Eco-friendly junk removers bypass Knoxville landfill

Junk conscience disposal is the concept that makes Junkluggers unique.

The company, which has franchises in around 20 states, set up shop in East Tennessee in March and is on a steady growth path.

The Powell-based company (6226 Clinton Highway, Suite 2) is focused on an environmentally friendly approach to avoiding as much “trash” as possible going to the landfill.

“We try to recycle and reuse as much as possible,” said Jacob Muncey, general manager of the franchise. “We want to be able to donate things for KARM or goodwill or even for some churches.”

Muncey used a customer in West Knoxville as an example. The client downsized her house by about 2,000 square meters. He said six trucks were used, four of which went straight to KARM with quality items. The client received the tax credit from KARM, which was used to launder the cost of the moving service.

“This is a community and environmental focus company,” Muncey said. “There is a family atmosphere in the company that makes it a good place to work.”

Broad spectrum

Junkluggers opened its door in early March. A few days later, everyone else seemed to be closing their doors thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were concerned for the first eight or ten days,” said Muncey. “Then everything started to accelerate.”

Operations manager Jacob Muncey poses with a filled Junkluggers truck in June 2020.

Muncey said the franchise started with just one crew and one truck. Now there are three crews with a plan for two more by August.

Junkluggers does a wide variety of tasks. In addition to the typical clearing of overflowing cellars or garages, whirlpools, above-ground pools, trampolines, carports, sheds and almost everything else are torn down and removed, paper is shredded and even relatively small movements at short distances.

“We are committed to reducing landfills,” said Muncey. “That is one of our core values.

“We call ourselves“ The Ferrari of garbage disposal. ”What sets us apart (from our competitors) is that we have high expectations of our employees. We have new trucks, our boys are in uniform, they smoke, chew (tobacco) or swear not (at work). We don’t tolerate anything other than being good-natured. “

Junkluggers employees Jared Tharp (left) and James Cofer are quickly working on a sofa in June 2020.

“Young feeling”

Muncey, a 29-year-old Union County native who graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in business, joined the garbage disposal business after several years as a project manager at Target.

“This company (founded 15 years ago in Connecticut by Josh Cohen, a college student) has a young feel,” he said. “There are so many good reasons associated with this.

“There has been a lot of trial and error, but we’ve grown faster than expected. When I lived in East Tennessee, I knew the market. It was just a matter of getting the word out. “

Junkluggers is new to Knoxville and competes in the environmentally friendly disposal and removal of trash.

Muncey said his crews do between 18 and 21 jobs a week, but the addition of a few trucks and staff in August will add to the workload. He said pricing, which is done locally on an individual basis, is similar to that of competitors Junk Bee Gone and College Hunks.

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