Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware has the solution 1-800-GOT-JUNK? gives a new meaning to spring cleaning. Created in 1989 by a money-tight college student, the junk removal service was originally Brian Scudamore’s innovative plan to make some money over the summer. A little more than 20 years later, the summer project has grown into a worldwide franchise. The company has more than 250 locations across the United States, Canada, and Australia, including one in Kingwood at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware. “It looked like it would be simple, interesting, and fun to do,” said Rick Alspaugh, owner of Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware. “It’s a good way to give people back a lot of space.” A lot of space, indeed. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? not only removes everything from unwanted furniture to renovation debris, but the company removes it right from your house, completely eliminating the need to drag out to the curb. “Usually after we finish cleaning out a room, the homeowners can’t believe how much space they really had,” said Alspaugh. What does the company do with all of this so-called junk? Why, recycles it, of course. “1-800-GOT-JUNK? takes whatever they can to charities such as Humble Area Assistance Ministries and FamilyTime. They also recycle anything they can. The goal is to avoid taking everything straight to a landfill,” Alspaugh explained. “Got Junk?” measures and reports the volume, composition and landfill division rate of the junk they collect. The company then tracks the junk and where it goes after collection in order to ensure as much is recycled as possible. As for pricing, the company does not charge based on the amount of time it takes to clear your junk, as you may have suspected. Instead, “Got Junk?” charges by the volume of junk they collect. Prices start around $118, which includes the cost of labor and disposal. “It’s a really great company,” said Alspaugh, “We’re just hoping to get the word out.” For more information on 1-800-GOT JUNK?, visit www.1800gotjunk.com, or call 1-800-GOT-JUNK (1-800-468-5865). For more information on the “Got Junk?” Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware location, call 281-360-2231, or stop by the store, located at 2720 West Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood. Photo: 1-800-GOT-JUNK? offers junk removal service directly from your home, without the hassle of bringing your junk to the curb. Photo by Hannah Smothers

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