Ever since Josh lugged and recycled his first refrigerator as a young college student, protecting the environment has always been a core value at The Junkluggers. Rather than drive to the dump with whatever he put into the back of his mom’s Dodge Durango (in the days before The Junkluggers had a whole fleet of bright green trucks), Josh made sure to donate or recycle as much as he could to do his part in preserving the planet.
Thomas Edison once said: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
At The Junkluggers, we are committed to protecting the environment while enhancing people’s lives. In the past we have donated furniture to formerly homeless veterans, toys to children’s museums, a truckload of shoes to those without, and we are always looking for more local charities to partner with. Our Luggers are trained to see possibility where others see junk, and to have the familiarity and know-how to make sure your junk’s potential is reached!
Most donation centers are very picky about what they can take, and when. Because we work with many different charitable organizations on a regular basis, we navigate the donation maze, giving your junk of an ugly duckling the best chance at blossoming into a swan of a tax-deductible receipt!
Recycling – Passive Philanthropy
At The Junkluggers we realize that one’s junk may be another’s treasure… but unfortunately there are instances when your junk is just plain junk in anyone’s eyes. When we are unable to donate your items, we often are able to recycle the raw materials. Although there is no direct tax benefit to you, you can rest assured that you’re not contributing to increased pollution and waste. We are doing our best to keep your items out of the landfill.
Recyclable materials include, but are not limited to, a variety of glass, plastic, textiles, paper, metal, and even more complex items such as electronics that can be stripped apart to reveal components for reuse. In many ways, recycling is just as philanthropic as direct donations because your items are converted into usable materials that help reduce the environmental footprint that results when fresh resources are harvested for new products. So, next time you’re out buying something new, it may be interesting to consider that perhaps you’re being revisited by a favorite item from the past.