With many cities and towns beginning to embrace the concept of zero waste, Shawn and Cassandra Clarke saw a business opportunity, which led them to form Trash Bandits Junk Removal in West Nottingham in 2018.

“We see the waste industry beginning to transition towards more junk removal and reuse as more recycling programs are implemented,” said Shawn, who mentioned personal reasons behind the business, too.

“I grew up in a house with a lot of clutter, so it has always been in my nature to declutter,” he said. “The feeling you get from living clutter free is so satisfying. I want to do that for others, too.”

With a three-man crew and plans for expansion, Shawn said business has been strong since they opened their doors. The scope of their work entails full-service junk removal, which includes all labor and loading no matter any individual item’s location.

“Trash Bandits can haul away nearly anything that is not hazardous,” he said. “We are happy to help with getting rid of a single item to taking care of a full property clean-out.”

Cassandra said they see everything from families trying to clean out a shed or garage to those trying to get rid of campers and boats.

“We do not see just one type of customer,” she said. “We see all kinds of people looking to do all kinds of things — even spring or fall clean-ups.”

Shawn agreed and added, “You name it and we take it.”

Trash Bandits also features a philanthropic component.

“Right now, we actually give away most of our furniture and appliances for free,” said Shawn. “This is a way that my wife and I can give back to our community and also help the environment, too.”

Cassandra said they are currently looking to partner with area nonprofits as a way to streamline this aspect of their junk removal process.

“We are always looking to work with charities, especially if they are environmental related,” she said. “We want to make a difference.”

As for the future, Shawn said they plan to offer dumpster rentals in the near future.

“It’s an ever-changing industry, one that is growing, too,” he said. “Like any business, we need to continue to enhance the value we offer our customers.”

As for his thoughts on the adage, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” Shawn acknowledged there is more truth than poetry in it.

“Those sayings stick because there is a truth there,” he said. “If you have junk on your property, give us a call. We will definitely find a good place for it.”

To learn more about Trash Bandits and their services, visit trashbanditsjunkremoval.com.