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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PRO PROPERTY CARE, Jan 18, 2004.


    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    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....
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    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.
  3. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    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.
  4. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    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.

  5. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    Blow onto hard surfaces and ride over with your LazerUltraVac?
  6. Mac V2.0

    Mac V2.0 LawnSite Member
    from Mid OH
    Messages: 92

    Honestly, talk to a local MRDD (Mentally ******** 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 :)
  7. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    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...
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Trash collection? Color me gone...
  9. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518


    What commercial accounts do not include trash & debris removal?
  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    The handheld vac's will get the paper trash and cig butts up.

    4 days a week?

    Bid high!

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