College Hunks Hauling Junk, a full-service junk removal company, opened a new franchise in Laguna Beach this month.
Aaron Kube, owner and operator of the Laguna branch, has been a longtime resident of Laguna Beach. Although he has always liked the idea of working for himself, his decision to open a new business didn't come immediately. It was while working at his previous job in construction that he realized he could be his own boss doing similar tasks with a junk removal company.
"And so while flying in an airplane I saw a [College Hunks Hauling Junk] ad in the Skyway magazine, and it was very interesting. I had been doing some research on other junk removal companies, but these guys had everything I was looking for," Kube said.
The nationwide enterprise, which began in 2003, grew from an idea two college students had for a college business competition. The idea has expanded into a multimillion-dollar company with franchises all over the nation. Kube was attracted to what the company did for the community and environment.
"We recycle 60% of what we take in. And we also donate to a college scholarship. So we're giving back; it's not just going to the landfill being wasted."
After picking up their clients' unused material, they take the load to Salvation Army and Goodwill to drop off items that can be donated. What is left is then taken to a transfer station where recyclable materials are kept and items that cannot be recycled are taken to a landfill.
"I think that a lot of people in Laguna do want to see things recycled and not just thrown away, but reused or donated to somebody. Laguna is a very green town," Kube said.
And like the name suggests, college-aged kids are the perfect employees for the company, not only due to their flexible schedules, but for their keen business perspective.
"I'm looking for fresh, young, new ideas. I want to be really creative with this business, and I want my employees to like where they work and be creative too," Kube said.
Service charges depend on the amount of material that needs to be hauled.
For more information visit www.1800junkusa.com or call (800) Junk-USA.