The Junkluggers Haul Twelve Tons of Debris in Rockways Superstorm Sandy Clean Up Volunteer Event

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During the past two weekends, The Junkluggers Eco-Friendly Junk Removal Co. has worked hard in conjunction with some amazing partner companies and groups to haul away twelve tons or 24,000 pounds of debris from water-damaged homes in New York City areas, including the Rockaways and Howard Beach.

Junkluggers NYC Territory Manager Zach Cohen (3rd from right, back row) with homeowner Ms. Abrams (3rd from right, front row), Junkluggers team, Waste Management employees, and volunteers

We are proud to commit to helping out our fellow New Yorkers in need both today and in the coming weeks and months

During the past two weekends, the Junkluggers Junk Removal Company has worked hard in conjunction with some amazing partner companies and groups to haul away twelve tons or 24,000 pounds of debris from water-damaged homes in New York City areas, including the Rockaways and Howard Beach.

On Sunday, November 25th, over 140 volunteers from throughout New York City and as far away as Pennsylvania gathered in the Rockaways to remove storm debris from local neighborhoods as part of a community cleanup organized by a coalition of business organizations, civic groups, and city agencies.

The volunteers met at 10:00 AM at the Dayton Mall Shopping Center in Rockaway Park and fanned out into neighborhoods in the Rockaways, Howard Beach, and Hamilton Beach, NY. In the Rockaways, the effort was coordinated with Kevin Alexander of the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation and Pastor David Cockfield of the Battalion Pentecostal Assembly Church in Arverne, NY. In Howard Beach, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo’s office identified homes and buildings in the Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach areas that needed debris removal or cleaning to prevent the spread of mold. Over the course of the day-long cleanup, the 70 cleanup volunteers removed and disposed of an estimated nine tons of material, filling Junklugger dump trucks to the brim six times.

Partner organizations, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Maspeth Kiwanis, Keep America Beautiful, Waste Management, the Rotary Club of the Abingtons (Clarks Summit, PA), Eco Concepts, GrowNYC, Grainger, D&N Services Inc., and Valentino Food Market in cooperation with the NYC Department of Sanitation, helped to coordinate volunteers and transportation and organized other service projects in the Rockaways including serving hot meals to over 300 residents in the area and canvassing and assessing the needs of local businesses in partnership with the RDRC to help these damaged businesses move closer to reopening.

This large event was the second clean up that the Junkluggers sponsored in the past two weeks. On Saturday, November 17th, the Junkluggers also sent a group of six employees and volunteers to two houses in the Arverne neighborhood of the Rockaways and cleared out 6,000 pounds of debris, furniture, and damaged appliances out of two houses, allowing residents to fully assess the damage to their first floors that had flooded with more than five feet of water during the storm.

After the first clean up, the Junkluggers team was enthusiastic about partnering with Waste Management for the second volunteer day. “After seeing first-hand last Saturday how the storm affected the Rockaways community of Arverne, I am very glad we could use our experience and four of our trucks to remove nine tons of water-damaged debris from residents’ homes this Sunday,” said Josh Cohen, Founder and CEO of The Junkluggers. “We are proud to commit to helping out our fellow New Yorkers in need both today and in the coming weeks and months, and we are grateful to be working in coalition with like-minded companies and community groups, including Waste Management and Maspeth Kiwanis.”

Last Sunday was certainly not the end of the Junkluggers post-Superstorm Sandy volunteer efforts as they are co-sponsoring another community home clean out event this coming Sunday, December 2nd in the Rockaways and are recruiting forty volunteers.

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