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Hearty trucks trundle through the deserted streets, working swiftly under the cover of darkness. In the quiet evening hours, these trucks hum and rumble their way from destination to destination, set with an important task that is seldom thought of. Large containers of garbage and recycling wait to be loaded up and deposited in the landfill by hard working hands and dedication. Beichner Waste Services has returned to the area, bringing local heart and commitment into a ‘dirty’ business. “We try to service our customers at night, when there is no one else out,” Cliff Wilkin, co-owner, explains. Constant consideration is given to his customers’ experience. “Most customers, you don’t hear anything from – that’s when you know you’re doing a good job.”
Beichner Waste Services is a familiar name to many in the area. Bud Beichner originally opened the business in 1963, and had a successful run spanning over two decades. In 1989, he decided to sell his business. His son, John Beichner, as well as Sean Dixon and Cliff Wilkin, reopened the company in March of 2013 with great success. “We are the second largest small dumpster business in the South County area,” Cliff says with pride. “Being totally locally owned and operated, we are more accessible and much more aware of local needs.” Offering a wide range of disposal and recycling services, Beichner Waste Services is a homegrown business that is well-equipped to take on any job.
With a history in the waste and recycling industry, the owners decided to give it a try on their own. “I had worked with my partners for eight years, including John’s dad,” Cliff says. “The partners saw a lot of consolidation and they decided they wanted to do something new.” Originally from New Orleans, Cliff was ready to move back home, and left Chautauqua County looking for any reason to stay. He was visiting his mother when he got the invitation to participate. “I was in New Orleans for two or three days, and these guys called me,” he explains. Returning, he drew up a business plan, and banks began showing interest. “It was really unusual to get this…to me, it was another miracle, a sign I was doing something I was meant to do.”
In the beginning, Beichner Waste Services started from scratch, building a sturdy foundation. “When you start something from scratch, it really takes a while to identify your routes,” Cliff says. “We were probably only going out to Jamestown one or two days a week.” The company has grown to include a five day disposal route and two day recycling route in Jamestown, which encompasses Cassadaga and Frewsburg. They also serve Cattaraugus County with a five day disposal route and two day recycling route in Olean.
St. Bonaventure University is a major customer for the company, having a new three year exclusive contract for every day service. “When we got St. Bonaventure, we weren’t even in Cattaraugus County,” he explains. The University is in the middle of their annual RecycleMania competition, a two month recycling contest between colleges and universities. “It’s our responsibility to provide them with increased service and accurate weights during this time.” The Beichner Waste staff is up to the challenge, keeping up with the increase in recycling needs.
In bringing a locally run option to the area, Cliff is certain they have provided several benefits to the area. “People don’t even think about their garbage, but with competition in the area, we’ve saved customers and businesses $50,000 a year,” he says. The company also invests in the economy by buying locally when possible. “All of our income stays in the market; it doesn’t get sent to shareholders in other states.” In a time when community growth is most important, Beichner Waste Services is invested and eager to help.
Beichner Waste Services is located at 5786 Route 380 in Sinclairville, NY. Visit their website, www.beichnerwaste.com or give them a call at 716-962-1020 for more information. “I definitely like keeping our customers happy,” Cliff beams. “It’s great to get positive feedback that you are accomplishing your goals.”