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PRO PROPERTY CARE
01-18-2004, 07:39 PM
OK , just got a contract for a large mall here. It includes all lawn care, gardens, and garbage clean up. The cleanup is 4 mornings a week, on grass areas and gardens only.
My question is this. Is there an easier way than picking up by hand or with one of those grabbers. Does any one make a back pack type sucker....
thanks
mike

mtdman
01-18-2004, 10:15 PM
My Lesco dealer tried to tell me his leaf vac would suck trash as well as leaves, that a local high school uses it to clean their stands after home football games. Other than that, there are several different companies around here with vacuum trucks they use to clean parking lots.

proenterprises
01-18-2004, 10:18 PM
you might just want to use a blower if their is a fair amount of trash. i would blow out the beds and gardens and blwo all the crap out to the sidewalk or curb. then from their sweep and shovel it into cans.

if your cleaning the entire parking lot-i know that my local stop and shop plaza has a crew come in every sunday night and one guy drives around in a parking lot vac and the other uses the backpack blower and does all the sidewalks as well as the islands.

mrusk
01-18-2004, 10:35 PM
I am just starting my business up this year (i am 18 in 3 months) and i have acctually been thinking about doing acctually garbage pickup also. It would be real easy to bill if you have the customer on a 12 month contract. You can get away with doing garbage pickup with a dumping stakebody. THere is a company by me running several stake trucks. The main thing is you do garbage pickup between 5-8am. So your truck is can still pull the mower trailer all day.

Do you guys think waste managment is even profitable? I would start by offering this service to my customers first then expand furthur.

I am just determined to build big succesful, profitable enterprise. I belive i can do anything i put my mind too. And in my mind i got several different fields i'd like to expand into beside lawncare/landscaping.

matt

TotalCareSolutions
01-18-2004, 11:24 PM
Blow onto hard surfaces and ride over with your LazerUltraVac?

Mac V2.0
01-18-2004, 11:58 PM
Honestly, talk to a local MRDD (Mentally ******ed Delayed and Disabled) program to see about having their adults come out to do the trash pick up. I have no idea of cost, but id imagine it would be far below min wage and would free you up to do other thangs. I KNOW other industries use their labor, so give it a try.

Also, if you want to get creative, talk to a senior citizen and offer him one viagra pill per day to walk around and stab the trash. lol :)

TotalCareSolutions
01-19-2004, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by Mac V2.0
Honestly, talk to a local MRDD (Mentally ******ed Delayed and Disabled) program to see about having their adults come out to do the trash pick up. I have no idea of cost, but id imagine it would be far below min wage lol :)

This guy is trying to run a commercial property care business. I'm not sure someone who is truly familiar with these programs would recommend this group walk around a strip mall, picking up trash for a LCO at $1.25 an hour each.

Where they do work, they are monitored directly by someone from the organization and I don't think they are paid, I believe it's part of an education process...

rodfather
01-19-2004, 02:06 PM
Trash collection? Color me gone...

TotalCareSolutions
01-19-2004, 02:13 PM
Rod,

What commercial accounts do not include trash & debris removal?

HOMER
01-19-2004, 02:53 PM
The handheld vac's will get the paper trash and cig butts up.

4 days a week?

Bid high!

Tvov
01-19-2004, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by mrusk
The main thing is you do garbage pickup between 5-8am. So your truck is can still pull the mower trailer all day.

Do you guys think waste managment is even profitable? I would start by offering this service to my customers first then expand furthur.


matt

In my area, garbage removal is highly competitive and regulated. You should check with your state to see if you can just grab a truck and pickup garbage.

Mac V2.0
01-20-2004, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by TotalCareSolutions
This guy is trying to run a commercial property care business. I'm not sure someone who is truly familiar with these programs would recommend this group walk around a strip mall, picking up trash for a LCO at $1.25 an hour each.

Where they do work, they are monitored directly by someone from the organization and I don't think they are paid, I believe it's part of an education process...

Talk on what you know, not what you assume.

I researched this further this afternoon. Im talking about the 19+ year olds who after graduation have dificulty functioning as typical adults. They have programs where they find them jobs, and train them as the employer wants. In my area, I was wrong that it was below min wage, but there are a few benefits. First, it get that aspect of that job out of the way. Tell them that every morn 7am, have their "students" pick up the trash on these days. Second, you are going to be recognized within the community for employing special needs people. Doing good deeds and getting positive PR for it, win win IMO. :)

muxx
01-20-2004, 07:29 AM
I have a few companies such as MRDD's that do weedeating and flower bed work for me. They are monitored, and their work is priced the same as anyone else's. You would be better off if you could get them to do it by the job. I know alot of people don't want to use these groups, but the image it gives your company, having them do work for you is well worth it. They also work alot harder than any of my employees, by far.

Blades of Steel
01-20-2004, 07:39 AM
That's what I use my 5hp Billy Goat vacuum for. I blow it out to the curb and suck it up. You usually end up picking up more than your share but it makes the job much quicker vs hand grabbers

Tim

rodfather
01-20-2004, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by TotalCareSolutions
Rod,

What commercial accounts do not include trash & debris removal?


Mine? All of them...I'm not there to pick up the trash.

HOMER
01-20-2004, 09:17 AM
If I didn't pick up the trash before I mowed then it would look like we just had a snow storm.

:rolleyes:

askarvelis
01-20-2004, 11:48 AM
Does anybody use sweep trucks as part of their operatio? If so what is the going rate,etc.? I have a Wal-Mart manager that is begging to do his 7 days a week but the money he pays for it don't make sense to me. Should I stick to one thing and do it well?