getting rid of post-garage/estate sale junk.

Estate Sales

When it comes to estate sales, we are experienced in coordinating with liquidation professionals and real estate representatives to clean up an estate in a timely manner. We understand that estate sales often come at an emotionally taxing time, so we do our best to make the final removal of any unsold items as smooth and easy on families as possible, saving you time and effort. We’re happy to work with you to make sure your schedule is taken into account and that your estate clean-up is handled as efficiently as possible.

Garage Sales

In the event of yard sales and garage sales, you may feel inclined to continue storing the leftovers from your sale because it is too difficult or frustrating to deal with the disposal of those items yourself. We understand the process of post-garage sale clean-up and we’re happy to manage that burden for you.

We can get rid of your unwanted furniture and household items whether large or small-scale. Don’t allow garage sale clutter to continue to collect; contact Junk Command to remove the junk at a reasonable price while keeping the environment and community in mind.

Junk Command will get all of your unwanted or unsold items off of your property and also clean up after, leaving your estate or yard clean and clutter-free. Our garage and estate sale removal processes are eco-friendly, so we donate, recycle and reuse as much as possible and sort and deliver the rest to appropriate disposal facilities minimizing the impact on the community and environment.

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Junk Removal Services: Understanding Bookings & Pricing

Whether you’re moving out of a house, cleaning up from a renovation, or relocating a business, the junk removal services by Junk Command can handle the disposal of all of your unwanted materials like trash, construction debris, furniture, electronics and appliances.

We understand that junk removal is an unusual albeit necessary task and that it can be confusing when trying to understand when and how you should book our junk removal services as well as how expenses are incurred. Let us break this information down for you a bit further:

Booking Junk Removal

When it is time to clear out your property, call us or fill out the contact form on our website and one of our team members will get in touch with you. You will need to schedule a 2-hour window for us to arrive and expect a phone call on the day 15-30 minutes before we actually arrive. We are able to go over pricing with you on the phone, but we won’t know exactly how much it will cost until we are on site and see how much junk needs to be removed.

Pricing of Junk Removal Services

Our junk removal services are priced based on the volume of stuff that needs to be removed and also the nature of the material. All labor and dump fees are included in the price and we provide tools, shovels, rakes, a tarp, and an appliance dolly. Once on site, our team members will provide you with an estimate of cost prior to performing any work. Given that you are comfortable with that estimate, our team members will get to work clearing out your property. We guarantee that the final price will never be over the estimate.

Minneapolis Junk Removal Services

We charge based on how much space we fill in our dumpster and in the case that it is less than expected, we will not charge you the full amount. Recycling fees for appliances, mattresses and box springs, televisions, computer equipment and tires are, however, not included in the base price.

Here is a breakdown of our rates:

  • Minimum - $110 = 2-3 Cubic Yards
  • 1/4 Truck - $200 = 5 Cubic Yards
  • 1/2 Truck - $380 = 10 Cubic Yards
  • 3/4 Truck - $540 = 15 Cubic Yards
  • Full Truck - $680 = 20 Cubic Yards

If needed, our junk removers will also perform one final sweep of your property to ensure that it is left as clean as possible.

After we have cleaned out your property, we will recycle and donate (at your request) everything that we can. Whatever we cannot donate or recycle is sold at thrift store prices or taken to an appropriate transfer station to be sorted and disposed of responsibly and ethically.

At Junk Command, we believe strongly that protecting the environment and community should be a top priority when disposing of rubbish and debris, so you can rest easy knowing that we’ve taken care of that for you.

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Spotlight on Post-Construction Clean-up & Waste Removal

If you’ve decided to spruce up your home with a renovation like a kitchen remodel, fireplace make-over or a swimming pool installation, you most likely will end up with quite a bit of debris and mess. Construction, demolition, and remodeling create an enormous amount of waste and it is sometimes difficult to understand how to dispose of it while keeping the community and environment in mind.

At Junk Command, we can handle post-construction clean-up and waste removal for you.

Heavy construction materials like bricks, steel, or granite require proper and safe disposal; they need to be secured safely when being transported from your home. Products like gravel, concrete, tiles, or shingles require special knowledge and experience to be moved properly and also disposed of in an eco-conscious manner.

Conscious Recycling of Construction Materials & Waste

Many construction materials like the ones listed here can be reused or recycled, saving them from the landfill:

  • brass
  • packing “peanuts”
  • cardboard
  • concrete
  • brick
  • wood scraps
  • drywall
  • aluminum
  • steel
  • sawdust
  • copper
  • foam
  • plastic
  • glass

But items like vinyl, fiberglass, and laminate are difficult to recycle and require proper disposal to avoid hurting the environment.

Other waste materials from a renovation or remodel may leave you questioning how to safely dispose of them. Leftover hazardous waste like paint and cleaning materials, for example, cannot be recycled and should never be disposed of in regular trash services or dumped down a drain.

Also, soil, plant trimmings, and other yard waste from landscaping projects should not be left for curbside pick-up unless you have made an arrangement with your local sanitation department. 

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Responsible Carpet Removal from Junk Command

So it’s time for the house or office remodel that you’ve been waiting for. You’ve made decisions about design and you plan to install hardwoods, laminate, or maybe you’re refreshing the space with new carpet. responsible carpet removal recycling

This means that you have to get rid of your old, dirty carpet, but it’s usually too bulky to be accepted in regular trash disposal services. So what do you do with it?

Carpet is made out of various natural and synthetic fibers and at Junk Command we understand the ins and outs of responsible carpet removal while keeping the environment and community in mind.

Carpet Donations Won’t Do

While new or unused carpet can be donated to local charities, used carpet is difficult to donate because it is considered a health concern. Most charities don’t have the manpower to deal with cleaning a used carpet to meet resale standards and you don’t want to go through the trouble of having your carpet deep cleaned only to find out that charities won’t accept it.

Responsible Carpet Removal via Recycling

Billions of pounds of carpet are disposed of each year and most of this waste ends up in landfills; so, while donation may not be the right route, recycling is a great option that provides the least impact because nearly all carpets are recyclable on some level.Eco-friendly carpet removal

Carpet pads are typically easy to recycle because they are made of one material while the carpet itself can be more difficult because it is made of multiple: the face fabric which can be wool, polyester, nylon, olefin, or an assortment of fibers, and the backing which is usually a latex product. However, both carpet pads and carpet can be broken down and reused in the manufacturing of new carpet which saves it from the landfill and reduces consumption of new resources.

It can be stressful in the midst of a home or office renovation to worry about where and how to recycle your used carpet, but no matter the job, we can handle it for you. By opting for eco-friendly carpet recycling whenever possible, we will recycle it as much as possible at the proper facilities and if we do have to discard, we make sure that it's done in a way that minimizes the impact to the community.

At Junk Command, we bring all the tools to remove your carpet for you, load it into our truck, and clean up afterward, so that you can get back to redesigning your space. Think of us when you need carpet removal in Minneapolis, MN.


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Eco-Friendly Junk Removal & Recycling: Be Kind to the Environment

eco-friendly junk recyclingAt Junk Command, eco-friendly junk removal is more than just a service that we provide. Eco-friendly junk removal is basis behind our mission to better preserve the environment and our community. As a society, we don’t always realize what an impact our junk can have on the planet, but every year tons of waste ends up in landfills all over the world. 

We keep as much junk out of landfills as possible by recycling what we can, donating at the customer’s request, reselling items at thrift store rates, and finally taking the leftovers to a transfer station where rubbish is sorted further and disposed of responsibly and ethically. At Junk Command, we’re committed to you and to the planet and will continue to seek out new options for eco-friendly recycling and reuse of all of your junk.

Dangers to the Environment & Community

Many of us know that appliances and electronics specifically are difficult and sometimes dangerous to dispose of because these items are often too specialized for regular trash removal junk removal

In fact, in Minnesota and many other states, it is illegal to throw away many electronics because harmful chemicals like mercury, cadmium, and lead found in items like computers can be released into local air and water. Don’t risk legal action or damages to your community and environment when it comes to disposing of waste; call Junk Command, a leading e-waste recycler, to responsibly remove your waste.

Recycling Junk & Benefiting Others

At your request, we can donate your junk to help others or sell it at thrift store prices for the same purpose. As they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and simply throwing away items that are no longer useful to you can be a major waste of resources.

Electronics specifically can be refurbished and reused by someone else or broken down for the parts to be used in the manufacturing of new products which significantly decreases the energy used in production. Seeking out proper donation and eco-friendly recycling techniques can be time consuming, so let us take over for you.

We at Junk Command take pride in the fact that we are able to minimize the impact of rubbish and debris on the community and environment, so let us handle your junk removal and put your mind at ease that you have been mindful in your junk disposal.


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Downsizing and Don't Know What to Do With all of Your Stuff?

For empty-nesters and seniors alike, downsizing can seem overwhelming. Over the years it's easy to accumulate more and more "stuff" which can make the idea of decluttering and getting rid of all that "stuff" a daunting proposition.

At Junk Command, we often hear from people trying to downsize their home and possessions that they can't even believe how much stuff they've acquired over the years, and they don't even know where to start. Our Minneapolis junk removal services are here to help.

Make a Plan

When you are downsizing, it’s important to plan. Instead of “getting rid of some stuff,” and starting to throw things away, you'll want to formulate a plan to help you stay calm and organized throughout the downsizing process.

  1. First, make a list of what you want to take, use yes or no as guide for whether to keep something or not, don’t pack or keep “maybe” items.
  2. Next, try tackling one room at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed, think of the process in weeks as opposed to days. As soon as you find out you are downsizing, go ahead and start slowly getting rid of stuff around the house. If you see a pair of shoes you haven’t worn in years, go ahead and get rid of them. Remember, it's small steps.
  3. Next, pick a room, and pack it, take only the important stuff, again yes or no. Move onto the next room and repeat this process. If you find yourself with tons of trash, there’s a few good ways to get rid of it.

Ways to Get Rid of Your Junk When Downsizing

Have a Garage/Yard Sale

When downsizing, the thought of organizing and hosting a garage/yard sale might not sound like a good use of time. But, if you're not up against a deadline, having a garage sale is a great way to part with some of your unnecessary possessions, while making a little extra cash!

Sell Items Online

Along the same lines of a garage/yard sale, if you have enough time you might consider posting some of your unwanted possessions for sale on websites like Craigslist or eBay, or by using mobile apps such as OfferUp.

Hire a Junk Removal Company

If you find yourself with more trash and unwanted stuff than you know what to do with, you might want to consider hiring a residential junk removal company. When downsizing, you'll more than likely have a ton of stuff you can’t take with you. Need a professional junk removal company in Minneapolis-St.Paul? Give Junk Command a call today!

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