Five decades on the road with Alan Burke

Five decades and counting is the record to beat. Meet Cleanaway multi system operator driver Alan Burke.

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November 7, 2019

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“I really haven’t thought about my milestone much until the last couple of years, to be honest. It’s something that sort of runs in the family as my dad and my siblings have all been at their jobs for a long time as well.” Alan Burke

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“I really haven’t thought about my milestone much until the last couple of years, to be honest. It’s something that sort of runs in the family as my dad and my siblings have all been at their jobs for a long time as well.” Alan Burke

Alan Burke, our multi system operator driver based in Erskine Park, NSW recently celebrated an amazing 50 years with Cleanaway. Although he joined in 1969, Alan remembers his first day very clearly.

“On my first job, I took turns to drive a truck and pick up small rubbish bins,” he recalled. “A rubbish run usually has two people – a driver and a runner. As a runner, I would be picking up waste bins and throwing them into the side or back of the truck.”

“Back then, things were simple. We didn’t have cutting-edge technology like electric trucks to do the job. But what I still enjoy up until today is the interaction with the people I meet during my shifts.”

Alan Burke Cleanaway

Pictured here are Alan and his family members at Cleanaway’s recent event to commemorate his 50 years

The secret to Alan’s longevity on the job? Keeping his nose to the ground along with a positive attitude and lots of perseverance.

“I start early in the morning and don’t stop until my job is done,” he said. “I work the best I can and look forward to pay day at the end of each week.”

Cleanaway CEO Vik Bansal and Alan Burke celebrating 50 years

Pictured: Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal presented Alan with an award for his achievement and thanked him for his many years of service.

Alan attributes a singular focus and dedication to his job as the key to his five decades with Cleanaway.

“I really haven’t thought about my milestone much until the last couple of years, to be honest. Staying true to the job is something that sort of runs in the family as my dad and siblings have all been at their jobs for a long time as well.”

“When my 50 years with Cleanaway was getting closer, I just kept thinking that I need to make it, and I don’t think my record will ever be broken.” said Alan with a smile.

Cleanaway driver celebrating 50 years

Pictured: Alan cutting his long-service cake

To celebrate Alan’s incredible milestone, his family members including nieces, great grandnieces and nephew gathered at Cleanaway’s Erskine Park facility to celebrate the occasion. Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal presented Alan with an award for his achievement and thanked him for his many years of service.

Pictured: Alan with the Cleanaway team 

When he’s not hard at work, Alan goes fishing, spends time in his garden and with his family members. He expects to retire within the next ten years.

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