We know you love recycling. We know you love the holiday season. With North Americans producing more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of year, why not combine the two? Learn how to make some tree ornaments yourself while also reducing waste!
Moving and junk removal really go hand in hand. Most people get rid of a few things when they move but tend to play it safe with the majority of junk because they feel they may have a future need for the things. Let me just say, as experts in both junk removal and moving, it’s unlikely. Today our sister company, You Move Me shared some great tips on how to know what should move with you and what should go. Now we’d like to share these ideas with you! Click on the image to read.
What if I told you that Halloween costumes can help you clean up your house, save the environment, cost you nothing (or next to nothing), and look amazing while doing it? Before you ask where you can hire one of these elusive costumes to wash your car, let us show you some of our favorite Halloween costume designs that you can make just by upcycling junk around the house!
Recently I had the opportunity to join our Vancouver Downtown 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise on a Truck Day. As a Junktion (Corporate head office) employee it is so metimes hard to understand what our Truck Teams, the guys who are the core of our business, do day-to-day. As part of our corporate culture, every employee is given the opportunity to do a truck day and to be on the front lines and work with the Truck Teams.
My truck day started at 8am and shortly afterward I was on my way to our first job with Truck Team member Yoro. I knew right away when meeting Yoro, that with his fun disposition and great sense of humor, that today was going to be a great day! We met Tommy, the second Truck Team member for the day, at our first job and we got to work.
It was interesting to see and I was shocked at what people were getting rid of and considered “junk”. Items such as new suitcases, slightly used sleeping bags, designer purses, beds, sporting equipment and couches still in good condition, and the list goes on! That is where careful sorting of what we collected and methodical placement within the truck came into play. We wanted to make sure that all of the like items were together so when we went to the recycle centers, any charities or scrap metal depot that we could divert as much as possible from the landfill.I was more than willing to get right in there, help out and get my hands dirty if need be! Before each of our jobs we make a call ahead to let our customer know when we will be arriving. I had the opportunity to perform some of the call aheads, which helped us save time.
Being a true extrovert it was easy for me to engage with the customer and make them feel at ease about the process and getting rid of their junk. Some of the customers were making major life changes like moving to a new home, moving across the country. Some were experiencing break ups, so their partners left over “stuff” was headed out the door, whereas others were just simply getting rid of things they didn’t want anymore.
Throughout the day I spent time with both Yoro and Tommy individually as the other Truck Team member had to go off-load the second truck we were running. This gave me an opportunity to talk to each of them about their job, some of their experiences and also talk about just some plain old fun stuff too!
Overall, this was an amazing experience to give me insight into what the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Truck Teams face on a daily basis. Our Truck Teams are enthusiastic, are exceptional ambassadors of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? brand and haul junk with a smile on their face.
I want to thank our Vancouver Downtown franchise and especially Tommy and Yoro for their support, good humor, and for letting me be part of their world for the day.
-Annette, Communications Manager @ 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
If you have a kid who’s moving out for college this September, now’s the time to start thinking about what to do with their old bedroom once its been cleared out. Here are some inspiring photos that will bring some excitement to what can be a bitter sweet moment in a parent’s life.