Jason Edge sees a lot of junk: Couches, mattresses, TVs, flooring, kitchen items and more.
“We have a throwaway culture,” says Edge, aka the Junk King. “You don’t buy a $5,000 couch, like my grandmother, anymore. You buy a $250 or $500 couch that gets thrown away because you can’t reupholster it.”
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When Jason Edge was a kid, he and his mom regularly drove 10 miles from their rural Pennsylvania home to drop items off at the nearest recycling center.
A lot has changed since then; today, Edge lives in Lake Oswego and is a married father of two. But he still prioritizes recycling and often makes trips to the local centers — only now he’s hauling the recyclables in a big red truck as the owner of Junk King Portland.
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