Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
In the past few weeks you may have noticed trucks on the road advertising a unique - and necessary - service. In late May, The Junkluggers, a New York City-based company, expanded into Nassau County, with the franchise owner's truck parked right in his driveway in Glen Cove.
At this point, those trucks are, in the fact, the company's primary form of advertising, and it works.
"Everyone who has called has seen the truck," says Francis Hill, franchise owner, who adds that the company has been busy right from the start.
Most people need to clean house at some point or other, but the job can be labor intensive and physically demanding. Hill understands the necessity and difficulty of hauling old junk, which is why he offers a service that can relieve customers of their burden in as "green" a way as possible.
Hill went to Portledge School in Locust Valley and has lived in Glen Cove for the past three years. He says he was working as a lugger for a little more than a year while finishing his master's degree at C.W. Post. He picked up more hours after Hurricane Sandy, at which point he was contacted by the CEO of the company, who asked if he wanted to open a franchise in Nassau County. The Glen Cove man opened for business on May 20, a sustainable business that covers all of Nassau. He says his business is virtually recession-resistant, since there are so many reasons customers may have for using his business, from hauling yard debris to moving to cleaning house after a death.
"Every household could require our services at one time or another," Hill says.
The company's mission is "to save the Earth, one piece of junk at a time." By 2016, their aim is to donate and recycle 100 percent of the items thy remove, hoping to set a new standard in the United States for eco-friendly disposal practices, according to their mission statement.
Hill emphasizes that they specialize in customer service, striving to make the experience as stress-free as possible for those who patron their services. Currently, he says he wears many hats, and he is on site getting his hands dirty with his employees. He and his luggers will bag everything up and try to donate and recycle as much as possible before taking items to the dump. They'll also provide customers with the proper documentation for donations, and they charge by volume, not time.
The company was started by Josh Cohen while he was in college and realized their was a demand for a "reliable, professional and eco-focused removal service." This is the first franchise of The Junkluggers, a New York City-based business that opened in 2004. Last year, they began a push to begin franchising and have opened offices in Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey as well as Long Island.
Call 800-584-5865 or visit www.junkluggers.com