Waste management firm BPR Group has installed an automatic bin washing line at its materials recycling facility and shredding depot in Purfleet, developed by waste container cleaning specialist VIP Bin Cleaning.
The system was designed in conjunction with manufacturer Hugh Crane and is capable of washing up to 500 240 litre or 360 litre containers per day.
BPR Group is an umbrella company for the commercial waste and confidential shredding businesses Paper Round and Secure Paper.
According to VIP Bin Cleaning, the line is the first ever large in situ automatic wash line it has installed at a waste site.
The fully automated system comprises conveyor and loading systems and computer controlled jet washing systems. Water is heated via gas oil fired boilers.
Safety features such as automatic trip switches, laser trip switches and manual override systems have also been installed.
Bill Swan, managing director of BPR Group, said: “We are delighted with our new wash line, which will enable us to improve our services by providing the best quality in bin cleanliness for our customers, whilst improving the efficiency of the bin cleaning process.”
Mark Harvey, VIP Bin Cleaning’s managing director, said: “As an innovative, forward-thinking and service-oriented business, BPR Group has now become one of the first companies in its sector in the UK to have one of these machines installed.
“We look forward to a productive and strong partnership with the Group.”
BPR has claimed that the efficiency of the new system will help to reduce its carbon footprint.
The installation of the new wash system comes as the company announced Paper Round’s 2 millionth recycling collection.
The company made 1 million recycling collections from businesses in London between 2003 and 2012 and since has doubled this figure, with the 2 millionth collection taking place at Le Pain Quotidien’s Highgate store in September.
Paper Round has collected 95,696 tonnes of waste and recycling over the last four years, the company says.
Mr Swan commented: “We are extremely proud to mark this milestone of our 2 millionth collection by presenting our client LPQ and our drivers with a thank you gift for helping us to get there.”