Manchester Evening News Article
Manchester Evening News Editorial November 10th 2011
An IT contractor has set up a waste management business which is looking to capitalise on reductions in local authority collections across Greater Manchester.
Manchester based Emptymybins is targeting households and small firms left frustrated by poor waste collections and who want a more frequent and flexible service.
It has been founded by Steven Donoghue, who has invested £25,000 in a fleet of former council bin vans and hundreds of wheelie bins.
He believes there is a gap in the market between ‘man with van’ operations and large waste collection firms.
In its first week, Emptymybins picked up six contracts from businesses in the retail, care home and hotel sectors and now have over 600 clients in Manchester.
The company, which currently serves Manchester and Stockport, operates seven days a week.
Customers can buy pre-paid bin bags or borrow wheelie bins of various sizes which can be picked up on demand.
All the waste it collects is separated at a facility in Bredbury, Stockport, so materials such as paper, metal and glass can be recycled.
The remaining general waste is processed to make briquettes which can then be used as fuel, so none is sent to landfill.
Mr Donoghue said: "The government has spoken many times about the private sector taking up the slack as local government services reduce.
"That’s exactly what I am doing, creating new business and providing an vital additional service to those who need it. This isn’t just a waste disposal service, it is about waste management."
He added: "I love the city, but it is turning into a mess."
"Why have six bins causing an eyesore outside your home or business? Why not just have two and have them emptied more often?"
"We’re aiming to provide a fast, efficient and simple service that’s local too.
"We’re also aware that keeping the cost as low as possible for householders and businesses in these difficult financial times is crucial, so we’ve set up our pricing structure to reflect this.
"We are also fully licensed with the Environment Agency and aim to keep high standards and promote environmental responsibility."