At 7:15 in the morning, cars start to arrive in the parking lot with men wearing red shirts printed with “Junk King”, a junk removal service. They make their way to the conference room to receive their assignments for the day. Some go to the first job of the day while others are left to sort through the trucks that arrived the night before.
At Junk King, teams have to sort through all junk brought in by trucks to separate those that can be donated from the recyclables. The warehouse is full of odds and ends from 2 slot machines, 3 plastic birds, 12 freezers, a golf cart, a disassembled motorbike and golf balls. These items are waiting for a new home.
There are several items that can be recycled like the used cans of paint, textiles, marbles and scraps of wood. Peter McCreary who opened the company in Cincinnati wanted to make a difference in the community. He was passionate about recycling the items recovered from different jobs.
Every employee plays a role from loading, unloading, locking up and heading out. After the first trucks arrive from their first jobs, there is downtime to do some extra tasks. Jack Brendamour who has been running Junk King after the death of McCreary, makes a call to Dragonfly Foundation, a non-profit that the company works with to ask if there are things that need to be picked up. In minutes a truck heads towards the non-profit.
The Dragonfly Foundation is thrilled when they see the red truck because Junk King has donated unopened toys to the non-profit for months now. The Dragonfly team carefully loads the red truck with art pieces, office chairs and tables to be taken back to the warehouse for processing. The job of Junk King goes beyond removing junk; they provide people with a new beginning.
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