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Revolve given the arse for Aussie Junk

By johnboy - 24 March 2007 58

The ABC reports that after 18 years of helping Canberrans recycle stuff that goes to the tip Revolve have been turfed out in favour of a mob called Aussie Junk.

We had a look at the tender process last October. Back then opinion was divided as to the merits of both Aussie Junk and Revolve.

Personally I despise any company with the word “Aussie” in it’s title and that goes double for outfits with pig ugly websites and embedded midi files.

What’s Your opinion?

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58 Responses to
Revolve given the arse for Aussie Junk
sheer 12:53 pm 25 Mar 07

So, Stephboyl… worked for any certain junk recycling companies lately?

I-filed 10:25 am 25 Mar 07

No, stephboy, I am not and have never been a dealer. And I know about the pocketing of massive incomes of untaxed cash on top of welfare payments directly from Revolve employees at the time.

Sammy 9:40 am 25 Mar 07

If I had the time today, i’d do a customer review of the two operations. But I don’t 🙂

Danman 8:26 am 25 Mar 07

Jb – your surprised because….. ?

johnboy 11:05 pm 24 Mar 07

new user suddenly has an axe to grind….

stephboyl 10:19 pm 24 Mar 07

I-filed, Let me guess, Are you a dealer? Let me just set you straight about Revolve and its beginnings. Revolve was an Idea that took 7 years of lobbying and negotiation to even get off the ground. The first people that worked and ran revolve Often worked for little or no Pay, It was the first place in the world to even attempt to do something like that. Now they have sprung up all over the world using The model Revolve created. Workers used their own private vehicles and to say they were corrupt is just ill informed.
Yes there was a few shonk’s out there over the years but did you ever think that the antique in question may have been valued and bought for a fair price?

I imagine the true story was you wanted to buy the Chinese ceramic for $1 and sell it at a great profit yourself , you missed out on a quick buck and to this day you still hold a grudge! How do you know how much they were getting paid anyway?

Revolve has given hundreds of local people jobs over the last 18 years and ALL the money has always stayed within the company and within canberra

If Aussie junk take over (and its by far a done deal) You will see less quality items and the Canberra Community will see little or no Return

stephboyl 10:06 pm 24 Mar 07

I think it Has to be one of the worst decisions this government has made yet! Aussie Junk are a private company owned by someone who has millions of dollars and lives on the Gold coast. All the money will leave canberra and staff will be bought in from outside. How do you tender an idea, their customers and good will?

The government never wanted revolve to start in the first place!

As for Aussie Junk

Staff have been paid directly from days takings in cash,These amounts have been as little as $40 a day for weekend work.

. No OHS guidelines

. No safety clothing or equipment for staff (gloves and boots must be found on the tip). no hep B injections for tip workers, no training of potential hazards.

.General testing of electrical items by unqualified staff and members of the Public is common

.Questionable record keeping of volumes Recycled (often don’t weigh rubbish and weigh reusables more than once) .

. Often do not pay or weigh waste returning to transfer station, this is done by either people on the weigh bridge turning a blind Eye or Aussie Junk staff driving around the the fence line to avoid camera’s and weigh bridge all together.

. No guidelines to what can and cannot be Sold. for example sell bicycle helmets, seat belts and car safety seats. as well as milk crates, beer kegs and poker machines.

. Do not accept marginal items for recycling only top end goods with top end market value.

. have unroadworthy and dangerous vehicles.

. Dumped Glass and other recycling straight to transfer station when It was their responsiblity to recycle.

. Drain car batteries, CFC’s from fridges and Air conditioning units on site.

.Drain contents of wall mounted heating oil tanks in rear yard.

.On more than one occasion have burnt copper wire and removed tyres from alluminium rims with angle grinder during business hours with customers on site.

. Do not have a current ACT second hand dealers license

. Do not employ Locals and are based and registered interstate.

and yes have a shit website


nyssa76 9:51 pm 24 Mar 07

The Aussie Junk website is UGLY!


They should sack the person that designed it and start again.

I-filed 2:57 pm 24 Mar 07

Revolve was totally corrupt and there was quite a cartel happening. Until the receipts system was instigated, employees had about 10 years in which they were pocketing thousands and thousands of dollars – the insiders among them were all on well over the average wage. I spotted an amazing Chinese antique ceramic out there, just in, and should have been available to the first comer (me). They made some llame excuse not to sell it to me, and then it turned up a few days later at an antiques shop in Yarralumla. At the time there was no official arrangement with any preferred buyers.

TAD 2:14 pm 24 Mar 07

Damn spellcheck.

I obviously meant Revolve was too expensive not experience.

Aussie junk charges about half to quarter what Revolve does.

TAD 2:09 pm 24 Mar 07

I second the experience Sammy’s with revolve. Too fussy when trying to drop off stuff and too experience when selling it.

Aussie Junk are great and cheap and achieve the objective of reducing landfill by selling the junk cheap and having a high turn over.

Revolve, good riddance to bad rubbish.

PS Who gives a crap about their website? Not enough youtube videos for you JB?

futto 1:55 pm 24 Mar 07

That website is the worst i have seen in a long time. I feel like im back in 1997! WOW!

Sammy 12:05 pm 24 Mar 07

Yeah, like I said, it appeared to me that Revolve had just stockpiled too much crap that they couldn’t shift.

I assume that some rules must have been in place regarding their ability to send stuff back to the general tip?

tommy 12:03 pm 24 Mar 07

I think Revolve’s problem was that they accepted too much stuff at the start (eg CRT computer monitors, old fridges etc). You just can’t shift that stuff.

Sammy 11:58 am 24 Mar 07

I’m not that surprised. The last couple of times i’ve attempted to take things to Revolve they’ve rejected them. This included items which I would consider reusable & saleable.

Case in point:

I attempted to deliver a commercial quality bookcase to Revolve, which I had previously purchased from ex-Gov furniture in Fyshwick. These things are built very solidly, and would probably survive a nuclear blast, along with the cockroaches.

Anyway, Revolve weren’t interested, as they already had enough ‘bookcases’. A quick survey of their site indeed revealed quite a number of bookcases, most of which were falling apart and generally crappy.

And so I was diverted to the landfill delivery point. Upon arrival at the security booth where you hand over your cash for disposal charges, the security guard in the booth says to me “hey, thats a nice looking bookcase. Are you throwing it away?”.

The guard offers to take it off my hands if i’ll help him load it onto his roofracks. Alas, we determine that his roofracks are not up for the job, and the bookcase ends up in the landfill.

From an outsiders point-of-view, it appeared like Revolve were stockpiling a massive amount of useless crap, and lately their business model seemed to be:

“Accept nothing, and attempt to sell everything”

Granted, i’ve seen some of the crap that people attempt to deliver to Revolve, such as:

* Three-legged tables
* Very old televisions
* One-wheeled bicycles, etc etc.

I guess the writing was on the wall as soon as this tender process was announced. What happens to all the junk that is currently at Revolve?

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