About 15 elder care and mental health professionals from Franklin County, Pa., recently attended training about the issue of hoarding – way to go!
We recently provided our full Vancouver Hoarding Clean up Services in Port Moody. We assisted a family who live in Alberta by helping one of their family members with a huge Hoarding Clean up job. This was a five day job with a team of five workers for the first four days and on day five we had six workers finishing off the deodorizing and complete Hoarding Clean up.
Here are are some of the before photos:
Here are some of the after photos:
What if there was a magical service that came to your house to pick-up used paint cans, Styrofoam packaging, that broken shower rod, e-waste, moldy drywall, old carpet, empty milk cartons, and more?
I have seen the light, people. There is a recycling heaven. It’s a new phenomenon called “green” junk removal. And you need it in your life.
There have always been companies to haul waste to the dump. But what about those items that need a little more care because they’ll poison the environment if they end up in the landfill, or sorting and disposal smarts because they can be reused or recycled?
Twice, over the years — armed with my trusty green coupons — I’ve ordered “green” junk removal services. (That’s right, when I’m not researching your frequently asked questions about waste and recycling, I’m plotting cleaning up my own garage of horrors.)
Green Coast Rubbish, located in Vancouver, solved my recent disposal conundrum (and these boys sweep up after themselves, too). They’re local experts in sustainable waste diversion for residents and businesses. And they will pick-up mattresses, appliances, furniture, tires, paint, pesticides, batteries, and a host of building materials.
Green Challenge Waste Management offers a similar service in Metro Vancouver and helps people who may be struggling with barriers to employment by providing training and jobs.
Planning a public event or neighbourhood festival? Urban Impact helps businesses and community organizers realize their zero waste dreams.
Who does “green” junk removal in your city?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green
Here are some of the basics to look for when performing a site visit:
Hoarding: What To Look For
- Clutter that impedes or prevents entrance to or egress from a building;
- Clutter that impedes or prevents movement in and around the unit, house, or mobile home;
- Clutter that prevents any part of the inside or outside of a dwelling to be used for its intended purpose;
- Trash and garbage inside a unit, house or mobile home, or outside causing infestations or health concerns for the occupant/s or neighbors;
- Stairs falling in or ceilings collapsing from the weight of clutter;
- A large number of animals that are not being cared for and cause a health risk for the occupants, neighbors, and/or general public;
- Clutter to the extent that the facilities of the dwelling are not usable.
- Combustible materials stored too close to a source that could ignite it or potentially ignite it, i.e. stove, over heater vents, portable electric heaters, furnace, gas cans, fire places;
- Gas cans or other noxious materials, stored in a unit, house or a mobile home, of which the fumes become a potential health hazard;
Prepared by Jim Burdell, Housing Specialist
Western Massachusetts Division of the Housing Court
City of Tempe spokeswoman Sue Taaffe says hoarding makes it difficult for firefighters to help in emergency situations. According to Taaffe, Tempe firefighters have encountered many cases of hoarding.
Taaffe says that according to Hartford Hospital, compulsive hoarding may affect up to two million people in the United States. Obsessive hoarding can cost thousands of dollars and isolate people from their friends and family.
“In March of 2011, two Tempe firefighters were injured while fighting a fire in a home stacked with furniture, paper, boxes and trash,” said Mike Reichling, Tempe Fire Inspector. “Cases like these are far too common and can cause injury to the homeowner and first responders.”
The NFPA, explores the hazardous relationship between hoarding and fire safety in the cover story “The Dangers of Too Much Stuff.” The story depicts how first responders, especially the fire service, are teaming up with human service professionals to tackle safety issues related to compulsive hoarding.
A study conducted in Australia in 2009 quantifies how fires in “hoarding houses” are indeed fiercer and more expensive to fight than other kinds of residential fires.
Sharon Gamache, director of NFPA’s High Risk Outreach Programs, discusses the fire dangers associated with compulsive hoarding. In a video interview, she also details several resources first responders can use when dealing with someone with a hoarding issue.
Check out the NFPA report Fire hazards of hoarding covered in latest issue of NFPA Journal
Helping to keep our Hoarding Clean up services as safe as possible across Metro Vancouver!