Someone Call Junk2Go? China’s Growing Bicycle Problem

Call 0 800 Junk! China’s Growing Problem With Bicycles As far as Auckland goes, the Junk2Go team are happy to handle most of the junk that people throw our way. There are a few junk conundrums out there, however, that we would probably think twice about before trying to tackle. One of the latest of these is China’s sudden surplus of bikes. By the end of 2017, at least two million bikes were believed to have been abandoned throughout China’s city streets and junk heaps. In Xiamen city, one such junk heap, made up only of bicycles, has grown roughly…
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Top Waste Collection Services from Around the World

Waste Collection Services from Around the World While we’re proud of our junk pickup service here at Junk2Go, we can’t help but take our hat off to some of the waste collection initiatives going on around the world. Cleverly utilising advances in technology and infrastructure,  a number of countries both rich and poor have managed to dramatically reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and some have even produced some surprising side-benefits from their waste. Sweden, already competent at recycling a large portion of its waste conventionally, has managed to ensure that less than 1% of the remainder ends…
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Alternative Dumpster Rental: 3 Unconventional Uses for the Conventional Dumpster

Alternative Dumpster Rental 3 Unconventional Uses for the Conventional Dumpster Most of us view dumpsters as big containers highly useful for disposing of unwanted junk. But some enterprising individuals, not content to stop at recycling its contents, have put their efforts into finding some imaginative ways to reuse the humble dumpster. We thought we’d share our three favourite reinventions of the dumpster below. Swimming Pool During a hot summer in New York back in 2009, a crafty New York design company called Macro Sea decided to turn the concept of ‘dumpster diving’ on its head. They came up with the…
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The Origin of Trash And Other Rubbish Words

English has often been described as a magpie language, picking up the shiniest words from Latin, German, French and many others to form the wonderful if hard-to-pronounce language we use today. But it’s easy to forget that, along with all the gems such as schadenfreude and deja vu, English has been picking up trash, junk, rubbish and the like. Here at Junk2Go, we’re pretty preoccupied with the topic of waste, so you’ll be pleased to learn that we’ve unearthed the roots of  today’s most common rubbish words, not to mention a neglected Australasian alternative. Trash, a word which today conjures…
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Reducing Our Waste Pickup: Finding Alternative to Single Use Plastic Bags

Waste Pickup In Auckland & Single Use Plastic Bags It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that plastic bags have been in the news again in recent months. In February, a Greenpeace petition with over 65,000 signatures, urging New Zealand’s politicians to ban plastic bags was presented to Parliament, and several campaigns promoting a ban on single use plastic bags are highly visible across the media. With current and former politicians supporting a ban, and a number of New Zealand supermarkets agreeing to stop using plastic bags at the the end of this year, it seems like the right time to…
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The Journey to Junk Pickup – A Brief History of Waste Disposal

 Junk Pickup – A Brief History Hauling that leaky fridge up the driveway for inorganic collection might seem like a literal pain in the back. But take a look at how our forefathers had it, and you’ll see that we really have ended up at the top of the heap here in modern-day Auckland when it comes to junk pickup waste disposal. Rubbish really is a problem as old (or maybe even older) than civilisation itself, and humans throughout the ages have tried all sorts of ways of dealing with it. It’s hardly a surprise to learn that the  Ancient…
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The Future of Rubbish Removal

Rubbish is a part of life. There’s no way around it. As humans we cannot help but create waste. Whether it be food scraps, thread bare clothing, damaged goods that are unable to be mended, or simply used packaging materials, one way or another, we will have items we need to dispose of. Nobody likes living in mess and it has been proven that living in an unorganised, cluttered environment can increase our stress levels significantly. Inevitably, we will always have rubbish to dispose of. Luckily we are able to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, by…
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How To Reduce Food Waste

Food Waste ready for compost

We’re pretty lucky here in New Zealand. While fruit and vegetables do seem to cost a lot, we have access to a good supply of relatively inexpensive and nutritious food. As a country though, we’re not so good at eating all of it. Large amounts of food end up in our rubbish. New Zealanders throw away over 122,000 tonnes of food each year, which is enough to feed the everyone in Dunedin for two years! This problem is not unique to New Zealand. Globally, one-third of all food produced is wasted. That’s 1.3 billion tonnes (that’s billion, with a b),…
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8 Myths About Rubbish

Image of a rubbish dump where rubbish removal ends up

Rubbish might not be the most interesting topic to think about, but it is important that we dispose of it correctly. When we understand some of the misconceptions and myths about rubbish, we are better able to make decisions and reduce the impact we have on the environment. Rubbish, waste & recycling myths 1. “There’s no point recycling, it goes into one truck and is sent to a landfill” After your rubbish is collected, it goes to Auckland’s recovery facilities.  It is then separated  into steel and aluminium, paper and cardboard, plastic and glass. Recyclables are baled and sent to…
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Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning

Outdoor furniture cleaning during winter

Winter Spring Cleaning Tips It may seem like summer is a long way off, but now is a great time to prepare your house for the warmer months. If you get those big chores out of the way now, you get to enjoy more hours of those long warm days when summer finally arrives.   Here are a few simple ideas that you can get accomplished in a weekend or two. Make more use of your dishwasher A dishwasher isn’t just for dishes. Old glass lampshades, plastic toys, toothbrush holders, garden containers and other items can be popped into the…
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