Got Junk? Sustainable Waste Disposal Programs Can Solve Your Trash Woes
If you are a property owner or facilities manager, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with unwanted junk. Maybe you have a construction project winding up and need to get rid of debris or you’re landscaping your property and have a small mountain of yard waste sitting on your property. Perhaps you’re a landlord trying to unload an unwanted refrigerator or abandoned furniture.
If any of these scenarios ring a bell, you’ve got plenty of company. Each year, the US generates approximately 220 million tons of trash. That amounts to 2.1 kg of trash per person per day and that figure is expected to rise by 2025. Moreover, while most local sanitation companies can readily remove everyday trash, they may not take bulkier items or hazardous wastes.
All too often, facilities must fend for themselves when hauling and disposing of junk and without the right equipment, this can be a grueling task. What’s more, unless you have personnel trained in the proper procedures for lifting and transporting heavy items, your workers can seriously injure themselves or other people. The problem becomes even more acute when you’re dealing with items that contain hazardous wastes, which can lead to corrosive burns, breathing problems, and other health problems.
The patchwork of local, state, and federal regulations for waste disposal add another layer of complexity to junk removal. The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) lays out requirements for disposing of hazardous wastes, but gives states broad discretion for managing nonhazardous, industrial and municipal solid waste. On top of state and federal regulations, local ordinances dictate which items can be recycled or taken to the local landfill. Knowing where and how to get rid of junk can be confusing but failing to comply with environmental regulations can take a big bite out of your budget in the form of fines and other penalties.
Resolving operational challenges is only part of the problem. America’s trash problem is reaching critical mass, with the number of landfills projected to reach capacity in less than 18 years. Although recycling programs have taken up some of the slack, they only process 35% of overall waste. Waste that doesn’t get recycled or end up in landfills is often incinerated, which can release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle junk removal by yourself. Many companies will haul unwanted items for a fee, but don’t always dispose of junk in an eco-friendly way. RWS offers a comprehensive junk removal program that includes experienced technicians to help you design, implement, and manage a recycling and waste program. Our U.S. based National Call Center is staffed 24/7/365 to manage thousands of service requests and deliver timely services at low national rates.
If junk removal is becoming a burden, consider hiring a professional to manage your waste disposal. The right service provider can help you negotiate the complex web of environmental regulations while disposing of your junk in an eco-friendly, sustainable way.
For more information about junk removal services from RWS, download our PDF on Sustainable Junk Removal here.