Kartaway is a family owned business, providing waste services to Domestic, Commercial and Industrial clients in Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Canberra.
Our Services range covers builders bin, skip bins and miniskips as well as Mobile Garbage Bins (Wheelie Bins) and Front Lift Bins.
Kartaway has over 120 years of experience in the Waste Industry, stemming from humble beginnings in 1892, through the Whelan the Wrecker era of the 1930ís to 1970ís, to its present day operations expanding into South Australia and the eastern seaboard.
Our principle focus is on offering tailored waste management solutions whilst providing excellent service, in a timely manner. In a large industry dominated by small operators, Kartaway provides a unique service level.
Our Promise to You:
- We will work closely with you, our customers.
- We will strive to listen to, and deliver on, your needs.
Our market position makes Kartaway your first choice as a waste management Partner and Service Provider.
Experience the Kartaway difference.
Kartaway, wherever possible, divert waste from landfill and recycle recoverable waste to downstream industries and usages. Examples of the materials which are separated and recycled, and their uses, and listed below.
Processed via specialist equipment in crushing machines at dedicated facilities producing road-base, fines and aggregates.
Cleaned and re-used for wall construction and landscaping projects. Brick chips from crushed bricks can be used in road-base, track and drainage material, sands or even new bricks.
Sent to processing plants, screened and re-used.
Gyprock and board plaster is recycled in most locations. Gypsum powder is made from reclaimed board and provides high quality material.
PETE and HDPE plastics are separated at transfer stations and sent to plastics recycling plants for recycling and reuse.
The recycling process involves the plastics being cleaned, melted and compressed into small pellets – nurdles – used in the manufacturing of new plastic products.
Most glass product is separated, cleaned, crushed and recycled.
Metal products are separated via magnets (ferrous) and picking, recycled and reused.
About Us, Timeline, History
The Whelan group of companies has been involved in waste and recycling for over 120 years. Commencing in 1892, the company grew as Melbourne prospered and the name “Whelan the Wrecker” became synonymous with the changing landscape of the city. By the 1960’s, Melbourne had changed dramatically and, with an unprecedented phase of major construction occurring within the CBD, a need for a streamlined and systematised approach to waste management was called for from within the building industry.
Kartaway Rubbish Removals, commenced operations as a specialist Bin and Skip operator in 1977 and in 1987 after years of rapid expansion, the company Whelan Kartaway Pty Ltd was formed. The introduction of both privately owned and jointly operated Council waste transfer and recycling stations has allowed Kartaway to focus on reducing impact to landfills through the implementation of waste segmentation and recycling. Complementing the Bin and Skip services, Kartaway has expanded operations to include Rear Lift collections for Mobile Garbage Bins (Wheelie Bins) and most recently Front Lift Bins.
A family business with operations in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, Kartaway has continued to build upon its foundations and has firmly cemented itself as one of Australia’s leading Waste Management companies.
1892 – James Paul Whelan sets up original cartage / demolition company in Melbourne
1939 – James Paul Whelan dies.
His sons, James, Thomas and Joseph take over management
1952 – Wreckair Pty. Ltd, plant equipment company established
1977 – Kartaway Rubbish Removals bin & skip hire commenced operations in Victoria
1979 – Kartaway purchased Collins and Davey Pty Ltd bin service for industrial waste
1982 – Kartaway expands to Mornington Peninsula in partnership with the late Mr Dennis Hawe and Mrs Shirley Hawe
1985 – Kartaway Qld established
1987 – Whelan family buys out all other interests in Kartaway and establishes Whelan Kartaway Pty Ltd
1990 – Acquisition of Mini Skips and Skipaway Skip Hire
2009 – All companies consolidated into one holding company – Kartaway
The History of Kartaway
The Whelan group of companies commenced activity in 1892. James Paul Whelan started up his Cartage Company that year in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Initially the Whelan business was as a general carrier delivering goods of all sorts around Melbourne (Population approx. 490,000).
As time passed, the company focused on the demolition of buildings and the transport and resale of second hand materials from demolished buildings. This would become the main trade of the company. The 1890’s were a time of great tribulation with the boom times coming to an end and many banks and businesses collapsing, but remarkably James Paul Whelan prospered in the difficult times and the business he set up in went from strength to strength, becoming a household name known famously as ‘Whelan the Wrecker’.
In 1939 his three sons, James, Thomas and Joseph took over the management of the business. The war years slowed the growth of the business, but by the 1950s and 60s the company had expanded further and was highly visible with the redevelopment of old Melbourne. A ‘Whelan the Wrecker is here’ sign became an indication of an exciting new project commencing.
By 1952 the family had also established Wreckair Pty Ltd which would become Australia’s largest plant hire company (now merged into the operations of a large Australian Public Company).
With the population of Melbourne swelling to 1.85 million by 1960 an unprecedented phase of major construction in Melbourne’s CBD commenced. Large tracts of now redundant buildings were demolished. The Whelan Group was there. At this time many new, private and public buildings such as the Housing Commissions flats, The Victorian Arts Centre and the Southern Cross Hotel were constructed. During the 70’s work had commenced on the Melbourne Underground. Over 80% of the current high rise buildings in Melbourne were constructed post 1970.
This type of activity called for a new streamlined and systematised approach to waste management from the building industry. In 1977 Kartaway Rubbish Removals commenced operations as a specialist Bin and Skip Operator in Victoria and in 1979 purchased Collins and Davey Pty Ltd, a significant competitor offering a similar bin service in the Industrial waste removal sector. Expansion followed in the early 80’s with Peninsula Kartaway operating predominately in the new and lucrative market of the Mornington Peninsula and in the mid 80’s Kartaway (Qld) Pty Ltd was established in the then strongest growth area for building and construction – South East Queensland – the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
In 1987 the Whelan family purchased all other owners’ interests in Kartaway and established a new company, Whelan Kartaway Pty Ltd. By 1990, in a year of major expansion, the group doubled its size via the acquisition of the Miniskips business operated out of Queensland into NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Skipaway Skip Hire, the major operator on the Gold Coast was also acquired. The further acquisition in 1991 of the transport arm of the Moss Rock Garden Supplies business in Thomastown, Melbourne provided an important inversion incursion into the recycling industry sector, with large waste paper contracts included in the sale package.
In the last twenty years Kartaway have set up privately owned transfer stations in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and jointly operated Council transfer stations in South Australia. It has consolidated all companies into one operating identity – Kartaway. During this period the company has processed over 2 million orders and is now one of Australia’s leading waste management companies servicing the building, construction and recycling industries with a modern, systematised operation run by the same Whelan family who back in 1892 set about making a living in tough times.
From a small provincial city of 490,000 people perched beside a river, Melbourne is now a world class destination and considered one of the world’s most liveable cities. The Whelan family has been involved in its development from these early times and for the last 35 years the Kartaway business has moved to the national stage. Kartaway management and staff thank you for your support and look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
Call to enquire about any of our services.
Pricing for Bins and Skips can be found by clicking on the “Book A Bin Online” button at the top of the page and entering your location details.
> MELBOURNEHEAD OFFICE
19-21 Kirkdale Street
Ph: 03 9389 5100
Fax: 03 9380 2986
> MELBOURNEEast Brunswick Public Transfer Station
East Brunswick, Vic 3057
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 7am - 3:45pm
Sat - Sun: 9am - 2:34pm
> ADELAIDE OFFICE1/65 Stephens Avenue
Ph: 08 8234 0377
Fax: 08 8234 5573
> Campbelltown Transfer StationCrn Virginia Rd & Papagni Ave
Newton, SA 5074
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Sun: 7:30am - 5pm
> CANBERRA31 Aurora Avenue
Ph: 02 6299 4800
Fax: 02 6299 4828
> SYDNEYC/ HEAD OFFICE
19-21 Kirkdale Street
Ph: 03 9389 5100
Fax: 03 9380 2989
> SUNSHINE COASTCnr Progress Road & Depot Street
Kuluin, QLD 4556
Ph: 07 5443 4048
Fax: 07 5443 8287
> BRISBANE25 Assembly Street
Ph: 07 3274 1855
Fax: 07 3274 2143
> GOLD COAST3 Spall Street
Ph: 07 5539 4566
Fax: 07 5539 4366
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