30 Under 30: Scott Foran, 25, Barry Hartman, 24
It's been a busy 11 months or so for Tsawwassen's Scott Foran, 25, and Barry Hartman, 24.
The duo—former grads at South Delta Secondary—started their own rubbish removal firm called 505-JUNK in May 2011 and have enjoyed watching how their unique concept in an industry with plenty of competition has grown beyond their expectations.
Since getting things off the ground they estimate their first revenues have exceeded projections by 68 per cent.
In part it's their concept to charge clients by weight of material removed rather than strictly by volume, and second, they recycle as much of the waste as they can, and donate any usable goods to charity.
To date, the pair, who met at Kwantlen Polytechnic University while developing a Victoria's Secret marketing plan for a marketing management class, have recycled more than 150,000 pounds of waste.
That kind of performance attracted some notice from those in the business community as they finished in the top 10 for the "Best Concept" in the Small Business BC Successful You Awards.
It's been a great ride so far, said Hartman.
"You learn something new every day," he said.
Keen to have their business progress, they have taken up the offer of Expedia CruiseShipCenters founder Mike Drever to be their business mentor.
But it looks as if the two are already doing pretty well as partnerships with realtors, property managers, and contractors throughout South Delta and the rest of the Lower Mainland has pushed forward plans to purchase a second truck and hire employees.