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The History of JJ Richards

J.J. Richards and Sons Pty Ltd (J.J. Richards) was established by Joseph John Richards, who won his first refuse and sanitary kerbside collection contract in Murwillumbah Shire in 1932.

The company has come a long way since those days and today the company has operations throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and New Zealand. J.J. Richards has a fleet of over 1,800 vehicles and employs over 2,200 people.

J.J. Richard performs a variety of solid, hazardous and liquid waste collection services for over 110,000 commercial customers and performs 2.5 million domestic garbage, recycling, sanitary and green waste collections services per week under contract for 63 local authorities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The services provided by J.J. Richards today extend well beyond domestic kerbside and now includes an extensive range of commercial and domestic services providing customers with Total Waste Management Solutions for all of their waste issues.

The company continues to be owned and managed by the family of the founder and has grown to be one of the largest privately owned waste management companies in Australia.

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1932
August 22

Our Beginnings

Our Beginnings
JJ Richards was first established in 1932 by Joseph John Richards, who won his first refuse and sanitary kerbside collection contract in Murwillumbah Shire.
1949
January 22

Established workshops and manufacturing facility

Established workshops and manufacturing facility on the Pacific Highway
1950
January 1

J.J. Richards & Sons founded

Partnership founded between Joe (Snr) and Joe (Jnr). It then became J.J. Richards & Sons
1962
January 22

Won the Toowoomba Council Contract

Won the Toowoomba Council Contract
JJ Richards won the Toowoomba Council refuse contract.
1965
August 23

Developed side loading waste collection

Developed side loading waste collection
JJ Richards developed side loading waste collection.
1966
February 7

Developed front loading waste collection

Developed front loading waste collection
JJ Richards developed front loading waste collection.
1968
January 1

won Albert Shire and Redland Shire contracts

JJ Richards won Albert Shire and Redland Shire contracts
January 22

Industrial waste services in Toowoomba

Commenced industrial waste services in Toowoomba utilising newly developed overhead loader trucks
1970
January 1

J.J.R & Sons was incorporated in New South Wales

J.J.R & Sons was incorporated in New South Wales as a company. Then became J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd
1973
January 1

Head office in Cleveland Qld

Head office was set up in Cleveland Qld
1984
January 1

Wheelie bin contract in Qld – Albert Shire Council

Introduced the first 240 L wheelie bin contract in Qld – Albert Shire Council
1986
January 1

Commenced operations in Sydney

JJ Richards commenced operations in Sydney
1987
January 1

Commenced operation in Melbourne

JJ Richards commenced operation in Melbourne
August 23

Introduction of the first solo truck

Introduction of the first solo truck
JJ Richards introduced the first solo truck in Albert Shire QLD, designed to collect standard 240L bins. This innovation revolutionised domestic collections in Australia. Trialled in Redlands in 1988.
1995
January 1

Opened our first full scale MRF at Stapylton, QLD

Opened our first full scale MRF at Stapylton, QLD
JJ Richards opened first full scale MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) at Stapylton, QLD
January 22

First split recycling vehicle

First split recycling vehicle
Introduction of the first split recycling vehicle
1999
January 22

International operation in Auckland, New Zealand

International operation in Auckland, New Zealand
JJ Richards commences international operation in Auckland, New Zealand.
2003
January 1

Commenced a joint venture with Collex (Ltd)

Commenced a joint venture with Collex (Ltd)
Commenced a joint venture with Collex (Ltd) for the development of the Ti-Tree Bio-Reactor Landfill. This was the first of its kind in Australia.
2008
January 1

Opened Stapylton Transfer Station

Opened Stapylton Transfer Station
Opened Stapylton Transfer Station.  This was the first full-scaled facility of this type in the company.
2009
August 23

Introduction of J-Track

Introduction of J-Track
JJ Richards introduced the J-Track tracking system
2010
January 1

Partnership with Southern Oil

Partnership with Southern Oil
Formed a partnership with Southern Oil to commence oil collection and re-refining business.
2011
January 1

Partnership with CQ Compost in Emerald

Formed a partnership with CQ Compost in Emerald.
2013
January 1

Closed last MRF

Closed last MRF
Closed last MRF operation in Toowoomba.
April 22

Oil Recovery Facility at Wacol

Oil Recovery Facility at Wacol
JJ Richards opened Oil Recovery Facility at Wacol.
October 22

Acquired Triple R Oil Collection Company

Acquired Triple R Oil Collection Company
JJ Richards acquired Triple R Oil Collection Company and the ‘Oil Centre’ in Melbourne.
2014
April 22

New Toowoomba Depot and Transfer Station

New Toowoomba Depot and Transfer Station
New Toowoomba Depot and Transfer Station Opened (19 July 2014). 52 years of operation in Toowoomba and Queensland.
August 23

Opened Northern Oil Re-Refinery in Gladstone

Opened Northern Oil Re-Refinery in Gladstone
JJ Richards opened the Northern Oil Refinery in Gladstone, QLD. Largest and most advanced Re-Refinery in Australia.
September 23

Introduced the JJ Richards customer portal App

Introduced the JJ Richards customer portal App
JJ Richards launched the JJ Richards customer portal App for iPhone and Android.
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