No one likes to think about junk removal. It’s a messy, tedious process that many of us would rather avoid. But for those who have no choice but to deal with the piles and piles of old furniture, appliances, or other items that need to be disposed of, it can be an overwhelming task. As you might expect there are a variety of methods available for dealing with this problem.
Dawn of the Dump: A Thumbnail History of Landfills in America
Most Americans today are familiar with the concept of “going to the dump.” In fact, for some of us this is still a common practice and long-held junk removal tradition. For others, it’s something you only hear about in movies or magazine articles – but they’ve been around since way before them!
The first modern landfill, the Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill in California was opened in 1937. It is considered to be one of the most influential landfills ever created as it innovated trenching and daily covering techniques for disposing waste with soil that are still used today.
But before the 20th century, trash and junk was often thrown into holes in the ground. Even swamps would be filled with garbage and later built on as nearby towns grew.
In the late 1800s, cities like New York City created a garbage collection and disposal system that used horse-drawn carts to collect their residents’ waste. According to records collected by U.S. EPA in 1916, 4.6 pounds of trash per person were taken into these trucks each day!
It was not until the middle of last century that municipalities began to regulate garbage disposal and how people should get rid of their junk. Before then, everyone would just clean up after themselves in whatever way they saw fit.
For example, the Green Risks article goes on to say that in 1959 the American Society of Civil Engineers first published guidelines for a “sanitary landfill” that suggested compacting waste and covering it with a layer of soil each day to reduce odors and control rodents. Even at this point landfills were designed by excavating a hole or trench, filling the excavation with trash, and then covering over every bit of trash so as not give any chance for odor-producing bacteria to escape into local groundwater.
After that, government oversight began to pick up steam with several regulatory, legislative and bureaucratic developments:
- The Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965 (SWDA) created the office of solid waste.
- In 1976, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) expanded the federal government’s role in managing waste disposal.
- In 1979, EPA developed the first set of criteria for sanitary landfills that included standards for locating new landfills and operational standards for existing landfills to reduce disease vectors and increase protection of surface and groundwater.
- RCRA was amended in 1984 to require EPA to assess and revise the sanitary landfill requirements.
- In 1991, EPA established new federal standards for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.
The Precarious State of Landfills Now
The average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash a day, according to the EPA which means that there are currently 2 thousand active landfills in this country and it is only getting worse. In 1986, for example, there were 7683 landfill sites operating but by 2009 these had dwindled down to just 1 908 with less than 25 years passing between them!
The EPA has recently found that the decrease in landfills is due to multiple landfill having consolidate into single, more efficient facilities. And because new technology enables each acre of landfill to hold 30% more waste than previously, available space per person can be expected go up by almost 30%.
In 2015, Yale University researchers found that Americans throw out twice as much trash from their homes than the EPA estimates. This study has significant implications for how we should be managing our waste to better protect the environment and tackle global warming.
So with or without landfills, we still need to find a way to deal with our junk.
Junk Removal Three Different Ways
DIY Junk Removal
The first method – the one that most people default to – is what we kindly refer to as the risk-it and junk removal. Essentially, this means loading your own personal items into a pickup truck before driving it all offsite themselves.
It may be easy for some but not so easy when you’re taking on such an important responsibility by yourself!
This option means that you do all the heavy lifting – three times. Once to get it out to the curb, once to get it into a truck, and once to get out of the truck. Not so easy!
Also, this method requires renting or borrowing a pickup truck if one is not already owned by someone in your family; an inconvenience for those who have no other way of transporting their items because they live too far away from any proper dump station… And we won’t go on about covering your load with tarps while waiting at the dump station indefinitely for what could be hours before dumping time comes around again (and paying fees!), only then figuring out how much more money needs paid when there are rules set up governing what can and cannot be accepted, and so on.
Full-Service Junk Removal
Staten Island Junk Removal is the most powerful junk removal company in your area. With just a phone call and 2 minutes of work on our end, we can remove all the clutter from your home – fast!
How does Staten Island Junk Removal get rid of my trash? All you need to do is give us a quick call so that one of our friendly staff members will come assess which items are safe for disposal (like appliances or furniture.) After they’ve removed what’s left outside, it’ll be picked up by professional haulers who know how to recycle almost anything except hazardous materials like chemicals.
Staten Island Junk Removal is here to make your life easier. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and a job well-done, so whether you just need us for an hour or as long as it takes, we’re happy to be able help! And our eco-friendly mission means that when the day has come where you can’t take any more of those pesky household items lying around in piles all over the place? No worries! With Staten Island Junk Removal hauling away junk from doorsteps across America (in 34 states!), there’s no longer anywhere left for clutter to hide.
Self Service Dumpster Rental
Your third option is the best of both worlds. A lot can go wrong during a construction or landscaping project and it’s good to know your options when you need that extra hand – especially if you’re renting materials for an extended period of time! MINI Dumpsters are conveniently sized, easy to load, and won’t hurt your driveway too much either.
Staten Island Junk Removal’s self service dumpsters come with fair and flexible pricing to suit all types of DIY junk removal projects. You can expect professional, friendly service when you rent a MINI Dumpster from Staten Island Junk Removal – it comes on-time and fast! And the best part is that most if not all your trash will never see the inside of landfill thanks to their disposal services.
Staten Island Junk Removal: Your Local Resource for Junk Removal Services
Staten Island Junk Removal is the trash removal company you need on your side. With Staten Island Junk Removal, we’ve got the resources and equipment to haul off those large bags of garbage in a flash (literally). Not only are our junk removals fast, but they’re also easy for us as well – no moving or heavy lifting required! Best yet? There’s never any hidden charges with Staten Island Junk Removal – if it can fit into one of our trucks then there aren’t any additional fees involved. Give us a call today!