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Learning Mobile Technology, Customer Service, and Importance of Recycling


The overall experience with the program was very user-friendly with a great staff supporting the set-up on the back end. The idea is fantastic and allows our company to move forward with our hiring strategy to help accomplish our vision.

- Barry Hartman, Co-owner 505 JUNK

Scott and Barry – former grads at South Delta Secondary – started their own rubbish removal firm, called 505-Junk, in July 2011, based on a unique concept to charge clients by weight of material removed rather than strictly by volume. They also recycle as much of the waste as they can, and donate any usable goods to charity. By December 2013, the company will have diverted more than 1,000,000 pounds of waste from the Vancouver landfill.

In the spring of 2013, they found out about the Get Youth Working! Program through Small Business BC. It was the perfect opportunity to hire an unemployed youth for the position of Truck Navigator and General Labourer. Through the Program they hired Adam Sliacky, a hard-working, energetic, and personable character that really knows how to get the job done. He is a quick learner who is not afraid to get his hands dirty and has helped the company donate many items to local charities.

To complement Adam's hard-working mentality, he is being trained to use mobile technology to increase job efficiency and consistency. He is also being taught the importance of customer service and how valuable it is to a service-based organization. In addition, Adam is learning the importance of recycling and is gaining knowledge on what types of material are able to be recycled within the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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