Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Working on the First Coast; Making Garbage Pay off 2-Man Trash Pickup Business Finds Its Niche with City Apartments and Condos

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Working on the First Coast; Making Garbage Pay off 2-Man Trash Pickup Business Finds Its Niche with City Apartments and Condos

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Byline: Roger Bull

Warren Fryefield is a garbage man by trade. In 2006, not long out of college, he and partner Jeff Warner started their own company, picking up garbage and trash from apartment and condo complexes.

Seven years later, they're still at it.

Now 29, Fryefield started another business last year, a beer store on King Street called Beer:30. He talked about his choice of occupations:

So, you're the son of a judge, you grew up in Deerwood, graduated from Stanton and the University of Florida, and now you're a garbage man?

Yes, exactly.

How'd this come about?

A buddy of mine in college had a similar idea that I thought was good. When I moved back to Jacksonville, I tried to do that but didn't get any customers.

What was that original idea?

You pick up the garbage from the front doors of apartments and condos and take it over to collection point on the site. It's everywhere now, but seven years ago no one was interested. Finally, one of the property managers said we should pick it up and take to the landfill.

You know, there are multi-million-dollar companies that already collect garbage out there, with trucks and everything.

But they really neglect condos and apartments. They don't provide that good a service; that's what we found talking to managers and residents. They leave trash behind, come at various times during the day, come on the wrong day. Sometimes they don't come at all.

How'd your parents feel about your post-college garbage career?

My father said that I wasn't a garbage man. I was the garbage man. My parents were always really supportive. My father always got a chuckle out of introducing me as his son, the garbage man.

What's the name of the company?

Duval Multi-Residential Services Inc.

That's not particularly creative, is it?

No, and I kind of regret it now. It's long and doesn't really say a lot about what we do.

What did you start with?

Two pickup trucks and a homemade trailer. …

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