Got junk? This new business can help

A new Junkluggers franchise is coming to Williamsburg to help people recycle and donate their old items.  (WYDaily / Courtesy Zach Kirkpatrick)A new Junkluggers franchise is coming to Williamsburg to help people recycle and donate their old items. (WYDaily / Courtesy Zach Kirkpatrick)

A new company is coming to the region to help customers move their garbage in an environmentally friendly way.

Junkluggers, a national garbage disposal chain, is opening a new location in Toano led by local Steve Tetreault and his stepson Zach Kirkpatrick.

Tetreault owns the local company The Drying Co./ThermalTec, which provides insulation and moisture control solutions

He said adding Junkluggers to his current business seemed like a great opportunity. Customers with attics, basements and crawl spaces will find these rooms full of objects, furniture and “rubbish”.

“We found this type of business to be necessary because when we work in these rooms, they are often used as storage and need to be cleared for our work,” Tetreault said.

Over the past year, Junkluggers had been mentioned several times to Tetreault until he finally decided it would be a logical option for his company.

Once the new location opens at Hankins Industrial Park in Toano in April, there will be a small team of roughly three to four people, including Kirkpatrick who will be running the new business. The company will also operate a large truck that has a 15-yard container attached for dumping purposes if necessary, Tetreault said.

Kirkpatrick said he is excited about the new leadership position because it is not only about continuing to work with the family, but also allowing him to participate in something that will benefit the community as Junkluggers work to recycle the items he has collected and reuse.

One of the attractive aspects of being a junkugger is that they’re environmentally friendly, which isn’t always the case with garbage disposal companies, Tetreault said. Most items collected through Junkluggers are taken to donation centers when they are in decent condition and anything that cannot be donated is taken to a recycling center.

“The whole purpose is to keep it from going to a landfill,” said Tetreault. “To me, [Junkluggers] I am really successful because if you want to have a moving company you want to try and save as much of it as possible. “

Kirkpatrick added that the company takes almost anything but hazardous waste or valuable items like jewelry.

Because the items are donated, Junkluggers customers can typically receive a tax-deductible receipt within two weeks of the service.

Tetreault said he looks forward to starting this new company and continuing to do business as part of the family.

“It’s more fun to be able to work with your family members,” he said. “But it’s also a level of comfort and confidence.”

Tetreault says customers can contact them for a quote, or even have the company come to their home for a free estimate.

To find out more, call 757-880-0754.

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