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Meet Sinead Nolan, woman behind the wheels

Meet Sinead Nolan, woman behind the wheels

Our People

July 10, 2019

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Meet Sinead Nolan, Cleanaway’s side-lift truck driver who’s leading the way for women in waste with her love for all things waste management.

Sinead has been driving with Cleanaway within the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) for five years. No stranger to the waste management industry, she initially drove trucks for a hygiene service provider before making the transition to Cleanaway. “I needed a change. As Australia’s leading waste management company, Cleanaway seemed like a perfect fit,” said Sinead of her decision to join Cleanaway.

As a driver, a typical day at work for Sinead starts with a thorough vehicle check in the morning. “This is a crucial daily task that’s done every morning before I start my run. As a team, we make safety a priority for each other and for the communities around us.” She also makes it a point to catch up with the other drivers before starting her run.

“One of the most enjoyable things about my job is meeting the residents and their children. One memorable highlight was meeting two adorable children, Minnie and Monty, during my Thursday runs,” Sinead reminisced with a smile. “Sometimes they’d bake me cookies, made me drawings and lots of cuddles. Seeing their cheery faces early in the morning would brighten up anyone’s day! I also love seeing all the kids waving during my runs – those are priceless experiences I look forward to each day.”

Cleanaway Sinead Nolan

Being a woman in a male-dominated industry does not faze Sinead. Although Sinead thoroughly enjoys life on the road and being her own boss, she looks forward to getting together with her team every day. “I love getting to work with my team members and being a part of the Cleanaway team. I find it very fulfilling.”

When asked about what could be done to encourage more female drivers in the industry, Sinead had this to say: “It would be great to implement a traineeship for women to open up more opportunities. To really drive change in the industry, I think we need more job recruitment advertising with women as the key figure.”

“People should know that this is a proper career choice, even for women, and that proper training courses are easily available all across Australia.”

Outside of work, Sinead enjoys spending time with her friends, family members and dog. She sees herself still going on strong at her job in the future while living life to the fullest.

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019 with Cleanaway’s Darren Carter

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019 with Cleanaway’s Darren Carter

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July 8, 2019

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Darren Carter is a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice with Cleanaway’s Solid Waste Services team in Narangba, Queensland. With a background in the civil construction industry, Darren started as a Trades Assistant with Cleanaway in 2018, before transitioning to his current role.

When asked about the best part of his job with Cleanaway, Darren said, “What I love about my work is the hours. It has provided me with good family and work balance, as I get to spend time with my family while being able to provide for them. My experience working with my team in Narangba has been very positive and I consider coming to Cleanaway to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

For Darren, offering apprenticeship and training opportunities to employees of all ages and backgrounds is one of the ways that Cleanaway demostrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Cleanaway also recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of Australia by including an Acknowledgement of Country before every team meeting,” Darren added.

This year, Darren will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with his team mates and family members. Acknowledging the meaning of NAIDOC, Darren said, “To me, NAIDOC Week is an important recognition of the Indigenous people of Australia. It embodies the spirit of unity and coming together and is a celebration for everyone.”

NAIDOC Week happens in July every year to celebrate the “history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”. NAIDOC is celebrated in Indigenous communities, and by Australians from across the country. According to NAIDOC, the week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” – three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians and focusses on “working together for a shared future”.

For more information about NAIDOC Week visit or find the closest regional office for NAIDOC Week events in your area.

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35 years with David Collins

35 years with David Collins

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June 7, 2019

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Meet Albury/Wodonga Branch Manager David Collins who recently celebrated his 35th year with Cleanaway.

David started his career as an apprentice mechanic, which was a natural choice given his childhood passion for trucks. “As a young boy, I learned all about mechanics through my brother who’s a big fan of trucks. It also helped that there was plenty to learn about machinery on our family farm,” he said.

“A lot of it was on the job training instead of in a classroom. We learnt to diagnose faults by sound and feel. This training has been beneficial in my Cleanaway career in terms of ensuring safety and preventative maintenance is adhered to.”

David’s skills led him to his current position – rising the ranks from Mechanic to Supervisor, then Operations Manager to Branch Manager.

“The role of a Branch Manager is to oversee the depot and ensure full compliance concerning safety, employee engagement and training. I also liaise with our sales department to grow our clientele and work with our council stakeholders whom we have six municipal contracts with,” he explained.

David is proud of the Cleanaway Albury/Wodonga site – a one-stop waste management hub with the capacity to process up to 2,700 tonnes of material a month.

“Where I work, we have 35 front lift, rear lift, hook lift and side lift trucks along with several pieces of yellow gear. We operate an Organics Bulk Up Facility (BUF) where food and organics from green bins are shredded, a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) which processes the recyclables collected from yellow bins as well as the Liquid Treatment Plant which processes grease trap and triple interceptors for our customers,” David said.

David is particularly passionate about his work at the Albury MRF and how it helps turn glass recycled from kerbside bins into road base.

When asked about his most memorable experience working with Cleanaway, David had this to share:

“I was involved in the first Mobile Garbage Bin (MGB) rollout moving from the old garbage tins to wheelie bins in 1983 and the successful tender of the first SOLO one arm bandit trucks in North East Shires in 1986 (the very first in Australia) followed by winning the Albury City Council Contract in 1991,” he said. “I also recall a pivotal milestone in 2012 where we acquired back to back 12-year contracts with five of the six local councils we currently service.”

Outside of work, David loves restoring classic Holden cars and motorcycles, as well as helping neighbours and friends with farm hand work and mechanical repairs. He believes that anyone can be successful in life with the right mindset. “Be passionate about something and stick with it, follow through and take opportunities when they arise.”

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Keeping it in the Cleanaway family – Meet the Tildesleys

Keeping it in the Cleanaway family – Meet the Tildesleys

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June 6, 2019

Tags: Drivers
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Meet Mark, his wife Nicole, Mark’s son Tyler, Mark’s brother Shane and his son Brad – who all work for Cleanaway.

Meet the Tildesleys

Cleanaway Branch Manager Mark and Administration and Customer Service Officer Nicole work at Cleanaway’s Wyong and Beresfield depots respectively. They met at Cleanaway’s Erskine Park depot, became friends and eventually got married.

Tyler, Mark’s son, is the Operations Supervisor at Cleanaway’s Beresfield Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) facility. Mark’s brother Shane, is the Business Unit Manager at the Cleanaway Bathurst depot. His son, Brad, works as a front lift operator at the same branch.

Mark Tildesley – Building a career and family

Mark is a 29-year waste management veteran – he started off as a butcher right after school. “I was offered an opportunity to earn good money running behind collection trucks in Western Sydney. The money was three times more than my earnings as a butcher so with a young family at foot I left my trade,” Mark reminisced.

In 2004, Mark was approached by Ian Langridge, the Regional Manager of Cleanaway Erskine Park and was offered an operational position there. He worked his way to a branch manager position at Wyong and eventually took on the Lismore and Newcastle portfolios.

Cleanaway isn’t just the place where Mark built his career – he also built his family.

“Nicole and I met in Erskine Park when she was working in customer service and at that time I was the Equipment Manager. We started out as colleagues, then after some time we went on a date. The rest is history, as they say.” said Mark with a grin.

When asked about the pros and cons of working in the same company with family members, Mark named shared learnings as one of the main benefits. “We don’t often talk shop but will lean on each other for clarity or direction when the chips are down. I’m lucky that my family members cover all aspects of the business – from driving roles to sales careers to customer service, operating systems and middle management – so the knowledge and experience are certainly at hand.”

Mark pointed out that despite the close family ties, the Tildesleys keep things strictly professional at work. “What most do not know is that often I am much harder with family members as you can have those direct and frank conversations and expect a higher level of engagement from them. There are benefits to having those options at hand when hard work must be done.”

Nicole Tildesley – Balancing for better

Like her husband, Nicole is a veteran in the waste management industry. She started in the industry at 19 and eventually joined Cleanaway where she has been in a range of roles over 12 years.

She first joined as a customer service officer in Erskine Park and worked hard in an operations supervisor position. “I have worked in the operations, sales and fleet departments to gain an all round experience but slowed down reasonably once I became a mum. Recently I took on the role of Administration Officer where I find a better work-life balance.”

Is life in the waste management industry tough?

“You need to be able to cope with change as the waste industry, regulations and requirements are always changing too.”

Tyler Tildesley – Born to be Cleanaway

For Tyler, following his father’s career path was a natural decision. When he left school in 2008, he was asked to fill a temporary position at Cleanaway’s Erskine Park bin repairs shop for eight weeks. Little did he know that he would stay on for another eight months before going full time.

Tyler obtained his Heavy Rigid (HR) and Heavy Combination (HC) licences to drive trucks and transport waste at Wyong Depot’s transfer station. He then moved into roles such as Leading Hand, and Business Instructor until he landed his current job as the CDS Operations Supervisor at Cleanway’s Beresfield (Newcastle) Depot. He now manages the reverse vending machines (RVMs) and oversees the sorting and baling of CDS containers.

Tyler attributes his success at Cleanaway to one person – his father. “When I was working with my father I had the opportunity to learn from him. He is a good mentor – I would probably not be where I am today had he not taught me what he knows.”

To those who are keen on starting a career in waste management, Tyler had this to say: “Put 110% into your role – if you do the right thing by Cleanaway, they will do the right thing by you. They will also provide you with the training required to further your development.”

Shane Tildesley – Leading from the front

After spending 13 years working for a waste management company in Sydney, Shane moved to Bathurst in 2006 to take up a driver’s position at Cleanaway.

Shane worked his way to become Cleanaway Bathurst depot’s Business Unit Manager, where he looks after five major food manufactures in the region and is helping them increase landfill diversion. “I have been able to take these five customers from landfill dependency to achieving 90% to 98% landfill diversion,” he revealed. “This brought great satisfaction to me, our customers as well as our organisation – it aligns perfectly with Cleanaway’s mission to make a sustainable future possible”

Shane advised newcomers to the industry to remain focused, to communicate clearly and always take responsibility for the job. “The waste industry can be very challenging at times but also very rewarding. Just own the role you have and don’t work in any grey areas.”

Recently, he was made the new Area Manager of Kempsey, Coffs Harbour and Lismore, a role he takes on with no less passion than he had years ago. Congratulations, Shane!

Brad Tildesley – Smooth frontlift operator

Pictured here are Shane and Brad

Brad started working as a baler operator at the Cleanaway Bathurst depot after completing school in December 2012. He obtained his HR driver’s licence and started operating trucks for Cleanaway.

Brad thanked his father, Shane, for helping him transition into the job. “My father works at the same branch and he helped me get started with the company,” he said. “Although I report to the depot supervisor, I am grateful everyone’s support and the opportunity provided by Cleanaway.”

When asked to reveal what most people wouldn’t know about his role, Brad said with a laugh, “The frontlift truck I drive is worth more than a Lamborghini Contach. I wouldn’t let just anyone drive my Lamborghini!”

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Journey with Micah Skene from Chef to Refinery Operator

Journey with Micah Skene from Chef to Refinery Operator

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May 30, 2019

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Micah Skene made the transition from pastry chef to refinery operator at Cleanaway after 15 years in the food industry. Find out which three skills set him up to make the switch.

Micah traveled from Kurri Kurri, NSW, to Broome, WA, when he was 18 to live with his sister. This is where he started in the food industry, supplying baked goods to the remote area.

“After 15 years of constant night shifts and working six days a week, the bakery I was working at had to close due to financial reasons. So I had a big decision to make.” says Micah of the turning point in his career.

Micah decided to do a complete 180° and applied for a position at a recycling facility in Thornton. After seven years in that position, Micah applied for an operator position at Cleanaway’s Rutherford Refinery where he just celebrated his fifth anniversary.

Transitioning from the food industry to resource recovery

When asked about the similarities between the two industries, Micah highlighted three key skills he was able to transfer to his role at Cleanaway – attention-to-detail, good customer service and ability to work as a team.

“The food industry is a lot like recycling when it comes to having an eye for detail, producing great products and giving great customer service. If you get a bad review it can affect your bottomline – at the Rutherford Refinery we are all proud of the great products we produce and the customer satisfaction we achieve. This is only achievable because of the feed stock we receive from Wetherill Park and Narangba. We all make a great team!”

The transition from food to the waste industry was not without its challenges.

“The biggest challenge for me was going from a small workforce of five people to a much bigger one. However, I have found it so much easier to find the resources to answer questions I’ve had about my role, whereas in the bakery if you had an issue with production you just had to wing it and hope it worked!

“But I do miss the smell of fresh baked goods!” adds Micah with a laugh.

A day in the life of a refinery operator

At Cleanaway’s Rutherford Refinery, used oil is recycled and turned into clean base oil so that it can be used again and again. It is one of two Cleanaway resource recovery facilities that has achieved Category 1 status under Australia’s Product Stewardship for Oil (PSO) program.

As Refinery Operator, Micah is tasked with keeping machines in the plant running smoothly. His job includes operating and maintaining equipment, and evaluating the system for safety and efficiency.

“We ensure the plant is operating safely and efficiently, we will take regular samples and conduct tests to ensure that our product is within specifications,” Micah says.

“The great thing about this role is that no two days are the same, the plant will always have you thinking and problem-solving as it deals with feed variances and different product streams.”

As a five-year veteran at the Rutherford Refinery, Micah is well-versed with the ins and outs of the facility.

“A typical shift for us lasts 12 hours, be it day or night. My team mates and I start work on a rotating roster, alternating between two roles – the inside control room operator or the outside one. The inside operator is tasked with monitoring the refinery control panel and communicating with outside operators about any changes that need to happen outside. He will also fill out KPI and tank log reports, operate the weigh bridge and is considered the key contact person for the refinery.”

“The role of the outside operator on the other hand, involves taking oil and water samples, attending the load bay, ensuring everything is in order while also maintaining the refinery grounds.”

When asked about his most challenging experience at Cleanaway, Micah had this story to share:

“Just recently we had a blockage in pipe work which really threw a spanner in the works,” he reveals. “But we teamed up and we were able to narrow down where the blockage was, get the plant in a safe state for repairs to take place and then get it back online as soon as possible.”

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Women of Waste Leadership Breakfast 2019

Women of Waste Leadership Breakfast 2019

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May 2, 2019

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What an incredible morning – Yesterday, 15 women from Cleanaway in Melbourne attended the Women of Waste Leadership Breakfast held at the Melbourne Museum by the Victorian branch of the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR).

This year’s speakers included The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, (Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes), Kirstin Coote (Principal, Waste and Amenity, City of Melbourne), Dr Cathy Wilkinson (CEO, EPA Victoria) and Karen Gomez (CE, Paintback).

It was an inspiring morning with the women sharing their experiences and the challenges they have encountered through their professional journeys. Dr Cathy Wilkinson spoke about how her experience as a professional ice hockey player informed her skills and resilience as a leader.

“It was interesting to hear how varied each women’s journey had been to get to where they are and reiterated not only how many different paths there are but also as a leader you can draw from all aspects of your life.” Penny Creswell, Senior Legal Council.

“I loved hearing about Kirstin Coote’s journey. She was so passionate about resource recovery and women supporting women.” Mahalia Deylen, Inside Sales Team Leader

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“It was great to hear that the industry is focused on raising the circular economy agenda and working towards tangible solutions for the Australian community. A key take away message from one of the speakers was to ‘understand the “why” and keep this at the front of mind every day’ – this resonated with me as this is at the core of the Cleanaway Way – it’s a good reminder to re-focus on this when we get distracted with the day-to-day demands.” Kathryn Garrivan, Bid and Tender Business Partner

Thank you Gayle Sloan and Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia for hosting such a great event.

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David Mccarron: My time in the army

David Mccarron: My time in the army

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April 24, 2019

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David Mccarron, Territory Sales Manager for Cleanaway’s Solid Waste Services in QLD served six years under the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, first as a Private and then as an Infantry Section Commander.

“There were many great moments, probably the best times of my life was during my days in the army.” David says. “I thoroughly enjoyed the courses I underwent: explosives, rope and rappelling, reconnaissance, corporal courses and many more. My adventures brought me on overseas tours to Malaysia and Hawaii.”

For David, the most memorable moments of his service career occurred during his tour at the Butterworth Air Base in Malaysia.

“I do remember the time we were doing a live fire exercise in Malaysia. We had a new lieutenant just joined, still fresh out of cadet school. One day, we were in a gun pit and I threw an M26 grenade. I shouted “GRENADE!” and everyone laid flat on the ground except for this young lieutenant who got hit in the face by shrapnel. We medevac-ed (evacuated to the hospital in a helicopter) him out to get immediate medical attention. I will never forget this incident for as long as I live.”

David has been with Cleanaway for five years and he believes that serving in the army helped him cultivate good discipline, team work and leadership skills which he applies not only in his work but also his personal life.

“I love fishing. I get out on the water at every chance.” David said. “I also fly RC model helicopters and planes at our local club, moonlight as an instructor and am currently certified by CASA-Civil Aviation Authority.”

This year, David will be travelling to Undara, five hours west of Cairns to commemorate Anzac Day at the Dawn Service with some of his best mates.

David calls upon all Australians to stop and reflect on all the past, present and future servicemen and women who are doing our nation proud.

“Anzac Day means sacrifice, courage and gratitude for those who have given their lives so we can have freedom in this great land we call Australia. It is the commemoration of all brave men and women who have served our great nation in all wars and campaigns.”

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Sailing the high seas from Singapore to Cleanaway

Sailing the high seas from Singapore to Cleanaway

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As a proud former sailor in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Anzac Day holds a very special place for Chris Ashton, Regional Manager for Cleanaway’s Solid Waste Services in QLD.

Chris served in the RAN from 1993 to 2002 as a Leading Seaman Radio Operator (Communicator), Morse Code, Cryptography. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who served in the Navy and British Army respectively.

“I joined the RAN in 1993 and served on the HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Hobart”, Chris says of his time in service. “I took part in various overseas deployments and served in numerous Shore Establishments including HMAS Cerberus, HMAS Kuttabul, Navcals Sydney, and the Navy Headquarters in ACT and QLD until I was discharged in 2002.”

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Chris has been with Cleanaway for close to five years. He started as Regional Manager in the Northern Territory and is now responsible for Queensland from the Sunshine Coast up to Port Douglas. Chris feels that his time in the Navy taught him discipline, loyalty, consistency and how to communicate clearly – skills that he was able to transfer to his role at Cleanaway.

Serving with the Navy also gave Chris the opportunity to visit various overseas destinations. Chris has fond memories of playing rugby and cricket for the Navy in Singapore, as well as making lifelong friends. “I witnessed firsthand the disadvantages that other members of our global community encounter daily. I truly appreciate how lucky we are to live in a country that has been defended and continues to be defended by so many proud and patriotic individuals.”

For Chris, Anzac Day is a day spent with family, remembering those who have gone before him. “Anzac Day is the ultimate day to recognise everything that has been sacrificed by so many people to afford our families the present freedom and security that we all are entrusted to uphold”, says Chris.

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Meet Matthana Jenyns – the human touch behind our state-of-the-art technology

Meet Matthana Jenyns – the human touch behind our state-of-the-art technology

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April 18, 2019

Tags: Facilities, MRF
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Matthana Jenyns was recently recognised by Cleanaway as an “Exceptional Operator” for her outstanding pick rate and contributing the high quality of materials produced at our Perth Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

“To be recognised as an Exceptional Operator has been the highlight of my time with Cleanaway – and I’m sure there will be more highlights to come,” Matthana said of her award.

After graduating from university in Thailand, Matthana moved to Australia where her first job was with Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, working in their recycling facility. Matthana joined Cleanaway in 2007 where she worked for a seven-year stint, then re-joined the company in 2017. “Walking into a brand-new and very shiny Material Recovery Facility in May 2017 was one of my most memorable days at work,” says Matthana.

Cleanaway’s Perth MRF uses advanced sorting technology that can separate recycling into eight specific waste streams. The facility supports commingled recycling services for both municipal and commercial customers.

One of the major issues impacting the quality of commingled recycling today is when contamination like food, plastic bags and fabric is mixed in with the recyclables. Working on the sort line means Matthana sees firsthand the types of material that comes through the MRF and plays a crucial role in ensuring that contamination does not make it through the sorting line.

“People have no idea how much and how many different types of rubbish is mixed in with the recycling. For example, I deal with needles, emergency flares and nappies almost every day!”

Outside of work, Matthana enjoys shopping, cooking and enjoying good food with friends and family. She believes in making the most of life and embracing opportunities. “If I were to give advice to my younger self, it would be to meet more people and travel the world – don’t say ‘I will do it tomorrow or next year,’” she says.

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On the road with Anthony Berge

On the road with Anthony Berge

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March 29, 2019

Tags: Drivers, Trucks
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Meet Anthony Berge, our front-lift driver based in Clayton, Victoria. Anthony started working for Cleanaway in March 1989 and has had a fair share of interesting experiences in his three decades of working with us.

“I have seen rats running along the false roof, redback spiders dangling along the driver’s side window, huge huntsman spiders covering my hopper camera and been stung by bees a few times with the window down,” Anthony reminisced. “I have also found syringes in the sump, as well as live bullets, various coins – and the adventure still continues.”

Anthony is passionate about waste management and is also an avid aviation, fitness, camping and lapidary enthusiast, among other things. He even has his own private pilot’s license!

Before Anthony started working in the waste industry, he completed a Certificate of Applied Social Science in Child Care. In other words, Anthony is a qualified preschool mothercraft nurse. He started driving to fill his time while earning an income until a job in the childcare industry became available.

“Thirty years later, I’m still driving because truck drivers make more money. They shouldn’t make any less, but childcare workers should make more,” said Anthony. Anthony is just one of the many dedicated men and women who make up our workforce, committed to making a sustainable future possible for communities across Australia.

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