Columbia, Missouri



The Junk Pirates

Columbia, Missouri

The Junk Pirates - Columbia, MO


A Pirate’s Life Indeed

You may wonder how a guy minding his own business building a kennel for his beloved dogs became the most successful junk business in the Columbia area. It was 1993. I was twisting wire to form the kennel’s gate when suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my right eye. Was it possible I just poked my eye with a piece of wire?
I tried to ignore the pain, hoping it would go away. I finished the kennel, and headed to the store for dog food. Now what? Blood dripped onto the store’s concrete floor from my eye. I knew I was in trouble.

I Almost Died

The emergency room doctor said I needed surgery. Now. Who knew that the first surgery would turn into five?
The doctor cut corners and didn’t give me enough medicine to ward off infection. Septic shock set in, and I was close to death. Thankfully, another doctor saved my life. One that didn’t take shortcuts. One that did the job right with care, concern, and expertise. I didn’t die, but my right eye did.

Junk Pirates

Aye, Aye, Cap’n!

I got back to work as soon as I could. Wore a patch over my eye. “Aye, Aye, Cap’n! What’s it like to be a pirate? Do you enjoy sailing the seven seas?”
And then everyone would laugh. Their comments bothered me and made me feel self-conscious or embarrassed. But it didn’t. And you know why? Because I was laughing with them.
Before you think I’m happy about losing my eye, let me explain.

Life is Short

You see, life is short. And things happen like losing an eye. But, as humans, we tend to take life for granted. Choose the easy route. Cut a corner or two.
The doctor who neglected to medicate me properly taught me a valuable lesson. If he had been more attentive, taken his time to assess my situation, and cared about me, I would have two functioning eyes like you.
But that’s not what happened, and I’m okay with that. Another doctor saved my life. He was attentive, took his time to understand my injury, and used his skills to heal me.
So, I embraced being called a pirate, a one-eyed jack, and a swashbuckling sea rover.

I’ll Be Your Huckleberry

One day the corporation I was working with since 1999 asked if I knew anyone that could remove some junk for them. Without hesitation, I said, “I’ll be your huckleberry!” I was perfect for the job. I had a truck, I had the manpower, and I have the will.
hat first junk hauling turned into another job, then another, until I was hauling junk full-time.

I’ll Be Your Huckleberry

One day the corporation I was working with since 1999 asked if I knew anyone that could remove some junk for them. Without hesitation, I said, “I’ll be your huckleberry!” I was perfect for the job. I had a truck, I had the manpower, and I have the will.
hat first junk hauling turned into another job, then another, until I was hauling junk full-time.

Let’s Become Pirates

And then an idea struck. Why not start my own junk-hauling business? And so I did. My wife joined me, and we collaborated on a name. Nothing seemed right until Donita said, “Pirate!”
Of course! I only have one eye (sans patch since I received a prosthetic), and pirates wore patches, even when their eyesight was good. Why do you wonder? You might not believe this, but pirates wore eye patches to improve their vision.

I See Things Others Don’t

Wearing a patch over one eye forced the other to adjust, just like mine. It helped them see better at night and notice things they might not have noticed. In other words, it strengthened the pirate’s opened eye as it did mine.
That’s why I “see” things that others might not.
For example, my crew and I were clearing out a customer’s garage recently to ready her home to sell. When we finished, had swept everything, and were ready to leave, I noticed some broken windows and boards in the side yard. I could have left that pile of junk where it sat. She hadn’t asked us to take it. Our job was only the garage and nothing else. But I didn’t do that. Instead, I threw the extra debris in the back of the truck. The customer came out and said, “Oh, you don’t have to take that. It’s not part of the garage.”
But we did have to take that additional junk because that’s what we do. We go above and beyond what our customers expect without complaint, without increasing prices, and without shortcuts.

It’s Not About Junk

My name is Paul Garrison, and I want to show you how The Junk Pirates are different, our purpose, and how we conduct our business. It’s not about junk; it’s about people and doing the right thing.
Can I hear an Aye, Aye?


To Perform Above and Beyond Your Expectations

In January 1983, Steve Jobs spoke to the Apple employees responsible for developing the Mac computer. There was a feeling among the group they were headed out to sea. That they were veering off course away from the trend of the personal computer at that time.
Steve Job’s response was: It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.”
In other words, why be like everyone else? We know you have many choices when hiring a junk removal company. 1-800gotjunk, the Canadian franchise corporation, probably pops into your head.
But many people nowadays believe it is better to work with a local business, that it helps the community to thrive. And it’s always better to work with someone that cares. 

Pirates Ship Ocean
We Know Our Community

We’ve been sailing across these seas for decades and know people by name. Our purpose is to make a difference in your property, to make a difference in our city, and to make a difference in your life.
Our job is more important than just picking up junk. Our job is to provide you with an experience that makes you smile, a job that performs beyond ordinary junk companies. To make a difference like the doctor did who saved my life.

We Make a Difference
If you do what everyone else does, you’ll never know how far you can go. How much of a difference you can really make. We follow our hearts instead of doing what everyone else does.

That’s why we base our purpose on making a difference. Our goal is for you to say, “Wow! Those Junk Pirates made everything better.”


Blue Trash Bin

Our Ten Spirit of the Law Principles

A scripture in 2 Corinthians speaks about the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law. The letter of the law is doing what is necessary and nothing more. You call for junk removal, we remove the junk, and our transaction is complete.
The spirit of the law, however, goes beyond what “has to” be done to what “can be done.” Yes, we “have to” pick up your junk as requested, but because we are followers of the spirit of the law, “has to” turns into “wants to.”
The spirit of the law gives life. It’s doing above and beyond. It’s picking up junk at your home or business like it’s my house or business. It’s caring and doing a job for you that I hope someone would do for me.
We are guided by these Ten Spirit of the Law Principles:




Our P. I. R. A. T. E. Values

Do core values really matter?
Walt Disney’s brother Roy thought so when he said, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”
At The Junk Pirates, our values are the foundation of our business, which, in turn, creates long-term, successful partnerships with our customers.
Our values represent our company, our approach to each other, our partners, and customers. They are reflected in everything we do.
It’s essential you always feel we have your best interest at heart. Based on our principles and goals, we conduct our junk removal business according to these six values.

Our P. I. R. A. T. E. Values are:


We love what we do and get it done right. We are passionate about improving your property and decreasing your stress.


We are more apt to lower our price than increase it. We are fair, reasonable, and do what’s right. We go the extra mile to ensure the job is complete with stellar results.

Plastic Water Bottles

It is our responsibility to handle all your needs and dispose of junk legally and ethically with a goal of recycling and giving away first. 

We insist on the WOW Factor. We go above and beyond what’s expected. Our attitude is to make a difference in your life and ensure you are satisfied far beyond your expectations.
Mutual honesty is paramount for success. We trust each other, say what we mean, and do what we say. You can count on us to be on time too
We understand the emotional impact involved with decluttering and removing junk. Many items hold sentimental memories, especially with estate cleanouts. We want you to know we care.


Heart Sky

To Transform the Junk Removal Business

Mark Twain once said, “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”
Our mission as good pirates is to bring our customers the most affordable quality junk

We want every customer to experience our Wow Factor. We don’t just pick up and dump the junk, we provide joy and happiness. We leave your property cleaner, and brighter, with an uplifting attitude and professionalism unparalleled in the industry.
As a locally owned family-operated business, it is our duty to keep the Columbia area beautiful. We place emphasis on recycling and donate what we can to organizations in need.
Our mission is about people—not junk. Our goal is to make the ordinary action of junk removal a WOW experience for everyone.


To End Illegal Dumping

Unfortunately, illegal dumping activities have increased in recent years. The  dangerous effects of illegal dumping  include health, environmental, and economic consequences. Illegal dumps also attract dangerous vermin and insects.
Tires especially create perfect conditions for breeding mosquitos because of the stagnant water collected inside the wheels. Mosquitoes transfer life-threatening diseases like the West Nile virus which is a problem right here in Columbia.
It is our vision that ALL illegal dumping ceases! We envision a greener future where ALL junk is disposed of legally with a focus on recycling and donating to others. Protecting our environment should be important to all of us. We can all do our part. We are all accountable.
So let’s work together for a better future. We make it easy. You don’t need to worry about how to dispose of items. Just call us, and we take care of it for you. There is nothing for you to do except to pick up the phone and call (573) 352-5865.

Together we can make Columbia, and the rest of our world, a better place to live by stopping illegal dumping now!

Sea Turtle Garbage


Our mighty buccaneers come aboard your property and raid your junk before you even know what happened. Your home or commercial waste becomes our booty to dispose of with 100% eco-responsibility.


If you’re looking to get rid of cumbersome and unwieldy appliances, The Junk Pirates provides a fast and efficient solution. Our team offers pickup services for items ranging from refrigerators and washing machines to microwaves and more.

Whether it’s old, stained, or simply unwanted, The Junk Pirates can dispose of carpets quickly and efficiently. If you’re looking for a way to refresh an old space, this is the perfect solution. Our experienced team will be able to remove any kind of carpet professionally and safely.

We are the perfect solution for any construction waste removal needs in Columbia, Missouri. With our thorough clean-up process, we can save you time and worry by taking care of everything quickly and efficiently. Our team is dedicated and will work with you to provide great results in no time at all.

The Junk Pirates offers a unique way to deal with pesky electronic waste. With sustainably recycled materials, residential and commercial junk removal, and free estimates for bigger jobs, we offer the most comprehensive range of services in Columbia, Missouri.

With quick and affordable services for both residential and commercial needs, The Junk Pirates make furniture removals look like a breeze. Working with local charities and recycling centers, we take pride in ensuring unwanted furniture is recycled or donated wherever possible.

Gone are the days of difficult curbside mattress dumping! With just one call to The Junk Pirates, you can easily arrange a pickup and disposal of your mattress. No matter how bulky or large it is, The Junk Pirates team will come and take care of it quickly and efficiently, so there’s no need to worry about lugging heavy mattresses anymore.

If you need to remove scrap metals from your property in Columbia Missouri, The Junk Pirates crew is the company to call! Our hardworking team of junk removal professionals knows local laws, regulations, and environmental restrictions for proper scrap metal disposal.

When Mother Nature strikes an area with high winds and heavy rain, The Junk Pirates crew is here to help! We offer storm cleanup services designed to quickly and safely restore homes and businesses after a devastating storm. Using powerful equipment, we will swiftly remove debris from your yard and haul it away.

We specialize in fast, efficient disposal of leaves, branches, brushes, and other unwanted backyard items. Whether you’re looking to lighten your workload or get rid of fallen trees and other large items quickly without breaking the bank, trust The Junk Pirates to get the job done right.

Junk Removal Shouldn't Be Difficult!

Our mighty buccaneers come aboard your property and raid your junk before you even know what happened. Your home or commercial waste becomes our booty to dispose of with 100% eco-responsibility.

The Junk Pirates offer a much-needed service in Columbia Missouri: residential junk removal. We understand that after a long day of work in and around the city, the last thing residents want to do is dismantle that old shed and haul out all the junk and debris. From small household items to major construction projects, we can handle it all with ease. We will even remove large items from hard-to-reach places so you don’t have to lift a finger.

  • Moving Junk Removal
  • Yard Sale Cleanout
  • Garage Cleanout
  • Basement Cleanout
  • Renovations Cleanout
  • Shed Removal
  • Garden Waste Removal
  • Yard Debris Removal
  • Hoarder Cleanout
  • Estate Cleanout
  • Piano Removal
  • Carpet Removal
  • Trampoline Removal
  • Hot Tub Removal
  • Ground Pool Removal

Are you having a difficult time removing all of the junk building up in your home or business? The Junk Pirates offers commercial junk removal services throughout Columbia, Missouri, and surrounding areas. Our team can help get your property looking neat and tidy in no time at all. With affordable rates and a commitment to customer satisfaction, The Junk Pirates team is all you need to handle your junk disposal needs with ease.

  • Moving Junk Removal
  • Warehouse Clearance
  • Equipment Upgrade
  • Construction Waste Junk Removal
  • Property Management
  • Evictions Cleanout
  • Foreclosures Cleanout
  • Storage Units Cleanout
  • Retail Sites Cleanout
  • Factory Cleanout
  • Hotels Cleanout
  • Real Estate Cleanout
  • Concrete Removal
  • Tires Removal
  • Handyman Help

From large-scale cleanouts to small garage cleanouts, The Junk Pirates will have you feeling like you stepped foot on the other side of the looking glass after they get through with helping you clean.  Our team is equipped to handle just about any situation and ensure your property is free of whatever mess has been created.

  • Storage Unit Cleanouts
  • Hoarder Cleanouts
  • Estate Cleanouts
  • Garage Cleanouts
  • Attic Cleanouts
  • Playgrounds Cleanout
  • Storm Cleanouts
  • Demolition Cleanouts
  • Structure Tear Downs
  • Rental Cleanouts
  • Neighborhood Parks
  • Construction Debris
  • Office Cleanouts
  • Apartment Cleanouts
  • Renovations 

The Junk Pirates provide an essential service for anyone needing to rid their home or office of unwanted items. We are the go-to experts for junk removal and hauling in Columbia, Missouri. Our team comprises experienced, hardworking individuals dedicated to making your life easier by providing unparalleled service and leaving no leftover waste.

  • Downsizing Junk Removal
  • Storage Units Cleanout
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Leftovers Pickup
  • Trash Removals
  • Assisted Living Cleanout
  • Nursing Homes Cleanout
  • Converting Rooms
  • Electronics Removal
  • Apartments Cleanout
  • Mattress Removals
  • Dorm Rooms Cleanout
  • Corporate Moves
  • Commercial Buildings Cleanout

Renovations come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they have in common is the mess they can create. After the dusty demolition part is over, and you thank the stars that it’s done, you’ll inevitably be left with mountains of debris, garbage, and broken pieces. The Junk Pirates offer an unbeatable service when it comes to renovations junk removal in Columbia, Missouri.

  • Upgrading
  • Redecorating
  • Drywall Removal
  • Plumbing Materials
  • Furniture Removal
  • Scrap Wood
  • Concrete Removal
  • Shingles
  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Floorboards
  • Bathroom Tile
  • Plasterboard
  • Cabinets
  • Corrugated Metal

After an emergency or a natural disaster, it often becomes necessary to hire professionals for disaster junk removal. Residents of Columbia, Missouri can rest assured that when disaster strikes, The Junk Pirates provides expert junk removal solutions for homes and businesses in the area. We will work our hardest to help you quickly reduce any unwanted clutter created by the disaster quickly and safely.

  • Emergency Cleanup 
  • Large Tree Branches
  • Fire Damage
  • Yard Debris
  • Flood Cleanup
  • High Wind Damage
  • Wet Carpet Removal
  • Winter Storm Cleanup
  • Tornado Damage
  • Broken Fencing
  • Structural Damage
  • Roof Materials
  • Damaged Sheds
  • Mold Remediation
  • Smoke Damage



Our commitment to quality assurance and impeccable customer service has earned us a reputation as one of the top junk removal teams in town. Every job we complete is carried out with expertise and attention to detail. Plus, our competitive pricing makes it a breeze to have your unwanted items quickly collected and disposed of responsibly.

Wide range of options

Perfect for residential and commercial settings, The Junk Pirates's junk removal services are sure to meet your needs. In addition to residential junk removal, The Junk Pirates offer cleanout services during a move, disaster, or renovation.

Upfront Pricing

We offer upfront pricing so you can have complete control over your project. With clear and reasonable estimates, you no longer have to worry about unexpected costs or delays.

Serving the entire SW Missouri area

Our central location is in Columbia, but we also serve the entire Mid Missouri area, including Jefferson City, Moberly, Boonville and Fulton.

Excellent customer service

We take our clients and projects seriously, offering exceptional customer service, efficient completion of tasks, and attention to detail. We understand that trust is a key factor in developing any successful relationship and we work hard everyday to strengthen these bonds with every client by providing honest, straightforward service that meets their individualized needs.

Same-day service

We can often offer you same-day service for a pickup. Our friendly truck team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled arrival time.


The world is facing an environmental crisis, and it’s increasingly vital for us all to think about making small changes that can have a significant impact. One simple way you can help reduce your carbon footprint is to opt for eco-friendly junk removal. The Junk Pirates crew is living up to our name in the best possible way; by removing unnecessary and unwanted junk from homes and businesses with an eco-friendly focus in Columbia, Missouri. Our dedicated team is passionate about providing its services to the community in a way that excludes damaging effects on the environment. We happily remove everything from furniture and appliances to yard waste, e-waste, and construction debris in a completely safe and green manner. If you’re looking for reliable junk removal services that won’t negatively impact our planet, The Junk Pirates crew is your go-to experts.

If you have junk that needs to be removed in Columbia, Missouri, The Junk Pirates’s help is exactly what you need. Our clean-up service is designed to leave your space looking better than when they found it. No job is too big or small for The Junk Pirates; get in touch today and begin reclaiming your space!