Boyne Island’s “Bin Biz” goes where locals fear to scrub

FRESH START: Paula Tangney and Misti Tatana started the Bin Biz service, providing inside and out cleaning of wheelie bins.
FRESH START: Paula Tangney and Misti Tatana started the Bin Biz service, providing inside and out cleaning of wheelie bins. Tom Huntley GLABINS

THE reek of bins on bin day is horrifying to many people, but for these entrepreneurs, it smelt like a business opportunity.

Boyne Island's new business Bin Biz is striving to shift the stench lurking in wheelie bins.

Misti Tatana and Paula Tangney set up the service, which delivers full inside and out clean of wheelie bins.

The pair moved from New Zealand to Boyne Island five months ago.

After some local research, they came up with the idea when they found no existing services.

"A few of our customers have said there used to be a guy who did it a while ago but doesn't anymore."

Inspired by a smell, they have fulfilled a need within the local community.

"On wheelie bin day the smell would wash through the house," Misti said.

Now three weeks in to providing their service, they have experienced significant interest from locals.

"There was a need for it, and obviously a want too," she said.

She said one of their regular customers even said she thought her bin was so clean she could eat out of it.

Our hot climate has a big impact on the stink emerging from wheelie bins.

"Maggots and bacteria fest on the bottom of bins," Misti said.

They are hoping within four weeks their mobile service will be ready, so they can clean beyond Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.

The ladies use a gurney and hospital grade environmental cleaning products, and also dry the bins.

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