New company takes your trash can to the curb for you
August 13, 2018
By Allyson Wittekind
In an era when people can have virtually anything they want delivered to their doorsteps, why not hire someone to do a simple chore? Even something as small as taking out the trash can be done for you.
Can Monkey provides this service to Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills residents. It is the first one-of-its-kind subscription service in the Phoenix area – households simply sign up for a flat $35 fee per month to have the company remove the hassle of taking trash and recycling cans to the curb for their regularly scheduled municipality pickup. The company then returns to the property to walk the cans back to their original storage location after pickup. There are no hidden costs or contracts and customers can cancel their subscriptions at any time.
Co-founder Marc Zagoury came up with the idea when he took his dog on a walk. When he came home, he realized that he needed to take the cans out and said it was “the last thing I wanted to do.”
“So far so good,” Zagoury said about the start of the business. “I thought it would take people more time to understand the concept.” But Can Monkey already has 100 subscribers, which is not surprising in the summer when the temperatures are rising above 100 degrees. No one wants to be around a hot, stinky bin of trash to start or end the day.
Although Can Monkey is a very unique business, they are not the only one in the U.S. Trash Day is another company very similar to Can Monkey that serves the San Francisco area. However, instead of a monthly flat rate, they offer weekly payments.
“Our target customers are busy professionals. It is really good for anybody,” Zagoury said, adding that the service could be especially helpful for seniors and people with disabilities.