CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Spiro Edgos pulls two trash cans up to his truck, sprays them with hot water, and washes off the grime.
Minutes later, he hops into his truck and heads to another cleaning job.
It’s all so routine to him -- except there’s nothing routine about a guy scrubbing trash cans who has a dual master’s degrees in business and decades of corporate experience.
“There was an opportunity here,” Edgos said. “Garbage cans are really smelly. Who’s going to clean them?”
Since launching close to three years ago, his Coral Springs-based Bin Doctor Sanitizing Service company has thousands of customers and is on the verge of launching a new disinfectant service that kills bacteria, including the coronavirus, and could eventually help medical facilities get rid of dangerous diseases, he said.
The 53-year-old father of two is proud to admit that he cleans trash cans, Dumpsters, compactors and “everything else” because he believes in the importance of his service, especially now in a time of escalating fears over the spread of coronavirus.
“Everyone is now cognizant about bacteria, but are you aware of the bacteria in your bins? They are very harmful as well," he said.
Edgos started his company shortly after leaving IBM in Boca Raton and stumbling upon an idea when his wife Christy asked him to clean the garbage cans in their garage. He quickly realized few people wanted to clean their trash bins and there were no businesses willing to do it for a fee.
And so, his new venture began. Edgos purchased a truck and got new business through word of mouth.
His involvement in Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce and Parkland Chamber of Commerce led to many new business contacts, which eventually opened up his biggest success: the exclusive right to clean the trash and recycling bins of every resident in Coconut Creek, twice a year, through a contract with the trash hauler Republic Services.
It was a breakthrough agreement worth around $300,000 a year, and it allowed Edgos to expand to two more trucks and employ six people.
“To me, the work we do is public service. I get the most gratification when we get customers who can’t do this for themselves like the elderly,” Edgos said.
The native of Pittsburgh was destined to be his own boss. He grew up washing dishes in his father’s restaurant and knew the value of working for himself.
After spending much of his life working for FedEx in sales and marketing and later at IBM, Edgos had the skills and passion to start a company, even if it meant cleaning trash cans.
“I’m not going to be cleaning trash cans forever,” he said, who is focused now on growing the business, especially the new disinfectant service that he wants to market to hospitals in South Florida and eventually across the nation as early as this summer.
He knows his education, corporate career, and hard work got him this far, but a lot of it also had to do with his community service, which has included serving on the boards of both chambers of commerce as well as on the board of Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs.
“It’s all tied together,” Edgos said.