As part of his job at a large telecommunications company, Mike Thorne was charged with getting rid of the company’s glut of outdated office furniture. Frustrated by his lack of options, Mike decided to branch out and create his own company, JustJunk.com. Now more than 10 years old, the company operates franchises across Canada, dispatching uniformed and courteous technicians to haul away all manner of unwanted junk.
After just Five years in business, U-Box-It took home the bronze award at the 2008 International Design Excellence Awards by BusinessWeek for its eco-friendly approach to junk removal. For founder Antonio Mammone, this must have been a sweet victory—he'd spent years designing efficient and innovative waste management products. Each of his U-Box-It bin is made from recycled materials and delivered to the customer's door in an easy-to-assemble flat format. Once it's there, customers can keep it as long as they want, filling it with junk at their leisure, or passing it off at a guest bedroom for their least favorite relatives. Once they've filled it to the top, customers make one quick phone call, and the box of junk is picked up within two days, then taken to a facility where the junk is sorted and recycled or disposed of as necessary.
Canada Junk Removal's movers see no difference between a refrigerator and a pile of leaves. In their view, all nonhazardous objects, regardless of their size and weight, are simply obstructions that clients wish to be unburdened of. They lift appliances, furniture, and construction waste and clean up residual debris, loading it all into their truck while the homeowner revels in the newly vacated space. After pulling away, the drivers donate large amounts of the truckload to charities or recycling plants. The staff also hauls larger loads from demolition sites and house parties that Godzilla wasn't invited to.
The licensed and bonded technicians at Sterling Cleaning and Restoration have cleaned and repaired homes and workplaces with environmentally friendly products for more than 18 years. They go about each service methodically, mapping out stains and debris and ensuring that furniture is safe before a carpet cleaning, water-damage restoration, window washing, or duct cleaning.
Junk-B-Gone’s dedicated team arrives on-site to remove waste by the truckload from spring cleanings, landscaping projects, and renovations. The business supplies bins so its clients can meet construction requirements and handles specialized items such as electronic waste, appliances, and last-generation robot butlers.