You may have seen the big white GOOD GARBAGE truck in your neighborhood, with "Junk Removal, Hauling, Recycling" in large letters on the side of the vehicle.
Just what exactly is "good garbage"? For the company, located at 5607 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, it is anything you need to have hauled away. It could be unwanted junk, debris, furniture, or something else that might be recyclable.
"Fast and affordable junk removal, emphasizing recycling and donation of reusable goods", states the company's website. That includes a long list of possibilities, including carpet, construction debris, couches, doors and windows, hot tubs, rental property mess, metals, wood and lumber, Styrofoam, old BBQ grills, appliances, and electronics – including TVs, computers, and monitors.
"Good Garbage" was started nine years ago by Woodstock resident Bill Bradley, who is also the founder of "Alive MMA" – next door to Good Garbage, at the same address.
It all began while he was auditing courses at Reed College over thirty years ago; that was when in 1989 he began teaching mixed martial arts on the college campus in the Sports Center.
He followed that experience by buying the 8,000-square-foot storefront at 56th and Woodstock, and creating Alive Mixed Martial Arts [MMA]. In non-pandemic times, with a staff of 27 instructors, the gym offers classes in Crossfit, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Parkinson's Boxing, Kickboxing, Kids' Play, Kids' Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Fundamentals, Self Defense/MMA, and Yoga. "Sometimes we give 101 classes a week, using the five different rooms in the building," he remarks to THE BEE.
Then, after founding Alive MMA – and during the recession in 2008 – he started "Good Garbage" as a way to provide employment for athletes and gym members who were losing their jobs. The hauling company now serves a radius within about twenty miles of the Woodstock neighborhood.
That endeavor continues until the present time, and he still welcomes unemployed people to work for Good Garbage. And today, in the time of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Good Garbage is still busy with its four fulltime and two part time employees hauling unwanted junk and discards, and recycling what they can for businesses and offices that may have shut down, or which are temporarily shuttered and need to re-locate or clean out.
Bradley's principles for the "Alive Business Family", as he calls his companies, are "health, truth, contribution, and community." The "community" principle is especially important to him during this time of COVID-19, when the gym is closed.
"During these pandemic times, I am trying to activate any neighbors or laid-off people who are not doing anything, to volunteer, and help their community," he explains. "I want our people and employees, or members of any business, to be assisting others, whether it is helping a neighbor plant a garden, or delivering food [or other useful tasks]."
Bradley appears to be an intense thinker, and says he sees no harm in arguing with people to get to a truth. While conversing, he can be philosopher, engaging in discussions of social behavior or psychology.
He says he has helped military veterans with PTSD by teaching them to control emotions and impulses through "self-regulation", and guiding them to come to peace with their demons by caring for their community, or working out their feelings in other constructive ways. He refers to his martial arts business as the Alive MMA and "Community Resilience Center".
Bradley sums up his multiple interests by saying, "As well as being a mixed martial arts teacher, my role is haul and recycle what can be recycled, and to re-purpose the unemployed."
Alternatively, you can call Good Garbage at 503/333-7590, and Alive MMA at 503/740-3004.
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