Tam­ing the wild waste

They’ve bin smartened up, writesGRAHAMSMITH

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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.

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