With news on: Grundon invests in material handler; South Ayrshire cracks down on contamination; TOMRA units boost paper recovery; and, Cawleys invests in vehicle.
Grundon invests in Volvo material handler
Grundon Waste Management has taken delivery of a Volvo EW240E materials handler for its waste transfer and material recovery facility at Colnbrook, Slough.
The unit operates on a twelve-hour shift, loading high-sided bulkers to transfer segregated waste to incineration plants or landfill sites.
It also feeds a “high-capacity” mobile shredder. A total of 50,000 tonnes of waste is expected to be handled by the machine each year.
Provided by SMT GB, the materials handler has been fitted with a 6.5m straight boom and 4m sorting arm whilst Grundon has sourced and specified its own 1.5 tonne Arden selector grab for the machine.
“We were looking for a change of supplier and the Volvo performed very well on demonstration,” comments Steve Fisher, Grundon’s Divisional Recovery and Resources Manager. “We also listened to the opinions of our operators who gave the Volvo the thumbs up and so far, we’ve been very pleased with the way the machine is settling in here at Colnbrook.”
South Ayrshire council cracks down on contaminated waste
South Ayrshire council is using new containers designed to reduce contamination in communal recycling.
The council is working with Egbert Taylor Group and has started incorporating the firm’s T-Lock, Lid-in-Lid and aperture restrictor plate solutions across its container network.
The Lid-in-Lid is a small and lightweight lid built into the traditional Taylor Continental container, which South Ayrshire has locked shut using the T-Lock – a locking system similar to that of a car bonnet, according to Egbert Taylor.
The T-Lock helps to prevent users from opening the main lid and indiscriminately throwing waste into the unit via the smaller opening. Meanwhile, the aperture restrictor plate is designed to restrict unwanted waste flow making it difficult for users to incorrectly deposit waste larger than the aperture size.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire council’s portfolio holder for environment, commented: “The new system delivers cleaner, separate materials that can be sold on to specialist companies, providing additional income to support public services.”
Kevin Docherty, Area Business Manager at Egbert Taylor, added: “South Ayrshire Council has opted for a three-pronged approach involving multiple methods that address multiple issues. In doing so, they are supporting the Charter for Household Recycling and boosting revenue.”
The rollout is due to be completed by April 2019.
Tomra units seek to boost paper recovery at IPR
Irish Packaging Recycling (IPR), part of the Beauparc Utility Group, has installed five Tomra Sorting units at its materials recovery facility in Ballymount, Dublin, following a £2.9 million plant upgrade.
The latest arrivals have allowed the plant to run at 20 tonnes per hour (an increase from its original 16.5 tonnes per hour) whilst achieving 98.3% purity on the paper grade, prior to entering one of three new paper picking cabins. This has led to reduced labour costs and cleaner waste streams for IPR, the company says.
Liam Dunne, MRF general manager at the IPR-operated MRF, commented: “Our goal was to get below 2% contamination and we’re currently at 1.7% and that’s before our trained operators pick out any contamination remaining from our three new QC cabins.
“This has enabled us to increase the number of outlets we export to, but the main thing for us as a business is that as the markets for paper closed and the material becomes harder to move, we’re now in a much stronger position to be the last operator in Ireland to be stopped.”
The upgrade – managed by IPR’s main contractor, McDonald International – also included the installation of 37 conveyors, five Tomra optical separators, one Nihot density separator, as well as integrating old and new controls into a single system to increase plant efficiency.
Cawleys announces vehicle upgrade
Luton-based waste and resource management firm, Cawleys, has announced the introduction of a new vehicle to its fleet.
The new vehicle, which is on five-year contract hire from Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS), is a 26T 6×2 DAF, Dennis Olympus 23 complete with BETA trade bin lift. It is equipped with MOBA bin-weighing technology, cyclist safety system, 4-way camera system and KELSA light bars.
Phil Gudgeon, managing director, Cawleys said: “Investing in new trucks to replace our existing fleet is key so that we’re able to offer a more reliable service. The vehicles have the latest safety and on board weighing technology to enable us to provide a service that our customers have become accustomed to.”
“The relationship between Cawleys and RVS has flourished over the past two years and we’re working together on pro-active maintenance on the vehicles to improve reliability and reduce downtime”