Jo Bailey, Business South, March 2014
THE CHRISTCHURCH REBUILD has guaranteed a busy workload for local firm, Container Waste Ltd. Owner Darryn Harris says the independent commercial and domestic waste specialist has grown around 50 percent in the last couple of years due to the increasing demand for its services.
“Before the earthquakes we had two truck-and trailer units transporting waste into Kate Valley landfill and one skip truck. By the end of the first quarter this year we will have four truck-and-trailer units and three skip trucks on the road.”
Three of the four truck-and-trailer units will be HPMV (high productivity motor vehicles), capable of carting 50 tonnes. “We’ve embraced the use of these vehicles to be more productive as they give us the ability to cart another 5 tonne payload. Kate Valley landfill was one of the first places to introduce a dedicated route for HPMV trucks, which further increases efficiencies.”
The Christchurch firm is an expert in carting “special waste” to landfill such as asbestos, industrial chemical waste that has been neutralised and converted to sludge, and out-of date food and beverages. “Special waste is the bulk of what we cart to landfill. If it looks bad, smells bad, or is bad, we can deal with it,” says Harris.
Container Waste has a range of bins and containers specifically designed for the various types of special waste, which it delivers to clients’ sites. Once loaded, the company collects the bins and transports them to landfill.
It provides a similar service for general waste haulage, and also hires skips of various sizes to both residential and commercial customers. “The commercial sector accounts for around 80 percent of the skip business, servicing mainly Canterbury builders and construction companies. We actively work with our customers to add value to their business and have crane-rated skips in two sizes for the more difficult jobs.” The skip waste is delivered to transfer stations but ultimately ends up at landfill, he says. “There is nowhere to recycle this sort of material at the moment which is a bit of a shame. We had our own recycling company for a while but it wasn’t viable to continue.”
Harris has worked in the waste industry for 20 years. He was operations manager at San-i-pak before buying a half share in Container Waste around four years ago from Paul Whitehead, who at the time owned both companies. In April 2011, Harris took full ownership of Container Waste. “Paul has been really supportive and is still a customer of Container Waste. We talk at least once a week.”
As an independently-owned company, Harris says “old fashioned values” are important. “We’re all about providing great, hassle-free service to our customers. To do that we have invested in high quality vehicles and equipment and hire only experienced, professional drivers. We have a great team of guys, who I believe are among some of the best around at the moment.” He will take on another couple of drivers once the company takes possession of the two new trucks arriving in the next few months, and there are other “exciting expansion plans” in the pipeline. “Things are going well at the moment and we’re continuing to expand to meet the market. The next five to 10 years should be pretty exciting.”
Story: Jo Bailey
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