Bear in mind, a lot of what we transport is not rubbish. That is why we place a massive emphasis on recycling by transporting things back to our Cockburn Central holding yard where they are donated, given away for free, or placed in our Tidy Up Store for sale at very, very low prices.
Or they are stored in preparation for delivery to the many recyclers we work with around the city.
Here is a little bit of our history to date and we have just reworked it to read from present to past:
In June of 2018 we completed the massive task of moving our premises from a yard in Jandakot that we shared with several other businesses to a warehouse and yard of our very own in Cockburn Central. We secured a solid lease and plan to be here for the next few years at least! The move is now complete and it means that we have the ability to divert even more material from landfill! It’s so exciting because it means we can save on very costly landfill fees. This helps us to pay the additional rent plus it increases the effectiveness of our store making it easier for us to flip the things we carry. So please come check us out at 21 Hammond Rd. (access from the gates off Spencer St.) Cockburn Central.
In April of 2015 Tidy Up left home! We moved premises from our family home, to a warehouse in Jandakot. This move was monumental for team Tidy! It gave us a much greater ability to control the items that we transport. We had two outdoor pens for storing various types of scrap metal and electronic waste. We also had two bays to park the larger trucks in (the third truck was still on Tony’s driveway at home). We also had an onsite office constructed from cool room panels inside a warehouse and best of all, we had a small store so we could salvage and on-sell some of the better things that we collected, helping us to divert even more from landfill- hooray!! This was the start of something great and we will always look back at our old Jandakot yard with gratitude.
And above all, Jo and I had our house back! After running from a home, either mine or my parents, for the last 40 years (since 1975), this aspect of the move had been the one that we valued the most.
In December of 2012 Tidy Up sold the bin hire (garden bag) service that the business was founded on.
It is now run by Kardens Garden Bags, a family business owned by Karen & Denis Parker, hence the name Kar-Dens. They already run a large garden bag round in Perth’s Northern suburbs with the help of their son, Ben. Now after acquiring the Tidy Up round, they are the largest garden bag operators in Perth. Karen & Denis are very professional and we could not have wished for a better group of people to take over the bin hire division of Tidy up.
So what did this mean for Tidy Up? We now had time to manage the growth of our rubbish removal service, hooray! We originally offered rubbish removals as an add on to the bin hire service. When we visited to change the bin, customers would ask us to load other materials. Around 2007 we had a truck custom built for this purpose. It’s the 10 cubic metre tipper you see pictured on this website. Early in 2014, we upgraded the cab chassis of that same truck and had the body resprayed, so it was then the newest truck in our fleet. In 2012 we added a 6.5m3 tipper to the fleet and in 2013 we added another 10m3 tipper. All custom built. The 10m3 ones have a few extra bells and whistles like ramps for easy loading and a storage area behind the cab for equipment and items of value.
Looking back to the early days…
Des Berry (my Dad) originally established Tidy Up under the name “Berry’s Jumbo Bags” in 1975 from our first family home in Mt. Pleasant, Western Australia. The business grew very quickly in those days as one of the first of its type in our state. It wasn’t long before competitors jumped in and the garden bag industry was established in WA.
In 1978 a decision was made to try the service overseas. For a number of reasons this did not work out and in 1984 Des returned to resume business under the name Tidy Up here in W.A.
The business was started again from the beginning, and with a lot of hard work and persistence, brought to the point we find ourselves at now. I joined my Dad with great enthusiasm in 1991. Together we built the business and employed a helper around 1994.
Over the years I have endeavoured to take the business to a new level, one that would capitalize on the goodwill that had been established in the community and create employment for others.
The past few years have seen Tidy Up refine the systems and improve the equipment to a point that keeps us on the road 5 to 6 days a week, with the ability to absorb more work and operate with a minimum of downtime. We now have a team of 10 people who pride themselves on the level of service that they offer.
Tidy Up is here for the long term; we truly believe in our product and we welcome the changes that lie ahead.
Thank you for taking the time to read this little piece of Tidy Up’s history. We welcome your feedback, so please drop us a note on the request form– we look forward to hearing from you!