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1-800-Got-Junk?

The old saying "One man's junk is another man's treasure" rings true for this franchise.

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This story appears in the January 2002 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

There are some things even garbage collectors won't touch, but it's a dirty job, and someone's got to do it. That someone happens to be Brian Scudamore, founder of the Vancouver, British Columbia-based junk removal company 1-800-Got-Junk?

Inspiration struck Scudamore at a McDonald's drive-thru in 1989 when he glanced at a dirty hauling truck in front of him. "I was looking for something fun to do and to make money for college," says Scudamore. "I said, 'Cool, I can do that!' " Scudamore bought a used pick-up truck for $700 and started hauling. Soon, his business expanded, and, in 1998, it became a franchise under the new moniker 1-800-Got-Junk?

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