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In the 1960’s, before Ireland entered the ECC, the farming sector in rural Ireland was struggling. Having just purchased his first tractor for the farm Seán Higgins began collecting cardboard from local retailers in order to supplement his income. This would continue for almost 20 years into the early 1980’s.
In 1982 Sean’s son John Higgins borrowed the tractor and trailer from the farm and started delivering blocks and collecting waste disposal from the growing construction industry. This was the beginning of Higgins Waste & Recycling in its current form.
Most of the 90’s was spent increasing our capacity to continue servicing the construction industry as well as expanding our offering to service small businesses and large factories in Tralee and the immediate surroundings. Due to this continued expansion the business was incorporated as a company in 1998, with John and his wife Jacqueline as directors.
In the 00’s our amenity centre was opened to the public in order to promote our ethos of recycling to our customers. Due to its great location and ease of access the centre has proven to be a huge success with our customers who wish to manage their own waste and recycling goods. It is an extremely cost effective system of segregating goods and as people have become more environmentally conscious our centrally located amenity centre has become increasing popular.
Today, still being led by John & Jacqueline Higgins and supported by their two sons, Sean and Brian, Higgins Waste & Recycling is into its 3rd generation and remains one of Kerry’s leading Waste Management Companies employing over 20 staff and offering a wide range of services to both industry and households.
Our Headquarters at The Kerries, Tralee, County Kerry, is where we run our four core areas of the business; commercial and domestic waste disposal, materials recovery and recycling, C&D and our dedicated amenity centre.
Our family values combined with the knowledge in sustainability and efficient waste collection, built up over 3 generations, allow us to offer superior customer service and cost effective solutions for our customers. We currently recycle timber; steel & glass, plastic bottles, clothes, mixed recyclables and provide door-to-door collection of mixed dry recyclables.
At Higgins Waste & Recycling Services Ltd we are passionate about the waste and recycling industry and have initiated a number of sustainability initiatives to meet our goal of “Zero Waste”. The key focus is for us is to divert as much waste as possible from land fill and recycle this waste into reusable materials.
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