LIVINGSTON, NJ – Drew Trautman, owner of the local 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise, was honored at Monday’s Livingston Township Council meeting with a proclamation for providing free large-item electronics recycling pickups to Livingston’s senior citizens.
Scott Goldman and Eric Baltuch, chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Livingston Township Recycling and Reclamation Committee, an all-volunteer resident committee appointed by the township council, presented Trautman with the award.
Trautman was grateful to the committee and Mayor Ed Meinhardt for the recognition and brought the award back to his staff, so he and his employees could enjoy their achievement.
Before awarding Trautman, Goldman explained how they were uncertain whether the GOT-JUNK franchisee would be able to handle more junk pick-up than it already had. But to the committee’s delight, Trautman was more than accommodating, Goldman said.
Trautman and his staff are no strangers to community outreach, working with Second Chance Toys, transporting donated toys to children, Soles 4 Souls, transporting donated shoes, and providing recycling and disposal services for numerous annual events.
Livingston Township provides three community collections a year, where residents are urged to bring their items to the Livingston Senior and Community Center on Hillside Avenue.
Before Trautman, seniors struggled to bring their large items and electronics to the collection site. Trautman’s team and equipment visited the senior’s home and brought the items to the recycling location, free of charge.
“Feedback from more than 40 seniors who’ve used the service so far has been excellent,” said Goldman. “Livingston was able to provide a valuable service that wouldn’t have been available otherwise.”
Goldman praised “community-minded” businesses like 1-800-GOT-JUNK and the involvement of the Senior, Youth & Leisure Services, which, according to Goldman, played a vital part.
“We believe in giving back to the communities that we service,” said Trautman. “We have been fortunate to have great clients in Livingston and the surrounding communities and we like to pay it forward.”
The next scheduled pickup is set for Oct. 6. According to Goldman, 100 percent of the electronic items collected will be recycled and processed in the United States by certified processors regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.