News in brief (29/07/21)

With news on: Select Environmental adds Mercedes Benz vehicle to fleet; Video shows EfW process in Gloucestershire; OKAY launches automated bin tipper; and, F1 world champion visits Grundon.


Select Environmental adds Mercedes Benz vehicle to fleet

Reading-based waste management firm Select Environmental Services has added its first front-end loader to its fleet. 

The 32-tonne Arocs was acquired from the Mercedes dealership City West Commercials.

The vehicle purchase follows Select’s £3 million MRF investment

The purchase was made to “extend its recycling collection capabilities” following the company’s £3 million investment into its materials recovery facility (MRF).

The Arocs has joined a fleet of 30 trucks, the majority of which wear three-pointed stars, and five vans.

Select’s managing director, Philip Stone, explained: “We have an excellent rapport with the team at City West Commercials. Their pricing is always competitive, but more importantly it’s their experience and expertise of the recycling and waste management sector that really matters.

“Putting together a refuse compaction vehicle is a great deal more complex than your average 18-tonne box truck or curtainsider. There’s the chassis supplier, the bodybuilder, occasionally a third-party bin lifter and then all the container weighing and RFID technology to contend with. Every component has to work simultaneously from day one.”


Video shows EfW process in Gloucestershire

Urbaser Belfour Beatty has launched a video demonstrating how its Gloucestershire Energy from Waste (EfW) facility works.

The video shows how residual waste is processed to generate electricity

The film describes the EfW process and follows the journey household residual waste takes from the facility’s weighbridge and tipping hall to its combustion and production of electricity.

Starting with how vehicles enter the site, the footage shows how the contents are deposited into the waste bunker at Javelin Park.

The video also explains how oxygen, fuel and temperature levels are monitored in the control room to ensure energy is used to turn water into steam.

Dan Pearson, general manager at the facility, commented: “This new film helps to explain the energy from waste process clearly and concisely. The Facility treats waste that cannot be easily recycled, helping to reduce the overall carbon emissions for the county”.

The facility was at the centre of a bitter dispute with a local campaign group.

You can view the video here.


OKAY launches automated bin tipper

Recycling machinery manufacturer OKAY Engineering has launched the BT 1100 Series Bin Tipper.

The tipper is designed to lift up to 600kg

The tipper “helps increase efficiency” with automated bin tipping, designed to empty bins of all sizes.

The fully interlocked safety cage also ensures a “safe operation for all environments”.

Lifting up to 600kg as high as 3000mm in 60 seconds, the new tipper range is designed to minimise manual labour input while speeding up operations to reduce overall processing costs.


F1 world champion visits Grundon

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel visited Grundon’s Colnbrook waste facilities after the British Grand Prix earlier this month. 

Vettel visited Grundon’s Colnbrook MRF and the Lakeside EfW

The Aston Martin driver visited the company’s MRF and the Lakeside energy from waste (EfW) operation.

Grundon says its team were able to demonstrate how items such as plastic bottles, cans and other recyclable materials are segregated before being sent for recycling, recovery and/or reprocessing.

After the visit, Vettel said: “Following the litter-picking activities at Silverstone, it was important for me to understand what happens to the litter during the next stage. That is why I visited Grundon in Slough, one of the UK’s largest waste management facilities.

“This was an opportunity to see first-hand what happens to all the waste we produce. I learned more about the recycling processes for certain materials and was introduced to the incineration process for litter that cannot be recycled – an alternative to waste being buried in landfill sites.”

 

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