LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - After noticing several local garbage companies failing to adhere to pickup schedules, Jarrod Gravatt spent the last year researching the waste management industry. He recently decided to go all in and buy his own garbage truck to start his own trash pickup business.
"I saw a big issue with the trash here in town. Myself, I've had issues,” said the Lee’s Summit native.
Jarrod Gravatt hopes his new trash pickup company will be a fresh change from what many local customers experienced in 2016.
"They're not being able to cover those routes,” said Gravatt. "There's a huge need here. I've heard a lot of complaints. There's a great opportunity to get into it and I'm excited to be a solution to the problem here in the community of Lee's Summit."
Gravatt Waste Solutions started picking up trash in Lee’s Summit this week. Gravatt only has two employees, but already has 100 customers.
"I've got some downtown Lee's Summit businesses already inquiring,” said Gravatt.
While the new business owner plans to only service Lee’s Summit for now, the trash pickup woes were widespread throughout the entire metro in 2016.