Our Clients Include
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Junk Removal
Removing Your Junk
YYC Junk will remove almost anything you need to get rid of. In fact, just tell us what needs to go, and our uniformed, professional junk removal Calgary team takes care of the rest. Our rubbish removal crew will be there at a time that works for you. Let us do the lifting, loading, and sorting- so you can get on with your day.
Recycling For You
YYC Junk strongly believes in the importance of reducing wasteful dumping in Calgary’s landfills. In fact, we recycle whenever possible. As a results, our junk removal Calgary crews have extensive knowledge of what can be recycled- just ask them!
Reusing For You
One person’s junk, another person’s treasure. If hired to take something to the dump that our junk removal Calgary crew feels may be in condition to be re-homed, we will donate it to one of our community partners. With your permission, naturally! Junk removal in Calgary definitely doesn’t have to mean clogging up the landfill.
Donating For You
Committed to Calgary and beyond, we donate to our community partners as often as we can. Linens, towels, clothing, furniture, toys, books- you name it! Why not let your gently used stuff go to someone who could use it? Junk removal in Calgary done right.
Simple online booking – no credit card required.
YYC Junk’s unique donation and recycling program has caught both the attention of Global News and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Ask us what we can do with your old stuff!
Diversion Through Donating
The Old Plastic Bag Trick
Basically endless opportunities for outdoor recreation elevate Calgary’s home base potential in winter months, not just summer. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, snowboarding, taking a vigorous morning march, even or doing junk removal outside like us- finding your winter jam takes your mind off the cold!
Damp Digits: a Total Damper
Intense activity in below freezing temperatures tends to make you feel really alive, granted you pull on the proper gear. However, donning your woollies presents its own issue which you may be familiar with: sweaty, cold feet in your boots. Whenever you pause during hard exercise, for example, while sitting on the ski lift, your feet will suddenly feel excruciatingly cold. Not surprisingly, socks soak up sweat from your feet, causing the socks to become damp. Once you stop moving, your wet socks will lose heat much faster than if they were dry. This causes your feet to become intensely chilly. Our junk removal Calgary crews regularly have had this happen to them, and they find it very uncomfortable!
Naturally, the market has provided a variety of expensive products designed to deal with this. However, in our opinion, none of these products beat the simplicity of the old plastic bag trick. Not to mention, another new use for old grocery bags never hurts either. Commonly used by people who live in cold regions of Siberia, this trick will keep your tootsies warm even in the coldest Canadian weather.
What you will need:
2 pairs of socks (longer works best, not too tight-fitting)
2 plastic grocery bags without holes
1 pair of your favourite winter footwear (hiking boots, winter boots, ski boots)
1st Step: Put on one pair of socks as usual.
2nd Step: Slip a plastic bag over the socks.
3rd Step: Add a second pair of socks over top of the plastic bag.
4th Step: Put on your boots.
5th Step: Tuck the bag in to your boot/pants (or don’t, but it looks kind of goofy!)
A special waterproof layer has been created between the two pairs of socks. Any moisture will be contained within this layer, and your sweaty feet will be just as warm as ever. The outside sock will stay dry, and you will have a comfortable bonus warm air cushion around your feet. You can even use the plastic bag for waterproofing more than once- which junk removal Calgary recommends, since we still see so much plastic going to the city landfill.
Toasty Like a Tweeter
Interestingly, this works similarly to how a bird’s feathers trap air inside pockets. These air pockets allow them to survive outdoors in extreme temperatures despite getting wet (for example, waterfowl) or in spite of being tiny (like chickadees as sparrows).
Try it Out!
Cost-effective, uncomplicated, and quick- make your next expedition in the open air one that you remember for the superb landscape or the enjoyable experience, not for the frigid feet!
Junk Removal in the Snow
Winter Has Arrived
Snow falls, but life continues on in the Great White North. People go to work, grocery shop, visit their loved ones. In fact, you may even find yourself moving house or needing to get rid of that old sofa during the winter months. At YYC Junk Removal, we see it all the time, and we have a few tips to make that junk removal Calgary just a little bit easier for you.
Shovel That Snow
Your crew will thank you for keeping your outdoor walkways clear! Honestly, this simple, key tip will help make your appointment go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. To be sure, moving a china cabinet can be difficult at the best of times – a clear path with gravel or salt on any icy patches work wonders.
Nobody likes wet patches to step on with their socks! Unless otherwise specified by our clients, our Calgary junk removal team take their boots off when entering your home. However, bits of snow, ice, and sand sometimes sneak inside. If you have any extra mats or towels, we suggest placing these where our crew will be walking. That way, your floors will be protected from potential puddles.
Keep Your Pets Toasty
We love your pets, but never want them to escape into the cold! As you know, it gets pretty cold in Calgary. Lost pets are awful any time of the year, but especially when the temperature reaches -20. Our crew suggests safely shutting your animal friend in a room that won’t need to be entered to remove your junk. Since our drivers give you a phone call to let you know they’ll be arriving soon, you’ll have plenty of time to make sure your pet is safe, secure, and snug.
Ready Your Junk
We do our best to make as few trips as possible. However, it can help your junk disappear even faster to gather any materials into 1 – 3 areas of your home. In fact, we suggest designating one room or area specifically for collection. Let our junk removal Calgary squad round up the junk for you before they make their trips to the truck. One of the biggest challenges in the winter can be keeping the heat in! Your doors will be opened (while the heat escapes!) far fewer times with a little planning ahead.
We Appreciate You
Junk removal in Calgary does our darndest to always be on time and to connect with you via telephone. Unfortunately, sometimes snowy conditions slow the city down to a crawl. Because safety is our #1 priority, if our team might be a bit late, they’ll be sure to let you know.
In conclusion, we know all too well the challenges winter brings in Canada! These 4 easy tips will assure your pre-Christmas purge or house move goes quickly and easily.
The Mysteries of Plastic Number 6 (An Interesting Junk Removal Thought Experiment)
Gas station 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.
Not 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- 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.
Being 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. Interestingly, a company 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?
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January 5, 2019 The Old Plastic Bag Trick Basically endless opportunities for outdoor recreation elevate Calgary’s home base potential in winter months, not just summer. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, snowboarding, taking a vigorous morning march, even or doing junk...read more
November 5, 2018 Junk Removal in the Snow Winter Has Arrived Snow falls, but life continues on in the Great White North. People go to work, grocery shop, visit their loved ones. In fact, you may even find yourself moving house or needing to get rid of that old sofa...read more
October 15, 2018 The Mysteries of Plastic Number 6 (an interesting junk removal thought experiment) 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...read more