What is the Difference Between Trash vs Junk?
Is there a difference between trash vs junk?
In the waste management world, the difference between trash vs junk is more than the size of the unwanted item.
The differences separate into five (5) main categories:
- Size & Composition of Trash vs Junk
- Disposal Methods
- Sanitation Issues
- Safety Concerns
- Scope of the Project
#1: Size & Composition Differences between Trash vs Junk
Trash commonly consists of kitchen scraps, diapers, pet droppings, food wrappers, used paper products, and other non-recyclable items.
More and more cities are requiring residents to separate recyclables from their trash. Commonly collected recyclables include glass, 2-liter soda bottles, drink plastics, aluminum cans, food cans, and paper.
Some local governments and garbage services are providing designated cans or totes for recyclables. Check with your city to see if you are eligible for this free pick-up service.
Junk is an unwanted item that is big and heavy. Typically, these items are hard to move around or require additional assistance to relocate.
#2: Disposal Methods
Trash is household refuse that fits in a 13 or 50-gallon bag that you can put in your curbside trash can for your garbage man to empty weekly. You or your landlord pays for this service on a monthly or quarterly basis.
The weekly garbage service generally won’t pick up the junk left at the curb.
Due to its size and various shapes, junk is a bit more challenging to dispose of. However, you do have more options than just your weekly pick-up service.
Junk disposal options include:
- Selling it
- Scrapping it – if a metal like stainless steel or copper
- Donating it – like unused computer equipment or a rarely used crib frame
- Calling Viking Property Services to do the heavy lifting and recycling research for you
#3: Sanitation Issues
Sanitation and health concerns are significant points of difference between trash vs junk.
Trash contains a lot of organic matter that germs, mildew, roaches, fungus, mice, and any other nasty critter love to eat. If you say “Ewwww” when you see it, it is likely to love your trash.
As these items rot, they release smells that act like love potion #9 for all that is gross and unsanitary. (We are looking at you – mold, slime, and rats!)
For your health and your family, you must remove these from your home and your immediate environment.
Not so with junk.
Junk is any bulky unwanted item that does not pose an immediate health risk. You won’t attract roaches if your grandma’s sewing machine sits in the corner of your garage.
#4: Safety Concerns
Trash’s safety concerns are more sanitation-oriented and generally limited to moving the trash can to the curb.
Due to the size and bulk of most junk, the safety concerns revolve around bodily harm. Things to take into consideration are:
- Proper lifting techniques – use your legs, not your back!
- Know when to ask for help – two-person lifts
- Use mechanical advantage where possible. (Furniture dollies are back savers!)
- Wear proper personal protection like gloves, safety glasses, and in some cases, hearing protection
No one wants to go to the hospital for a broken bone, soft tissue injury, smashed finger, or concussion. No one wants nasty consequences that come from not planning your move before you do it.
#5: Scope of the Project
No one thinks of taking the trash to the curb as a project. It takes only a few minutes to collect all of the trash bags from the house to throw in the can. Then the next few minutes to move the garbage can/tote to the curb.
However, junk removal projects vary in size and scope.
The project can take a full day or a few weeks if you have an estate clean-up or a hoarder clean-out.
If you have a storage unit clean-out or hot tub removal, you are looking at a few hours.
Each situation is unique.
There is no standard-size junk removal project.
Not Sure Who to Call?
If you are unsure if what you have is junk or trash, give us a call at (209) 872-0323.
If we at Viking Property Services can’t help you, we will help find someone in our network who can!
That is our customer service guarantee!