Couple start local trash can cleaning company – The Vacaville Reporter


Disposal of rubbish is a necessity and fortunately waste disposal companies have a system in place to transport rubbish to the appropriate locations. The downside is that even when the discarded banana peels and chicken bones are taken away, if they are not properly cleaned, an aroma will still linger on the bins months or years later.

So if there’s some rank in your neighborhood, who will you call? Have fun cleaning the trash can!

Vacaville residents Brittany and Justin Robinson founded the company last year to help Solano County residents with this much-needed service. Justin said he and his family had a similar ministry in South Dakota, where he was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He is now stationed at Travis Air Force Base performing maintenance on the KC-10 and was living in Vacaville when he discovered there was no such service locally.

“Last summer, when it was over 40 degrees, we noticed that the flies and bugs were quite active near trash cans,” he said.

Justin said it also became apparent when he and Brittany accompanied their eldest daughter to Browns Valley Elementary School.

“On trash day, when you started seeing this long line and row of trash cans, our two-year-old was like, ‘Oh, Mom, it stinks!'” he said.

The Robinsons found that while there were such stores in Sacramento and San Francisco, none served Solano.

“We realized that if no one here is doing it and no one is serving us here, we hope we can do our part to clean up Vacaville and Solano County,” Justin said.

Happy Bins Cleaning mainly serves Vacaville and Fairfield but has also had customers in Dixon, Suisun City, Rio Vista, Benicia, Davis and Winters. Services are offered for all three types of living containers, and the opening price for initial service is $65 for all three containers plus $10 for any additional containers. After that, customers can sign up for monthly or quarterly cleanings.

“All of our customers tell us they’ve never been cleaned,” Justin said. “Quarterly and monthly are much easier to manage if they stay with us.”

Brittany said there’s a reason they don’t just clean a trash can.

“We found that it’s best to service all three bins just to make sure cross-contamination or possible bacteria or animals don’t end up in one of the bins rather than all three bins at once,” she said.

The process works by having customers call Brittany or Justin, text or email them, and fill out a questionnaire on the website. On the day of a client’s community garbage pickup, the Robinsons arrive in their truck after the garbage has been picked up and park at the curb. They spray the containers with an eco-friendly degreaser, then the containers are hoisted onto a trailer equipped with sprayers that douse the containers with 200-degree water that kills germs and bacteria. The Robinsons then pressure wash the outside of the bins and then apply a deodorizing citrus mist to disinfect the cleaned bins.

The Robinsons have tried advertising on Google and social media sites, and their site has a referral feature that allows customers to refer their friends to the service. They also hope for strong word of mouth.

Justin said customers were “thrilled” with the service.

“Most didn’t realize that their trash cans could get that clean again,” he said.

Brittany said customers even said the bins were clean enough to eat from.

“Not that we would recommend it,” she clarified.

Brittany also said customers liked the family feel and “the kindness that we try and offer.”

Happy Bins Cleaning is indeed a family business and the Robinsons’ three children often accompany them on cleaning expeditions.

Justin said the deal is a big change for him after 20 years in the structure of the military.

“We finally have a little piece that we can do on our own,” he said. “We saw that there is an opportunity to contribute, we can bring something that maybe not everyone has offered before. Every time we are invited back, it shows how much effort we put into it.”

Brittany said she likes being part of something big.

“I love the piece that we can actually give back to the community and provide a service to help clean up the neighborhoods,” she said.

Once Justin retires from the Air Force next year, Brittany hopes to turn it into a full-time venture. They are also trying to work with the Department of Defense for its career skills program.

“What we would offer is an internship process where we teach business administration, skills and pressure washing for members transitioning out of the military,” Justin said.

Given the focus on keeping things clean during the COVID-19 pandemic, Happy Bins Cleaning says Justin provides a necessary role.

“We’re just glad that we can offer a service that maybe not everyone wants or can do on their own,” he said.

Happy Bins Cleaning’s website is Happybinscleaning.com. For more information, call 320-3435 or email CustomerCare@HappyBinsCleaning.com.

https://www.thereporter.com/2022/03/18/couple-founds-local-trash-can-cleaning-business/ Couple start local trash can cleaning company – The Vacaville Reporter

Dais Johnston

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