Cleanaway establishes local base

Media release - 8 September 2017

Kempsey Shire Council’s domestic waste contractor, Cleanaway, officially opened its local base on Tuesday 5 September, bringing with it 10 local jobs and flow-on benefits for a number of local businesses.

Since commencing operations in July, Cleanaway has employed seven drivers and three office staff, and engaged numerous local subcontractors, including Mavin Truck Centre, Scotts Hydraulics, C&G Electrics, Randalls Business Equipment and Beaurepaires.

Speaking at the opening event, Mayor Liz Campbell said it was a pleasure to welcome Cleanaway into the Kempsey Shire community.

“It means a lot to our community that Cleanaway has employed local workers and engaged local suppliers. This local focus was an important factor when considering the future of our waste contract,” Mayor Campbell said.

“Adjusting waste collection arrangements, engaging a new contractor, and asking residents to change the way we think about waste has been a big task. I’m pleased to see how well our community has adapted to the change.

“The new waste service is off to a great start. However, there is still more we can do, as people get used to putting all their food and garden waste in the green bin, recycling as much as possible into the yellow bin, and thinking of the red rubbish bin as a last option.”

Cleanaway’s General Manager - NSW, David Clancy, said the occasion marked the start of a ten-year relationship with council, the community, staff and suppliers.

“While we are a large national company, we are grounded in our local businesses, and we are proud and privileged to work with the people of the Kempsey Shire,” Mr Clancy said.

“Our focus is on making a sustainable future possible, and we applaud Kempsey Council’s changes to the collection arrangements which aim to increase the diversion of food and garden organics and recycling out of landfill.”

Cleanaway’s South Street operations include a waste call centre staffed by locals who are trained to answer waste and bin enquiries, and a depot for the six state-of-the-art garbage trucks that service the Shire.

Mayor Liz Campbell and Cleanaway's General Manager - NSW, David ClancyMayor Liz Campbell and Cleanaway’s General Manager - NSW, David Clancy
Council staff, Acting General Manager Daryl Hagger, Mayor Liz Campbell and Councillors Dean Saul and Leo Hauville with Cleanaway's General Manager – NSW, David Clancy and local staff at the openingCouncil staff, Acting General Manager Daryl Hagger, Mayor Liz Campbell and Councillors Dean Saul and Leo Hauville with Cleanaway’s General Manager – NSW, David Clancy and local staff at the opening