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Rudy Brown, owner of Stuff Haulers (Courtesy Photo)

While many people want to recycle, some are unaware of how to do it properly. Rudy Brown takes each client through a unique process to manage unwanted items. Stuff Haulers is a junk removal company rooted in eco-friendly and pro-community practices.

“I find out what it is they have and what type of condition it’s in so I can start deciding if this is something that can be donated, gostraight to recycling, or doesn’t have recyclable use,” Brown told the AFRO. He explained that a company representative goes to customers’ homes to personally sort through materials, load a truck, sweep up the mess, and haul everything away.

As a cost-effective alternative to companies of this type, Brown services about 50 residents each month in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Maryland, and parts of Northern Virginia. “I feel like you don’t have to sacrifice purpose for profits. If you have strong beliefs in what you want to contribute to society and if you align that to your company’s core values from day one, then you can grow your business,” he said.

Going to college seemed farfetched to Brown growing up in Oakland, California, “but a lot of people helped me along the way so I want to do something to give back,” Brown said. He started the company on the West Coast in 2009 “at which point the housing bubble burst and people stopped investing in properties and doing all these different things that were keeping my business afloat.”

Since he was pursuing an education at the time, Brown relocated to D.C. where he attended Howard University and the University of Maryland, College Park. “Looking around in D.C, with all the people moving in, I thought it was a survival market for debris removal, and more importantly sensible or sustainable debris removal,” he says, so he re-launched his business in 2014.

A few tips for those interested in recycling on their own: Although it’s cardboard, try not to mix greasy pizza boxes with recyclable items. “When cardboard gets contaminated from grease or food it can’t be recycled and can contaminate other items,” he said.

In the District, the Fort Totten Transfer Station is a valuable resource. “They can take some of their items to be recycled whether it’s television or metals—free of charge,” he said. The site also gives free compost to those who have personal gardens. Lastly, for folks who have children, “it’s good to get the kids involved and make it fun for them,” Brown said. “Let them know that what they’re doing by taking that extra time to put things properly in the recycling bin is doing things for the environment so we can continue to have clean skies.”

For more information, visit stuffhaulers.com or call 1-866-428-5626.