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For over 10 years, 1-800-GOT-JUNK has been San Diego’s most trusted junk removal provider. Our four locally owned and operated franchises service the entire city and county and remove anything which is non-toxic that two people can lift: old office or home items, furniture, electronic waste, yard debris, or anything else you need removed. Whether you are moving, cleaning up, or trying to fit a car in the garage again, join the tens of thousands of San Diegans who have let 1-800-GOT-JUNK help.
We do all the loading and lifting and donate and recycle as much of each load as possible. Our friendly uniformed drivers arrive on-time, provide up front pricing, and all you have to do is point. After we load the junk up, we donate to local charities and recycle as much as possible. Find out why San Diego keeps our 17 trucks in the county busy by calling or booking online today!
By Ben Hoskins
Hi, I'm Ben Hoskins and I own the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego North Franchise. In 2002 I left a job in the technology industry to open the first 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise in Southern California. When I started the business, I mainly focused in the city of San Diego in areas like La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Hills/Hillcrest, Downtown, University City and Clairemont. In 2004 our General Manager Rick Romano joined the team and helped expand our presence on the North Coast, including Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar, Mira Mesa and Rancho Pesquitos. He lives in Encinitas and coaches his daughter's softball teams. This explains why, if you have daughters who play softball in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solano Beach, or Cardiff, you come across so many teams sponsored by 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.
In addition to customer service, our main focus with training staff is emphasizing donation and recycling; customers love knowing their stuff doesn't end up in the landfill.
Our junk removal franchise services Escondido, San Marcos and Vista but we operate out of several locations. We also have a facility in Pacific Beach on Thomas Ave. 92109 right off of Garnett. You'll see our trucks near Santa Fe Dr. and Evergreen Dr. in Cardiff near our storage for the North County. You may also see us off of Camino Del Sur in Rancho Bernardo, where we consolidate items to give to charity.
From a single 1-800-GOT-JUNK? junk truck in 2003, we now have five 1-800-GOT-JUNK? trucks, and over 10,000 customers served!
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Hello, my name is Chris Savoia, and I’m the Franchise Partner of the San Diego South 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise. Growing up I never thought I would haul junk for a living, but now after nearly five years I can’t imagine doing anything else. The sense of satisfaction one gets from helping people get rid of something that has been plaguing them for years is incredible. Every day we get to meet great people from the College Area to North Park who appreciate what we do and the professionalism we display when we do it. It is very gratifying to take the entire side of a family’s yard that had been held hostage by a rusty shed and its dusty contents and free up that space for barbeques and swing sets. It has been almost a year since the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchises in San Diego South and San Diego East joined. The new franchise allows us to cover San Diego County from as far southwest as Imperial Beach, home of the sand castle competition, to as far east as beautiful Alpine. This means some mornings we start our day in Coronado and end in the Helix Hills. Climbing in attics, breaking down sheds and cutting up Jacuzzis is all part of what we do and these activities do not cost our customers any additional fees. We do a lot of work for commercial customers, including banks and real estate companies. We always do a full clean up with a sweep of the entire property. Our satisfaction comes not only from helping people and simplifying their lives but also from doing the right thing. We are enrolled in California’s Electronic Waste disposal program, which has allowed us to be an official collector of electronic waste for nearly five years. We are officially sanctioned by the state to legally collect TVs, computer monitors, computers, CPUs, laptops and even items like stereos, fax machines, printers.
Whether we are helping a young family in Eastlake, college students near SDSU or a couple who is downsizing from San Carlos, we always enjoy what we do. We take pride in helping you get rid of whatever it is you have. Please call us or book an appointment online. You will feel much better after we help you remove those unwanted items.
Chris Savoia , Christopher Geis
1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego South
Address:9461 Grossmont Summit Dr.
Hi, I'm Darren Tavitian, the local owner and operator for the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego Northeast 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 Northeast 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, we are Bill Cox and Eileen Butler-Cox, the owners of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in north west San Diego County. Both of us are veterans of the U.S. Air Force and have been residents of Oceanside for more than 20 years. We are proud to say that our entire family, including our three sons, helped get our business started.
It has been great working with the cities we service. Since 2003, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has worked directly with the City of Oceanside by participating in all of its quarterly river clean ups which are now coordinated with the efforts of I Love a Clean San Diego and, when requested to do so, report to the city all our figures on diverted materials to help Oceanside meet its state landfill diversion requirements.
In Fallbrook, we have been one of the integral parts in the success of the annual Fallbrook Green and Clean event. Our major role for the past two years with the Fallbrook Green and Clean has been to collect e-waste. We also donate our trucks and crews to support the efforts of volunteer organizations that clean areas affected by illegal dumping. In Poway and the Scripps Ranch area, we were the first commercial vehicles allowed into the Cedar fire areas. When all was said and done, we moved over 20,000 sand bags and over 1,500 volunteers into the area. These are just small samples of how we give back to the communities we service.
In 2003, we received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Oceanside Women’s Resource Center. In 2007, the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside awarded us with a Distinguished Service award for our service to the club and the community.
All this would not be possible without your support. I would like to thank every one of you who have used our service. I hope we have wowed you with our professionalism and commitment to this business.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego participated in this years’ opening day San Diego Padres Block Party. As a sponsor of the Padres radio broadcast, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and radio partner The Mighty 1090 held a “Guess the Junk Contest.” Visitors guessed the weight of the junk in a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck with the closest guess winning a suite at Petco Park for 10 friends, as well as a Cameron Maybin autographed bat and matchbox style 1-800-GOT-JUNK? trucks were provided to children attending the event.
There was a typical cross section of the junk we pick up in the San Diego area in the truck – things like an old fridge, metal shelves, large screen TVs, a mattress, cardboard boxes, scrap wood, old clothing, a kids bike, a medium sized BBQ and more.
Over 1000 people participated and, for those that are wondering, the truck had 1,869 pounds of junk in it. That’s a LOT of junk.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego was recently featured on the local television show “How Can I Help San Diego?” The show is a wonderful production that focuses on energy and environmental issues in San Diego County and how ordinary citizens can make a positive impact in this area. We were asked to be on the program to discuss our involvement in California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Program. San Diego County 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchises have been part of this program since it was implemented in 2005. Go here to see us discuss the program and how we collect and recycle televisions, monitors, fax machines, printers and the like (please go to the 20 minute, 40 second mark).
Like any state run program, involvement means: keeping up to date with changes in the laws and regulations, following and adapting to the changes, being available for impromptu and unannounced inspections, and, of course, a decent amount of reporting and paperwork. The amazing thing about 1-800-GOT-JUNK’s? involvement in this program is that we have never passed the cost of participating in it on to our customers via a surcharge or additional fee.
Most junk removal or hauling operations may charge additional fees to take electronics. We do not. Not only are we one of the only San Diego hauling companies, if not the only, that is officially part of the California E-Waste Recycling program, we don’t pass the cost on to the customer for doing the right thing. (Check here to see if whomever you are contracting to remove your electronics is a state approved Collector.) Use our service and you will have the peace of mind to know that not only are we following all of the rules with regards to E-waste in California, we also do the right thing as it relates to anything else that can be recycled or re-used. The biggest advantage to using a company that follows all the rules might just be that you can rest assured that your electronics (which can often be traced back to you) will not be illegally dumped or shipped somewhere you do not want them to go.
Have some electronics you need recycled? Call us or book online. From Imperial Beach to Alpine, from Chula Vista to Oceanside and Encinitas book with us knowing that we will get your old electronics where they need to go- hassle free.
Here is a link to an appearance we made on San Diego's NBC- KNSD in late 2010. We were invited to discuss recycling in San Diego for Green Week. We discussed how 1-800-GOT-JUNK? helps our customers recycle: metal, electronics, re-usable items, paper and the like. We also gave suggestions on how to correctly dispose of hazardous items like fluorescent lights (very hard to remember what they're called, apparently), paint and batteries.
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Who said a career in junk removal can't be profitable? We landed front page in the business section of the San Diego Union-Tribune after only two months in the junk hauling business. This really helped kick start the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego trash removal franchise! Read about how we've done every kind of trash pickup, from warehouse cleanouts to simple couch pickups. Up to 60% of our "junk" is taken to recycling centers or charity.
What type of weird junk do you have? Does it measure up to some of the weirdest junk 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has taken away in its junk removals? How about 19 truckloads of ice cream?! This article is so bizarre it got picked up on a wire service where franchise owner Ben Hoskins ended up doing radio interviews about weird junk pickups with stations as far away as St. Louis, Chicago, and Montreal!
Looking for a job? Read this article to find out why so manycollege students want to haul junk at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? You can also check our job postings board - we're always looking for more junk removers system-wide!
A frequent question from commercial clients is if we can serve them after hours so as not to disrupt staff and shoppers during the day and we are happy to oblige. Recently a Anthropology/Urban Outfitters (a national retailer) did a complete overhaul of their clothing and merchandise display fixtures overnight and we were there to remove the old ones until the job was done. As you can see, even at 2 a.m. our staff was still smiling.
San Diego South's 1-800-GOT-JUNK? have done trash removals at the former El Camino Hotel, where HBO's "John From Cincinnati" was shot. The current owners were very nice and did not want to have to deal with removing the almost four truckloads of junk we took out of there. The strangest of the junk removals from the hotel was a cement deer that had been poured into the ground and set with rebar.
When San Diego Northeast junk removers Adam Daly and Brent Jameson (BJ) were out on the junk trucks a couple of weeks ago, they heard a crash. They looked down the street and saw that a police SUV had flipped over near the highway onramp 50 yards ahead. The crew immediately pulled over and BJ approached the accident scene — he is a certified first responder, which means he has training in CPR , basic first aid, and crisis control. "I have never had to use any of the training and I was very nervous," BJ said. "From a distance, the officer did not appear to be moving. But, as I approached, he proved to be conscious and responsive." The officer had surface lacerations and neck and back pain. Another man who was also a certified first responder, had his first-aid kit out and BJ helped him treat the officer’s wound. Rescue services arrived shortly thereafter and took over. Kudos to BJ and Adam!
Ben Hoskins (owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? trash removal services in north San Diego) and his wife were married at the Thursday Club in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego. It only made sense to drive away in a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? junk hauling truck!