Quickly and easily arrange junk removal Calgary. With a variety of options to contact us, including calling us at 403.829.1958 or booking online, we can answer any questions you may have. We can even set up an appointment to pick up your junk.
Free estimates always, and no load too small. Ask about booking junk removal for the same day in the Calgary area.
Whether it is yard waste, appliance removal, household rubbish, renovation materials, residential or commercial, we will come and give you a quick, free, on-the-spot estimate. If you're happy with the price, we can take it away right then and there or schedule a time with you for rubbish removal.
With your permission, we will re-purpose, recycle, or donate as many of your unwanted items in good condition as we can. Our goal being to minimize the amount of junk we take to the dump.
YYC Junk will remove most anything you need to get rid of. Just tell us what needs to go and our uniformed team will take care of the lifting, loading, and sorting. Our rubbish removal professionals will be there at a time that’s convenient for you, so you can get on with your day. Book with us today; we are ready for your junk. It’s true: one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. If we are hired to take something to the dump, but it is in good enough condition to be re-homed, with your permission, we will donate it to one of our community partners. In Calgary, junk removal doesn’t have to mean clogging up the local landfill.
It’s true: one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. If hired to take something to the dump that we feel may be in good enough condition to be re-homed, we will donate it to one of our community partners. Naturally, we do this with your permission! In Calgary, junk removal doesn’t have to mean clogging up the local landfill.
YYC Junk removal Calgary recycles whenever possible since it is equally important to us to reduce wasteful dumping in Calgary’s landfills. Some items that can be recycled for you: large and small appliances, metal, electronics, household goods, clean fill, and rubber.
Committed to Calgary and beyond, we donate the following if in good condition: linens, towels, clothing, furniture, appliances, construction materials, toys, books, unopened cosmetics, non-perishable food, animal cages. In addition to those, anything else that we believe somebody could use we donate to community partners as well.
The Mysteries of Plastic Number 6
Coffee cups, take-out containers, the packaging around your new blender. These are all made from Styrofoam, AKA plastic number 6. At YYC junk removal Calgary we get asked a lot about what happens with foam. There may be a small number in a triangle stamped into the lid, but that doesn’t mean your local facility has the means to recycle it!
Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics in the world, and our junk removal teams in Calgary unfortunately see it a lot. This plastic is highly valuable to manufacturers due to economy of scale: ease of production, light in weight (98% air), and waterproof. Though easy to produce, Styrofoam is not nearly as straightforward to get rid of.
It Isn’t Going Anywhere Fast
This “disposable” material takes up to an astounding 1 million years to decompose naturally. In the meantime, owing to its porous nature, polystyrene is very likely to become contaminated. Contaminants may be as simple as the coffee poured into the foam coffee cup, or something more serious such as an environmental pollutant. Consumed by microorganisms, pieces of contaminated plastic cause disruptions in the food chain. Birds and marine animals also tend to mistake Styrofoam pieces as food, resulting in death. We’ve seen the birds at the Calgary landfill—trust us, they’ll eat pretty much anything vaguely food-shaped.
Let’s Break it Down… or Not
Because of polystyrene’s wide usage, an annual amount of 2.3 billion kilograms ends up in our landfills and waterways. The cost of recycling this material is said to be $3,000 per ton. As the United States alone produces 3 million tons per year, the cost adds up extremely fast. This plastic requires special compactors and logistical systems to be recycled, thus many cities and municipalities simply cannot accept it for recycling purposes. In recent years, more areas in Canada in the west and in the east are accepting plastic #6 for collection and then selling it on the open market to reclaimers.
Dust to Dust, Plastic to Worms
Recent research has described two new ways that Styrofoam may be broken down. The first is being broken down in the guts of meal worms. Secondly, certain soil bacteria seem to be able to convert styrene oil into biodegradable plastic PHA. However, the biodegradation of the plastic remains controversial.
Petroleum-based (made from oil), it is simply not sustainable to continue producing plastic number 6. With so many alternatives available, cities such as San Francisco and New York have lead the way and have outright banned the use and sale of this plastic. All it takes is a little creativity in developing and using alternatives to plastic. A company has even recently discovered a way to grow containers from fungi! Something as simple and easy as bringing your own reusable coffee cup to work helps cut down on Styrofoam waste- so why not do it?
May 1, 2017
What My Pet Taught Me About My Health
Many households in Canada have a companion animal or pet. In fact, at least half of Canadian households have a cat or dog. Cats and dogs reside at number 1 for popularity in Calgary, however many people keep other types of animals too. Exotic friends like birds, reptiles, small marsupials, a variety of rodents, and fish also have made themselves at home.
I love birds. When kept ethically and responsibly, all involved in avian care feel rewarded and learn a lot. My own office assistant at YYC Junk Removal is a cockatiel. Ever-cheerful and always ready with a “Hi!”: basically the best co-worker ever. He never drinks the last of the coffee, either.
However, what I didn’t know before bird ownership was the high environmental sensitivity of these small creatures. When you think about it, these same factors can most definitely impact our own health and the health of our children. It makes sense. Below I’ve shared some important things I learned about making my home a healthier place for my cockatiel friend as well as for the rest of my family.
Teflon and non-stick pans can kill a bird or small animal quickly.
Fumes created when cooking at high heat with this convenient cookware are extremely noxious. This is known as polymer fume fever, or simply Teflon flu. No argument that the washing up is much easier, but respiratory systems absolutely pay the price. Humans develop flu-like symptoms a few hours after exposure, while birds often react immediately. YYC Junk recommends cooking with cast iron skillets for best results.
Air fresheners, scented candles, and regular cleaning products can be deadly.
On the same tangent as Teflon, such scents attack the respiratory system. Asthmatic reactions are common to these products. Certain scent-masking type air fresheners are thought to have olfactory-numbing properties to them. We all want our homes to smell like “Freshly Frosted Cinnamon Bun”. The reality is, over the long-term those scents wreak havoc on your immune system. Not to mention harm small respiratory systems. At our Calgary office, the “air freshener” we use is simply opening windows!
Your scented deodorant, perfume, hairspray, nail polish, aftershave, and cologne need to go.
Though the daily ritual of dabbing your favourite perfume on your wrists is lovely, your body reacts the same way to it as it does to air fresheners and cleaning products. It’s okay, I’ll understand if you skip the hairspray. Also, many small bottles and aerosol cans are not recyclable and would just end up in the Calgary landfill anyhow– and you know how YYC Junk feels about that!
Regular cleaning products can also be extremely poisonous.
Repeat after me: “Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar!” Baking soda is also your friend. The simpler, the better. Together, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar kill all kinds of bacteria, fungus, and the like. This combo is said to be more effective at killing bacteria than commercial products. You don’t need to worry about washing these chemicals down your drain when you clean your shower, toilet, or sink either. Note, always put hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in separate bottles! YYC Junk Removal Calgary recommends purchasing natural cleaning products in bulk to cut down on excess packaging.
Air quality matters.
Get your furnace cleaned. Change your furnace filter, or better yet, purchase a cleanable one. It will help with energy efficiency while at the same time create a healthier indoor environment for your family. If you have access to an air filtering machine, I recommend those as well (with a reusable filter, if possible). We regularly clean our filters at YYC Junk Removal as debris from pets often gets caught up in the furnace and air filters.
Most of the items listed above are consumer goods, produced exclusively for the sake of making money. They don’t better our world, and they actually are detrimental to everyone’s health. Of course we need to clean our homes, cook our meals, and groom ourselves. But, we can do it in a way that is contributing less to the landfill, not taking a toll on our health, not hurting our animal friends, and in all honesty saving money.
– K. Nicholby –
March 7, 2017
– R. Thome –
Every home owner will need some kind of junk removal at some point in their lives. Face-to-face with a huge pile of garbage may be the first time most people even think about this kind of service. Especially if that huge pile of garbage seems too large for them to get rid of without help. In this moment of truth, a convenient solution is greatly appreciated!
Situations where people don’t have the resources, manpower, or time to dispose of the accumulated junk from their home definitely exist. A professional junk removal service is the best solution in these situations. Wondering whether you could use the help of a reliable junk hauling company? You’re not alone!
Why use a junk removal service?
By opting for junk removal services, you save both time and effort. Arrange an appointment for removal, and let the rest be taken care of by the professionals. On top of that, when a professional junk hauling company like YYC Junk Removal is on the job, you can expect this task to be finished in a fast and convenient manner. With their help you will avoid all possible hurdles. Before you know it, the task will be complete.
Furthermore, the law regulates rubbish removal activity in many cases. This means that in certain areas, like Calgary, you can’t send all junk to the landfill. Specifically, types of waste need special treatment like recycling, or disposal at defined facilities. If you don’t follow these rules and regulations, you risk sanctions. If you hire a good junk removal company you won’t have to worry about these things.
Generally, most professional companies will come to your site regardless of the size or quantity of the junk you have. Appliances, computers, garbage, office equipment, garage cleanout, estate cleanup, industrial junk, commercial junk, and moving cleanup are some wastes professionals can dispose of properly.
There are some household wastes that can pose a serious threat to our health, like thinners and paints. Electric and electronic equipment can be dangerous if left outside without any protection. A good junk removal company will know how to fix this problem. They can carefully select the waste and decide where best to send it. In some cases, it will be taken to the local landfill. On the other hand, if in proper working condition, items may be donated. Finally, some junk can be recycled. Using the help of true professionals helps protect the environment.
In case you are looking for a good junk removal Calgary option, you can absolutely count on YYC Junk Removal. With years of experience, correct licensing and certification, YYC Junk Removal is here to help both homeowners and business owners get rid of their waste.
– J. Nicholby
When Does Spring Actually Start in Calgary?
The question going through a lot of people’s minds these days: when will it be Spring?
As March progresses, tolerance for winter begins running dry. Although March 20th may be the official date when spring begins, but sometimes that doesn’t mean much around here. Spring is a feeling in Calgary. Calgarians need external cues: longer days, green grass, migrating birds, the rabbits turning brown again. We can all agree that Calgary is an odd place as far as seasons go. On top of that, the warm winter is making it even more confusing. It definitely doesn’t feel like spring yet, despite the 10 – 15 degree days we have been having.
In my mind, the following must occur in order for it to actually “be” spring:
1. There must be at least one day with a fairly significant rainfall.
2. A weekend with at least one day (I prefer two) with temperatures around 20C.
3.Patches of green grass must be visible. Snow on the ground disqualifies.
And last but not least:
4. A new construction project somewhere that will delay your commute. (Remember that the only two REAL seasons in Calgary: winter and construction!)
Springtime comes, an invisible switch is turned “on”, and the city becomes hectic.
We are world champions at cramming three season’s worth of outdoor activities into our short “not winter”. Once it’s on, we make haste in all the things we have been sitting around thinking about doing throughout the winter. Whether it be buying a bike and exploring, finally getting around to rafting The Bow River, or in our case, removing junk from yards.
Think of all of the “next summer I will”s and write them down on a big piece of paper. Post it up where you can see it! Remind yourself daily of all of the things you want to do, and plan to accomplish them ASAP. Don’t let 2016 be another year that you can’t really remember when you look back on it. As soon as you get the chance, definitely make the time to get away for that camping trip, music festival, or that trip to the lake. Just GO FOR IT. Don’t catch yourself on August 30th, thinking that you missed out yet again on crossing off items from your bucket list.
Let us help you spend your free time doing something that you actually want to do. When you are busy with your new renovation project, or cleaning out your garage or yard, call us. Just point at what you want to go away, and we do absolutely everything else. Let the pros do all of the sorting, recycling, donations, and dumping. We can certainly get that stuff out of your life in a fraction of the time, with almost no effort on your part.
– J. Nicholby
How to Approach a Large Junk Removal Job
Visualize the end and work backwards from there.
Imagine the feeling of your space, clean and uncluttered. Perhaps you feel a sense of freedom and lightness. Don’t picture things being throw out, think about sharing what you no longer need with someone else who needs it.
Next, many people make the mistake of not having a concrete plan as to what they want to get rid of or keep.
Usually, more stuff appears than you expect once the purging process begins. All those little items in the cupboards add up. Even a small job can appear to grow rapidly, as if you were driving full-speed towards a mountain. Understand that junk removal can become overwhelming when there are a large number of items. Go into the process knowing this beforehand. Despite our experience, even WE become overwhelmed at times.
Pushing past the size of a job is essential.
Keep visualizing the end result. Imagine those shelves in the basement laundry room empty, and all of the cupboards bare. Once you visualize an image, that image can fight any sense of dread that appears as item after item goes, yet the junk pile seems to continue growing.
Now that you’ve visualized what it will look like, beware of “staygo”s- they complicate things. A mental swamp bogs down your perfect plan to have all of that useless stuff fly out the door. Decisions about what to keep and what to toss never seem to end. Playing “staygo” will melt your brain after only an hour, to be sure. Ask yourself this question: “If I keep this (insert junk), is it going to end up back in some cupboard or dark corner?” The last thing you want is to keep stuff that’s just going to force you to have to purge again in another round. Despite the temptation, keep this question at the top of your mind. Lastly, keep in mind somebody else will find better use for your old stuff it if you let it go, so don’t worry about it.
Divide up the job into rooms.
Regardless if you have a multi-room job with a lot of small items, it helps to treat each room as a separate job. Split a large job up into several smaller ones. In fact, this trick helps give you the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment several times during your junk removal job.
– J. Nicholby –
Super fast and great service! Would absolutely use John and Kristine again and love the fact I could pay by e-transfer easily after too. Great job! - Jill B. Pleasant, ethical, reliable, prompt, affordable, and genuinely nice! A pleasure to deal with. Stop looking and call them first. If they're all booked up, wait for them, you'll be glad you did. - Wanda G.
Super fast and great service! Would absolutely use John and Kristine again and love the fact I could pay by e-transfer easily after too. Great job! - Jill B.
Pleasant, ethical, reliable, prompt, affordable, and genuinely nice! A pleasure to deal with. Stop looking and call them first. If they're all booked up, wait for them, you'll be glad you did. - Wanda G.
Junk, or treasure? We can often re-home items we were asked to take to the dump. Always with your permission, we drop donations off to our community partners, such as Women In Need. Calgary junk removal need not mean creating piles at local landfills.
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