Taming the wild waste
They’ve bin smartened up, writesGRAHAMSMITH
PICKING up waste isn’t anyone’s idea of a glamorous job, an image made even worse by the rough and ready trucks collectors mostly use for the job.
But one waste-collection business is doing something to change the industry’s down-market perception.
Jim’s Skip Bins is planning a major image overhaul, moving to more visually appealing skip bins and trucks.
‘‘Waste collection isn’t perhaps the most glamorous industry, but presentation is central to our branding strategy,’’ company founder Craig Parke says.
‘‘Our staff must impart a professional, trustworthy image when attending our customers, as well as providing effective service. Our staff are groomed and uniformed, and the same goes for our trucks.’’
Jim’s Skip Bins has joined forces with Hino to meet the needs of the growing waste-removal business. The company has an exclusive supply agreement, having bought 13 Hino trucks since September 2007.
‘‘We are rapidly expanding our fleet beyond Melbourne, with new franchises being taken up in Adelaide, Canberra, Albury, Perth and the Gold and Sunshine coasts,’’ Parke says.
His plans call for 200 trucks to be operating in Australia within the next three years, making the deal a lucrative one for Hino in its assault on the local truck market.
Under the agreement, Hino coordinates the build of the trucks with the skip-lift manufacturer and signwriter, and the truck is delivered to the client ready for work.
Jim’s Skip Bins mainly uses FC 1018 trucks, which are fitted with a Lycos lifter that has a hydraulic clamping system.
The skips are hydraulically lifted and clamped to the tray, where they remain secured without the need for additional restraints.
Parke says his company prefers the 10,400kg GVM FC 1018 for its combination of power, economy and driveability.
‘‘The 129kW four-cylinder turbodiesel is more than enough for the job. It runs quietly and smoothly, which assists operator occupational health and safety requirements and is considerate of residents during urban operations.’’
The Hino FC 1018 has an allwheel-brake system, which activates all the service brakes on both axles to maintain a solid grip on the ground for safe loading and unloading of the bins.
Ben Hoyle, one of Jim’s Skip Bins new Sydney franchisees, has taken delivery of the latest Hino.
Having driven concrete trucks for almost 10 years, Hoyle is impressed by the user-friendliness of the FC 1018.
‘‘It is like getting into a car. The cabin is roomy and comfortable, which is a big consideration when you are using it as a virtual office. The truck also has a nice, tight turning circle,’’ he says.
Beauty tip: Jim’s Skip Bins has moved towards using smarter equipment and uniforms for its drivers.