6 December 2019 by James Langley

Equipment news round-up (5/12/19)

With news on: Wilrose Environmental hires fleet with bin weighing technology; Leafield Environmental launches bin range for on-street recycling; S Norton & Co purchases rail cutter; integrated dashcam launched by Quartix and Fleet Focus, and; wet processing plant improves recycling rate for Hereford Quarries.

Wilrose Environmental hires bin weighing fleet 

Surrey-based waste management company Wilrose Environmental has hired a fleet of vehicles fitted with dynamic bin weighing technology.

The vehicles, Scania P320s with Dennis Olympus bodies and Beta trade lifts, are on a five-year contract hire from Refuse Vehicle Solutions.

Wilrose Environmental has hired a fleet of vehicles fitted with dynamic bin weighing technology

Carey Bishop, director of Wilrose Environmental, said: “We need to identify the weight of each bin to make sure the bins can be lifted, the vehicles aren’t overloaded and for accurate billing purposes, so both vehicles are equipped with bin-weighing.”

Each vehicle is fitted with the Enviroweigh bin weighing system from Vehicle Weighing Solutions, which provides individual bin weights whilst displaying a running total of collected weights.

PurGo waste management software is used by the company to track and monitor waste and recycling collections.

Wilrose Environmental has also purchased a used 15T DAF/NTM refuse vehicle from RVS to boost its fleet further.


Leafield Environmental launches on-street recycling range

Wiltshire-based plastic fabrication company Leafield Environmental has launched a new range of square bins for on street recycling.

The company says the Square Heritage Recycling range’s WRAP compliant colour coded inserts with ‘propeller’ apertures and explicit colour coded graphics means each bin can be adapted for the collection of specific recyclate streams.

Leafield Environmental has launched a new range of square bins for on street recycling

This makes it easier for the public to work out where specific waste should be put.

The new bins have a 110-litre capacity, a diagonal hinged, slam-shut door for easy access and ridged outer walls to prevent unwanted fly posting.

Leafield Environmental manufactures plastic litter and recycling bins, agricultural products, materials handling products and street furniture using rotational moulding.

Rotational moulding, also known as rotomoulding, is used in the making of hollow articles.


S Norton & Co purchases rail cutter

Scrap processing business S Norton & Co has purchased a VTN RP2000 rail cutter to process end-of-life rail track more easily into various lengths.

The VTN RP2000 rail cutting attachment, bought from hydraulic equipment supplier ECY Haulmark, is fitted to a CAT330L tracked machine.

The VTN RP2000 rail cutting attachment is fitted to a CAT330L tracked machine

Due to the structure and strength of the rail, it can be difficult to cut productively and profitably with a standard scrap shear.

Weighing in at 2.7 tonnes and suitable for 21-35 tonne machines, the attachment has special cutting blades and a large hydraulic cylinder which provides 139 tonnes of force.

The attachment was designed by Italian manufacturing company VTN Europe.

Its body is made entirely from abrasion-resistant steel Hardox and is heat treated to improve its mechanical strength, reliability and durability.


Integrated dashcam launched by Quartix and Fleet Focus

Vehicle tracking systems supplier Quartix has launched an integrated dashcam in partnership with safety equipment supplier Fleet Focus.

Quartix users can request footage to help investigate incidents of erratic driving

The FF2000 vehicle-connected camera captures HD 1080p footage of any trip made by drivers, who can view the footage in the Quartix vehicle tracking system.

The footage is uploaded automatically to the Fleet Focus Cloud where the data is stored for up to three months.

Graham Plummer, sales director at Fleet Focus, said: “We’re excited about working with Quartix as the leading provider of GPS vehicle tracking for large and small fleets in the UK.”

Quartix users can request footage for specific data points on the map to help investigate incidents of erratic driving.

The system also triggers downloads from the dashcam for all incidents of speeding.


Wet processing plant improves recycling rate for Hereford Quarries

A custom-built wet processing plant has allowed aggregate supplier Hereford Quarries to recover 100 per cent of quality-assured construction aggregates that comply with European specifications since 2016.

The plant was designed by wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE as a replacement for a mobile jaw crusher and screener.

The wet processing plant was designed by CDE

David Ambrose, Hereford Quarries commercial manager, said: “We are able to process much higher volumes and more challenging materials with the CDE plant compared to that which was possible with a mobile crusher and screen.”

The plant takes 120,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste annually, processing 100 per cent of it and converting it into saleable product.

Washed and graded recycled sand and aggregates including drainage stone, MOT Type 1 and 65F are produced at the 10-acre Lugg Bridge site north-east of Hereford.

David Kinloch, regional manager for UK and Ireland at CDE, said: “The recycled aggregates producer is maximising resources and profitability while minimising environmental impact through water conservation, CO2 emissions reduction and, ultimately, diverting many thousands of tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill.”

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