Nashville junk removal company Junkdrop donates to charities

Walter Hindman is a casual entrepreneur.

The 23-year-old Auburn University graduate didn’t always long to be in the garbage collection business, but now that his junk drop company has adjusted, his job has become a love affair.

The company works on two levels: customers pay for their team to remove unwanted items from their homes and businesses, and then Junkdrop delivers the usable items to people who need them.

“To connect people with too much to people with too little,” says Hindman.

The pickup part is similar to other garbage disposal companies that you can pay to remove items you no longer need. But Hindman and his partner Colin Shepardson have joined the Oasis Center’s Rapid Rehousing program and Catholic charities, whose clients need many of the items they remove from clients’ homes.

The partners have also identified other people in need, including a multi-generation immigrant family living in a house in Antioch with no furniture. Your delivery included mattresses, chests of drawers, chairs and kitchen utensils – all recovered from the garbage disposal pickups.

The Junkdrop motto is: “Feel good about debugging.”

“Whether it is clothing, furniture, building materials or appliances, we do everything in our power to make your reusable material available to those who need it most,” said Hindman said.

He explained that while other garbage disposal companies donate some items to nonprofits like Goodwill, “the difference is that we don’t just drop them off, we give them directly to the people who need them and we go in and set them up.”

Junkdrop's Walter Hindman (left) helps David Twizera carry donated furniture Junkdrop delivered for Twizera's family in Antioch on August 9, 2020.

How it started

Hindman graduated from Auburn with a degree in finance that spring and moved to New York. But when the coronavirus hit, the big job on Wall Street at Cuttone & Co. fell through, leaving him on the loose ends and at home in Nashville.

As he reviewed his options, Hindman remembered the sticker shock he experienced trying to clean up his Auburn apartment. The quotes he received from garbage disposal services “were ridiculously high”. Then the idea clicked to remove trash.

“I figured there had to be money in the industry,” he said. “And I started doing research.

“I’ve found this to be a broken industry where a lot of reusable items can go to people who have to dump them instead,” Hindman said. He also confirmed high prices for basic moves.

So he and Shepardson started a company that would provide the services for less than existing businesses, and started it purposely for charity.

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Junkdrop’s services range from picking up individual items such as sofas, pianos, household appliances, mattresses or other furniture, to cleaning entire garages or basements, to picking up leftovers from the flea market or cleaning clearings.

Items that are not considered reusable go to the dump, but truckloads of other items can find a new home through charitable referrals.

“We found that a lot of what people throw away is reusable,” he said.

Walter Hindman (left) and Colin Shepardson from Junkdrop bring donated furniture to a family in Antioch on August 9, 2020.

Partnership with Oasis

Hindman, who graduated from the University School of Nashville, was familiar with the Oasis Center because he volunteered in its bike repair program while in school.

When he found out about Oasis’ Rapid Rehousing Program, which helps homeless 18- to 24-year-old customers set up housekeeping in unfurnished homes, he knew his garbage collection business could help.

Austin Lewis, who leads the Rapid Rehousing program, said donations are particularly valued because they go directly to customers. “His business model is unique and perfect for us.”

How it works

Hindman said that he and his group of aides, which includes his girlfriend and little brother, are searching the loads to rescue items to be donated once he picks up items from businesses or homeowners.

“We bring them to our home and sort them, take photos of them and catalog them.” He explained that Oasis is providing him with a list of items that his Rapid Rehousing customers will need. When these articles come up, he can quickly deliver them to one of the young people.

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He has also built a similar partnership with Catholic charities where clients can list items they need for their homes.

“We deliver these things right to the door of people who need them. We don’t just walk past the door,” Hindman said. “Last week we had a couch, bar stool and desk that we could deliver and set up.”

Other items that can still be used are brought to Goodwill (mostly clothing) and Habitat ReStore. Customers can also specify a charity for their items to be delivered to.

Junkdrop's Walter Hindman and Colin Shepardson say goodbye to a family after delivering donated furniture to their Antioch home on August 9, 2020.

Pricing

Junkdrop, which schedules pickups and deliveries seven days a week, has a minimum pickup fee of $ 65 and offers a low price guarantee. There is no fee for the recipients of the donated goods.

The prices for collection are based on the truck load. The maximum cost to pick up a full Ford F-150 load is $ 150, including shipping some items to various charities. If you only have a few items, the price may be lower; and if you have a truckload of useless items going straight to the dump, the price is $ 130.

Business was good, said Hindman. He and Shepardson had dozens of calls for pickups after posting a junk drop notice on Nextdoor in early July.

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Meanwhile, they also build formal and informal relationships with people in need of items they may come across.

Hindman says it is “hard work but very satisfying”.

“It turns out this is a million times better in every way than any other job I could have taken,” he said.

“The people are super grateful, and so are we. This was not our stuff to be given away.”

He often sends his clients pictures of their offshoots getting new life in other people’s homes. He said the people who receive the items are very grateful, customers feel good about donating, and “we’re grateful to have this opportunity to bring this together.”

How do I get a pickup?

To get a quote for removal, send a picture and description of the items you want to remove to [email protected]

They won’t be carrying paint, gases, concrete, or floors, but pretty much everything else is fair game.

Details: junkdropnash.com or call 615-497-4786

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