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Donations Trends

Junk removal involves a lot of physical donations as donations both reduce the cost of a project and benefits someone in need. Make sure your junk removal company knows where they can donate your usuable items before hiring them. Here are some general facts about donations in the United States: 

- 72% of all giving in the U.S. comes from individuals;

- Charitable giving accounts for about 2% of GDP;

- "Giving Tuesday" generated $274 billion in donations, up from only $10 million in 2012; 

- Online continues to grow by ~10% year-over-year; 

Facts About Garbage Dumps

By John Pulliam - May 8th, 2018

Much of junk removal waste tends to end up at the dump. Here are some facts about garbage dumps:

1. About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material.

2. The average American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic waste that could have been composted.

3. Thanks largely to the United States, 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste. 

4. Thrown out each year: 1.6 billion pens, 2 billion razor blades and 152 million phones

China Refusing Trash Shipments In Effort To Protect Environment

By John Pulliam - April 23, 2018

For years, China was the largest importer of waste. However, in 2018, China decided to stop receiving 24 types of junk from around the world. The move was driven by China's need to deal with its severe problems with air pollution. For decades, rapid economic growth in China has come at the expense of its air quality. 

The move is forcing waste companies around the world to re-think how they price their services. Environmentalists hope that China's move to stop receiving so much waste will motivate positive changes around conservation.

When it comes to junk hauling, one major way to avoid growing the landfill is to donate as much as you can to local non-profits. See our April 9th post for more details.  

Facts About The Largest Garbage Dump In the World  

By John Pulliam - April 17th, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world's largest garbage dump. Here are some facts about this massive ocean patch of debris:

- The dump is likely to double in size in the next 10 years.

- Discarded fishing gear such as buoys, lines and nets account for more than 60% of the mass.

- The precise size of this dump is unknown because much of the debris is not visible from the water's surface. However, scientists believe that the size is likely to be between the size of Texas and the size of Russia. Some scientists maintain that these estimates are greatly exaggerated.  

- A substantial amount of "ocean junk removal" is needed to address this growing problem in the Pacific Ocean. One creative solution to this challenge involves using surface currents to let debris drift to specifically designed arms and collection platforms. 

Our Impact On Garbage Dumps: Rescue Junk Removal recycles, sells and donates as much as possible to both keep costs down and protect the environment. All that furniture, yard waste and miscellaneous junk is expensive to dump and over time contributes to a range of environmental problems. 

Donations Impact and Facts 

By John Pulliam - April 9th, 2018

Donations of physical items (furniture, clothing, household goods, etc.) help those in need, lower the cost of junk removal and protect the environment. Here are 3 facts about donations in the United States

- Total giving as a percentage of GDP has consistently been near 2% since the 1970s.

- Individuals accounted for 72% of all giving in 2016. 

- Religious groups received the largest share of charitable donations (32%). Education represents the second largest giving category (15% of total) followed by human services (12%) and foundations (10%).

More on this topic in future posts. 

Space Junk Removal Needed

By John Pulliam - April 2nd 2018

As of July 2016, the United States Strategic Command tracked 17,852 artificial objects in orgit above the earth. According to NASA, 65% of space debris results from the more than 250 explosions and collisions in the last six decades. The Chinese missile that exploded in 2007, for example, generated 2,000 pierces of debris in just one event.

As the amount of space junk continues to grow, humans could be effectively trapped on earth in a matter of centuries. 

Solving this problem will require a lot of very expensive space junk removal. Ideas for solving this problem range from shooting the debris with lasers to using giant nets to capture the junk.

More on space junk in future posts! 

Book Review: "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up"

By John Pulliam - March 30 2018

As a junk removal specialist, I believe a core benefit of our service is organization. According to Isaac Eliaz, MD the benefits of being organized include but are not limited to: 1) Lower stress; 2) Heightened mental clarity and insight; 3) Greater compassion toward ourselves and others. 

Given the benefits it is worth asking, "how do I become more organized?" One New York Times Best Selling author Mari Kondo answers this in her book the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. 

In summary, Kondo recommends that you first take an inventory of everything  you own and ask, "does this spark joy?" If it doesn't, junk it.

Next, put everything that remains in a visible location. Gradually, put everything back. 

There is a lot more to Kondo's method but much of its power is in its simplicity. Step 1: toss everything you don't need. Step 2: organization what's left. 

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