The two owners of the newly opened Bayside Disposal of Hull waste and recycling service claim what distinguishes their business are their local roots.
Andrew Wohar, a longtime Hull resident, is a familiar face around town as a member of the Department of Public Works crew and as a former 13-year employee of a local disposal company. Jake Minevitz is a resident of neighboring Hingham, with family ties in Hull.
Wohar was first introduced to the town after being stationed at the Point Allerton Coast Guard Station following his graduation from high school. “I enjoyed being here so much that I never left. I’ve been in Hull for 20 years,” he says.
The time seemed right to open their business following months of preparation, the partners agree. “After talking with a number of Hull residents, it was apparent that we could offer something a little different because we are local,” Minevitz says. “Our focus is on friendly customer service and satisfaction, and we offer competitive rates.” Currently, the company serves solely Hull customers.
Bayside Disposal, which opened a few weeks ago at the former Santander Bank location at 523 Nantasket Ave., is a member of the Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce. “We wanted to be part of an organization where local businesses support one another,” Minevitz says.
He describes Bayside Disposal as a “one-size-fits-all operation.” Residential customers pay the same price and work within the same parameters; one barrel each of trash and recycling a week is the norm. The monthly cost is $49.99, with an additional charge for more bags. Service for commercial customers will be available in the near future, the owners say.
Flexibility is the key, according to Minevitz, who says, “We wouldn’t charge a customer more if he or she were to put out one small extra bag of trash,” for example.
The company will benefit from Wohar’s past experience with a local disposal company and also from Minevitz’s business background, which seemed a likely combination when the idea of starting a waste and recycling service together first came to mind. Minevitz holds a business degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
After leaving the local disposal company and going to work for the town, Wohar thought he would be “leaving trash behind.” However, when the opportunity arose to become part owner of this new venture, his perspective changed.
“I thought, ‘Jake and I can do this together and run it in our own way.’ I liked the idea of being hands-on and part owner at the same time,” Wohar explains. “Hull residents are very interested in doing business locally, and we are definitely a local business. People see us and know who we are. We’re not a big company, just two real people trying to make a living like every other small business.”
With Wohar and Minevitz running the business and manning the trucks for the time being, trash pickups are normally scheduled on Saturdays unless a customer arranges for a different day ahead of time. They plan to hire more employees in the coming weeks.
“Business is picking up. The word is getting around, and the number of phone calls we’ve been receiving is increasing,” Minevitz reports. “Our goal is to be the best waste management company in Hull.”
The two business partners are looking forward to meeting other business owners through the chamber. “Hull is a great place to live and to visit, and it’s great how local businesses support one another,” Wohar notes.
He appreciates Hull’s small-town atmosphere and spending time here. “After 20 years, I haven’t been beyond West Corner,” he says. “I bike to work and have one of the greatest views. It’s unbelievable. I enjoy checking out World’s End from a distance as I bike along, avoiding the commute into Boston.”
In addition to trash and recycling pickup service, Bayside Disposal also performs separate one-time “junk removal” clean-outs. “If someone has a lot of large bulky items, we can dispose of them for our customers,” Minevitz says. “We can remove the items from inside a home if that’s more convenient or from outside the house.” Most items are accepted, but there are some exceptions.
Convenient, reliable, and cost-effective service is the goal. “I’d like to think that if someone called us on a Friday and had a lot of stuff to be removed from their house as soon as possible that we would be able to meet that need – and possibly the following day,” Minevitz says. “We specialize in personalized service, and we return every phone call in a timely manner.”
Even though the service is based in Hull, Bayside Disposal has a Hingham telephone number. “That’s because there weren’t any Hull numbers left!” Minevitz says.
For more information or for an estimate for either waste and recycling service or a one-time clean-out, call 781-741-0746 or visit www.baysidedisposal.com.