11 June 2019 by Caelia Quinault

Vehicle news in brief (11/06/2019)

With news on: £2m investment by Ward; Biffa safety cameras; an electric bin emptying machine; and, a loading shovel milestone for JCB.

Ward invests over £2m in vehicles

Metals and waste recycling company Ward has invested over £2 million in new articulated lorries, wheeled tippers, wheeled bin and skip lorries.

The investment by the Derbyshire-based firm includes the purchase of 15 new vehicles including several DAF articulated lorries, eight wheeled tippers, Roll on Roll off wagon and drags and skip transporters, each with an average value in excess of £120,000.

Ward has added DAF trucks to its metal recycling and waste management fleet

Min Bawa, Ward’s transport manager, said: “We’ve seen an influx of metal recycling and waste management work over the past 12 months and we’ve expanded and upgraded our fleet to now over 120 modern, energy efficient vehicles to meet current and future demand. In the past we have used various subcontractors for moving materials, but we’ve decided to further invest to bring much of this work in-house, to be able deliver a better service to our customers.”

The company added that a number of other vehicles are also on order for later this year including a 7.5 tonne compaction unit and a specialist hazardous waste truck, as well as three new vans for Ward’s UK textile recycling service, WARDRobe, to service a string of new contracts with national clothing retailers.

Ward has invested significantly over the last 18 months with a new site at Chesterfield, a new headquarters office renovation in Ilkeston, new textile recycling services and the development of a dedicated deep sea dock at Immingham for the expansion of the company’s metal recycling business.


Biffa to install live cameras on vehicles

Biffa has announced plans to equip the vehicles to be used under its East Sussex and Waverley contracts with live camera systems, in line with the company’s commitment to health and safety.

The contract for the live camera systems, which are to be fitted to over 80 refuse vehicles, caged tippers and sweepers, was won by UK vehicle safety technology company, Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS).

Biffa trucks are to be fitted with the ISS camera system

David Maidman, business director at Biffa, said: “The health and safety of our workforce, and the proper management of our vehicles, is of the utmost importance to us. The workplace is becoming increasingly challenging with more traffic and greater demands on drivers and collection crews. Installing these live cameras will provide additional reassurance and security for our staff, and the public.”

The East Sussex contract, for the provision of 60 vehicles, commences on 29 June 2019 and the Waverley contract for 20 vehicles commences on 1 November 2019. As part of its work with the East Sussex councils, glass is being added to commingled recycling collections as part of a service change (see letsrecycle.com story).

Oliver Hoadley, UK sales director at ISS, said: “These are major contracts and we are delighted that Biffa have selected us as their chosen safety technology provider.”


J&J supplies electric bin emptying machine

Bedford-based cleaning machine specialist J & J Services GB Ltd has become the sole UK importer for a new 100% electric wheeled bin emptying machine.

Bedford borough council using the Urban Vacuum machine

The Urban Vacuum machine allows wheeled bins to be emptied from the roadside easily and efficiently, according to the company. A control box is installed at the back of the cab to operate the waste hopper for lifting and emptying standard 240 litre and 360 litre capacity wheeled bins. The vehicle’s capacity is 2.5 cubic metres and features an access hatch installed at the side of the waste hopper for operators to load loose waste.

The company said: “Thanks to the unique panoramic cab and automated tipping system, it is a very cost efficient and environmentally friendly way of emptying wheelie bins from the roadside. This can be done quietly and with zero emissions.”

The machine is supplied with a two year warranty and is one of a range of electric vehicles that includes a similar electric vehicle which compacts the waste.


JCB celebrates loading shovel milestone

JCB is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing wheeled loading shovels and the 20th anniversary of opening a multi-million pound factory dedicated to the production of wheeled loaders at Cheadle in Staffordshire.

A scale model was produced for each new JCB loading shovel

The equipment manufacturer entered the UK wheeled loader market in 1969, building just 298 machines in its first year. Today, the company produces wheeled loaders in their thousands around the world, including in the UK, India, Brazil and China. Many of these are used in the waste and recycling industry.

JCB chief innovation and growth officer, Tim Burnhope, said: “Over the past 50 years, JCB’s wheeled loader range has evolved into a major part of our product portfolio. Fifty years is a long time but our sights are firmly on the future and we are committing to bringing new levels of innovation to this range.”

He added: “JCB now offers 25 different wheeled loader models and manufactures the product on three continents. With our innovative range we are very well placed to increase our sales in a sector which has grown rapidly around the world for three consecutive years.”

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