a.m., March 15)
service gets odd request
By Fred Sherwin
workers unload a coffin from their truck after a recent pick-up. Photo supplied
As the operations
manager for the Ottawa franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, John Vorobej has seen
a lot of strange things, but nothing stranger than what was awaiting a company
crew on a recent call to an east end residence where the owner wanted to get
rid of a coffin.
Yes you read right
When we first
got the call I was expecting some guy had played amateur carpenter and made
a coffin out of some plywood or something, but when the guys got there they
found a real genuine satin lined coffin with silver plated handles,
As it turns out
the owner had bought the coffin some years ago as a prop for a party and wanted
to finally get rid of it. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? obliged the man for the going rate
and took it off his hands.
As pick-ups go,
the coffin is one of the strangest items the local franchise has had to deal
with so far, but Vorobej has heard of other bizarre calls.
For instance, the
Vancouver franchise once got a call to pick up 18,000 cans of expired sardines
and there was another call to pick up a chest freezer that was filled with
bags of dog doo doo. Apparently every time the owner took his dog out for
a walk, he disposed of the droppings in his basement freezer rather than the
Neither one of
the items would come under the heading, One mans trash is another
mans treasure, and neither one of the items fall under 1-800-GOT-JUNK?s
recycle 75 per cent of the items they collect. Appliances and furniture are
given to local community resources centres and other items are handed over
to Habitat for Humanitys Re-use It Store on Walkley Road.
get the most amazing things, especially from people who are downsizing and
are moving into assisted living. If we think it can be reused or recycled
we have a network of resource centres we can take it to, says Vorobej.
pricing schedule is based on volume and weight. Items that are heavier, including
gyproc and concrete, have additional weight charges.
For more information
about the services 1-800-GOT-JUNK? provides visit www.1800gotjunk.com.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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