Post-Holiday Cleanup: How to Safely Dispose of Replaced Items

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Now that we’re through the holiday season, a lot of us are going through a mix of changes: the post-holiday blues combined with the refreshment of a new year. After the holidays, many of our social calendars clean up, leaving us with more time at home after our daily grind. The holiday season puts many people into a rush of excitement, social engagements, maybe a little anxiety and stress, and, of course, the gifts! Many people gift themselves large items for their home during the holidays, which leads to the issue of figuring out what to do with the old items. Such items include new furniture and new appliances.  Post-holiday cleanup is easy with Lansing Junk Removal.

What to do with the old items?

Gifting yourself and your family these large-ticket items feels wonderful and really helps turn your house into your dream home, but what do you do with the items you’re replacing? We have many options at our fingertips for getting rid of these items, including selling online, placing at the curb, donating – you name it! Selling often comes to mind first due to the cash aspect: you have an item in usable condition, someone needs that item, they trade you cold hard cash. It’s a win-win, but it’s not always instant and sometimes you have to store the items when you don’t really have the space. Placing at the curb is another option, but unfortunately this puts your usable items to waste.

Heavy trash pickup

Most cities and local governments impose certain rules for heavy trash pickup, sometimes called bulk. For example, the city of Lansing has specific rules for bulk trash. Bulk is defined as “Large items that are over 30 pounds and longer than four feet in length (ex. appliances and furniture).” The first item is $33 as of January 2020; each additional item costs $16.50 for pickup. In addition, you must schedule your bulk pickup with the city. You also have to follow certain rules for items, including removing doors from refrigerators and freezers. Getting the items out to the curb is another story – these heavy items are often awkward to move. You can also place items on the curb for people to pick up free, unfortunately, if you pay the city to remove the items, you’ll be out at least the $33 if someone snags the item before trash pickup.

Another option

Lansing Junk Removal offers another option: let us come haul away the items you replaced. Our trained team can safely remove the items from your home – you don’t have to lift a finger for this one! We also take care to make sure we donate every item we can, keeping your old working refrigerator out of the dump and placing it where it can provide service to someone else. What we can’t donate, we recycle – we try to keep as much out of the landfill as possible.

Call today for your free quote on your post-holiday cleanup!