Use your time at home to organize your clutter.
As part of precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the UAE government has urged people to stay at home unless “absolutely necessary”.
Although this is a good time to sort out cupboards and drawers, it is advisable to avoid contact with others. So, use this time to decide what you want to discard at a later date.
Mr. Khan says Take My Junk has taken steps to ensure the safety of its employees and customers, such as requiring its workers to wear gloves. Some residential buildings require staff to take their temperature before entering.
Follow the guidance recommended by the authorities, take quarantine as an opportunity to organize and ultimately clean up unnecessary waste.
Services that will carry your items for free.
Sharjah residents can use Bee’ah’s free “You Call We Haul” service for bulky waste disposal. It accepts items such as electronics and furniture, but if you are in an apartment they must be taken apart and taken to the ground floor for pickup. The Service does not accept construction materials.
Mr Khan insists that Take My Junk does not charge for the removal of items. They take anything from the home or office that is “usable”, including e-waste and furniture, but not garden waste.
“If people want to tip, they tip, but we don’t ask for money,” he says.
Still, Take My Junk’s model has changed since its early days. It no longer donates items to the needy, for example. The company used to donate sofas, says Mr Khan, “but we have provided so many sofas that there is no camp without sofas”.
Take My Junk is a business, which means overhead costs need to be covered. Expenses for the company, which has 200 employees, 29 lorries and a 100,000 sq ft warehouse, average 250 to 300 pickups per day, amounting to around Dh600,000. Mr Khan says the income from the sale of unwanted items is “the same”.
The company sold about 80 percent of the items it collected and 20 percent ended up in landfills. Landfill charges in Ajman rose from Dh210 per tonne to Dh250 in January, prompting Take My Junk to invest in crushing and shredding machines, reducing the percentage going to the dump. . 8 percent
“Landfill charges have gone up all over the country,” says Mr Khan. “Because of this, companies are forced to send less material to landfill, which the environment needs.”
Take My Junk reuses 1,200 tonnes per month by repairing, refurbishing or recycling items such as broken vacuum cleaners and rusty bicycles. Union supplies about 50 tonnes of wood per month to paper mills, which use the material as fuel to power their factories. About 75 tons end up in landfills. Take my Junk
Although less waste in landfills is what the environment needs, waste removal companies that do not have the volume to cover costs either pass the cost on to consumers or cannot survive.
Beware of ‘free’ removal services that charge.
A copycat company called Take My Junk Removal, registered under the name Nadeem Bin Khadim Furniture Trading, advertises its “free” services online. But co-owner Tanveer Hussain says he will charge according to the type of item. “If it’s garbage and we have to throw it away”, the company charges Dh100 to Dh150, he says.
The company is small – with eight employees, three trucks and a Deira store that sells household items – and Mr Hussain sees it as a paid disposal service.
You can choose to pay to have your waste removed.
Facility management companies, such as Aid, charge for the removal of unwanted or bulky waste. Charges range from Dh300 to Dh600, a spokesperson said.
Discarded items either end up in Dubai Municipality landfills or are recycled by aid’s “recycling partners”. The company covers many communities owned by major developers, such as Emaar, Nakheel, Dubai Properties and Dimac. The main advantage is that they are not selective about what they will or will not take.
Another way to get rid of unwanted items is to offer them on the FreeCycle Facebook groups. FreeCycle is a movement of people who give and receive things for free. Gina Dillon, an American who moved to Abu Dhabi eight years ago, launched FreeCycle Abu Dhabi (Original) in 2014 and FreeCycle Dubai in 2017.
He started the groups when he noticed that many immigrants were throwing away perfectly usable items. “There’s a lot of stuff in landfills that doesn’t need to,” says Ms. Dillon, 54.
The Abu Dhabi group has about 67,000 members, while the less active Dubai group has about 4,600 members. People donate a variety of items, including baby strollers, car seats, mattresses, beds, household items, clothing and computers. Ms Dillon says Freecycle is “more community-focused” than waste removal services.