Monday, December 6, 2010

Buying lots of Christmas presents? Clear some junk first!

If you are like most people you will be buying a lot of presents for those in your family this month. Each year at Christmas people across the country load up on new toys, games, furniture, and even appliances. But what exactly do you do with all the old stuff?
If you are going to get a new appliance, furniture, or even and bunch of new toys for the kids, you will need to first clear some space. You won’t be able to fit all of the new items alongside the things you currently have. You have several options for cleaning out the house, either before or after Christmas, when you are ready to make way for all the new items.
First, you can try to sell the things you want to get rid of. This way you also recoup some of the costs on replacing or getting new items. You can run classified ads or let friends know that you have those items for sale. If you feel it is unwanted junk or has no value you can simply call Capital Junk.
Serving the entire Ottawa area, Capital Junk will happily do all the work of picking up your unwanted junk or items left over from home or office cleanouts. Just make an appointment by calling us or booking online and we will be there. We do all the work, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Another benefit of having us remove your unwanted junk is that we take an eco-friendly approach. We will donate and recycle as much as possible, to try to reduce what is actually taken to a landfill. Plus, if you reserve online you will save $10. Contact us today so you can start clearing out the junk and making way for all the new things you will receive this Christmas!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping

With Christmas just around the corner, millions of people will begin their annual shopping spree to find gifts for all those on their list. Problem is, this time of year can be really hard on the environment if people aren’t at least a little conscious regarding the choices they are making.

This year, make it a goal to try to do eco-friendly holiday shopping. You can do this by keeping these five tips in mind:

1. Narrow your stores. Rather than running all over Ottawa in search of those perfect gifts, narrow down where you will go. Try to get as much as you can at one or two stores, thereby limiting the amount of travel between points.
2. Choose less packaging. Christmas morning often features garbage bags filled with packaging materials. Look to purchase items that are not over-packaged.
3. Skip the plastic. It is well known that plastic products are wreaking havoc on the world, from their production through the never-ending disposal of them. The less plastic you put in your cart, the better for the environment.
4. Take reusable bags. Since you know you are heading out shopping, grab your reusable bags, so you can avoid those plastic ones from the store. Plastic bags are damaging to the environment and require a lot of resources to produce.
5. Notice the miles. If you are considering buying a product, look at where it was made. Buying products that have traveled thousands of miles to reach the store is damaging to the environment. You can reduce your carbon footprint by opting for gifts made closer to home!

From turning used newspaper into wrapping paper to recycling as much as possible after everyone has opened their gifts, there are always ways for you to be more eco-friendly, this time of year. And if your Christmas list includes items like new furniture and appliances, contact Capital Junk to remove your old ones! We will make sure they are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way by means of donating or recycling.

Capital Junk serves the entire Ottawa area and specializes in helping businesses and individuals with unwanted junk removal, including furniture, old appliances, and miscellaneous items. With an eco-friendly mission, they work to keep items out of landfills.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

5 Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

There are many reminders out there about how individuals can strive to be more environmentally friendly. Yet even though we may not realize it, businesses of all kinds are also creating a lot of waste. Every business, no matter how large or small, can do things to be more eco-friendly.

Beyond making sure that every business takes care of toxic waste in accordance with the law, here are five things you can do within your business right now to make it greener:

1. Set up recycling centers. If you are not offering recycling in your office you can easily set this up. Recycling such things as paper and ink cartridges can go a long way toward being more eco-friendly.

2. Create an office policy that all equipment must be shut off at the end of the day. Millions of businesses leave computers, copy machines, and lights on over night, just wasting resources. You will also see a drop on your monthly utility bills!

3. Reduce the amount of waste your office produces, especially where paper is concerned. Remind people to only print what is absolutely
necessary and to use both sides of the paper, if possible.

4. Buy recycled products when you make your office supply orders. Today you can find compostable pens, recycled copy paper, and more, all of which helps toward a cleaner planet.

5. When it comes time to do a junk removal, call us at Capital Junk. Whether you are relocating, cleaning out, or replacing older items, we can take the stuff off your hands and help keep it out of landfills by recycling or donating them.

Serving the entire Ottawa area, Capital Junk proudly assists smaller local businesses as well as large 10 story office buildings to remove unwanted junk, including old appliances, furniture, e-waste and more. They are committed to being environmentally responsible and work to keep as much of the items out of landfills that they can. And when you schedule your Ottawa area junk removal appointment online, you receive $10 off!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Celebrating “Waste Reduction Week” in Ottawa

“Waste Reduction Week” is a special week held from October 18-24, 2010. It is an event that takes place for all of Ottawa and has a mission of helping to raise awareness about reducing the amount of waste that we produce. Throughout the week, the City of Ottawa will be offering programs that will help to get the word out about the importance of protecting the environment and keeping things out of area landfills.

There are many things you can keep in mind to help do your part in reducing waste, including:
• Carrying your own reusable bags to the grocery store.
• Avoid purchasing products that are overly packaged.
• Opt for buying products in bulk, rather than individually wrapped items.
• Avoid buying products that are in non-recyclable packages.
• Use reusable plates, cups and silverware, rather than buying disposables.
• Buy a water filtration system instead of using plastic water bottles.

You will find that you still have items left over that you do not need, even with all your efforts to reduce waste. Periodically you may find it necessary to do a basement cleanout or even do some spring cleaning, both of which will create a lot of unwanted junk. You can opt to have a garage sale to sell some, donate items to area thrift stores, or simply call Capital Junk to remove all of your unwanted items.

Capital Junk serves the entire Ottawa area, helping to remove unwanted household junk, including old appliances, furniture, and more. Besides handling all of the work for you, we are committed to being environmentally responsible and keeping as much out of landfills as possible. Schedule your pick-up online and save $10. Let’s make “Waste Reduction Week” in Ottawa a huge success!

Monday, October 4, 2010

5 Things You Can Do with Your Unwanted Junk

If you live in the Ottawa area, you already know that we have been trying our best to do our part in keeping items out of landfills. The more we can follow the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle, the better for our environment. Even so, we all end up with some types of unwanted junk at one time or another.

Whether it comes as a result of cleaning out the house, replacing old appliances, or clearing out the garage, you may still end up with unwanted household items that you don’t know what to do with.

Here are five things you can do with your unwanted junk:
• Freecyle. Have you heard of freecycle? It’s free to use, and all you have to do is sign up and send out a message to the group what you are offering for free. Just type in your city name and you will find an Ottawa area group. Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
• Classified Ads. If it is something of value that you may be able to sell, try running a classified ad on Craigslist to see if you can find any takers. This is a FREE service!
• Donate. There are many thrift stores that will happily take unwanted household items, as well as clothing. Simply give them a call for their preferred donation times.
• Garage Sales. If you have enough items that you need to get rid of, you could hold a garage sale, or get in on one with a neighbor. Have some fun & make a few dollars too!
• Call Capital Junk. We specialize in the junk removal business, serving the entire Ottawa area. Plus, we have an environmentally friendly mission, keeping as much as possible out of landfills.

Whether it is old appliances, basement or garage cleanouts, or unwanted household junk we provide a quick and affordable service for having it removed and taken care of. Book your appointment today and we will arrive and handle all the work for you. Plus, if you book online, you can save $10.

Monday, September 20, 2010

5 Ways to Reduce the Amount of Paper You Use

If you are like the average person, you use a lot of paper. Whether it is printing pages or using paper napkins, you could probably make a few small changes to use less. And saving paper is a good thing for the environment, considering it takes about 324 liters of water to produce one kilogram of paper (and a lot of trees!).

We are using more paper and paper-based products than we even realize! For example, did you know that globally 115 billion sheets are used each year for computers? It’s true! But there are things we can do to reduce the amount we use, including:

• Buy recycled paper for your computer. Look in the store for paper that is made from post-consumer recycled fibers. The higher percentage, the better.
• Pay attention to what you print off from your computer. Ask yourself if it is something you really need printed.
• Use both sides of all paper, whether for writing on for printing. If you still end up with sheets that have a blank side, use them as scrap paper.
• Replace your paper napkins with cloth ones. Investing in one set of cloth napkins will last a long time and add sophistication to any meal.
• Buy recycled toilet paper and tissues when you go shopping. Most stores do carry them; you just need to seek them out.

Start by reducing the amount of paper you use and take the time to recycle whatever you don’t need any more. It is just one more step in helping to keep Ottawa green! You can also log onto this paper calculator that helps show you the benefits of making better paper choices.

At Capital Junk, we make it our mission to help protect the environment. We help people in the Ottawa area every day to recycle everything from old appliances and computers to unwanted household junk.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

5 Tips for Successfully Organizing Your Garage

Summer is the perfect time of year to get the garage cleaned out and organized. After all, you have been putting it off for months on end, waiting for the ideal time. Well, that time is here!

Here are five tips to keep in mind for successfully organizing your garage:

1.Plan. Before you get started, think about your vision for the garage. Do you want to be able to park a vehicle in it or just have an organized area for all your outdoor belongings? You will also need to consider whether you need a kid’s area, storage or even a small workshop location.
2.Prepare. Once you’ve defined the vision, prepare by properly organizing what you need. While many people don’t want to put out the money, the benefits from the purchase of shelving, hooks, labels and cabinets is well worth the investment.
3.De-clutter. Roll up your sleeves and move everything out of the garage that you no longer need, or find a corner in the garage to stack it all. There will most likely be a lot of unwanted junk and items that you no longer need. You will need to get rid of these in order to really de-clutter and organize.
4.Install. When the garage is clear of all junk and unwanted items, it’s time to install the shelving or cabinets that you plan to use. Make sure that everything has a place. You may find it helpful, especially if you have children, to label exactly where things go, in order to help it stay organized. Another good way to organize is to mount peg board and hooks and outline the objects that go in each space.
5.Remove. At this point, to get the full effect of an organized garage, you should have all the unwanted junk hauled away. Contact a company like Capital Junk and they will promptly have it all removed.

When it comes to having junk removed in the Ottawa area, Capital Junk has a great reputation for providing professional services, being environmentally friendly, and helping to keep unwanted items out of Ottawa landfills. Capital Junk specializes in all types of junk removal, including old appliances, house clean-outs, garage clear-outs, and de-cluttering your space!