On time, efficient, cordial, pleasant, careful with the removal and likeable people both on the phone and in person.
Do you need your junk removed? You need to call us at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Our name is our number! We offer junk removal services to both residential and commercial customers throughout the desert cities including Palm Springs, Riverside, Claremont, Redlands, Corona, Norco, and Mira Loma. Do you have electronic waste like old computer monitors, TVs, CPUs, keyboards, printers, copiers and CRVs? We are e-waste certified and can handle all of your e-waste recycling needs. We pick up where your local trash company leaves off, going anywhere on your property to remove your old junk, appliances, green-waste, furniture, renovation debris, e-waste, old trash, hot tubs, and anything non-hazardous that two people can lift. We do office, garage, and storage unit clean-outs and light demolition. Our professional team of junk removers will even sweep up when they are done! The best part of the business is helping people create space for themselves. With the cost of housing today, cleaning out an attic, basement, or garage is the easiest way to expand your living area. Watch what we do.
Hi, I'm Darren Tavitian, the local owner and operator for the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego NE franchise servicing Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and Valley Center. I started working at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in 2004 for the Greater Los Angeles franchise which serves most of the South Bay area.I started this career assuming it would be temporary, but instead worked my way up to General Manager of one of the Top 20 franchises, and in May 2007 bought the San Diego NE franchise.
The 1-800-GOT-JUNK? mantra we operate by is "It's all about the people," and that's exactly how we operate our business. At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? we treat every customer as if they are our only customer and ensure we meet all their junk removal needs. We thrive on challenges, like the 21-truckload job we completed in a single day. We diverted over 40% of the materials we picked up that day from the landfill. We were able to achieve this through our strong relationships with the Salvation Army, and the city’s recycling centers.
This junk hauling business is also an amazing way to help our local communities. We are active members of the Vista Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and Escondido Chamber of Commerce. We have partnered with E-World Recyclers and have sponsored free electronic waste drop-off days, from which we donated half the net proceeds to local education foundations such as Escondido Education Foundation, and are currently working with the San Marcos Education Foundation. We have also helped residents that were victims of the fires in the San Diego North County area. We delivered food, clothes and materials.
Roughly 60% of the junk that we pick up is donated or recycled. Some of the places 1-800-GOT-JUNK? uses to recycle and donate items are Quality Recycling, Ecology Metal, Lee’s Recycling, Salvation Army, Father Joe's and E-World Recycling. We are certified as an electronic waste collector in the state of California, which means we can pick up items such as computers, tv's, stereos, fax machines, CRT's and assorted other electronics. These items are taken to an electronic recycler, ensuring that they are recycled properly and don't end up in a landfill.
You may notice our trucks, or one our our energetic marketing tactics. We do our signature group waves in the morning at the entrance to the 15 South and E Valley Pkwy in Escondido. If you are out at lunch time and around North County Fair, you might find us at the corner of Bear Valley Pkwy and Beethoven wearing our blue wigs, dancing around, and having a ball. Our clean and shiny junk trucks can be seen cruising around town or at their homes on Sycamore and the 78 Freeway, Hacienda and Melrose, Valley View Plaza, San Elijo Hills, Twin Oaks or the 15 Freeway and Bernardo Ave, to name a few.
Hi, I'm Doug Ecklund, owner and operator of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Riverside franchise. Our junk removal business opened in 2005 and since then, we've picked up all kinds of junk from Riverside, Orangecrest, Woodcrest, Arlington, Canyoncrest, Arrowhead, Big Bear, Running Springs, Crestline, Redlands and many other places!
I was in the grocery business for 20 years when I decided that I would like to own my own business. Opportunity knocked when I fractured my back and took time off to work on opening my 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Riverside franchise. On December 5, 2005 our junk hauling operation officially opened and we immediately joined the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. We have teamed up with the Chambers Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) program and participated in the Casa Blanca and Lincoln Park Projects, as well as the Great American Clean-Up. Our junk removal franchise has also been involved in the Adopt-a-Street program. I was recently recognized and received an award from Mayor Loveridge, Senator Dutton and Assemblyman Benoit for outstanding waste reduction. One of the reasons I chose to buy a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise in Riverside is to be able to give back to the community. We have been able to donate and recycle over 70% of what we have collected. We also teamed up with the local radio station K-FROG for their annual food and toy drives. It is very rewarding to see how happy our customers are to get their space back without lifting a finger!
Hi, I’m Drew Boyles, owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Greater Los Angeles. In 2004, after recovering from a start-up, I stumbled on a Fortune Magazine article about 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Anxious to get back into another entrepreneurial endeavor, I jumped at the opportunity to buy the Los Angeles territory along the coast.
As a 20 year resident of El Segundo and avid surfer, the coast is home to me. Since 2004, I have acquired 22 other franchise locations and operate across Southern California, Chicagoland, Greater Sacramento, Greater Santa Cruz and Monterey areas.
I have been in everything from aerospace in the military, the bowling alley business, the coffee business, dry cleaning, management consulting and now junk! Without a doubt, I am having the most fun of my career in the junk business.
We are actively involved in our communities and our conscientious guardians of the environment. Since our inception in 2004, we have served over 31,000 customers in the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas. We have donated over $50,233 in cash to non-profits. We have donated $16,789 in in-kind services to non-profits.
Some of the organizations we have supported include: El Segundo Education Foundation, El Segundo School District, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Relay for Life, Tree Musketeers, El Segundo Richmond Street Fair, El Segundo Co-Op Nursery School, El Segundo School District, Torrance Unified School District, Soles for Souls Kiwanis and Rotary International, to name a few.
We have received government recognition with 12 letters of commendation from civic leaders including Governor Schwarzenegger, California Senator Jenny Oropeza, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Congresswoman Jane Harman, to name a few.
In 2012 alone, we recycled and repurposed 5,171,952 pounds of junk! We are the largest single contributor to Anewed.org, a non-profit dedicated to repurposing and recycling to the benefit of the local communities and are weekly contributors to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill and other charitable organizations.
Recently, I've opened up a new moving company in Los Angeles and Orange County called You Move Me. We're excited to bring the same level of service you've come to expect from 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to the moving business through this sister company. Check out your new favorite local movers in Orange County and give us a call so we can move you (after we've removed all of your junk, of course).
When I am not working on a new project, I surf, ski and snowboard as much as possible, in between coaching my two little kids’ AYSO Region 92 soccer teams.
I am a member of the El Segundo Economic Development Advisory Committee and a Community Board Member of ESMoA, the El Segundo Museum of Art. I have served as Co-Chairperson of the Santa Monica / Malibu Surfrider Foundation. I have also served in various volunteer leadership capacities with Entrepreneurs' Organization, including two terms as President of the Los Angeles Chapter, two terms as a US West Area Director and as the US West Membership Director.
Steven Salustri & Matthew Purner, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partners, decided to completely change their lives, move into their vacation home and open a junk removal franchise in the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs Life Magazine wrote up an article about the pair's new life in the junk removal industry. While most of their jobs involve cleaning out sheds, yards, and garages, they've done their share of unique junk removals. Check out some of the funny and interesting "junk" stories and strange items they've been asked to take away.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? has been involved in several community events. One that we really enjoy being a part of is the Inland Empire Jazz Festival. This year it's being held at the Cucamonga - Guasti Regional Park in Ontario. This is an event that is put on each year to bring the community together to celebrate the wonderful music of jazz. We have a booth where people can come up and talk with us about their junk removal needs as well as participate in our fun booth games. Small prizes are awarded to the participants and after it is all over, we do all the clean up for the event.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? teams up with local radio station K-FROG for a food drive and collects over 22,000lbs of food.
Riverside's 1-800-GOT-JUNK team has helped KRCB clean up Lincoln's neighborhood and the Casa Blanca area. They've also worked with the local fire fighters to collect toys for Christmas.
California District 23 is an amazing program that sponsors little league teams for special needs children. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has proudly taken a role in sponsoring the Challenger Junior Blue Jays for 2007.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? teamed up with C.A.U.T.I.O.N (Citizens Against Unwanted Trash in Our Neighborhoods). This is a program that was developed by the City of Montclair's Fire Department Code Enforcement Unit, to bring together the community as a whole to create an overall better appearance of the city. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? contributed its junk removal teams to perform tasks such as help remove large items (couches, appliances, lumber, etc.).
We participate in a variety of local events and charities in Palm Springs. Our favorite is the Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade and Festival! This event is always in November. Come on down to Palm Springs and watch the parade. It goes down Palm Canyon Drive and is tons of fun for the entire family.