By Caitlin Switzer
AUSTIN—(July 2, 2013) Those yellow trucks and the Double J logo were familiar sights in Delta County more than a decade ago. Today, the waste management company that Joe Leonard started after relocating to Western Colorado long ago serves a much wider territory, and offers some of the best service—and prices–around for local consumers.
“I started this company in 1989, but before I moved out West I had managed two large garbage companies,” Leonard said, “and I also spent a decade in the propane business out here.
“After that, I decided to run my own business.”
Although the work has not been without challenges, the company has grown and acquired a reputation for customer service unfathomable among some larger companies in the waste disposal industry.
And Leonard believes that re-investing in the company is good for business.
“We’re still here,” Leonard said, “and so far everybody has been really supportive. We are keeping our vehicles maintained and on the road, and keeping our customers happy. If we have to invest in equipment from time to time, it just means we can serve people better.”
The company started out in Cedaredge, but moved to Austin after acquiring the current location at 20754 Austin Road, he said. The company now employs 20, maintains a fleet of 23 “units” (from pick-ups to garbage trucks) and offers not only trash pickup but full recycling at a 1,600 square-foot Austin facility, as well as septic tank services.
“When it comes to recycling we do it all,” Leonard said. “Glass, paper, cardboard, even e-waste. And offering septic is just another avenue—it’s a good blend for a full-service waste disposal company.”
The company has experienced strong growth into the Montrose area, and hopes to expand its recycling capabilities, Leonard said.
“We are here and ready to serve your needs,” Leonard said. “Just give us a chance! We are locally owned and operated.”
Call Double JJ Disposal at 970-835-8886. Call Double JJ Recycle Center (21358 Austin Road) at 970-835-3706.