6 Junkyard Business Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 1st, 2023
Start A Junkyard Business

A junkyard is a place where scrap is collected before recycling or discarded. The junkyard operators purchase scrap metal at their weighted price and sell it to recyclers for a profit.

With the demand for scrap metal and recyclable items expected to touch $60 Billion in the next few years, starting a junkyard can be a profitable venture. To start, you need to meet the legal paperwork, so authorities allow you to purchase scrap metal.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a junkyard business:

1. 1-800-Got-Junk ($444M/year)

How much they make: $444M/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 1700


How to Start a Junk Hauling Business: From $0 to $300 Million and Beyond

This case study examines how the founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK grew his business to $37M/month by offering franchise-based, full-service junk removal to homes and businesses, including donating any possible items to charity.

Brian started 1-800-Got-Junk over 35 years ago
Brian grew the business to $37M/month
It cost Brian $1000 to start the business
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Learn more about starting a junkyard business:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a junkyard business?
-> Pros and cons of a junkyard business

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established junkyard business

Other resources

4. 1-800-Got-Junk

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How much they make:
Where they're located: Vancouver, BC, Canada
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 1700


5. Pick N Pull

Pick-n-Pull self-service recycled auto parts stores provide OEM parts at incredible prices. We have quality parts for cars, vans and light trucks.

Where they're located: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Website traffic: 1.01M/month



RecycleInMe is the online B2B scrap trading portal connects local and international scrap buyers/sellers. We deal with 200+ sorts of metal and scraps.