Meet our true blue garbo heroes working tirelessly to provide an essential service.
We’re paying tribute to our bin-credible garbos – the local heroes in Cleanaway blue who are helping make a sustainable future possible for businesses and communities across Australia. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the men and women who work tirelessly to provide us an essential service.
How to get involved
1. Like/follow our channel @cleanawayAU on Facebook and Instagram and like, comment and share our driver appreciation posts on your social channels.
2. Share your driver stories, pictures or videos on your Facebook or Instagram page, tag @cleanawayAU and #NotAllHeroesWearCapes so we can see your post. We will then feature them on our social channels.
3. Private message us on Facebook and Instagram with your driver stories, pictures and videos and we’ll feature them on our social media and website.
Take a picture or video of your favourite driver (Remember to observe all safety precautions).
Take a picture or video of yourself or your child telling a driver story, saying “thank you” or just telling us why you love our trucks.
Draw a picture or write a letter and send us a picture of it. Be creative.
Here are just a few of the many stories we’ve received from the community. This page will be updated as new stories come in so check back often!
Your driver appreciation stories
Christiane from Freemantle shared a lovely picture of her daughter with a mini bin from our driver.
Our drivers going above and beyond to collect and deliver essential clinical waste bins.
Two year old Solomon and his best mate cheering on our driver.
Amazing scenes from Moreton Bay Regional Council where the Moreton Bay team rallied together to say thank you to the Cleanaway crew servicing the region. Drivers were presented with a certificate of appreciation from Councillor Mark Booth Div 2 MBRC, Cleanaway and the founder of Bin Isolation Group Danielle Askew.
Communications and Engagement Manager Michelle Mandl-Keating celebrates Mick ‘Clarky’ Clark, a well-loved collections garbo for NSW’s Container Deposit Scheme Return and Earn who’s approaching an incredible milestone of 20 years working with Cleanaway.
Garbo fan Joe gets a surprise from his best friend. Thanks @sarahpiening_ for sharing with us your story.
“On the morning of Friday 22May in Galvin St Altona, while I was walking home about 10.45am, the recycling bin truck was picking up yellow bins. I noticed some loose rubbish blown onto the road when a bin was emptying. The driver moved to the next bin and emptied it. Next, he reversed, got out of his truck, picked up the rubbish, and proceeded. The very next bin was blocked by both a roadworks sign at the kerb, and a parked car. The driver stopped a little further along, got out, shifted the bin to where it could be picked up, emptied it, and put it back outside its correct property.
I was so impressed to see a man taking pride in his work, and doing it conscientiously. Congratulations to that man. I hope he works in our street every time.
I would like you to pass on the appreciation of Galvin St residents. (There were at least 4 who watched with interest what would happen when the truck reached the “difficult” bin). Well done, that man!”
Leaving no rubbish behind in Hobson’s Bay
“This morning my green rubbish bin was collected from my street and I would like to thank the gentleman that was collecting the rubbish. Couple of bags had fallen on the floor out of the bin and my daughter noticed that he got out of the truck picked up the rubbish off the floor.
Stories from the field
There’s more to being a garbo than simply driving a truck. Some of our long-serving garbos share their stories on the road: