Going Garbage & Recycling is a proud sponsor of:

American Folklore Theatre
Birch Creek Music Performance Center
Door Community Auditorium
The Ridges Sanctuary
The Sunshine House
Door County Humane Society
Door County Land Trust
Sister Bay Lions Club
Northern Door Kiwanis
Peninsula Players
Door County Maritime Museum
The Clearing
Community Clinic of Door County
Crossroads at Big Creek
Feed My People
Francis Hardy Center
Help of Door County
Jim Larsen Boys and Girls Club
Leadership Door County
Newport Wilderness Society
Northern Door Children’s Center
Peninsula Arts Association
Peninsula School of Arts
Peninsula Preschool
Sister Bay Historical Society
Baileys Harbor Fire Department
Egg Harbor Fire Department
Ephraim Fire Department
Gibraltar Fire Department
Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department
Washington Island Fire Department
Door County Habitat for Humanity
Scandia Village Good Samaritan
Salvation Army
Peninsula Music Festival
Door County Half Marathon
Door County Economic Development Corporation

Going Garbage & Recycling is a member of:

Door County Visitors Bureau
Sister Bay Advancement Association
Ephraim Business Council
Fish Creek Civic Association
Egg Harbor Business Association
Baileys Harbor Community Association
Jacksonport Business Association
Top of the Thumb Business Association
Door County Buy Local

Our History
How long has Going Garbage been in operation? Who started the business?

We’ve been swamping garbage for Door County residents and businesses since April Fools Day, 1963. Going Garbage was started by Jeff’s parents (Dorothea and Percy Johnson) and Jeff’s uncle (Dorothea’s brother) Jack Grasse. At the time, Jack owned Anchorage Disposal in Alaska and urged Dorothea and Percy to buy their first garbage truck. A true original, Jack actually ran for governor of Alaska - his campaign slogan was “Garbage Man Grasse for Governor.”

Do you remember who Going Garbage’s first customer was?

The first customer of Going Garbage (in true family fashion) was none other than Dorothea’s mother, Antoinette Grasse. However, a close second was a certain restaurant in Sister Bay that features goats on the roof.

What is the history of the Johnson family?

Jeff’s great-grandfather, Halvor Anderson and his brother Aslag were Norwegian immigrants who came over by boat and settled in Ephraim. While Halvor milled lumber, Aslag ran Anderson Dock. Jeff’s grandparents, Hilda (nee Anderson) and Soren Christ Johnson, who immigrated from Denmark, had a farm near Garrett Bay. They raised their family at this farm, including his son Percy, who saw ships seek shelter in Garrett Bay (Even today, boats and freighters still seek safe harbor and ride out rough seas in the deep waters of Garrett Bay!). It seems fitting that Percy would end up sailing aboard Great Lakes freighters.

Percy, Jeff’s father, worked as a commercial fisherman in Ellison Bay and Gills Rock before joining the Reiss Line as a freighter conveyor engineer. Percy sailed the Great Lakes for 38 years while Dorothea managed the day-to-day operations of Going Garbage back home and raised three children - Jill (Lhost), John, and Jeff. Dorothea liked to say that Going Garbage was her fourth child!

After Dorothea’s death, Jeff continues to run Going Garbage with his wife, Christi.