Spring Cleaning

Ok, it’s March 1st.  The weather is doing some funky things in Indiana, other places too. In two weeks the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, and the Buzzards to Hinckley, OH.  Spring training has already started in Florida and Arizona.  All sure signs that it is spring!! What is your spring ritual? Is it that time that you clean out the garage, the storage unit, or the mini-barn?  Do you adhere to the time honored tradition of spring cleaning? WE service a lot of customers this time of year.  We haul away the patio furniture that didn’t survive the winter.  We haul away these pesky tree limbs that found their way to your lawn.  Time to start up the old grill and discover that it won’t make it through the new season.  We will haul that away too. Let us help you this spring as you liberate yourself from some of these old...

Mattress Disposal

What can you do with an old mattress? Not much!!! Very few resale shops and donation centers will accept mattresses.  There is an obvious health concern; bed bugs and other pathogens, associated with used mattress. Most weekly trash services will not accept them for curbside pickup.  They just don’t fit into the trash bins very well.  Some services will pick them up at the curb for an additional fee. What other options exist? Illegally Dump Sadly, some people illegally dump them on the side of a back road, on a construction site, or in someone else’s dumpster. None of these practices are recommended and could be very costly when you are caught.  Furthermore, the disposal issue isn’t solved.  It is just a game of pass the buck and let someone else solve the problem.   Burn Another practice that is not recommended.  There are people/companies that will haul them away and do this.  They ultimately take the springs to a scrap yard and claim to “RECYCLE” the mattress. This method is laden with valid reasons why it is not a good consideration, and potentially illegal. Recycle There are some businesses that truly recycle the mattresses and box springs.  In order to be successful, they are in the need of large quantities of mattresses.  Furthermore, the customer pays a fee for recycling. To fill their needs, these companies tend to be located in resort areas in which hotels, hospitals, and universities tend to replace mattresses with greater frequency than a typical homeowner. Right about now you should be asking, “How do you recycle a mattress?” The process is quite simple...

Electronic Recycling….. It’s The Law In Indiana

The title says it all.  In Indiana the law requires you to recycle electronics. The sad reality is that there are many people that for whatever reason is, do not follow the law. How many of you have driven down a back road and saw a TV thrown into the ditch? It is common to see electronics beside dumpster enclosures at apartment complexes, commercial property, or even at construction sites.  All of these examples are illegal on several fronts. The questions remains, “How do I get rid of electronics?” Community Disposal Sites Some communities have “HazMat” collection sites.  They collect and recycle electronics and other “Hazardous Materials”. They are open to the residents of that community and are often times “FREE”, meaning it’s included in your taxes.  Some may charge a small fee for their services.  The challenge with this option is that not all residents may be able to transport their items to the site. Community Electronic Recycling Days Some communities/organizations host a recycling event.  Often times there is a small fee associated with these evets. A great option, however two problems exist.  Is one scheduled when you have a need to get rid of some electronics? And, do you have the ability to get your electronics to the event. These 2 options have a third challenge, you have to all of the work, and you must remove the item from the house, deliver it to a drop off location, and unload it.  Not everyone has the ability nor the resources to do this. AC Trash Hauling offers a 3rd option.  We will pick up the items at...

An Open Letter to Realtors

  What do you do that differentiates yourself from your competition?  Why would a prospective client select you?  Seriously how do you not merely survive, but thrive in the market place? You don’t need to be reminded, but you operate in a very busy and congested industry. Tough questions, but ones that you need to answer concisely and emphatically with your potential clients. I have a few suggestions for you, some simple and obvious, much like the nose on your face. Make the listing and selling process easier for them. Offer services or access to services that would be beneficial to your client. Let’s look at the process of listing/selling/moving for a moment.  What truly needs to take place? Declutter Your client needs to immediately get rid of the unnecessary items in the house, garage, and mini-barn. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Does your client have the means, time, capability to accomplish this task? Offer them access to a professional company that can assist with this process. Home Repairs Most homes need minor repairs and upgrades. Offer the name of a qualified “Handy Man” to assist in this process. Purge At some point in time your client will want or need to purge themselves of all of the unnecessary items in their home. Give them the name of a qualified company that will help them in this process. A professional company is willing to not only haul away ‘junk’ but also haul things to a charity/ministry. Move Day Often times at the last minute a homeowner decides to leave some things behind. It’s that last load of...
Why Would You Buy A Junk Removal Franchise?

Why Would You Buy A Junk Removal Franchise?

Why would you ever consider buying a junk removal franchise? In 2008 when I started AC Trash Hauling, I was approached by an individual that sold franchises. Obviously he approached me about buying a franchise. I didn’t even look at the information and flatly rejected the opportunity. Nine years later as I revisit the franchise model, I ask myself, “Why would you ever consider buying a junk removal franchise?” My answer to this question is “I have no good reason to ever consider owning or operating a franchise!!” Allow me to share my story. AC Trash Hauling was started with $85 and a pickup truck. My primary goal was to pay my bills during the 2008 economic disaster. I’ll allow you to call it by any name you prefer. I was booted to the curb after a 30 year career in Construction and Construction Management. When the economy went sour, the construction industry was devastated. I am not certain about its current state of health. Furthermore, I am not interested in all of the details associated with its health either. I hope it is healthy and getting healthier as it is a good indication of how our economy is faring. I digressed a tad. I recently pulled some financial information about a trash/junk hauling franchise. A few key numbers in the overview were: • Start-up Expenses $86,950.00 Including: o Franchise Fee $40,000.00 o Initial Marketing $5,000.00 o Truck Deposit $12,500.00 o Working Capital $20,000.00 That my friends is a chunk of change just to get started. Wait there is more!! The franchisee also has ongoing expenses to be paid...

Exactly What Is Junk or Trash

We say that we are the trash hauling and junk removal business.  It sounds simple and straightforward doesn’t it?  For some unknown reason it is more complicated than it looks. Exactly what is trash or junk?  This my friends is the proverbial $1M question. Like many of you I quickly went to the old standby, the dictionary to get a definition of “Junk”, and this is what I learned.                       “Old or discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value” Seems straightforward, but I have a little bit of a problem with this definition. First of all it defines Junk as “OLD”.  Is old truly a requirement for JUNK? Second, it also refers the items as “DISCARDED”.  This clearly states that it has already been thrown away. Third, it described as something of “Little Value”.  According to who?  The old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” immediately comes to mind. Let’s rethink the definition of JUNK a little bit and add a few new ideas to the definition. You Haven’t Used It In A Year This could include clothes, a piece of furniture nestled in the back of the garage, old toys or play equipment, a treadmill, your old dusty and musty college textbooks.  By now you should be getting the picture clearly. You Recently Bought A New or Updated One What did you do with the obsolete TV or computer?  Is it tucked away in the basement?  How about the new counter top appliances like to coffee maker or toaster?  Maybe it’s a lawnmower...