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    • Gary87
    • By Gary87 29th Jul 16, 12:11 PM
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    Starting a wheelie bin cleaning business
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    • 29th Jul 16, 12:11 PM
    Starting a wheelie bin cleaning business 29th Jul 16 at 12:11 PM
    Hi there,

    I'm wanting to start a wheelie bin cleaning business and wondering if there is anyone out there who is currently in this field and can provide me with information on their equipment? I have been quoted almost 10k for a hydraulic operated trailer system which obviously is a massive outlay for a relatively simple operation. I know there is waste management laws and licenses which need to be adhered to and i am clued up on this... I'm really only looking for information on equipment and costs. If I could have any information on expected annual turnover and net profit I'd be grateful.

    Kind regards
    Gary
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 29th Jul 16, 1:29 PM
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    This is vague because it's not my industry, but there is a mint to be made if you work hard. I saw a guy featured on the BBC who was a millionaire because of his wheelie bin cleaning business. I think he charged like 4 for each 10 min clean! He worked like a trojan though!
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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 29th Jul 16, 3:42 PM
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    I saw a guy featured on the BBC who was a millionaire because of his wheelie bin cleaning business. I think he charged like 4 for each 10 min clean! He worked like a trojan though!
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    If he did actual cleaning for 8 hrs per day (excluding travelling time)

    then 24 ph x 8 = 192 x 5 = 960, could easily earn 48K pa.

    But how many people would spend over 200 pa just to have their bin cleaned. You can buy a brand new 240 litre model for 40!

    We have a bin cleaner who visits our road, but I doubt if more than 20% of the houses use his services. I certainly don't. Actually i don't think I've seen him for several months now
    Last edited by lincroft1710; 29-07-2016 at 3:51 PM.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 29th Jul 16, 3:45 PM
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    • 29th Jul 16, 3:45 PM
    The one who works round here is a franchise - have you looked into how much it would cost to buy into an established set-up?
    • patman99
    • By patman99 30th Jul 16, 1:22 PM
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    • 30th Jul 16, 1:22 PM
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    You should be able to build your own system for much less than 10k.

    There was a chap in my area who bought an old hi-top van, fitted it with a 4Kw inverter, water tank and jet washer. He made a simple wooden ramp to put the bins on out of plywood.
    Probably cost him less than 5k.

    The only extra kit you would need to add would be a standpipe and hose to fill the water tank up with and away you go.

    If I remember, he had long hoses for the jet washer so he also washed vehicles and driveways for extra income.
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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 30th Jul 16, 4:23 PM
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    • 30th Jul 16, 4:23 PM
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    • 30th Jul 16, 4:23 PM
    Gary, do you have either a lot of new estates in your area or is there no established wheeliebin cleaning service? Because if neither, I think you will struggle to find customers.
    • fewgroats
    • By fewgroats 30th Jul 16, 5:23 PM
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    • 30th Jul 16, 5:23 PM
    Get yourself a ton of disinfectant and use great big bottles of water? Depends on how clean people want these bins to be, I suppose.
    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 30th Jul 16, 5:26 PM
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    I'd be testing the waters as to actual interest in such a service in your local area before making any kind of outlay on the cost of equipment.

    In my area, for example, many people cannot even be bothered to collect their bin for days after it's been emptied. I doubt such people would care whether the bin was kept clean or not.
    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 30th Jul 16, 5:28 PM
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    Get yourself a ton of disinfectant and use great big bottles of water?
    Originally posted by fewgroats
    This wouldn't be allowed. Waste Management laws need to be adhered to and licences are not granted to people offering a quick wipe with disinfectant!
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    • By zaax 30th Jul 16, 5:33 PM
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    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 30th Jul 16, 6:09 PM
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    A similar type of thing i've seen a window cleaner around here and instead of ladders,he has a tank of water in the back of his van and a power hose,
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    • By Torry Quine 30th Jul 16, 6:16 PM
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    I don't understand why anyone would pay to have their wheelie bin cleaned? I havenever felt the need to clean mine but would do it myself if I did.

    You really need to research your market
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 30th Jul 16, 6:20 PM
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    A similar type of thing i've seen a window cleaner around here and instead of ladders,he has a tank of water in the back of his van and a power hose,
    Originally posted by SailorSam
    All our local window cleaners went over to this system when the H&S regulations changed so that they had to have someone holding the bottom of the ladder - two wages for the same amount of work doesn't compute.
    • scoobyju1
    • By scoobyju1 30th Jul 16, 9:07 PM
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    One of my neighbours uses a wheelie bin cleaner. She mentioned recently how she's had 3 or 4 different companies doing it as the previous ones just disappear off the face of the earth...just stop showing up.

    Now obviously I don't know the reasons but that's quite a high turnover!
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 31st Jul 16, 4:19 PM
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    Now obviously I don't know the reasons but that's quite a high turnover!
    Originally posted by scoobyju1
    I would guess (and could be completely wrong) that they weren't making enough money, so tried their hand at something else.

    Do you know if many of your neighbours have their bins cleaned?
    • scoobyju1
    • By scoobyju1 31st Jul 16, 6:21 PM
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    I would guess (and could be completely wrong) that they weren't making enough money, so tried their hand at something else.

    Do you know if many of your neighbours have their bins cleaned?
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    I'd say 3 or 4 in a street of 22. No idea on cost though, sorry!
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 31st Jul 16, 7:58 PM
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    I'd say 3 or 4 in a street of 22. No idea on cost though, sorry!
    Originally posted by scoobyju1
    Clearly a street of MSErs, most don't waste their money!
    • scoobyju1
    • By scoobyju1 31st Jul 16, 8:08 PM
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    Clearly a street of MSErs, most don't waste their money!
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    I was talking to someone in the street & we had both come to the same conclusion. I think I clean mine myself twice a year at best & that keeps them clean enough!
    • oystercatcher
    • By oystercatcher 2nd Aug 16, 7:07 PM
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    My neighbour used to pay someone to clean her wheelie bin but haven't noticed them coming for ages now. There used to be a wheelie bin cleaner who would tail the bin lorry , wash the bins and take them back to the side of the houses.

    I have a feeling that since we now have multiple bins for recycling the actual rubbish bin doesn't go as nasty as it used to, no nasty food waste in it now. Our food waste goes in with garden waste and the bin is never that bad. Other areas have a small food waste bin which must be pretty easy to wash yourself.
    • patman99
    • By patman99 2nd Aug 16, 8:48 PM
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    I would guess that a lot of people have come to the conclusion that buying wheelie bin bags are cheaper than paying to have them cleaned.

    Anyway, it is just as easy to drop the bin over the kerb and give it a quick hose out yourself.
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