TAMPA, FL--(Marketwired - Aug 24, 2015) - Although College Hunks Hauling Junk is a moving and junk removal franchise, it's one with a strong drive to reduce landfill waste by repurposing items rather than hauling them to the landfill.
"Everyone knows that recycling is far better for the environment than just dumping everything into a Dumpster and sending it to the landfill, but people don't have the resources to repurpose that old sofa or television," said Danielle Wright Kimble, College Hunks Hauling Junk's franchise developer. "Our franchise owners do have the resources, however, and so they can step in as a trusted partner to help the client declutter and also reduce landfill traffic."
Helping the environment
A College Hunks Hauling Junk removal and moving franchise accomplishes this goal in many different ways. Teams are trained to identify materials that can be recycled or repurposed. That begins as early as the initial contact between agents in the Sales and Loyalty Center and the customer. If the items are identified as reusable, such as furniture or appliances, or recyclable, such as paper or metal trash, that's noted on the job order.
Then, when the teams pick up the materials, they know in advance where that truck will be headed once the loading is complete. More often than not, it's to a recycling facility or other site vs. the community landfill.
College Hunks Hauling Junk franchises also are working to leave a smaller footprint in other ways. The new Express Service means that a customer can leave a single item, such as an old television, out on their curb for pickup. When a truck will be in that area, the item is collected. Many franchise owners are putting smaller pickup trucks into service to handle these and other small jobs, and thus are reducing gasoline use and emissions.
Supporting local nonprofits
College Hunks Hauling Junk also teams up with many eco-friendly partners in the community to reduce waste and promote recycling. Thanks to relationships with Goodwill operators in many communities (one of which even owns a College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise), more than 70 percent of items picked up by a College Hunks Hauling Junk moving and junk removal franchise are repurposed.
"In addition to our strong partnership with Goodwill, we also continue to enter into agreements with other nonprofits who handle e-waste, paper and metal recycling," Kimble said. "So whether it's that old dining room set someone wants to be rid of, or an office full of outdated desktop PCs and printers, we don't just haul it away - we help it find a second life."
Many communities offer recycling events that include paper shredders, secure IT-destruction companies and more. College Hunks Hauling Junk routinely has a presence at these fairs, ensuring that the orange-and-green trucks and uniforms are easily and readily identifiable with sound environmental practices.
A positive solution for businesses
The same ecological solution available for homeowners also makes sense for businesses, which continue turning to College Hunks Hauling Junk for their removal and moving needs. Like homeowners, they want a single-source solution for getting rid of unwanted items while also recycling and repurposing those materials.
Why is that of value? Because sending a room full of late-model PCs to the landfill does nothing for a company's bottom line, while sending them to Goodwill creates a tax write-off that helps the bottom line. And if those same machines are repurposed by a nonprofit to boost community education and outreach, that same business becomes a philanthropic donor. In short, a winning situation for them, as well as the environment.
These reasons, and many more, are why College Hunks Hauling Junk will continue to innovate in terms of environmentally sound policies. Whether it's franchise operations or new end uses for collected items, the focus always will be on "reduce, reuse, recycle" when it comes to avoiding landfills.