Meet Bryce McCown, Client Relationship Executive

The greatest glory in living lives not in never failing, but rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

We’re always excited to introduce you to one of our new team members, and this one is no exception. Please meet Bryce McCown.

What is your role at 123JUNK?
I am on the business development team and my territory is Montgomery County, Maryland and parts of Washington DC. I spend a lot of time visiting different offices and networking events looking to connect with people who might benefit from 123JUNK’s services.

How long have you been with 123JUNK?
I started this summer after graduation. They started me on the trucks and it was hot, hard work! I definitely have big respect for the people who work on the truck and do it every day.

What were you doing before joining 123JUNK?
I attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. I have a degree in International Finance and Economics. While in college, I played on the Lacrosse team.

How did you find this job?
I never saw this coming! Two of my Lacrosse teammates tested positive with COVID-19, and through contact tracing, I was notified and went into quarantine. I had lots of time on my hands and in surfing the Internet, came across the 123JUNK employment ad, applied, and they contacted me.

What is your favorite part of working at 123JUNK?
Every day is different. I’m not just sitting here watching the clock tick before I go home. I really enjoy what I do so it doesn’t even feel like working.

What do you like best about working at 123JUNK?
I love the team. And what the company stands for.

Have you learned any important lessons?
Developing myself personally and professionally is my biggest learning lesson. I’m learning how to carry and present myself in a professional setting. It’s often different than hanging out around people my own age. I’m learning something every day.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Fun, creative and adventurous.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Watching TikTok is probably my biggest pastime, and I like to play Xbox, watch Netflix, hang out with friends, go downtown, and play basketball. Occasionally I like to go hiking, but most of the time, I just go with the flow. I also like to travel. I try to go somewhere two times a year. My favorite place I’ve been is Puerto Rico. It’s warm and I like the culture.

What advice would you offer to someone considering working at 123JUNK?
Definitely work here. It’s a fun experience and you will learn a lot. There’s a very supportive team, and every day is different—not like the typical job. You’ll meet a lot of people and the job is constantly evolving, which keeps it interesting.

Do you have advice for someone who’s just starting to work here?
Make mistakes at 100 mph. Your teammates will pick you up. Everybody is here to help.

Do you have a personal motto or mantra you live by?
Live life to the fullest because you never know when your last day is.

Want to Join our Junk Hauling Team in Northern VA, Maryland and Washington DC?
Our team is constantly growing, and we are looking for committed and talented candidates who can help customers with their junk hauling needs. Check our latest job openings, and apply!

Or contact us to schedule junk removal in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, DC.

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Safety First with Junk Removal

Around here, it’s always “safety first.” From the first moments on any appointment, safety is the number one priority for our clients, their property, and our team members.

Client Safety

Safety first always applies to the safety of our clients and their property. Our team members are trained in safety measures regarding lifting and transporting items to help our client avoid physical injury from doing it themselves. That’s why they call us here at 123JUNK! And although you may want to help us, there’s no need. It’s our job to clear away the junk you no longer want or need.  One of the reasons to call 123JUNK to help haul away a heavy load is to prevent injury to yourself, your family or friends. Since we’re trained in the proper procedures, let us do the heavy work for you.

We also pay attention to the safety of your home or office, and your belongings. We take great care to avoid damaging your walls and floors, paying especial attention to corners. We pad surfaces to avoid scratches and bumps. We also respect the items you are donating and take care to safely load and transport them to our donation partners where they can be re-introduced into the community

Team Safety from Physical Injury

The teams on our trucks are required to lift heavy objects, a task that could be hazardous to their physical safety if not done correctly. That’s where training in proper lifting techniques comes into play. We teach our team members to prepare for heavy loads, asking them to think about how best to lift and maneuver objects like pianos, sofas and refrigerators. We look ahead to the pathway to clear any obstacles, prepare for steps up or down, and talk about proper body position. Lifting, carrying, and even setting down a heavy load can tax the body in different ways. Working together with their teammates is the best way to avoid physical injury from heavy loads.

Safety First from Biohazards

Biohazards are any biological material that can cause a risk to human or animal health. Some of the biohazards we could potentially come into contact with at 123JUNK include blood and bodily fluids, human or animal waste, mold and fungus spores, and industrial chemicals. Biohazards can also include viruses, toxins or things like E.coli, HIV and tuberculosis.

If we encounter a biohazard that we are not equipped to deal with, we may refuse the job. The safety of our workers is too important to us to expose them. We may need to recommend another professional to handle the job of cleaning or clearing a home or items that present a biohazard.

Safety First from Infestations

Animal and insect infestations can post another safety threat for the 123JUNK team. In addition to the biohazards of animal waste and dead carcasses, insects like bedbugs can create an unsafe haul. We don’t want to carry insects back to our offices or team members’ homes, nor do we want to introduce them into client homes or our donation partners’ facilities. (Read our blog post on Bedbugs and Junk Hauling). There are proper ways to dispose of items exposed to infestations, and we may again refuse the pickup and recommend other professionals who can help with your particular issue.

Safety First from Hazardous Materials

There are certain items that we cannot take in a general junk haul; items that need to be handled individually to prevent biohazards. We don’t want these chemicals to spill into our trucks to contaminate other items, and potentially spill out onto roadways. Nor do we want to expose our team members to environmental hazards. Items like paint, kerosene, gasoline, fertilizer, pool chemicals, ammonia, bleach, antifreeze, mercury-containing fluorescent light bults, freon coolant and just some of the items we must avoid. 123JUNK is even prevented by law from hauling many hazardous materials. These items must be disposed of at appropriate waste collection stations. (Learn more in our blog post What’s on the Hazardous Materials List?)

Safety is something we’re not willing to take a risk with, and we apologize in advance to any customers for any inconvenience. It only happens rarely because we prepare our clients and our team members so well. We just want you to get the best service possible, with the safety of all in mind.

Ready to Schedule Junk Removal with 123JUNK?

When you’re ready to schedule your junk removal in Northern Virginia, Washington DC or Maryland, contact 123JUNK.