The Benefits of Recycling Your Appliances

appliancesAlthough there are laws in place to ensure proper disposal of electronic waste, appliances, and other electronic devices still pile up in landfills all across the United States each year. All appliances and electronic devices are recyclable as long as they’re disposed of through the proper channels. Next time you replace your dishwasher, washing machine and/or dryer, or even your refrigerator,  consider recycling the appliance you are replacing before carting it off to the local landfill.

What are the benefits of recycling appliances?

1. Protects the ozone layer

Cooling appliances, such as air conditioners, rely on the cooling agent Freon to work properly. When these appliances are disposed of, the Freon isn’t properly disposed of and can potentially leak into the atmosphere and damage the ozone layer. When these appliances are recycled, Freon and other chemicals are disposed of properly removing the hazard of damaging the atmosphere.

2. Recovery of Scrap Metal

Most appliances and electronic devices are made of a substantial amount of steel, aluminum, and other metals that can be reused in the future. This eliminates the need to stress the environment to create new materials.

3. Saves Money

If you chose to dispose of old appliances at your local landfill, you will have to pay a disposal fee whereas if you were to recycle old appliances, you won’t have to pay a disposal fee and might even make a little money depending on the condition of the steel, aluminum, and metal of your appliance.

4. Prevent Common Environmental Problems

When appliances are disposed of in the correct way, the metals will decompose and penetrate the soil, leading to lead and iron contaminating groundwater.

To ensure your appliances are recycled properly, call Elite Junk Removal at 978-317-5388!

An Alternative to Dumpster Rental

dumpsterHave you finally made the decision to start the home renovation project you’ve been putting off for months, if not years. Now comes the decision to do the demolition yourself or hire someone and whether or not a dumpster is worthwhile. Instead of being stressed and overwhelmed with your project, let Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition to help so you can focus on the fun parts – designing your new space.

Cost

When deciding between hiring a junk removal company, renting a dumpster, or utilizing a dumpster bag, it’s important to keep the cost and your budget in mind. Junk removal services will be more affordable versus a renting a dumpster. With a dumpster, you have to take into consideration the 7-day window between drop off and pick up. With the dumpster sitting on either your grass or driveway during this period, there is also the potential to cause damage which can be very expensive to repair.

Time

Your time is valuable, don’t waste it trying to save a few dollars by doing demolition and junk removal yourself. By hiring our team, most projects will be completed within a day leaving you more time to focus on your own responsibilities.

What Can We Take?

There are several restrictions for what can and cannot be disposed of in a dumpster, including various hazardous waste items that can be a pain for you to dispose of. Some of these items include liquids, appliances, waste, drums, and light bulbs. With a junk removal team, we’ll be able to sort through all of these items and dispose of them through the proper channels.

Hazards

Dumpsters bring along their own safety hazards, especially when there are children around, and can be a huge pain to deal with. Oftentimes, dumpsters are loaded with grease to ensure they can open and close with ease which can turn into fall hazard. In addition to fall hazards, dumpsters can be a breeding ground for bacteria, bugs, and even rodents depending on what you are disposing of.

By hiring Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition for your next project, you eliminate hazards and damage. Call us today at (978) 317-5388.

Garage Cleaning Tips

houseAs an area of your home that can be easily avoided, garages are known for being an area that stuff piles up quickly. Before you know it, you no longer have space to park your cars. Between trash barrels and children’s scooters to landscape tools and sports gear, items that aren’t being used on a daily basis pile up quickly. Out of sight, out of mind. Take your garage back this spring by following these tips or hiring Elite Junk Removal & Demolition to do a complete garage cleanout for you.

 

Don’t Treat Your Garage as a Dumping Ground

Garages are an area of a home that have a large amount of space and don’t need to be utilized every day. If you’ve noticed it’s harder to fit your car in the garage or find yourself parking in the driveway more frequently, it’s time to reevaluate the issue: too much stuff. With the warm weather right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to do a deep clean. Pull all of your stuff out of the garage, sweep it clean, and only put back the items you need and donate the rest!

Have a “Home” for Everything

When you don’t have a designated area to store your things, clutter is bound to stack up. After cleaning your space, utilize various storage solutions and give each of your belongings a designated space to “live” in order to eliminate the potential for another mess.

Don’t Keep Items You Might Use

We all have a few items in our garage that we haven’t used in years but refuse to part with. By keeping these items, space is being taken up that would be better utilized for items you use on a more frequent basis. If it’s not a seasonal item (i.e. snowblower, lawn mower, shovels, etc.), donate it!

If you need help cleaning out your garage or have items that you no longer want, give us a call today at 978-317-5388.

6 Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Your Kitchen

clean kitchenThe kitchen tends to be the most used area of a home, sees a lot of foot traffic, and tends to be a dumping ground for various items that don’t belong in the kitchen. In combination with cooking and eating in the space, surfaces get dirty and junk piles up very quickly. In order to keep junk to a minimum, deep cleaning your kitchen will help keep it clean even on the busiest of days. Ever 3-4 months, go through and organize your space with these tips:

Sort Through Everything

Start your kitchen cleaning process by organizing and cleaning out all of the items in your cabinets, in drawers, and on top of your counters. As you go thruogh each area, put each item into two piles: “to keep” and “toss”. Ask youself when the last time you used it and if it’s not a seasonal item, get rid of it if you haven’t used it within the last year. This will give you more space to store the items you do use on a regular basis. For the items you use regularly, keep them in easy-to-reach areas such as top drawers and cabinets close by to your main cooking area.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Starting with the wood molding, wipe down and dust the surfaces in your kitchen from top to bottom including cabinet fronts, knobs and pulls, appliances, and even your backsplash. You’ll be amazed at the amount of grime that has built up on these surfaces over time and once theyr’e wiped down, they’ll look brand new. For the hard to reach areas, use a long-handled duster to make sure they aren’t neglected.

Clean the Microwave

Over time, food splatters and and over flows, causing grime to build up in your microwave over time. Combined with the heat, the splatters become caked on and hard to clean. To eliminate harsh scrubbing, place a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and several several tablespoons of vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes (or until the window is steamy). Let the microwave sit for few minutes to cool down before wiping the grime away.

Empty the Refridgerator

Since you’re already deep cleaning your kitchen, you mine as well clean out the refriderator! Take everything out of the fridge, wipe down all of the surfaces, and throw away any of the items you no longer use or are expired. Take all of the remaining items that you do use and organize them as you place them back in the fridge. Before you know it, you’ll havea clean and organized refridgerator and plenty of space to store the items you pick up on your next trip to the grocery store.

Empty & Clean the Trash

Once you’re done throwing away any item you no longer use, bring the trash bag to the garabage bin and clean out the inside of the trash can. Using an antibacterial soap, clean the bin out with soap and water in your kitchen sink, or outside with the hose, to prevent mold and bacteria fom growing inside the can. Once dry, replace the trash bag for a clean, fresh start.

Sweep & Mop the Floor

Now that you’ve wiped down all of the surfaces in your kitchen, it’s time to clean the floor! Once you’ve swept the floor clean, pull out all of your appliances to sweep and mop behind them before mopping the rest of the floor. This will ensure that any of the debris from the rest of your kitchen don’t make their way back there once pushing the appliances back in.

Once you’ve cleaned your kitchen, give Elite Services Junk Removal a call at (978) 317-5388 to schedule your junk removal appointment.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Super Bowl

super bowl watch partyAs the Patriots bring home the Lamar Hunt trophy for a second year in a row, New England football fans are preparing for the biggest game of the season, just a short two weeks away. Whether your team is in the Super Bowl or not, it’s always fun to head to or host a Super Bowl party with all of your friends and family members. The most stressful part is not the party itself but the process of getting your home ready for your guests. Follow these tips and you’ll be ready to host the biggest party of the year.

Determine Your Storage Needs

When you have any sort of company over your house the main focus is getting rid of all the clutter in the common spaces in your home. Allocate any storage to items that you have multiple of – children’s toys, electronics/clickers, mail, and other odds and ends that are bulky and wasting counter space. Once you have done so, consider what type of organizer you are and the needs of your family members. If you have children, open-top containers will work best for any toys and items they will need regular access to.

Get Your Rooms Ready

Once you’ve determined your storage needs, you’ll want to go through each room in your house starting with the entry way and organize each of the spaces.

ENTRY WAY

Having additional storage in your entry way is especially important as it will be where your guests enter through and take off their coats and shoes and place any personal items. If you don’t have a closet or entry way large enough for a clothing rack, consider placing affordable baskets in other easily accessible areas for guests to place their shoes, keys, and wallets.

LIVING ROOM

Once you make your way to the living room, make sure the television is working and already on the correct channel to eliminate fumbling through trying to find the game at kickoff. You’ll also want to prepare for extra seating to ensure guests have somewhere to sit and watch the game, even if it is on a few comfy floor pillows!

KITCHEN

Although your living room will be the main area of attraction during the game, the kitchen is where the food will be so it’s important to put as much time into the space as you do the “watch room.” Since kitchens get messy fast, you’ll want to spend the most time cleaning and organizing this area prior to your guests arriving. Use this as a time to clean out our cabinets and donate the items you no longer need or use and utilize this new space for any items clustering up the counter tops. Don’t forget to wipe down the counters and put out any utensils, drinkwear, plates, and napkins that will be needed during the game.

Utilize the Garage

If you have a garage and are able to utlize it during the game, we highly recommend you do so! It’ll keep the mess out of your house and will make clean up that much easier. If you’re going to utlize your garage for the Super Bowl, be certain your television can be connected in the space and get the game. If your garage is messy, this is the perfect time to purge it of the items you no longer need or use and incorporate various organization units to store seasonal clothing, sports equipment, tools and holiday decor.

Ask for Help

Preparing to host company at your home is a big task and no one is going to blame you for asking for help! Your friends and family members are going to be more than willing to help you set up, do an grocery shopping, and help you organize. With all of the items you no longer use or need, utilize junk removal services to save time and ensure everything is disposed of through the proper channels.

For all of your junk removal needs during your Super Bowl party prep, give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388

Tips for a Stress-Free Move

moving boxesWith the housing market in a good place, many people are taking this opportunity to sell their home and make memories in a new place. While moving is known as being a stressful time, there are various steps one can take to help make the process a little easier. Regardless if you’re moving near or far, downsizing or moving into a larger home, implement these tips and the moving process will be that much easier.

Hire a Moving Company

The actual process of moving is always the most stressful but it doesn’t have to be. By hiring a moving company, you’ll optimize efficiency, be able to focus on last minute details, and your friends and family won’t have to give up a weekend helping you move your things from your old home to your new one.

Utilize Junk Removal Services

The process of packing up all of your belongings and moving into a new place is going to make you realize how much stuff you have in your current home that you no longer utilize. Use this as an opportunity to purge your attic, basement, and closets of all of these items and give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call. We’ll pick up your junk and ensure it gets disposed of through the correct channels.

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to make the necessary arrangements for your big move. Procrastination causes unnecessary stress and we’re trying to avoid that.

One Month Out: Take stock of your belongings, get rid of the items you don’t need, and hire a moving comapny

Two Weeks Out: Purchase any moving supplies you’ll need to pack up your home including boxes, moving tape, sharp scissors, bubble wrap, markers, and moving blankes. Confirm a time with your moving company to start the process (the earlier, the better!) and start packing up your home.

One Week Out: Finish packing up the rooms in your home but leaving the items you use on a daily basis in boxes that aren’t taped so you can easily access them if need be. Leave out enough items you’ll need over the next seven days – toiletries, dishes/utensils, clothing. Eat what you have in your fridge and don’t do any big grocery store runs.

Day Before: Put all of the remaining items into their designated boxes and tape them shut. Make sure to have your clothing for the next day and any essentials in a designated container so you can easily put the lid on it and stick it in the car once you’re ready to head to your new place. Opt for takeout for dinner so you don’t have to worry about dishes. Do a walk through of your home to make sure everything is packed up and ready to go.

Morning Of: Wake up early to pick up breakfast, coffee, and extra water bottles for your family. While the movers pack up your boxes and furniture, do any last minute cleaning and a final walk through of your home to make sure you don’t forget anything.

For all of your junk removal services before your big move, give Elite Junk Removal Services & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388.

Tips for Organizing Your Attic

AtticAttics are known for being a dumping ground for seasonal decorations, unused furniture, luggage, childrens toys, and other items that aren’t used on a frequent basis. After awhile, the junk starts piling high and you begin to run out of storage space. By simply organizing your attic and getting rid of the items you no longer need, you’ll create more storage space and save yourself from a lot of frustration.

Here are our best tips for organizing your attic:

Make a Plan

Come up with an action plan for cleaning and organizing your attic. Attics aren’t always the most spacious so it’s best to find an area in your home that you can keep all of the storage containers and boxes while you’re going through everything. We recommend utilizing your garage, a patio area, or driveway for this!

Sort Through Everything

When you’re sorting through your things, make three different piles – keep, donate, trash. This will help keep the organization process as easy as possible and will give you a better overview about what you should keep and what you should get rid of. Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will make sure any of the items you no longer need are donated, recycled and disposed of through the proper channels.

Consider Shelving, Bins & Labels

Once you’ve gone through all of the items, consider how you are going to organize them when you bring them back up to your attic. A good place to start is with bins and labels to ensure you know what’s in each box whether they are family memories, holiday decorations, or seasonal clothing. If you have space, consider shelving units and rods to further organize your things and keep your attic as neat as possible.

For help organizing and cleaning your attic or to get your junk removed, call Elite Services Junk Removal today at (978) 317-5388.

Our Junk Removal Process

Junk RemovalOur junk removal process is quick and easy to ensure we get the junk you need removed out of your residential or commercial property in a timely matter. Our company owner, Stephen Gordon, oversees every junk removal project that Elite Services Junk Removal and Demolition works on. From costruction material removal to removal of furniture and appliance from residential properties, we will walk you through our entire process. All of the junk we remove is disposed of through the proper channels, whether that is via the landfill, recycling center, or local donation center.

Estimate

Before starting any junk removal project, our owner Stephen Gordon will provide you will an estimate whether that is over the phone or in person. This will give you a better idea of the cost before making any decisions.

Scheduling & Service

Once we provide you with an estimate, we will schedule a day and time for service. Once our team arrives, they will have you show them exactly what needs to be removed and we will provide you with an exact cost that typically lies within the quote provided by Stephen. We will remove the junk from where it is located at no extra cost – whether that curbside, in your attic, or basement!

Discounts & Payments

We accept all forms of payment for any services you require and can even accept them over the phone! We also understand that sometimes it’s hard to make end meets so we now offer senior and fixed income discounts as well as discounts for contractors. Please inquire with us about all available discounts!

Call Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition for your next junk removal project today at (978) 317-5388.

Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

HouseMoving is a stressful and emotional process and downsizing to a smaller home is no different, no matter what the circumstance is. Depending on the size of your new home and the amount of storage it offers, you might have to say goodbye to some of your beloved item – including furniture, clothing, and various knick knacks. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed during this process, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition is here to help!

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

Moving is a long and tiring process and the last thing you want to do is leave all of your moving tasks until the last minute. Three months out, start looking for a moving company, take measurements of your new space, and figure out what items you can and cannot take with you. Knowing what furniture will fit in your new house will make the moving process easier, you won’t have to worry about moving the pieces you won’t be using!

Tip #2: Get an Objective Opinion

We understand that getting rid of the items you cherish can be a difficult process and that’s where you can benefit the most from an objective opinion. Enlist someone that knows you well that can be realistic about your new space and can tell you what you should be keeping and what isn’t necessary to keep.

Tip #3: Reuse, Recycle, Donate & Sell

When you’re in the movig process, don’t throw away any of the items you won’t use in your new space. Seperate them into four pile: reuse/repurpose, recycle, donate, and sell. Bring the items you’re planning to sell to a consignment shop and drop off any donations at your favorite local charity. This way, other people can benefit from the items you’re not going to use. If you’re unsure of the proper way of recycling the remaining items or don’t have time to deal with it yourself, call Elite Junk Removal Services to recycle them for you!

Tip #4: Organize the Items You Plan on Moving

When you’re packing up your current home, organize the items you’re boxing up depending on the room they are meant for and properly label the box with the room in the house and what’s in the box (i.e. utensiles, plates, etc.). This will make it easier for the movers to place the boxes in the correct spaces and will make finding things much easier when you’re unpacking.

Tip #5: Think Multipurpose Items

Smaller homes means less storage and getting creative with the pieces you currently own or plan on purchasing. When deciding between what to bring to your new home and what to leave behind, ask yourself whether or not the piece can be used for multiple purposes. This will help you eliminate having too many items crammed into one space.

Are you getting ready to downsize? Give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call for all of your junk removal and recyclng needs at (978) 317-5388.

Frequently Asked Questions About Recycling

RecyclablesRecycling is one of the easiest ways society can improve the economy, the environment, and prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming innocent animals. The average person only recycles a fraction of the waste they use every day and through education, we can help change the way people view their waste.

What is the Recycling Process?

There are three parts of the recycling process:

  • Collection – The process of recovering recyclables to be processed down to the raw material
  • Manufacturing – After the materials are processed down to raw material, they are then remanufactured to their new consumer good
  • Buying – Buying the recycled goods is the final step in the recycling process

Are Batteries Recyclable?

Yes, batteries (especially rechargeable ones) contain heavy metals that can contaminate the environment. If your batteries are no longer working, it’s important to never throw them away and recycle them instead. During the junk removal process, we can recycle your old batteries for you but if you’re looking to dispose of them faster, your local office supply store, electronics store, and hardware store typically offer battery recycling free of charge.

Can My Electronics be Recycled?

Yes! If your electronics are still intact, whether they are working properly or not, they can be recycled and used to repair other electronics. One of the ways older electronics are repaired are with parts from the electronics that people have recycled in the past. If there are fluids leaking from your electronics or if the screen is broken, the electronic is considered a hazardous material and has to be disposed of through the proper channels. In either case, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will be able to recycle and/or dispose of your electronics!

What Items Should I Never Try to Recycle?

We try to recycle as many items as possible, but there are still numerous items that can’t be recycled. The following items should never be placed in your recycling bin:

  • Broken glass, syringes, light bulbs, and sewing needles
  • Boxes that have been soiled by food grease (i.e. take out containers and pizza boxes)
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paint and other chemicals
  • Aerosol cans that are not empty
  • Garden Hoses

If you have any questions about what can and cannot be recycled or are interested in our recycling program, give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388.