From Pioneering Dumpster Brokering to Revolutionizing the Industry


In the mid-90s, the internet was a vast and uncharted territory. Amidst the early pioneers was John Arwood, who launched the first dumpster website, As the digital landscape grew, so did Arwood’s vision for the waste management industry. Today, we look back at the humble beginnings of dumpster brokering and how it has transformed the industry, with major waste companies adopting Arwood’s innovative business model.

Circa, 2013

The Rise of Online Brokering:

In the late 90s and early 2000s, John Arwood recognized the potential of the internet for connecting with customers across the United States. He worked with Yellow Pages, now known as, to receive phone books from cities across the country. This enabled him to connect with and hire waste haulers in various locations, laying the foundation for the online dumpster brokering industry [source:].

The Birth of Online Shopping:

As the digital world evolved, so did Arwood’s vision. In the later part of the year 2000, he created an online booking shopping cart, revolutionizing the online ordering of not only dumpster rentals but also portable restrooms, HEPA air scrubbers, portable storage, tents, curbside trash and recycling collection, and trash bin cleaning [source:]. This was at a time when many believed that online shopping was nothing more than a far-fetched dream.

The Modern Waste Management Landscape:

Fast forward to today, and we see a thriving waste management industry that owes much of its success to John Arwood’s pioneering efforts. Many waste management companies now use his business model to grow their own businesses, demonstrating the impact one person can have on an entire industry.


John Arwood’s journey from launching the first dumpster website to revolutionizing the industry is a testament to the power of innovation and determination. His story serves as an inspiration for entrepreneurs and industry leaders alike, showing that even in the most unlikely of industries, there is always room for growth and innovation.

For more information on John Arwood and his pioneering efforts in waste management, visit his website at