Owner Operator for Garbage Collection?

Discussion in 'Waste Removal and Garbage Truck Driver Forum' started by ItalianStallion1, Nov 29, 2021.

  1. ItalianStallion1

    ItalianStallion1 Bobtail Member

    Nov 29, 2021
    Is there a such thing? Can someone take over a route for an existing company or are we garbage men limited to starting our own routes? It is my ultimate end-goal to start a route.
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  3. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Road Train Member

    Nov 11, 2020
    Wrong forum for that, but you can start any collection company you want.

    Just like mowing lawns, you find your own customers.

    In a place like I live, the government picks the mega company for trash pickup. It is then incorporated into your taxes.
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  4. ItalianStallion1

    ItalianStallion1 Bobtail Member

    Nov 29, 2021
    Thank you for that info. That's about what I figured. What is the correct forum for this type of deal?
  5. lilillill

    lilillill Sarcasm... it's not just for breakfast

    Nov 7, 2007
    Possum Booger, Alabama
    You won't win against Waste Management. Piece of #### corporation.
  6. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    If I had $1 for every time I got placed in “time out” for coming into a waste management landfill over weight or 10 minutes to early I could probably throw a TTR Christmas party for the regulars…

    casella and republic aren’t far behind
  7. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    A lot of places trash services are still regulated by the state PUC. If that’s the case where you live then you’d be looking at hearings and stuff to prove that your services are needed in the market and the competition would be there trying to prove that they provide adequate service and there’s no need for anyone else.
  8. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Depends on where you live.
    You won't stand a chance against big companies
    In the city.

    Find a town where there's no city trash collection.
    That means the people have to take their own trash
    To the dump themselves or pay someone to do it for them.

    Then it's open competition for trash collection.
    Most reliable man wins.

    I live in a small town in Texas.
    No city trash pick up.
    I pay a guy by to pick up my trash every week.
    Used to be 2 or 3 different competitors,
    But he put them out of business by showing
    Up every week, rain, snow or shine.

    Which the other guys wouldn't do.
    No he basically has the whole town.
    He doesn't even have a trash truck.
    He's got a dually with a long flatbed trailer
    He pulls behind it.

    The trailer has a steel cage all the way around it.
    About 6 ft high.
    He just throws the bags over the top of it.

    We're allowed 6 bags per week.
    Everything has to be in a trash bag.

    So the answer is yes,it can be done.
  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014

    It can stay here for awhile then we'll probably move it to Waste Removal and Garbage Truck Driver Forum
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  10. ItalianStallion1

    ItalianStallion1 Bobtail Member

    Nov 29, 2021
    And they charge the most. Here it is $233 per ton. I ended up making a deal for junk removal for $40 per ton at a local transfer station but it is otherwise robbery and rudeness at the landfills.
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  11. ItalianStallion1

    ItalianStallion1 Bobtail Member

    Nov 29, 2021

    Thanks for the insight. It looks more and more like customer accounts in the country are the way to go.
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  12. ItalianStallion1

    ItalianStallion1 Bobtail Member

    Nov 29, 2021
    There are about 5 private garbage companies here and the "old timers" here in Detroit refuse to sell to the big 3 (WM, GFL, Priority). They are holding onto territories for dear life. But the owners are starting to get old. One of them is in his mid 80's and smokes a pack a day plus cigars. Somebody's gonna buy that company.
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