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Clean Sweep

This entrepreneur used an old remedy to fight an even older problem.

This story appears in the May 2008 issue of Start Up.

What: Rodent-resistant trash bags

Who: Joseph A. Dee of Mint-X Corp.

Where: College Point, New York

When: Started in 2005

Startup costs: $100,000

Joseph A. Dee already co-owned JAD Corp., a plastic bag manufacturer, when he got the idea for trash bags that keep rats out of New York City's garbage. One of JAD's biggest customers had called about a picture in the newspaper. The photo depicted children playing on a sidewalk with garbage bags stacked in the background and rats crawling on the bags.

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