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1-800-GOT-JUNK

Updated on October 5, 2013
Since 1989, we've saved over 680,388,555 million kilograms of rubbish from the landfill.
Since 1989, we've saved over 680,388,555 million kilograms of rubbish from the landfill. | Source
You want to get rid of your old furniture, but its heavy and awkward to move. ... we'll  ensure that it gets reused or recycled whenever possible.
You want to get rid of your old furniture, but its heavy and awkward to move. ... we'll ensure that it gets reused or recycled whenever possible. | Source
Like many other electronics, TVs contain chemicals that, if disposed of improperly, can damage our health and our environment.
Like many other electronics, TVs contain chemicals that, if disposed of improperly, can damage our health and our environment. | Source
Tires are some of the worst landfill offenders.. .. Tire recycling is becoming more prevalent to help pick up the slack, with old tire recycling into asphalt, shoes, basketball courts, and even art.
Tires are some of the worst landfill offenders.. .. Tire recycling is becoming more prevalent to help pick up the slack, with old tire recycling into asphalt, shoes, basketball courts, and even art. | Source
No need to bring your items to the kerb! We load them and clean up afterwards.
No need to bring your items to the kerb! We load them and clean up afterwards. | Source

There was an old steel framed couch and loveseat, a console TV, two lawn mowers, a microwave oven, several old computer modems, an old five drawer chest, a mattress, two desks, tires and hub caps, and some miscellaneous junk. If we could get rid of the big junk, we could go through and organize the boxes of junk. Junk had overtaken our garage, and we aimed to take it back!

We considered renting a container from our waste collection company. We did that once when we remodeled the bathroom in our old house. What about 800 GOT JUNK? I saw their truck parked in the grocery store parking lot. It looks so small though. I wondered if the truck was long enough for the couch or big enough to hold everything. I wondered if they drop off the container and come back to pick it up like the waste collection company does. I wondered how their pricing compares.

I googled “800 got junk” and found the web page. I learned that they don’t just drop off the container. They load the container! I checked out the pricing – about the same as the waste collection company charges to drop off a container. The website had a feature where I could visually pick a load of trash similar to ours in content to see approximately how much it would cost. I went ahead and scheduled a pick up time with an arrival time between noon and 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday when we would both be home..

The day before our scheduled date, I returned to the web site to make sure we were still scheduled. While I was on the web site, I noticed a live chat feature. I confirmed our appointment and asked a customer service representative a couple questions. I learned the dimensions of the truck are 10’x8’x5’. I asked if we had to put everything in the same spot or if they would go into the garage and get the pieces. I learned that they get the pieces and will go in the house or basement too, if needed. Also, they will remove things off the top of the desk for us.

When the big day arrived, two professional looking, uniformed drivers arrived on time with the truck. They surveyed the garage and the junk. They informed us that there were some environmental charges for modems and tires. They even educated us on how to dispose of our paints and antifreeze.

The drivers seemed reluctant to throw out one of the tires that was brand new, and seemed to want to persuade us to reconsider throwing it away. It belonged to our daughter’s old car. I suppose it could be sold, but it has been in our garage for years, and had to go.

They encouraged us to throw out some boxes, but there were books and videos mixed in with papers and other things that needed to be sorted through. There were about 10 such boxes. Whenever I change jobs, change cars or go on vacation, I move these boxes from my car to the garage with the intention of putting them back in the car or going through them at a later date. Instead, I leave them in the garage.

One of the drivers noticed the Alaska license tags hanging on the wall in the garage, and asked if we had lived there. We shared a little about our wilderness adventures in Alaska. The other driver dropped some ceramic kitchen knick knacks, and looked sincerely regretful. We shared that we were debating whether or not to keep them, and that now our decision was clear.

The drivers quickly loaded up the truck and swept out the garage. We paid them and watched as they drove away with our junk. We looked at our garage and all the empty space in it. It felt like we had worked really hard and we were admiring a job well done; but they did all the work.

Today we went to WalMart to buy shelving units. We sorted through what remained in the garage. We placed things neatly on the shelves and threw out the remaining trash in bags to be taken to the “kerb” this week. We can now raise our garage door with pride!

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      diogenes 5 years ago

      Sound like nice people, and just to give them another break, curb and kerb are both correct.

      Bob

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      Bob Diamond RPh 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Good info. Now if I can just get my everything-may-be-useful-someday hoarding wife to cooperate. Careful how you interpret that. "Hoarding...is the excessive acquisition of possessions and failure to use or discard them..."

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Good people tend to attract good people and you certainly met some of the finest. I hope you gave those conscientious guys a good tip because what goes around comes around!

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      ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      They are a great resource to have and also safer than inviting strangers to come p/u your junk.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      LOL Diogenes! You're right.

      Noun 1. kerb - an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)

      Synonyms: curb, curbing

      Learn something new every single day! Thanks.

      And now I truly have only positive things to say about them.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      DiamnondRN - Understood. You have a h-o-a-r-d-i-n-g wife! I'm amazed we both were up to the task at the same time. I think agreeing ahead of time that it had to be done, and scheduling the job ahead of time helped.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      Spirit whisperer - thanks for the spiritual insight into this endeavor. The book, Simple Abundance, talks about the spiritual benefits of de-cluterring; and how ordering our external world can help our emotional life.... and I would imagine marital life since it was a joint effort.

      Funny. I was trying to think of an emotional spin since that's my usual genre and I didn't want to sound like an info-mercial for 800-GOT-JUNK. I didn't really want to do another hub on hoarding. Thanks for bringing home the spiritual and emotional benefits, Spirit Whisperer; and for reading and commenting:)

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I agree ocbill. It is a great resource. And, according to their website, they do donate to charities from the junk they pick up. I would imagine a cheaper junk hauler could be found, but they are bonded and safer than having a stranger case out your home for a robbery.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll keep it in mind if I ever have the need.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I think you'll be glad if you do, dahoglund:)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I read about this company in a magazine article and it sounded really cool. I think 2 guys started the original business while they were in college and they did so well they turned it into a nationwide franchise.

      Nice to know they perform as advertised. I think it's a great concept.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I saw some You Tube videos where the owner was interviewed by a news show. He has also been on Oprah and Dr Phil. Very interesting story - a sequel hub perhaps! They are in a few countries, including US, UK and Australia. Thanks for reading and commenting Happyboomernurse.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I agree that a sequel hub about the company's origins would be interesting and you could also include a little bit about current franchise info (at least a link to the resource for franchise inquiries).

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I think I will, Happyboomernurse.... maybe next week end. Thanks:)

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      DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Very good information, hadn't heard of these people. I absolutely need to do this...my two car garage has never had a car parked in it ever. One day...

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      LOL, DIY! I thought I was alone. We've done our basement now too! I read a hub about a 6 month rule, and decided to use that as my mantra. If it hasn't been used in the past 6 mos, it goes! There's very little left, and I aim to keep it that way. Thanks for reading and commenting, DIY.

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      imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Of course I was attracted to this hub, since it's so relative to one of my own. I'm glad to hear that you had a positive experience with this company. I've seen these trucks too, and had no idea that they did all that.

      I guess the box that was dropped was a sign that those items needed to go to.

      This was a great hub, nice flow...I like your style of writing!!

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I know. I loved your hub. I can still hear you and your grandma yelling, "Use it or Lose It!" LOL. Yes that might have been a sign - probably not the first sign that they had to go. Thanks for reading and commenting imatellmuva, and for the compliment about the flow and style.

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      soumyasrajan 5 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Interesting article kim! Our children in USA just moved. They did not use this one. I will tell them about it.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Kim-Thanks for the great information about getting rid of junk. Sounds like they did a great job and were fairly priced. I can't imagine how happy you were to look at a clean garage. I better give them a call-Our garage is a mess. :-0

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      It still feels great too:) Thanks for the visit and comment Minnetonka Twin.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      @ Soumyasrajan: I almost missed your comment. I think your children will like the service. You must miss them, though!!! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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