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Homeless Encampment Cleanup

Property management comes with its own share of potential situations with the public that can be complicated to deal with. As times continue to be tough for people who are less fortunate, the unhoused population has grown with each passing year. While you may be doing your part to help where you can, an active homeless encampment on high-traffic commercial property can pose a number of risks to you and the greater community in the area.

A homeless encampment can host a variety of potentially harmful factors that need to be looked into. Many setups can house flammables like propane tanks, posing a high fire hazard. Other potential issues, such as the rise of unwanted pests, animals, or insects, as well as the possibility of unstable or dangerous behaviors, can increase hazards towards unhoused communities living in encampments, commercial staff, and the general public.

Reno Tahoe Junk Removal works with property management groups to help contain and clear away these active sites so that you and your staff can maintain optimum safety both during and after operating hours. After reaching out to local law enforcement to schedule an evacuation notice to the unhoused population, our team will show up to site for a full-scale homeless encampment cleanup. By taking care to remove potentially hazardous items, deep clean and sanitize the area, and protect the possessions of the unhoused, we will help to maintain your property while prioritizing public security.

Before and after of a homeless encampment cleanup

FAQ on Homeless Encampment Cleanup Services

What is the process taken with a Homeless Encampment Cleanup service call?

Each homeless encampment cleanup service we perform will be different, as there are many variables that come into play with an active site.

Because of the uniqueness of every individual situation, Reno Tahoe Junk Removal has streamlined the cleanup process. By following these steps, we hope to make this process easier on you, us, and all parties involved while minimizing stress and maximizing success.

Step 1: Law Enforcement is Contacted

  • The property manager(s) of the commercial site must contact local law enforcement about the presence of the encampment on the property. From there, the proper authorities can coordinate with relevant city employees to start planning the evacuation process. Note that this must be done before Reno Tahoe Junk Removal arrives on-site.

Step 2: Evacuation and Trespassing Notices are Displayed

  • With the coordination of law enforcement, an evacuation notice is placed at the encampment to prepare for any unhoused people present on the property to relocate. Trespassing notices are also displayed to properly notify the public that private property rights should be respected during and after this process.

Step 3: Preparation and Arrival

  • After relocation, Reno Tahoe Junk Removal prepares to arrive on the property for the homeless encampment cleanout. We encourage property managers to send our team any preliminary photos of the site to better prepare us for the service call.

Step 4: Safe and Effective Cleanout

  • Our team proceeds with a thoroughly effective cleanup process to ensure the property is sanitized and safe to access. We arrive with proper safety gear, including hazmat suits, gas masks, and gloves, to ensure security from any harmful materials. 

Step 5: Final Assessment

  • Reno Tahoe Junk Removal performs a final assessment of the site before marking the service call as complete. If there is an excessive presence of possible biohazards, such as mold or biological material, we may outsource to contractors for the additional care needed to sanitize the site.

What items are ineligible in this service?

Collage of prohibited materials
Prohibited Materials: Flammable Materials, Explosives, CFC’s/Freon, PCB’s, Hybrid Batteries, Radioactive materials, Radioactive Materials, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Corrosives, Hazardous Liquids, and other Hazardous Materials.

Any and all prohibited materials found on the property will be sent for removal by outside contractors and/or law enforcement services for proper disposal.

Our Recycling Promise

We care about the environment and can assure you that your items will be disposed of at the proper facilities according to the type of item. For example, appliances will be drained of any contaminants that would be harmful to the environment before recycling or disposal. Items are sorted by type and disposed of either at transfer stations or a landfill. We will recycle common materials, like cardboard, paper, and glass, at no extra cost to you!

NOTE: We do not receive cardboard, paper, or glass materials that have been contaminated (including water damage, rainwater, mold, etc). Please clean and sort these recyclable materials or they will unfortunately be considered trash.

Homeless encampment on sidewalk next to light pole.
A Reno Tahoe Junk Removal truck ready, clean and ready to haul

Scheduling a service with us is easy! Here’s what you’ll have to do:

  1. Contact us to schedule your free estimate at (775) 762-2602 or submit a lead form online
  2. We'll give you a free estimate over a phone call once we receive sufficient pictures of your project.
  3. We schedule a time for your no-contact pickup inside a 2 hour window, and will call or text you 15-30 minutes before we arrive.
  4. We conveniently come to you, load up your items, and haul them away.
  5. For remote jobs, we can video call you and / or show you before & after pictures.

NOTE: You may qualify for additional discounts if you’re a homeowner. Please let us know so that we can assess whether you qualify.

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