Waste Solutions for the 21st Century

About Kollect

Who we are

Welcome to the colourful universe of Kollect. By skillfully juggling bins, skips and junk removal we create waste solutions for the 21st century. Kollect is a young Irish Start-up. From the get-go we’ve wanted to create alternative waste solutions that give people more flexibility and save money.


From the get-go we’ve wanted to change the waste industry, give freedom back to the people and offer alternative waste methods. Hurray we hear you say!

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We provide Nationwide Skip Hire. Thinking of doing a big clear-out? Kollect are only a hop, "skip" and a jump away to help...like what we did there!

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Feeling too lazy to load a skip yourself? We thought, hey why not provide an alternative to Skip Hire and provide a Man with a Van solution, where we do all the work!

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We believe passion is essential to what we do and who we are. We genuinely care about our customers. We are building a company that inspires people to do great things together and we want to deliver wow through customer service.



We believe that effective communication and collaboration are impossible without respect and honesty. We strive to be straight up, always do right by our customers.


Nobody likes waiting for an answer. We believe it is essential to be prompt in replying to customers, that’s why we have a target of responding to customers of 1 minute or less. Be Prompt, Always Keeping Customers in the Loop.


Meet Our Awesome Team

Professional and outstanding ideas from our passionate team makes us unique in every sense.

Each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our company:
Exceed Expectations: Deliver Wow through Customer Service.
Be You: Authentic, Positive, with a Can-Do Attitude
Honest: Be Straight Up, Always do right by our Customers.
Responsive: Be Prompt, Always Keeping Customers in the Loop


John O’Connor

CEO & Co-Founder

Meet John O’Connor, the brainchild behind Kollect along with his other two founders. John is a serial entrepreneur. You may even think that all his ideas are great but nothing could be farther from the truth. Thomas Edison once said “I failed my way to success” and this really sums up John. He owned a Subway franchise, a number of carwash and Valet businesses, a gym business, an online shop, a solid fuel business, an online cleaning booking engine and a drop off waste facility company.…Yes, our John is quite the trier! John finally got it right with Kollect though! He got together with his two co-founders and they put a team together and ran with it. John is the most determined and driven person we know. John is the person that made customer service Kollect’s number 1 priority, he reminds us daily that its all about the customer. John is married to patient and wonderful Niamh and has a darling son named James. There is nothing he likes better than spending time with his family, dressing James in the same clothes as him and running his heart out along the Williamstown road listening to Hip Hop. With the sheer amount of work John takes on he can sometimes get a little “volatile” which keeps everyone in the office on their toes.

This is where his nickname of “The Volcano” came from….we told him it was because everyone thinks he is hot…Despite this though he is also a very generous person, he doesn’t talk about it himself but many of his friends would say how John has helped them out in times of need. When someone needs a dig out, John drops everything to help which is a quality that is very lacking in this day and age. John is a great guy to work with, and inspires everyone around him to see the long term vision and work towards it. He encourages people to succeed and excel in their roles. John has the uncanny ability of bringing out the best in the people around him and everyone here in Kollect love him for it. 🙂 Johns interesting fact is that you will never be safe leaving a pen or iPhone charger around the office, as it will either be chewed to death or never seen


Robbie Skuse

CSO & Co-Founder
The Baby

Robbie is one of Ireland’s youngest chancers, and was already on his second start up by the age of 24. His title in Kollect is Head of Business Development which he successfully combines with that of Chief Office Cleaner. Robbie also enjoys the finer things in life and finds himself in the exclusive South Dublin suburb of Ranelagh 4 days a week. He can frequently be seen between the Tap House & McSorley’s and is also known to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the upmarket 5 star Butcher’s Grill.

Although the youngest in the office, he is without doubt the most sensible and level headed. He never losses his cool, which isn’t easy when you work in such a hectic environment. Robbie’s dedication is second to none, with him always being the last in the office to leave. He is a UCC graduate, with huge involvement in the Irish Startup Scene. Robbie was the lead organiser of Startup Weekend Cork, and current curates the Waterford Startup Digest and organises Waterford Founder Friday Meetup. Little known fact about Robbie: He drives the flashiest car in the office.#bemorelikerobbie


John Hegarty

COO & Co-Founder


Aine Curtin

Operations Manager
Aine 'Multi-tasker' Curtin

Aine ‘Multi-tasker’ Curtin is central to how Kollect runs so efficiently and smoothly. She is quite literally the Mary Poppins of the office. As operations manager, she ensures the smooth running of all of our trucks and makes sure that all collection runs are completed with the minimum of fuss or hassle. She is totally aware that if anything goes wrong in any area of the business she will be blamed by management and deals daily with the threat of ‘it was your fault’. In her Mary Poppins role Aine also takes responsibility for organising team lunches, coffee rounds and keeping the snacks stocked. Aine has a competitive (like serious) streak in her when it comes to crazy golf, where she can be found on the Tramore course 3 times a week. Unfortunately her bowling skills leave a lot to be desired, a bit like her parking where her car can be found across two spots on a weekly basis. ?

Aine is not only the Operations Manager, she is central to all of the different departments at Kollect coming together and working as efficiently as possible and is a major reason why Kollect has been such a success so far. The two loves of Aine’s life (outside of operations) are Barry, her husband and her son Cathal. Aine is originally from Youghal (by the sea) where she moved to Waterford 13 years ago to attend W.I.T & has never left . Aine seems to have disowned her Cork colours for the Deise Blue & White, however her accent still holds strong. Aine has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and has spent the last 10 years working within the Irish and UK Telecommunications industry working her way up into a management role across which spread across all areas of the industry.


As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat!

Claire Jennings

Digital Marketing Specialist

Claire is the latest addition to the Kollective but has settled in very quickly. Being a big animal lover and an all round superstar worker she fits in very well around the office. Claire brings a well needed calmness to the bustling office. Claire is definitely a great addition to the Kollect team and we know we would be lost without her. Claire heads up our SEO department (I don’t know what that means either) and also leads the social media/PPC department (No, we didn’t let her write this).

Since starting here you have probably noticed a big improvement to our Facebook page as we now actually post stuff. Claire is married to the lucky Stubear and they have a cat and a dog who they treat like royalty. Not all animals hold such a strong place in her heart, Just ask the HUGE spider that lives on the windowsill behind her. No one in the office has the heart..or bravery to kill it so poor Claire must learn to live with her new friend. Claire can also be found with blueprints of the Vic pub in Tramore as she plans to steal their beloved cat. Be warnedThe Victoria House. Claire has been late into work every Monday for the past 3 weeks and we just cant understand why….when we mention it to her she just says stuff like “Winter is Coming” or shouts “Lord of the Eyrie and Defender of the Vale”…Honestly I don’t have a clue what she’d be going on about. Interesting fact about Claire is that she is a secret sci-fi nerd, who loves nothing better than watching films with her hubby stubear and pips while enjoying a nice glass of wine. Ah yes, Our Claire enjoys the finer things in life. ?

Claire's Skills

Graphic design


Jimmy Fitzgerald

Head of Customer Care

Jimmy is responsible for customer experience and customer service. This role is at the heart of what Kollect is about. One of our core values is to exceed expectations and deliver wow through customer service, which Jimmy does day in and day out. Jimmy passions include leaving the office for “half an hour”, only to return 6 hours later with a new tan, a fresh haircut and zero wrinkles (strong rumours about botox) Jimmy is also a keen gym goer & has been known to frequent the driving range out in Tramore on more than one occasion practising for the sole reason of trying to win the weekly Kollect crazy golf competition, he is an avid sports fan. However, fear not ladies. In Jimmy’s own words, he is “single & ready to mingle” 😉 Jimmy’s interesting fact is that he has a full blown American/Waterford accent and will often be heard mentioning the words “mam, parking lot, cellphone & awesome” defending these with long fascinating stories of his years spent living in Savanagh, Georgia. Turns out Jimmy went on holiday to Hawaii for 2 weeks in 2004 & never lost the accent.

On a serious note, Jimmy Graduated from Shannon College of Hotel Management in 1991 and has 25 years of front of house customer care & experience with Jurys Doyle’s, Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn Hotels. Jimmy is a very kind hearted person who goes out of his way to help others.The apple of Jimmy’s eye is all of his nieces & nephews, he enjoys nothing more than spending time hanging out with them.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Rosie Hoban

Customer Support


Pat Byrne

Head of New Accounts

The Office

We feel pretty blessed that each day we can do what we love most. And that’s exactly the vibe we maintain within our office – a place with unconditional space for creativity, expression, reflection and having a good time.


We’re top-notch listeners, so feel free to drop us a line anytime. We take pride in our customer service and have an average response time of 1 minute. Have a read of some of the reviews left by our happy campers on Facebook


When you’re always aiming for the highest, it just so happens you get recognised every now and then.

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Bank of Ireland’s StartUp Awards Winner 2016


Ireland’s StartUp Weekend Winner


Intertrade Ireland’s Seedcorn Winner


Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund Winner


Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur – 3rd place Winner


Google Adopt a StartUp Programme Finalists

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