Posted on: 25 January 2018Share
Junk removal or trash hauling is similar to any other service in that you may choose to do it on your own or you may hire a professional to do it for you. Professionals can generally do it quicker and more efficiently; however, people tend to have their individual reasons for wanting it do something themselves, such as to save money. Whatever the case may be as to why you would like to haul your own trash, there are a few things that you should be aware of that can make the process a bit easier.
Tip #1: Avoid Overexerting Yourself
Most people hire a professional to remove trash or junk for them is because it often takes multiple people to move heavy furniture or appliances. This is particularly true if stairs are involved. It is significantly hard to do something like this alone. If you have family members or friends that can help, then that's great. However, not everyone has that luxury. Some people are at the expense of hiring a local laborer or a neighborhood teenager for assistance so that they don't overexert themselves.
Tip #2: Make Sure Everything Is Secure
If you do decide to haul off your own trash or junk, it is very important that you ensure everything is properly secure in the back of your truck. It doesn't matter whether it is a large, bulk item, such as a couch, or your weekly trash, it should be secured with ropes or straps or even a tarp. Depending on where you live, your city may have laws that require something in particular.
Tip #3: Understand What Is and Isn't Allowed at the Landfill
Most people are aware of common things that are not permitted at the landfill, such as motor oil and paint. However, there are some more uncommon inappropriate items that people may not be aware of, such as lawn chemicals and fluorescent light bulbs. If you are unsure, simply call the local landfill and ask them before loading it in the back of your truck and hauling it there. After all, landfills will vary with what they accept. If they won't accept something, they can probably tell you where you can take it.
Tip #4: Keep Yourself Safe
Above all else, you need to keep yourself safe while you are hauling your trash. This is something that professionals are required to do by OSHA. You need to make sure that you never lift more than you know you are able to safely manage. You should wear work gloves at all times as well as a pair of quality boots that will protect your ankles, feet and toes (steel-toed boots are best). Ideally, plan each task ahead of time to reduce the risk of injury.