A London-based waste clearance company has launched its second branch in the capital.
Junk Hunters has opened its second London base to cover the East of the city and believes their services will be in demand from businesses looking for a greener alternative to overstretched council collections.
Founder Harsha Rathnayake set up Junk Hunters in North London nine years ago with an old tipper truck and £160, since then the business has grown to turn over almost £1m a year, and has a fleet of vehicles and uniformed staff.
Its commitment to recycling and reusing waste and top-quality customer service has been essential, with frequent repeat business a main driver to success.
Rathnakaye is now establishing a network of franchises across the UK. The East London branch is the second franchise to open, the first was in Birmingham earlier this year and a third has recently launched in Twickenham.
The East London branch will cover areas including Walthamstow, Wanstead, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Docklands, West Ham, Leytonstone, East Ham, Manor Park, Forest Gate and Stepney.
The franchise is being run by former financial advisor Chamara Rupainge who says My Rathnayake’s story inspired him to follow his lead.
He said: “I’ve worked in the financial sector for many years and have no experience in waste management, but when I heard how Junk Hunters was built from nothing into such a successful company, I felt inspired to find out more.
“Mr Rathnayake proves that hard work and determination pays off and I’m keen to follow his lead. I’ll be working closely with him to grow the business and built our reputation in East London.
“We’ve been open a few weeks now. Enquiries have been steady so far and I’m looking forward to getting to know more of my potential customers over the coming weeks.”
Junk Hunters CEO Harsha Rathnayake said: “Following a successful nine years in London, we’re delighted to be launching out second branch in the capital.
“Junk is big business that continues to grow. Businesses and domestic customers always have waste they need to clear, and they want a reliable company who will clear their rubbish and dispose of it responsibly.
“Unwanted junk leads to fly tipping which damages the environment. There is a real need for a responsible operator in East London who is committed to disposing of unwanted items properly.
“We aim to recycle and reuse as much of the junk we collect as possible. Some gets sorted and sent to the recycling plant, items from house clearances, office clearances that can be reused get taken to charity shops or facilities where the items can be resold.”
Mr Rathnayake continued: “We’ve worked hard since I launched the business in 2009 to grow it to where it is today and during the last five years we have seen profits rise annually.
“Junk is not a glamorous business but it’s an industry that provides a vital service and one that we are passionate about.”
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