How Can You Get Rid Of Junk In A Socially Conscious Way?

Junk will accumulate to a point where you can't find what we seek, and you will often buy the same product, which adds to the clutter and confusion. Eventually, you must convince yourself to sort through your junk and determine what to keep and what to discard. Once this is done, you must think about your impact on the environment and consider if your junk can be repaired or repurposed.

Can your junk still be useful?

First you must determine if your junk is useless to anyone or just something that you no longer want or need. If it is still useful to someone else, or can easily be made useful to others, than give it to a charitable organization. You can choose from several religious or secular charities that will come directly to your home to pick up your unwanted items.

If your junk is no longer useful for its intended, you may be able to repurpose it. An older model TV, hollowed of its components, can be painted and decorated to create a themed cat or dog bed. Use your imagination and unleash your latent artistic talent to create conversation pieces that can't be found in stores. You can even find multiple websites that  show you how to create musical instruments out of supposedly useless junk.

Taking junk to a landfill

When taking junk that you cannot reuse or repurpose to a landfill, you must consider the following:

  • You must live in the area where the landfill is located, and produce identification to prove residency.
  • Landfills will only take the amount of junk that you can bring in a personal vehicle, so space is crucial. Larger items should be broken down into into smaller pieces before attempting to load them into your vehicle.
  • Hazardous materials must be kept separate from other items. Dumpsters and special containers are available for these materials, which include paint, solvents, cleaners, and used motor oil.
  • Hard drives must be removed from old computers and made inoperable. Drilling holes through them is a common method of destroying them. Intact hard drives are prime targets for identity thieves.

If you don't have the time or energy to get rid of your junk, junk removal services will handle everything for a reasonable fee. They are experienced in determining which items are recyclable, and can take a large quantity of junk in one trip. Just be sure that the service company is licensed and bonded. Junk removal services advertised on bulletin boards or telephone poles may not be ethical in their disposal of your junk.