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Adam and Allen Wasson want your junk.
Old furniture, worn-out mattresses, the treadmill that’s gathered dust in your garage since the dawn of the millennium.
Whatever it is, the Wassons will come cart it away, and they’ll recycle, donate or sell as much of the haul as they can. The father-son duo is in charge of the new Junk King, an international chain focused on sustainable junk removal.
Rates vary and depend on the amount of space your items take up in the Wassons’ truck, plus surcharges for recycling certain items.
“People just want to get on with life,” said Adam Wasson, Allen’s son. “They don’t want to have to deal with getting rid of stuff. They just want to get their new stuff and move on. That’s where we come in.”
Adam, a former store manager for an auto parts chain, and Allen, a former business owner, started Junk King Fort Collins/Boulder in mid-September and are doing several pick-ups daily in Fort Collins, Lovleand, Greeley and Boulder. They’re in the process of hiring their first employee and expect to have about a dozen people on staff in the next year.
That’s because there’s a lot of junk in Northern Colorado: The average American generates about 4.4 pounds of garbage every day, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Larimer County Landfill is filling up fast and is projected to be out of space by 2025.
It’s a lot easier to get rid of junk sustainably than it once was. Fort Collins residents can take a wide array of materials to the new and improved recycling center on Timberline Road. Businesses will recycle your appliances, electronics and mattresses for a price.
But if you have a lot of stuff, not a lot of time or no easy way to haul your unwanted items, Junk King will do the job. The Wassons donate much of what they collect to thrift stores, sell rare or valuable items, and take electronics, construction waste, appliances and more to various recyclers.
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Their goal landfill diversion rate is about 60 percent.
So what ends up in the landfill? Anything that can’t be sold or recycled and isn’t in good enough condition to donate, like a 40-year-old torn vinyl couch the Wassons picked up recently.
With just a month in business, the Wassons have already collected a lot of unique stuff in their big red truck. They have a stack of professional-grade paintings from an artist’s home. Big lumps of coal from a family that had a coal-fired furnace. And even a bounce house — that one’s for sale.
About Junk King
Call 888-888-5865 or visit www.junk-king.com to schedule a pickup. Rates vary and depend on the amount of space your items take up in the truck, plus some surcharges for recycling certain items.
The Wassons cover 38 Northern Colorado zip codes, including Fort Collins, Boulder, Loveland and Greeley. Services include residential and business for pickups big and small.
Junk King will pick up just about any non-hazardous junk.