May 14, 2009
By Tim Simard
A Williston franchise is expanding its offices and moving to South Burlington this week. The local branch of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a national waste and junk removal business, will begin moving to a 2,000 square-foot office space on Patchen Road in South Burlington on Friday.
Aaron Fastman (from left), Bryan Yarnell and Jonathan Diamond pose next to one of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? trucks.
Franchise owner and operator Aaron Fastman said the current Williston location at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Industrial Avenue was becoming too constrictive for his business’s growth. He needed more space to store the recyclable materials his crews gather while on jobs throughout the region, Fastman said.
“Our recycling program is just exploding,” Fastman said. “We need a place where we can drop the stuff off, sort it and then deliver it.”
Fastman and his employees at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? travel much of Chittenden County and other parts of northern Vermont ridding spare rooms and garages of residential homes of extra material and “junk.” The company also cleans excess materials out of businesses.
Fastman said the majority of the materials he removes from homes and businesses are later recycled, which his clients find particularly attractive.
“People are seeing the added value of recycling what they have,” he said. “Therefore, I’m receiving more goods.”
Fastman said he delivers materials to organizations including Goodwill Industries International in Williston, ReCycle North and the Chittenden Solid Waste District, which has a drop-off center near 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s new offices. Fastman said Burlington-based ReCycle North accepts much of the materials 1-800-GOT-JUNK? cleans out, including old furniture and kitchen supplies. He also delivers bedding, clothes and furniture to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, as well as toys and children’s goods to the Lund Family Center.
“It makes us feel good that we’re going the extra mile,” Fastman said about his business’ recycling program.
The new location in South Burlington will work as a centralized location for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Fastman said. His crews won’t have to drive to several organizations all at once after one job. Instead, they will be able to save time by making specific trips to certain nonprofits.
Fastman’s franchise is also one of the more successful businesses for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Fastman said he saw a 40 percent increase in business in 2008, although it’s leveled off this year. He was recently honored by the corporate office with the Success Award for being a leading franchise in terms of business practices.