At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we’re as passionate about our planet as we are about serving our customers. That’s why we recycle and donate whenever possible to minimize the impact junk has on the environment. Over the years, we’ve diverted over 4 billion tonnes of junk from landfills. This Earth Day, we want to celebrate some of the amazing recycling work our franchise partners are doing.
Check out these real life recycling stories — and then call us to recycle your junk!
New Partnership Aims to Tackle Furniture Poverty in Toronto
Furniture poverty is on the rise in Toronto and Furniture Bank is feeling the pinch. The charity provides people in need with a way to furnish their homes — but they’re struggling to keep up with demand.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Toronto recently launched a pilot program with Furniture Bank, offering all customers the chance to donate their gently used, but otherwise unwanted furniture and housewares, upon pick-up. With this Furniture Drive, we hope to restock the charity’s warehouse to support as many people as possible — with a goal to double the number of families currently served through the donations we receive.
3 Tonnes of Books Diverted From Landfill by 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
When an emergency call came in Monday morning, Claudine Rubin didn’t think twice. As owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in D.C., she dispatched a truck as fast as possible to Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia. There, over three tons of books needed to be delivered to a warehouse over an hour away.
The customer, Carolyn Thompson, was in a bind: she had thousands of books to transport from the library to her charity, Velocity of Books, but no way to move them. On top of that, the library was booked for a community event that evening and the books were overcrowding the space.
Medical Equipment Collected by 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and Donated to Mexicans in Need
In early 2017, Brian Gibson got a call from his aunt, Terrie, asking if his truck teams ever pick up medical equipment. Terrie lives in Southern Arizona, a half hour from the Mexico border, and she knew of a charity down south that needed help. Brian’s franchise had occasionally hauled these things away over the years, so he promised they’d keep an eye out.
For a year, Brian’s team collected lightly used crutches, walkers and wheelchairs, adding them to an ever-growing pile at their office. When Brian called his aunt at the end of the year, she was overjoyed to hear the news. Terrie drove up to Salt Lake City to collect the items and headed down to Mexico with a fully loaded truck.