Back in 2007 and just before the commercial crash, Irishman Brendan O’Shea decided to give up a successful career in commercial banking to found a house clearance company with a strong social and environmental purpose. Incorporated in 2012, Just Clear has gained national recognition for is its low carbon, ‘zero-to-landfill’ mission.
Tapping into the social and environmental consciousness of the communities in which it operates, Just Clear is positioning itself as ‘the Uber of waste clearance’. Complementing its super-low carbon footprint are circular economy partnerships with social enterprises and good causes – such as Cancer Research and local M.I.N.D. charities – to achieve an impressive 42% reuse rate on waste turnover.
With a 38-strong workforce, Just Clear is active across more than 20 UK towns and cities including London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham and Newcastle. The company is carving a CSR niche in the increasingly-professionalised junk and house clearance market, and dispelling the industry’s old image of the ubiquitous ‘man in an unmarked van’.
Award success for Just Clear includes the title of Circular Economy Initiative of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2016 plus a Green Apple Award Silver at last year’s International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice in 2017.
Starting from a single truck (Brendan worked on it for the first 9 months), we now undertake more than 1,100 clearances every week.