What We Do With The Junk


First, we try to donate as many items as possible. We work with Goodwill, Salvation Army and many churches throughout Chicago. If the charities can’t or won’t take it, then it’s sent to a transfer station. At the transfer station, all items are sorted and separated by material, i.e. concrete, wood, paper, cardboard, metals, etc. Below is a picture of a typical transfer station.

After the materials are sorted they are sent to the appropriate facilities for recycling. Items that can’t be recycled are taken to a landfill. As of March 1, 2006 the City of Chicago passed an ordinance requiring at least of 50% of construction and demolition waste has to be recycled. Junk Removal 911 is able to provide customers with reports for the Chicago Recycling Program. Please mention you need a report when scheduling your appointment. Currently, Junk Removal 911, recycles 65-70% of all items.

Our trucks might be ORANGE but we think GREEN.

The buzz word in the junk removal industry today is recycling. Every company says they “think green,” recycle, and donate. The old saying is true – “actions speak louder than words.” Below are examples of how Junk Removal 911 supports the environment.

  • We are a proud sponsor of Gateway Greens. They landscape Chicago’s expressways and remove debris. Look for our sign on the Dan Ryan expressway.
  • We support the Salvation Army and other organizations by donating items.
  • We also donate used building material to Rebuilding Exchange. Plus, we sponsored the inaugural Rebuilding Exchange Salvager’s Ball at Lagunita’s Brewery. This great organization creates a market for reclaimed building materials by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through their retail warehouse.
  • We know that plastic grocery bags are not good for the environment, so we give customers our reusable bags. Ask your crew member for one. They’re FREE!
  • Also ask for your free Junk Removal 911 pen. It’s made from recycled material.
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