Waste Management Company Grew From a Demolition Business

Dustin - Monday November 12, 2012

The timeline below from 1982 to 1992 shows how the business now known as Kartaway first begun as Whelan the Wrecker and became a leading waste management business operating nationally today. This activity and the acquisitions highlighted created the basis for Kartaway Waste Management.

1892 James Paul Whelan started a building demolition company in East Brunswick, Victoria. This became well known throughout our Country as ‘Whelan the Wrecker”.
1939 Upon the death of James Paul Whelan the business was taken over by his three sons, James, Thomas and Joseph. Although the war years stunted its growth, the Company expanded through the 50’s and 60’s.
1952 Wreckair Pty. Ltd. was formed and in the following years grew to be the largest plant hire organisation in Australia. Wreckair has now been merged into the operations of a large Australian public company.
1977 Whilst demolishing the Wirths Circus buildings, now the site of the Victorian Arts Centre, Whelan the Wrecker hired its first waste bin to the building contractor, Lewis Constructions Pty. Ltd. This was the catalyst for the commencement of a new operation within the family group – Kartaway Rubbish Removals.
1979 The transport operation of Collins and Davey Pty. Ltd. situated in the western Melbourne suburb of Footscray was purchased. The business operated a similar bin service to Kartaway and allowed an entry into the industrial waste removal area.
1982 Peninsula Kartaway Pty Ltd was formed in partnership with the late Mr. Dennis Hawe and Mrs.Shirley Hawe, to take advantage of the expanding bin and skip market covering the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
1985 Entry was gained into South-East Queensland when, Kartaway (QLD.) Pty. Ltd. was formed.
1987 On September 1st the family of the late James Joseph Whelan (eldest son of James Paul) bought the Kartaway interests from the other owners of Whelan the Wrecker and registered Whelan Kartaway Pty. Ltd. as the new operating Company.
1990 In a year of major expansion, the Group doubled its size with the successful acquisition of MiniSkips, which operated from Queensland, through New South Wales and Victoria to South Australia, and Skipaway Skip Hire, the major operator on the Gold Coast.
1991 A mid-year acquisition of the transport operations of Mossrock Garden Supplies situated in the northern Melbourne suburb of Thomastown, saw Kartaway expanding further into the recycling industries with a large contract to transport waste paper.
1992 A specialised Liquid Cartage Operation, involved mainly in the Concrete Industry, was purchased in Victoria.
A joint Agreement was entered into with the Cities of Munno Para and Elizabeth in S.A. (now the City of Playford) to construct and manage a Waste Transfer Station on behalf of the two Municipalities.

Our next blog will show the growth of the company from this point at 1992 onwards. For more information about Kartaway go to kartaway.com.au or to order a skip or discuss your waste managment requirements contact us direct on 1300 362 362 australia wide or [email protected]

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