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1-800-GOT-JUNK? has been in the Calgary area for over seven years. Operating from the heart of downtown Calgary to cities like Okotoks, Red Deer, Airdrie, Strathmore, Cochrane, Bragg Creek and many more! We have over 10 trucks servicing your residential and commercial junk removal needs. Whatever type of trash you have, we can take almost anything that two adults can lift, no matter where it’s located. Just point and it will be gone! We are your solution to regaining your space back!
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary also specializes in debris pickup and debris disposal from natural disasters, such as floods. Not only can we help you with your flood cleanup, we can also refer you to a professional restoration service that can help you get your home and business back up and running quickly and efficiently.
Hi! I’m David Harrop, your local franchise owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Calgary. Our 1-800-GOT-JUNK? office is located in Bowness, half way between Shouldice Park and Bowness Park just south of Canada Olympic Park. I took over the junk removal franchise in 2003 after selling my Certa Pro Painters franchise, which I owned and operated for five years. I was looking for a fun business with a great team and a young, fun culture where we could work hard and play hard.
Being part of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? business has enabled me to become part of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, JCI Calgary, and the Calgary chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. These great organizations have helped us grow to be one of the top five franchises in the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? system, and has given us the opportunity to expand our operations to encompass the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise in Hawaii. We have even participated in being a case study for the University of Calgary MBA program.
We recently opened a sorting facility in Calgary’s Northwest where we can sort through the junk to maximize recycling opportunities. We estimate that we will divert as much as 70% of the junk from our landfills, to recyclers including wood, glass, plastic, metal, paper and green waste. We feel great about our pro-active recycling efforts as the City of Calgary increases its own mandates about landfill diversions.
Thank you to the 10,000 plus customers in Calgary who have hired us to remove 10,000 tones of junk from their homes and businesses. We still have lots of work to do, but we are getting it done, one truck at a time!
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary has teamed up with Recycle for Life to help with their bottle drive fundraisers. We have been providing logistics support and manpower to help load the bottles and bring them to the bottle depot. The Scouts is a great organization that provides children and adults with fun experiences and valuable life lessons. The Bottle Drives provide a portion of the funding needed to run the program. We are proud to be supporting them and promoting recycling throughout the Calgary community. Look for our trucks and the Scouts in your neighbourhood.
September 18th the anti-bullying organization Dare to Care broke the Guinness record for the world’s longest lemonade stand. We were right there during the event showing off our 5 bright green lemonade stands. The total of 357 lemonade stands measured over 1500 feet and the proceeds from the lemonade stand sales and the lemonade stand sponsors raised over $182 000. Once the event was over 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary was there to dismantle the stands and transport them to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). Our team transported 3.5 truckloads of stands and waste from the event. Everything was recycled or reused keeping it out of the landfill. The dismantled stands will be made into bright and cozy dog houses to shelter many dogs for the unforgiving winter weather. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary was proud to take a stand against bullying and help support the anti-bully programs Dare to Care provides to school across Canada. To learn more about Dare to Care and the programs they provide or see pictures from the World’s Longest Lemonade Stand event visit their Facebook page or their website. You can also check out this video and article about the event.
1-800-Got-Junk? Calgary had a vendor spot at the 2014 Calgary Humane Society Dog Jog! With our clean shiny truck set up at South Glenmore Park, we saw many cute pups and their smiling owners. Some 1-800-Got-Junk? team members even fundraised and participated in the 5km walk. The event raised $185 000 toward caring for animals in need. We gave away toy Got-Junk? trucks and some tasty treats to the dogs. It was a great time and we are looking forward to next year!
Howdy Calgary! It is that time a year again, the Calgary Stampede is all over town. We were pleased to sponsor the 2014 BOMA Stampede Breakfast again this year. Harry the Horse made another appearance and the delicious food and upbeat music made the event a real Hoedown! We were able to divert 95% of the waste at this fun event, YeeHaw!
The Bowness Stampede Parade this year was a blast! We had some awesome cowboys and cowgirls throwing out handfuls of candy to the spectators lining Bowness Road, and the Got-Junk? pup Ragamuffin was there to enjoy the parade too. The Stampede Breakfast was also extremely delicious! 1-800-Got-Junk? Calgary was there after the breakfast to collect the waste from the event. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event a success! We will see you again next year.
Bowness is home to the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? office, but was also hit hardest by the floods in Calgary. We partnered up with Matt and Eric from the Matt and Eric morning show on Jack FM to help out our neighbours with the cleanup. Matt and Eric brought almost 100 volunteers down to our office and together with our fleet we were able to put a serious dent into the debris.
When no other company would help a woman clean out her hoarded home, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? came to the rescue. CTV and Global covered the beginning stages of this massive job and spoke to the homeowner and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Marketing Manager Michel Luhnau. Bailey, a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Operations Manager, was able to be the shoulder for the homeowner to lean on during the difficult process of letting go.
Two Calgary truck team members show Jenny Howe of CBC’s The Homestretch just how dirty their job can really be!
Listen to the CBC Radio Interview here.
We are very excited to announce that 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will be featured on the new Undercover Boss Canada on Thursday, February 23rd at 9pm on W Channel. The popular CBS reality show has come to Canada and features top CEO’s going undercover in their business to experience the front lines again. This is a very exciting time for our brand and we would love for you to tune in. Plus, you can enter to win one of two $500 gift vouchers from 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as well as prizes from all the other companies involved in the show. Click here for more information.
If you missed the complete episode of Undercover Boss you can watch it here.
Check out how Dani, our Office Manager, had to put on uniform and help the Calgary team out to get the job done.
Last weekend, boxes were found at the Calgary dump containing donations that were collected for the people in need in Slave Lake. These items did not make it to Slave Lake and instead ended up at the Spyhill landfill. We want to clarify that 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was not involved with this customer, and it was one of our competitors that failed to donate the items. Click here to read the full article.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary was featured on CBC Radio's the Eyeopener in a segment about how the current economic status affects the junk we collect. This segment, titled 'The Junk Barometer as an Economic Indicatotor highlights a ride along to a customer's home and a tour through our transfer station. Check out the whole story here.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? participated in the annual "Spicing Up Spaces" event organizied by U of C Haskayne students and we were on hand with a truck to haul away the junk built up from the renovations and clean-up. Check out the video on the event by the Calgary Herald here.
Read about how 1-800-GOT-JUNK? helps busy Realtors to keep up in Calgary's red-hot real-estate market and what kind of weird junk they come across.
Check out this video filmed by a local TV crew as they follow our 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Truck Team around to see what a typical day is like for our guys; from recycling furniture and metal, to the exciting trips to the dump. Our Truck Team members Alan and Mike are soon to be movie stars!
Ever wondered how we manage to get all of our 1-800-GOT-JUNK? trucks where they're supposed to be and when they're supposed to be there? Well, apart from having employees with a great sense of direction, we also employ a GPS system on all of our trucks to help them navigate Calgary's busy roadways, and get to the right place at the right time!
1-800-GOT-JUNK? and the Professional Organizers of Canada helped the Canadian Red Cross organize their office in Calgary. We removed 1,700 pounds of junk on this job.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary was so happy to be part of the City of Calgary's Pathway and River Clean-Up this year. After being postponed due to snow and slippery conditions early in May, it was awesome that the event still took place only a couple of weeks later. We drove to the riverbanks to collect the bags of debris found by helpers. Huge thank you to Calgary's local volunteers that came out to help keep our city clean! These pathways and the riverside are now clean and ready for the many Calgarians that will be travelling them this spring and summer
Find more information about how to get involved next year in the city-wide river cleanup in Calgary.
Last Sunday we were happy to help out at Marda Gras, a Mardi Gras themed street festival in the community of Marda Loop. Between the food trucks, local artists, and awesome street performers, the beautiful weather was just the cherry on top of the day. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was on location to make sure everything was cleaned up after the day, and that the streets could open as usual on Monday. We had an amazing time and can't wait for next year!
Calgary was hit hard with by the flooding Bow and Elbow River. Our crews worked tirelessly cleaning up flood-ravaged communities around the city. They shovelled layers of mud flood debris, dragged soaking wet carpet out of basements and hauled demolished drywall and insulating material to the dump. Find out more about our flood cleanup service.
Yee-haw! It’s officially that time of the year again! 1-800-GOT-JUNK? kicked off Stampede by flipping pancakes and hanging out with Harry the Horse. The fine folks of BOMA Calgary threw their annual Stampede breakfast. We were happy to be one of the sponsors!
The Montgomery Community Clean-up was a great time despite the weather. Living in Calgary we should learn to expect snow in May! This is our 6th year participating in this event. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? had a list of homes throughout the neighbourhood where we collected items. These were homes of the elderly and disabled, individuals who could not transport their own junk. We were able to get to every assigned house and then some! Thank you to everyone in the community and to all the volunteers for making this a very successful event!
We collected it all: electronics, bikes, water coolers, BBQ’s. We took virtually everything and disposed of it properly! Everything that could be recycled was recycled!
A special shout out to Terry for hopping on the truck with us and working hard to help out his fellow community members. And thank you to Alice, the lovely lady that came out to thank us for picking up her items.
Alice with some of our 1-800-GOT-JUNK? team members.
1-800-GOT-JUNK Calgary was at Lowes last week during Char Broil’s demonstration of their new Infrared Grill. It was the perfect event for us to be at because we collected several old BBQs from people who were buying new ones. We took the old BBQs back to our sorting tent to be recycled. That’s right – even your old BBQ can be recycled!
Thanks to Lowe's and Char Broil for making the event so much fun and a great success.
For Earth Day 2013, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? teamed up with AspenClean, Newalta, and Planet Organic Markets to do a “product swap”. People were encouraged to trade in old, environmentally unfriendly cleaners for natural products.
We have a huge commitment to recycling at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, so we couldn’t wait to get behind a green product, and help out the planet by making sure that all the environmentally unfriendly cleaners we collected were disposed of properly at Newalta, a company that specializes in recycling hazardous materials.
Thanks to everyone who came out to swap their traditional cleaning product for an eco-friendly AspenClean option.
If you need to get rid of a hazardous cleaner, call your local fire department to find out if they will take it for proper disposal. Most fire departments will. To find out if your cleaning product is eco-friendly or not, see if it is ECOCERT Certified on the bottle.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck team member, Luke, loads up a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck with donations during the Calgary Spring Clean 2013
This past weekend 1-800-GOT-JUNK? had the pleasure of partnering up with GetRealLive, and the Women In Need Society to welcome Peter Walsh to the Calgary Spring Clean. Peter Walsh is a world renowned professional organizer and de-clutter expert, who came to Calgary to help us see how to get the most out of our space and our lives.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? was at the Joyce theatre to gather donations for the Women In Need Society and we were able to collect an entire truckload!
Thanks to everyone in attendance for your donations, and to Peter Walsh, GetRealLive and the Women In Need Society for putting together such a great event that was a pleasure to be a part of.
We just finished up a great weekend with the Commerce Undergraduate Society's 'Spice Up Space', a program geared towards helping a deserving family spruce up their home. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary provided the truck and manpower for a successful event. We can't wait to do it again next year!
We hauled everything from broken coffee tables, to old blinds and bed frames. All of these items (which include metal and electronics) were delivered to one of our locations to be sorted and dropped off at the appropriate local recycling facilities.
As well, there were many items of furniture that were still in good condition that the family chose to give to other families to continue the spirit of giving, including a couch, a bed and lovely kitchen table.
It was another fun Stampede parade for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Thousands of families lined up from Bow Crescent to Bowness Plaza to watch the event. Our team had a great time throwing candy from the top of the truck. All the kids were amazed as Kyle raced up and down the parade line on his refurbished 1-800-GOT-JUNK? pocket rocket. Kyle took it upon himself to fix, paint and create a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? pocket rocket that had been junk to a previous client. Thank you Kyle! It was the highlight of the morning.
Thanks to the 573 teams that participated in the Calgary City Chase 2012. Our truck was one of the chase points and we challenged the teams to climb over our truck. To make this a real challenge for the participants, we tilted the box on a steep angle forcing them to use a rope to pull themselves to the other side. Overall, the event was a great success, a lot of laughs and no injuries. Congratulations to all the participants!
Despite the snow storm and the fact we got soaking wet, the Montgomery clean-up was a great success for the sixth year in a row. The Montgomery clean-up is an annual event to help remove junk and clutter from the houses of the members of this community. This year we sent out two trucks to make sure we got all pick-ups done and to remove unwanted junk from the houses of elderly as well as the disabled community members. A special thanks to a local resident, Dan who volunteered for the third year in a row.
For the 6th year in a row, members of our team were on hand to help with the clean-up and junk removal at the 45th Annual Pathway and River Cleanup in Calgary. Each year, thousands of volunteers assemble along the riverbank to pick up unwanted garbage. Once again, our trucks managed to avoid falling into the river as we drove along the tight riverbank, collecting the filled garbage bags and recycling whatever we can.
For the fifth year 1-800-GOT-JUNK? partnered up with the UofC's Commerce Undergraduate Society to help out a needy family. The program is called “Spicing Up Spaces” and this year over 60 students participated in the event . The students put over 500 hours of cleaning, sanding, grinding and painting in. They even brought in new furniture and fixtures. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? helped out with a truck on-site to haul away the trash and debris generated from the clean-up and renovations. “1-800-GOT-JUNK? is always great,” says Everett Knight, one of the volunteers this year. “They put a truck right out front and we just throw in the garbage and they pick it up.”
On Saturday, May 28th, the Yard Sale For The Cure 2011 took place at the WillowRidge Community Centre. This annual event is presented by RE/MAX to collect donations and raise proceeds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This cause encourages Canadians to hold a yard sale and donate the proceeds to help in the fight against breast cancer. In 2010, combined proceeds from the one-day yard sales raised over $100,000, as more than 1,000 people hosted and shopped to help raise money for breast cancer research. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? helped out by donating a truck to take away the leftover donations.
The 1-800-GOT-JUNK? team were amongst the 1,450 people who took to the streets of Calgary on June 4th for the 2011 Calgary Underwear Affair. Together we raised a lot of eyebrows, but more importantly, we raised over $2,000 adding to an incredible $855,000 for research that will ultimately benefit patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and throughout Alberta. The money we raised will help researchers uncover new treatments and ways to prevent devastating yet “hidden” cancers like prostate, colorectal, ovarian, testicular, bladder, cervical, and uterine. Our support of The Underwear Affair will make sure these cancers get the attention they deserve.
Every year, around 1500 students move out of residence at the University of Calgary. Many of these students find they no longer need the electronics they used over their academic career. This year the U of C asked us if we could recycle all the electronics that the students would have usually thrown out. Over the course of the last two weeks, we have had two of our trucks on site at all times to collect the used electronics. Additionally, we put six metal cages close to the residence buildings to make the recycling process as easy as possible for the students. This event was a great success and we're looking forward to making this an annual recycling effort to divert as many electronics from the landfill as possible.
What to do with 341 unsold Christmas trees? One client called us up to take care of their unsold Christmas trees and we didn't want to take them to the landfill.
After making a few phone calls the Calgary Zoo was happy to take all of the trees.
According to the Zoo last year, "the elephants ate 250+ trees and Spike wasn’t even a big fan of fir. Caribou/Mule deer had about 30-40, Bison/Muskox/Elk/BHS/RMG/DS 20+, Rocky Mtn aviary 15+ then there is the Macaques 20+, Tigers/ SL/ Lions/ Cougars/ Bears 30+, Wolves 20+, Hippo 5+, Serow/ Ibex 10+ Colobus/Gorilla 5+."
Who would have thought that Christmas trees would be so tasty (and such a culinary hit among animals from across the globe)? Bon appetit!
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary prides itself on being an environmentally friendly organization. We do our best to keep the items we pick up for our customers out of the landfill at all costs, and always enjoy finding a useful or creative way to help out the community with the items we collect.