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Eco-Friendly Junk Removal: How to Dispose of Your Junk Responsibly

Disposing of your junk in an eco-friendly manner is very important in our times. Not only do responsible practices help preserve the planet but they also promote sustainability. At Junk It Away, we care for the environment. We are committed to providing top-notch green junk removal services that prioritize this aspect. 

We’ve put together this article with some great ideas you can do today to help you get started on how you can dispose of your junk responsibly.

Method # 1: Sort Out Your Junk

Eco-friendly junk removal. Putting your junk in the right place.

Sort, Sort, Sort ! Take your time on this. Start by separating recyclables like glass, plastic, cans, and paper from non-recyclables like rotten food, liquids, and anything perishable. 

The easiest way to learn how to sort your junk, is to think of your Green, Blue, and Black trash can bins outside your house right now.

Let’s go over what each color means so you can have good eco-friendly junk removal practices.

The Blue The Recycling Bin

This bin is special for items like: 

  • Plastic bags, plastic bottles, plates and cups, 
  • Aluminum cans
  • Foam polystyrene,
  • Paper bags, newspaper, flyers, cardboard, and cartons.

The Green Organic Waste Bin

You can put in there pretty much anything organic like:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat, poultry and fish products (including bones), 
  • Bread, cereals and rice
  • Dairy products, eggs, and shells, 
  • Animal waste, bedding, and cat litter
  • House plants, including soil

The Black Bin a.k.a. The Black Hole

You can put in there: 

  • Laminated plastic film (stand-up pouches, snack food bags)
  • Pieces of wood
  • Dryer and disposable mop sheets
  • Make-up pads, cotton tipped swabs, and dental floss 
  • Plastic or foil wrappers and aluminum foil 
  • Hair, feathers, nail clippings 
  • Candles and wax
  • Broken mugs and dishes

According to the EPA, proper recycling can significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserve natural resources, and save energy. 

Method #2: Donate Usable Items

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You know what they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure !

Items that are still in good condition, such as clothes, furniture, and electronics, can be donated to local charities, shelters, or thrift stores. 

The benefits of donating go beyond just waste reduction; it also supports local communities and provides essential goods to those in need.

Google the nearest donation center around your area to help  you get started.

Method #3: Recycle Electronics

Eco-friendly junk removal. There are a bunch of different electronics that can be recycled.

Put to the side all of your E-waste, such as old computers, monitors, phones, and TVs. They are a different category from the above and require a different eco-friendly junk removal process. 

The reason is because they contain harmful chemicals that can damage the environment if not disposed of correctly. 

According to the Global E-waste Monitor, only 17.4% of e-waste was collected and properly recycled in 2019. Many cities have e-waste recycling programs or designated drop-off locations. 

Junk It Away specializes in responsible e-waste disposal, ensuring that electronics are recycled safely and sustainably.

Method #4: Compost Organic Waste to Enrich your garden

A women holding a bunch of worms.

Organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, can be composted rather than thrown away. 

According to the EPA, composting helps reduce methane emissions from landfills and can enrich soil. 

Composting turns organic waste into valuable fertilizer for gardens and landscaping. It will enrich your garden’s soil with nutrients so animals like worms and all types of insects can eat a humidify your garden.

This will help your flowers, plants, and trees grow stronger and you’ll in turn have a more clean and fresh environment.

Method #5: Hire an Eco-Friendly Junk Removal Service

Junk It Away helping a client with eco-friendly junk removal practices

When the task is too big to handle on your own, consider hiring a junk removal service that prioritizes eco-friendly practices… Like us !

We at Junk It Away take pride in recycling a significant portion of the items we collect and having a close relationship with donation centers. 

Our team is trained accordingly and continuously to handle junk responsibly, ensuring minimal environmental impact

With us you can have peace of mind. Your items won’t end up in a random landfill or next to the freeway. Rest assured that your junk is being disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, always. 

We live by having eco-friendly junk removal practices, because we care for the environment and the future.

Are you in Hollywood CA and surrounding areas? Contact us today for a free quote! We assist our customers on a regular basis in sorting their junk to maximize recycling and minimize waste.

Method #6: Dispose of Hazardous Materials Safely

A trashcan with the word "TRASH" on it

Bad things can happen when you dispose of hazardous materious improperly. Doing so can lead to pollution of water, soil, and air. 

This is why hazardous materials should never be thrown in the regular trash. 

Items that require special handling are:

  • Wet Paint
  • Batteries
  • Tires
  • Car oil
  • Nuclear waste

Many communities have special collection days or drop-off centers for hazardous waste. 

Finding eco-friendly junk removal companies isn’t hard. To find the nearest place to drop off your hazardous chemicals just do a quick google search to get you started. 

Are you in LA? Junk It Away provides safe disposal options for hazardous waste, adhering to all local regulations and ensuring that these materials do not harm the environment. Give us a call at 323-659-9649 for a free quote today !

How Junk It Away Implements Green Practices

Junk It Away crew thinking of ways of how to implement eco-friendly junk removal practices on their next project.

Our commitment to the environment goes beyond just removing your junk.

We follow a set or rules with a comprehensive approach to make sure that all of our practices are as green as possible:

The following are a few of the things we do to make sure we follow a good set of rules of eco-friendly junk removal practices:

Rule 1: Extensive Recycling

We sort and recycle a vast majority of the materials we collect, from metals to plastics to electronics.

Rule 2: Donations

Usable items are donated to local charities, reducing waste and supporting the community.

Rule 3: Eco-Friendly Fleet

Our vehicles are fuel-efficient, and we are continuously tuning them so they adhere with the most up to date environmental regulations.

Rule 4: Training

Our staff is trained in eco-friendly disposal methods, ensuring that all items are handled responsibly.


Responsible junk removal is not just about getting rid of unwanted items; it’s about doing so in a way that benefits the environment and the community. 

By sorting your junk, donating usable items, recycling, composting, and choosing eco-friendly services like Junk It Away, you can make a significant difference. 

Now that you are fully armed with the best practices to dispose of your junk responsibly, go and share with everyone what you have learned. You can now contribute to a healthier, cleaner planet for future generations.

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