Chinese millionaire Chen Guangbiao built his fortune through his recycling company, Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilization Group. At the same time, he has boosted his reputation in China with publicity stunts based on philanthropic acts or focussed on environmental messages, such as selling “canned air” in Beijing to raise awareness about ecological issues. He and his wife changed their names to Low Carbon and Green.
Chen began as an entrepreneur at an early age selling clean water to a nearby village, he went on to run several businesses before attending university. He became involved in the demolition of an old stadium in Nanjing. Coming up with the idea of selling the used iron, he hoped to make a profit as he was not being paid for the demolition. It turns out he had the right idea, he made a profit of $272,000!
He then established a recycling company, selling iron to iron and steel companies and recycling cement blocks back into concrete (by mixing with water, cement and sand). He found that all the construction waste could be transformed into at least seven types of building materials, such as landfill, red brick and building blocks. China produces 2 billion tons of construction waste, creating a rich market for recycling.
Kartaway in Australia came about from slightly different beginnings, with James Paul Whelan starting up a cartage company in 1892, gradually moving into demolition and sale of the second hand materials from the sites, and the famous Whelan The Wrecker was born. After a period of acquisition and growth the company became Kartaway and now run public recycling depots in Melbourne and Adelaide. Hiring bins and skips to the public and customising waste management programs for businesses and organisations the business focusses strongly on the recycling of most materials.
Chen Guangbiao has been in the world news recently as he makes a bid for a sizeable share in the New York Times. The Whelan family will probably not follow suite on Chen’s latest venture!
Kartaway recently announced the addition of the Hino 300 series truck, capable of servicing most medium to high density dwellings, to its Melbourne fleet.
With a rise in medium to high density housing within inner Metropolitan Melbourne providers of waste management services have run into difficulties providing effective waste collection services. Unable to access the bin rooms/areas due to restricted access and underground car parks many Waste Management Providers could only offer a reduced level of service. In order to guarantee a continuation of service quality to their Melbourne customers, Kartaway have introduced the newest member of its fleet, a new Hino 300 series truck, which has been affectionately dubbed “Junior”.
Mark Whelan, Director of National Operations at Kartaway said “It was evident that we needed a solution to allow us to continue delivering the best and most efficient possible service to our Melbourne customers. Having noted the Australian Bureau of Statistics findings that in 2010-2011 medium to high density dwellings accounted for over 90% of new building approvals in Inner Melbourne alone, and over 30% of Greater Metropolitan Melbourne we knew we had to act.”
Junior has a greatly reduced turning circle and, due to its dimensions, is able to service most underground car parks*. As well as accessibility to bin rooms in tight areas, Junior also offers a number of benefits including a reduction in excessive street noise caused by curb-side tipping and improved curb appeal, as bins can be collected from underground car parks rather than curbs.
Kartaway has operated for over 120 years and is a leader in the Waste Management and Recycling Industry. The company services Commercial, Residential and Constructions sectors through its Open Top and Rear Lift bin divisions. Call 1300 132 132 to talk about Junior with an Account Manager.
* For underground car parks with a maximum entry height of 2.05 metres.
Having grown from the famous demolition company Whelan The Wrecker to a leading waste management company, Whelan Kartaway during the years from 1892 when it was founded by James Whelan in Melbourne, Victoria to 1992 when Kartaway began managing transfer stations for two municipalities in South Australia the company continued its business growth and expansion into other localities over the ensuing 20 years to the present day …………….
The Company commenced filling its solid inert waste landfill in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton. At the completion of filling, ten years ago, three quarters of the two and a half hectare site reverted to ownership by the local Council for inclusion in the Chain of Parks programme. This was at no cost to the Community.
The operations of Peninsula Kartaway Pty. Ltd. were integrated into the Holding Company when the Hawe family retired from the business.
Melbourne’s first privately owned and operated Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Depot was opened on Company premises in East Brunswick. This facility services the inner northern suburbs and provided a viable alternative to the quickly diminishing landfill sites in the area.
Kartaway (Qld.) commenced operations on the Sunshine Coast increasing the service area to the greater part of South-East Queensland which includes metropolitan Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The successful redevelopment of the Campbelltown Transfer Station in suburban Adelaide was undertaken.
The purchase of Aussie Bins in Penrith allowed for the expansion of the N.S.W. operations into the South West area of metropolitan Sydney.
1999 During this year we completed our 1,000,000th order.
On January 7th 2002 after 45 years service Tony Whelan, the Managing Director of Whelan Kartaway Pty Ltd, retired. Tony remains on the Board as Chairman. The day to day operations of the business are controlled by his two sons (James and Mark) the fourth generation of Whelans to work in the family business.
Stage two construction works at Kartaway’s transfer station in East Brunswick are completed. Works included the construction of three additional tipping bays that allows capacity to be increased by 60 percent.
Kartaway (QLD) Pty. Ltd. moved office to Salisbury and opened its first Waste Recycling Depot on-site.
Kartaway (QLD) Pty. Ltd. became a fully owned subsidiary of Whelan Kartaway Pty. Ltd.
Waste Recycling operations were expanded by the opening of facilities in the Brisbane suburb of Chermside, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast regions.
This year saw the introduction and commencement of Rear lift services.
The Victorian Operation opened a Transfer Station and Recycling Centre in the south eastern suburb of Braeside. This facility services the eastern and south eastern suburbs with a capacity in excess of 75,000 cubic metres per annum.
WKM Engineering was established in Campbellfield to service the Company’s engineering requirements and to service other Waste Company’s needs.
2009 During this year we completed our 2,000,000th order.
John Muller, a founding Director of the Holding Company announced his retirement from the Board.
Celebrated 120 years and appointed Christine Whelan as Non-Executive Director.
Kartaway also moved Head Office from North Melbourne to Kirkdale Street, Brunswick East.