About The Junk Pirates

Ahoy, Springfield, MO
You don’t have to do it alone.

WE PROVIDE JUNK Removal Services


A Pirate’s Life Indeed

You may wonder how a guy minding his business building a kennel for his beloved dogs became the most successful junk business in the Springfield 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, 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.


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.

Springfield Junk Pirates owners.

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.

That 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. 

A pirate ship with a left alignment in blue waters and a purple twilight sky.


Our Ten Spirit of the Law Principles

A close up of a row of blue, closed trash bins.

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 and debris removal services, 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.


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.

Two empty plastic water bottles without caps.

It is our responsibility to handle all your junk removable needs in a safe and timely manner. Our team makes sure no harm comes to your property or the environment when we manage your junk removal project. 

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.


To Transform the Junk Removal Business

An abstract image of clouds forming a blue heart.

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 and debris removal service with the highest level of integrity.

The WOW Factor

We want every customer to experience our Wow Factor. We don’t just pick your old furniture up and dump junk, we provide joy and happiness. We leave your property cleaner, 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 Springfield area beautiful. 

Our mission is about people—not junk. Our goal is to make the ordinary action of yard waste and junk removal a WOW experience for everyone.


To End Illegal Dumping

Unfortunately, illegal dumping activities have increased in recent years. 

A quick search of illegal dumping in Springfield, Mo, shows you what is happening in our community. Wet concrete poured on a woman’s property harming her creek, a truckload of tires dumped in front of a man’s business, and even 2,000 pounds of trash dumped at the river in Polk County.

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 stagnant water collected inside the wheels. Mosquitoes transfer life-threatening diseases like the West Nile virus that is a problem right here in Springfield.

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

A sea turtle with a bag of trash attached to one of its fins in blue water and cloudy sky.


Contact us to discuss your junk removal needs.
We can give you a no-obligation estimate over the phone or a firm quote in person.


Call (417) 815-5865 to schedule your pickup. Most days, we can come out the same day you call.


We provide a FREE estimate on the phone, or come out at no cost and give you a firm quote on-site.


If you're happy with the price, we'll haul off your unwanted junk. There's no obligation. It's that easy.

WHY CHOOSE US over other
junk removal companies?


Our team provides top-notch junk removal services at affordable prices. We practice responsible disposal and pride ourselves with attention to detail.

Wide range of options

We do junk removal for homes and businesses, plus cleanouts for moving, disasters, or renovations, and always strive to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied.

Upfront Pricing

Our affordable upfront pricing is based on truck volume meaning the price is determined based on the amount of space your junk will take up in our truck.

Serving SW Missouri area

Our central location is in Springfield, but we also serve the entire SW Missouri area, including Columbia. No more searching for junk removal near me.

Excellent customer service

Our team is dedicated to helping customers find the right solution for their needs and making sure they're 100% satisfied with our services. You can count on us.

Same-day service

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

Some of Our More Interesting Projects

Veteran Junk Removal

You Will Shout With Rage When You Read About This Veteran.

Storage Unit Cleanout

You'll Be Amazed at What This Disabled Elderly Couple Tells Us.

Fire Disaster Cleanup

Your Stomach Will Sink When You Hear What Happened.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late.
Getting Rid of Junk Has Never Been Easier.