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Jul 06, 2018

Let’s Celebrate National Junk Food Day!

Did you know that July 21st is National Junk Food Day?  We know it doesn’t necessarily relate to junk removal, but we get excited about any holiday that has the word “Junk” in it!

According to the National Day Calendar, July 21st is “dedicated to the foods that everyone loves to snack on.” These foods are typically those high in sugar, salt and fat, with calories containing minimal nutritional value.

If you want to celebrate National Junk Food Day, post your favorite junk food, or snacks on social media with the hashtag #NationalJunkFoodDay.

Almost Half of our Trash is from Food and Food Packaging

Thinking further about National Junk Food Day, it actually does relate to junk removal. Did you also know that food and food packaging makes up about 45% of all the trash in U.S. landfills, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? The National Resources Defense Council nonprofit reports that “less than 14% of plastic packaging is recycled and that single-use food and beverage packaging is one of the largest sources of the 269,000 tons of plastic pollution in the oceans. The recyclable materials that get thrown away in the U.S. every year are worth more than $11 billion.”

The next time you’re enjoying your junk food, think about whether you can recycle its packaging. Although certain packaging, like greasy potato chip bags and empty pizza boxes are not recyclable, much of the food packaging is, like aluminum, glass, plastic and paper.

123JUNK’s Donate—Recycle—Dispose Process

The U.S. unfortunately has one of the lowest rates of recycling among the developed nations. But we at 123JUNK are doing our bit to help improve that rate with our Donate—Recycle—Dispose three-step disposal process.

We’re not discouraging the eating of junk food. Hey, we love our junk food too. However, we do encourage everyone to think about recycling the packaging that comes along with our food. Set aside a bin for recyclables, and if you don’t have a recycling center nearby 123JUNK will be glad to make a pickup. We’ll deliver items we can repurpose, like furniture and household goods, to our charitable partners where they can be sold to fund the organizations, and we’ll sort out and take recyclable items to the area recycling center.

If we can do our bit to reduce the amount of trash in our landfills and oceans, we’ve had a good day. I guess it’s time to celebrate—with some junk food!

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