AnyJunk is the UK’s largest man & van rubbish clearance company. Founder, Jason Mohr tells us more.

Founded by Jason Mohr, a former investment banker, who quit the City to reinvent junk removal, AnyJunk started from a single truck (Jason worked on it for the first 6 months) and it now undertakes more than 1,500 clearances every week. Voted one of the UK’s 100 most exciting, fast growth companies, it was shortlisted in the Technology Enterprise Awards and eCommerce Awards for Excellence, and winner of the Innovation & Excellence Award for Waste Disposal Services.

What was the inspiration for the site?

Getting rid of old junk and bulky waste – particularly if you don’t have a car or there’s a lot of it and it’s messy – is a challenge. Skip hire is expensive, and dealing with skip companies can be intimidating. The council’s bulky waste collection service is restricted to a few items and slow. And using a local man with a van raises concerns of fly-tipping and rogue traders.
AnyJunk was set up to solve all this. To make rubbish clearance easy. We use technology to partner with the best, licensed man & van waste carriers all over the UK, to provide customers with a very fast, cost effective, and environmentally responsible solution for getting rid of anything too big for the bin.

When did you launch the site?

The site launched Nov 2016.

What are your greatest challenges?

Our biggest challenge is probably letting people know we exist! Junk removal isn’t exactly a topic for daily discussion. You only really think about it when you need it – which is normally no more than every 2 or 3 years. So getting our name out there and people remembering us when they need the service is difficult.

What's your background?

I originally qualified as a corporate lawyer and then worked for several years as an investment banker. I quit the City to do something more entrepreneurial and creative. Turned out to be junk removal!

Who do you admire in business?

I really admire innovators (or ‘disruptors’ as we now seem to be calling them). People who have the confidence and vision to fundamentally change things for the better rather than follow the way we’ve always done things.

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What is the best piece of business advice you've been given?

Be excellent at less, rather than average at lots.

What is your motto?

I don’t have one, but if I did it would probably be “learn, laugh and keep active”.

Where do you see the business going from here?
AnyJunk is the UK’s largest rubbish clearance company. We undertake over 1,500 collections nationwide every week. But the market is enormous, so I’m optimistic we’ll get that figure to more than 5,000 in a few years. I’d also love to take the model to the US.

Have you entered an award before?

We recently won the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Award for Waste Disposal Services, and we’ve also been shortlisted in the eCommerce Awards (results pending in a few weeks).

Where did you hear about the GWG Awards?

A friend of an employee suggested we should enter.

September 2017