Junk Removal and Junk Hauling Companies have long been a popular way for homeowners to clean out their spaces and get rid of old items. They help with home and office cleanouts, estate sales, moving into a new house or apartment, cleaning up after a move, disaster cleanup, construction site cleanup and more. These companies have become essential parts of our modern society, helping people clear out clutter and reclaim their spaces. These companies also provide valuable employment opportunities for military veterans, and other local people looking for a meaningful career.
Jim Menner, owner of Honest Junk Removal, said he learned a lot from his years in the junk hauling business. In his 25 years as a general contractor, and in the 10 years since starting Junk Hauling Company, Menner has found that customer service is the key to success. “The two most important things are to listen and communicate,” he says. “It’s a lot easier to build relationships with clients when you treat them with respect and kindness.”
Another military veteran turned junk hauler is Jim Andrews, who runs JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Main Line in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Andrews served in the Navy for 20 years and “bounced around” different jobs until finding his professional calling. He now feels like he’s doing more than just earning an income; he’s serving his community.
For Andrews, who works alongside fellow vet Chad Jim’s Junk Hauling Story in Wilmington North Carolina Allen, being a part of the JDog family means more than just a job. It’s a chance to use his military values in the real world. The company strives to do more than just take away someone’s trash; they recycle up to 80% of the items that they pick up. They also donate items to hospitals and non-profits. “It’s a great feel-good business,” said producer Jim Milio, who filmed the team in action at a Quakertown home. “They donated an outdoor hot tub and shed, as well as cleared out the basement and yard of clutter from a home that was being sold. They took care of everything, and even gave us a receipt.”
One of the most popular junk removal companies in the nation is JDog Junk Removal in Atlanta, Georgia. The company, founded by retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Harry Van Buren, now has 250 locations nationwide that offer junk removal and hauling services, appliance recycling, carpet and upholstery cleaning and more. It also serves as an employment opportunity for vets, who make up a large portion of the workforce.
Junk King’s Mike Seeley credits his time spent in the military for his work ethic and leadership skills. The experience taught him how to manage people, budgets and other sections of business, which he has applied to running Junk King’s Austin team. He explains that the business model aligns with his passion for environmental stewardship, and allows him to support his family. He regularly volunteers with Junk King’s charity events and contributes to local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Caring Place and Salvation Army.