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What We Do
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!
San Diego Junk Removal Service Providers
Ben Hoskins1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego North
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.
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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Chris Savoia , Christopher Geis1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego South
Darren Tavitian1-800-GOT-JUNK? San Diego NE
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.
Bill Cox , Eileen Butler - Cox1-800-GOT-JUNK? Oceanside - S.D.
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.
We Discuss Electronics Recycling on Local TV
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.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Recycling for Green Week
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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After hour commercial junk removal jobs
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.