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When Robert Burnside brought the very first front load truck into Hawke’s Bay in 1986 it was one of only a handful in the Country.

Sanitary Landfills were on the distant horizon and nobody thought too much about where waste went or recycling or reducing their waste output. 

When he met Deborah the business had grown into a fleet of vehicles and was the second largest supplier of waste to Landfill in the Bay.

Deborah’s administration and management took the business into the domestic market as well. 

In the early 90's her rear load wheeliebin service was one of only two in the Bay.   

To complement their waste services they looked to divert methane generating greenwaste out of the landfill for which they were highly commended in the Hawke's Bay Environmental Business Awards.  They took this further with their dedicated woodwaste service to Hawke's Bay's builders and manufacturers and diverting that clean wood product to energy.  This program saw the Company win the Business Environmental awards in 2007.

The pair have also worked with National operators, initiating clear plastic recycling runs as well as paper and cardboard collections.  All cardboard and paper collected by Clean Earth is recycled right here in the Bay.  As too is all organic waste collected by Clean Earth ltd.

Today their operation serves Napier and Hastings, they are the preferred suppliers to many of Hawke's Bay's largest businesses and the first choice for National providers looking for a reliable cost effective service for their clients.

Clean Earth can supply and service any configuration of waste and recycling bins, conduct a waste audit and review of your business, serve your home, business or event and because we're here, just like you - you'll find us accessible, responsive, reliable and always looking to deliver the most cost effective option to you.

In the beginning... one man and his truck

Clean Earth Ltd began its days as Tidybins back in the eighties.

Robert Burnside, young, single and having operated a successful hay contracting business in Hawke's Bay, took a trip to the United States for some R&R.

While ranching in California he was asked to phone for the rubbish bin to be emptied and he watched, fascinated by the ease and speed of how the steel bin was emptied. His experience with equipment and entrepreneurial spirit meant he immediately identified that this was an idea that could work back in New Zealand.

He was right.