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Got Junk?

Clean up by taking trash to a whole new level.

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This story appears in the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

One man's trash? Jocelyn Gold and Geoff Durling, both 30, know all about it. Six days a week, the couple goes to homes and businesses in Oakland, California, to remove a variety of trash and leftovers for their 1-800-Got-Junk? customers, a franchise they've owned for a year.

Most days involve three to six jobs, ranging from a complete office clean-up to appliance pickup. On each job, the couple removes trash, scraps and general junk left over from seasonal cleanings, moving and renovations. They divide everything in their truck, making piles for recycling, dumping and donating.

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