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What Happens to My Stuff After a Junk Pick Up?

March 12, 2019

What Happens to My Stuff After a Junk Pick Up?

When you hire junk pick up services, your number one priority is getting rid of unwanted stuff. But if you’re like a lot of homeowners, you’re also worried about where that stuff ends up.

You’re not alone. At College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving®, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep our services as green as possible. That’s why our junk pick up services follow the three R’s of conservation:

  • We reduce the volume of waste that goes to landfills.
  • We re-use gently-used items by donating them to local charities.
  • We recycle materials like plastic, glass, and paper to help conserve natural resources.

This approach means that more than 70% of the stuff we collect stays out of local landfills.

Here’s where your items end up instead...

Where We Take Your Stuff After Junk Pick Up

Charities & Donations

At College Hunks, we want to help you get rid of your unwanted items. But that doesn’t mean simply throwing them away. In many cases, we are able to donate gently-used items to local charities.

College Hunks works closely with a number of charitable groups, including Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity Restore, to help gently-used items find a second home. We collect a wide range of items for donation, including:

  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • And more

If you’re unsure whether or not your items are appropriate for donation, don’t worry. Our all-inclusive junk pick up services cover sorting your items to determine which pieces can be donated. Simply contact College Hunks to schedule a donation pick up and we’ll take care of the rest.

Recycling Facilities

While we strive to find a second home for items that remain in good condition, that’s only possible for certain items. So, what happens to junk that can’t be donated?

At College Hunks, we promise to dispose of junk pick up items in the most eco-friendly manner possible. For items made out of plastics, glass, metal, paper, or textiles, that usually means recycling. We will sort through your items to identify and separate recyclable materials. After that, we’ll make sure that these items reach the proper recycling facilities.

You might be surprised at just how many of your junk pick up items can be recycled! Items that we may be able to recycle include:

  • Mattresses
  • Carpeting
  • Old appliances
  • Vehicles
  • Used tires
  • Scrap metal
  • Clothing
  • Running shoes
  • Tennis balls
  • VHS tapes
  • CDs
  • Wine corks
  • Batteries
  • Keys
  • Glasses

Specialty Processing

Some of the items collected during your junk pick up may require specialty processing or disposal. This most often occurs with electronic appliances and appliances that contain refrigerants. These items typically contain a mix of recyclable and hazardous materials, which means that they need to be processed in specialty recycling centers.

To ensure the safe disposal of these items, College Hunks brings them to EPA-certified processing centers. These items are carefully broken down and parted out. Recyclable materials are then sent out for re-use, while hazardous materials are contained and disposed of in the most eco-friendly possible manner.

Our junk pick up services make it easy for homeowners to dispose of these items. Instead of worrying about which items require special processing, or wondering where to take these items, simply call College Hunks. We’ll make sure that all of your items are disposed of in the greenest manner possible, and in accordance with all federal and local regulations.

The Last Resort...

At College Hunks, we do our utmost to reduce landfill usage. In fact, more than two-thirds of the waste that we collect is donated, recycled, or handled by EPA-certified processing centers.

Despite our best efforts, these solutions aren’t possible for all junk pick up items. Donation centers will only accept certain types of items, and they won’t take badly worn or damaged pieces. Likewise, recycling and specialty processing centers will only accept certain materials.

This means that some of the waste that we collect inevitably ends up in landfills. However, this only happens in cases where we cannot use a more eco-friendly disposal method. By choosing junk pick up services from College Hunks, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to keep your junk from reaching local landfills.