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Junk It in the Media: Junk Raiders

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Junk Raiders

Junk Raiders is a reality television show that airs on the Discovery Channel in Canada and Ion Television in the United States. The show features a team of seven people with one goal: renovate a downtown Toronto factory into a high-end loft. The catch is that they only have one month and $5000 to do it!

It’s a process that is as difficult as it sounds.

When the Junk Raiders needed a disposal bin, they called Junk It. In episode three of the series they cleaned out the factory, throwing out a large amount of construction material and waste. Junk It was there to provide the dumpster. Since the team had a very small budget and a tight time frame to complete their task, it was important to them that the junk disposal was fast, efficient and affordable.

Junk It was able to get on site quickly and the cost of the disposal bin left the team with most of their budget intact.

The team went on to completely renovate the space. Many of the materials they used were recycled from those who no longer wanted them.

Some other interesting facts about the Junk Raiders TV show:

  • In order to prepare for the show and have enough free materials to complete the job, the team set up a junk hot line and requested donations from the people of Toronto
  • Going through people’s trash to salvage for items is illegal in Toronto. The show received a special exemption to do so.
  • The team was made up of seven people. Two were considered “freecyclers” and they focused on saving, recycling and salvaging materials whenever possible. The other five members were termed “wasters.” They consisted of the owner of an electronics store, an interior designer, a general contractor, a labourer and a builder.

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Written October 23, 2010 by Christopher Luciano

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