Got Junk? One Man's Trash Is Another's Business
While operating a company that collects garbage may not seem like a way to help the environment, that’s exactly what Chris Gammill, co-owner of the local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise, believes their mission is. Gammill and his wife bought a franchise in the Canada-based company eight years ago.
Currently, 1-800-GOTJUNK? operates in 43 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces. The corporate philosophy is to donate and recycle as much of what they collect as possible. Gammill said it was their commitment to conservation that drew him and his wife to the company.
“We ’re both environmentalists,” he said. “This is not only a business, but a hobby.”
The hobby part comes into play as they try to see how much they can keep out of landfills.
The company does not have a sorting facility, so it’s up to the drivers to deliver the recyclables to different locations around town.
Drivers have instructions to do one of three things with the items they collect:donate them, recycle them or, as a last measure, take them to a landfill. “We do a lot of training here and we want people to be thinking about how they can divert things from landfills,” Gammill said.
This means that 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is very selective about the drivers it hires. Most drivers have at least two years of college.
“We are always looking for those select few,” he said.Currently the company has six full time drivers. At the end of their shifts they fill out a report which categorizes how much has been recycled into one of 11 possible categories.
“They know there is accountability,” Gammill said.
The report, called a Junk Type Estimation Sheet, lists various categories of items, such as glass, plastics, tires and household items. Drivers must indicate on the sheet how much and what has been recycled for each pickup they make. A licensed garbage collection company, what’s different about 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is that they provide a labor force to remove items from all parts of a client’s property.
Suzanne Thompson - Special to Going Green , Mar 2011
Making a Comeback
From Memphis Daily News Thursday, March 04, 2010
More than 100 collectible Beanie Babies will be among the items offered at a future fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities Memphis, thanks to a gift from 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Chris Gammill, right, a franchise partner for the company’s Greater Memphis Metro Area, recently spotted the 1990s-era Happy Meal toys as one of the company’s trucks was dropping items at a Goodwill center.
Caron Byrd, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, sorts through the toys during a donation event earlier this week. “I love the lobster,” she said.
Professional Junk Removal Comes to Memphis
Operating three junk-mobiles in the Memphis area -- which can be spotted parked next to major intersections at night -- the Gammills run the local franchise of the Canadian firm 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a full-service junk removal company that hauls anything city garbage haulers won't remove. From Memphis Business Journal: 1-800-GOT-JUNK? serves junk-removal needs of Shelby County, Memphis.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? expanding to North Mississippi
Thanks to continued growth in its commercial business, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is expanding its franchise with two locations to serve North Mississippi. The expansion, which will expand our services into Southaven, Horn Lake, Olive Branch and Walls, Miss., is expected to increase the company’s revenue by 25%, driving overall revenues to around $400,000 annually by the end of 2009.
“We are working toward increasing growth 50%,” says Chris Gammill, Memphis-area 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise owner. “There is a lot of growth potential in commercial and residential (in Mississippi), and we have just barely scratched the surface.”
To read more, see the rest of the article in the Memphis Business Journal.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Franchise Branches into Commercial
When others see the recent economic woes as a time to scale back, Chris Gammill, franchise partner for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, sees green.
The "junk" disposal specialty business has seen its gross revenues grow by more than 15% to about $400,000 this year thanks to a new business plan that is focusing on meeting the need of commercial property managers dealing with newly vacated space.
"We've found that this is going to be a great niche market for us," Gammill says. "In a downturn economy, people are still doing business, but people are moving to smaller offices. All of the furniture doesn't fit in the new office."
Click here to read more in the Memphis Business Journal.
Trash Removal Couple Loves Working Together
From the skies to trash hauling and junk removal, local couple loves working together. Enjoy the story of a couple who run a rubbish removal business together.
Memphis-based Junk Hauler Reunites Relatives
"We find a lot of interesting things, but this is the first time someone found a relative," said Chris Gammill, owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, which hauls away junk like unwanted furniture for a fee. Read about how rummaging through unwanted household items leads to family reunion.
From Continental Airlines to the Junk Removal Indu
When Chris Gammill was flying around the globe as a Continental Airlines executive in the 1990s, he didn't dream he would one day become a franchise owner of a junk-dumping service. Read about how this former airline executive started up a junk-dumping business in Shelby County.
In The Community
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
In 2007, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Memphis volunteered to help Shelby Farms Park Conservancy make Shelby Farms a better park. We worked with kids to help them understand the importance of recycling to the environment. For the adults, we provided all the logistics and supplies to help them plant trees and shrubs around the park. In 2008 we will be doing this again!
Youth Villages Soup Sunday at the FedEx Forum
For Youth Villages, we provided a day of activities for children during Soup Sunday at the FedEx Forum to help them understand the importance of recycling and being "Green".
Help for Illegal Dumping
Sometimes companies and shopping plazas become the target of illegal dumping. On one such occasion, we helped an out of town manager remove tons of debris that were attracting rats and starting to smell.