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Walkabout Industries

Recycling and shredding paper, bagging firewood and producing potting mixture.

Walkabout Industries delivers a range of services, from paper recycling and security shredding, to potting mix production and packaging.

With a dynamic team of 40 supported employees and 8 supervisors across two primary businesses, Walkabout Industries continues our commitment to providing employment and training to Tasmanians with disabilities. Our products and services include:

Paper Recycling and Security Shredding

With three commercial shredders that shred approximately one tonne of paper per hour and a team that processes up to 1,500 tonnes of recycled paper each year, Walkabout Industries provides a highly professional service for confidential information destruction and ensuring that paper is recycled responsibly.

Our customers include large commercial operators, document storage facilities, government departments, local offices, and general households, to which we offer a variety of premium services:

  • Lockable 240 litre wheelie bins, available for hire throughout Southern Tasmania.
  • Paper collection and delivery options to suit your business needs.
  • A Certificate of Destruction to verify the security of each shredding process.

Read our Capability and Capacity Statement for secure document destruction.

Firewood Bagging Operation

Walkabout Industries has expanded their bagged firewood business to now include up to 24 locations mostly in petrol station outlets. Our customers include K&D Warehouse, Bennetts Caltex Service stations, and Woolworths Caltex service stations, the Clennetts Fork in the Road stores and the K&D stores.

We buy our wood from Leslievale Landscaping & Gravel, a member of the Firewood Association of Australia ensuring that the wood taken from our forests meets all national rules and regulations for the sale of firewood. Walkabout also belongs to the Firewood Association of Australia, and we take great care that we deliver to our customers a quality product that we guarantee to specifications.

Potting Mixture

Walkabout Industries proudly mixes, packs and distributes over 120,000 bags of quality-tested potting soil each year – boosting the growth of fresh veggies and flowers across the island state.

With a client John Clennett Mitre 10, Yates wholesalers, and nurseries such as New Town Station Nursery. Our potting soils are produced from Tasmanian-sourced ingredients wherever possible, and manufactured to Australian standard AS 3743. Ingredients are measured, mixed and packaged by our team on site, before sending products into stores, flower pots and gardens across the state.

In line with our wide variety of products and services, Walkabout Industries offers a full range of work opportunities for all employees together with  both in-house and accredited training. We pride ourselves on building a culture where everyone has a sense of ownership in what they do.

“I knew I wanted to be a part of a team that worked to make sure that everyone was important and OAK appealed to me because of this. I can see a very bright future and would like nothing more than to be a part of this organisation for many years to come.”

– Braeden, an employee in the potting mixture division of Walkabout Industries. Read more of Braeden’s story.

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