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RapidClean has opened its first store in
Darwin in Winnellie as part of a joint
venture deal with Ironbark Aboriginal
RapidClean NT store owner Steve
O’Burtill has been a member of the
RapidClean Group since 2000 with his
business Principal Products, which operates
a standalone store in Alice Springs.
O’Burtill said RapidClean’s NT
primary target market will be indigenous
organisations, with the store also to have a
minimum of 50 per cent Indigenous staff.
“We’ll work to our strengths and our
strengths will be to work with [Indigenous]
organisations to start with and then we will
O’Burtill said his existing store will
operate as a business partner to RapidClean
NT, servicing Alice Springs.
Next for RapidClean NT is a digital
presence, which O’Burtill expects to be
Longer term O’Burtill plans to move into
New Zealand-based TerraCyclic International,
maker of the TerraCyclic Bio Bin, has
launched a range of retrofit parts for its
sanitary waste disposal system, ahead of plans
to replicate the bin’s disposable cartridge
design in other washroom categories.
First launched in 2008, the TerraCyclic
Bio Bin contains a flexible and disposable
cartridge, allowing for all waste to be
removed from inside the cartridge.
The cartridge consists of a cap, modesty
flap and liner that contains biodegradable,
antimicrobial and deodorising additives.
Chris Lovatt, who took sole ownership
of TerraCyclic from washroom company
Powder Room Services in 2011, says a
key feature of the Bio Bin is its dome-
like shape, which has been designed with
freight in mind.
The bin is also environmentally friendly
with the cartridges made from non-toxic
plastic with biodegradable additives.
In New Zealand, Fresh and Clean is one
of the largest distributors of the TerraCyclic
It is also gaining traction internationally,
with distributors in more than 15 countries
including the US and throughout Europe.
RapidClean heads to Northern Territory
TerraCyclic builds on Bio Bin offering
For almost 10 years the TerraCyclic Bio Bin has continued to evolve its unique format. TerraCyclic director
Chris Lovatt spoke with INCLEAN editor Claire Hibbit about the sanitary waste disposal system’s latest
advancements to hit the market this year.
“It’s not just a bin, it’s a whole system,”
“You can service a bin in about 10
seconds, so it’s very quick and very efficient
on the service side. It’s a whole different
way of thinking.
TerraCyclic has released a range of
additional, retrofit parts for the unit, which
are currently being trialed by a handful of
distributions in NZ as well as the US and
Belgium. The add-on components include a
foot peddle, automatic sensor and base plinth.
“The bins can now be tailored made for
what the customer wants,” said Lovatt.
“Some sites may just want to have a basic
bin while others can have more features,
which I think is quite a unique option for
sanitary bins. So far the feedback about the
retrofit parts has been very positive, clients
like that they have the option to add to the
existing bin,” he said.
The company’s next move is to launch a
diaper unit that uses the same cartridge-
“One thing we’ve learnt is that the
current systems for nappies are often too
big and too heavy to be changed and it
becomes a health and safety issue. My plan
is to provide the capacity in the form of
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a larger facility in Darwin. “We currently
have a small showroom but our plan is to
grow the business over the next three years
in the location that we’re in. After that we’ll
look to expand into a larger location, with
bigger showroom facilities.”
RapidGroup general manager Bruce Lees,
said the new store completes RapidClean’s
“We are very excited to support Principal
Products on this joint venture with Ironbark
Aboriginal Corporation. Our group is
wholly Australian owned and has 50
stores throughout Australia but we were
previously unrepresented in Darwin.
“This joint venture now completes
our national footprint and enables us to
compete with multinational companies to
supply national contracts.
The Rapid Group will assist the joint
venture with purchasing power and
technical support to aid with securing
Customer service officer Sue Piening and manager
James Verdon at the new RapidClean NT store
RapidClean NT exterior
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