Plant and equipment

Time to take a measured approach to waste collection

For some time we have realised the potential commercial benefits of on-board weighing, particularly when combined with either an radio-frequency identification (RFID) or GPS matching to associate data with a specific customer or container, says Ken Tierney, product owner of AMCS, supplier of smart resource software and vehicle technology for the resource industry.

Sorry - do I smell?

Odour and dust suppression is an oft talked about subject in the world of waste and recycling. Mark Thomas asks, do we really understand what the best approach is to deal with it?

UNTHA's RS100 looks good on paper

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Director Bill Swan explains the benefits of UNTHA’s RS100 shredder to BPR Group, the umbrella company for recycling and waste management company Paper Round and confidential waste specialist Secure Paper. Geraldine Faulkner reports

Powys blown away by the Stock S6400

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The leaves are falling faster than local authority budgets, so Powys Council is especially grateful for its fleet of Stock S6400 road sweepers with Tempest leaf blower attachment. Geraldine Faulkner reports

On the road to success

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The outlook is positive for road sweepers – the market is growing in the UK and Europe as local authorities continue to rely on the vehicles. And the trend is for multi-functional machines that meet a variety of municipal needs, with tech and safety big considerations. RWW reports

Mercedes' Econic: hi-tech, high value

Select Environmental Services in Reading has become rather enamoured with the technology-loaded Mercedes-Benz Econic. MD Philip Stone explains the vehicle’s benefits for the waste management company to Geraldine Faulkner

Using technology to tackle waste and recycling site challenges

Waste and recycling machines are built for tough jobs in tough environments, but building a successful machine for the industry is about more than just power and durability. Fred Bell, JCB’s business manager for the waste and recycling industries, explains how technology is increasingly playing a part in comfort, efficiency, safety and security.

From Formula One to wheeled loaders

Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, founded by ex-Ferrari racing driver Jody Scheckter, uses a Case 821F and 240B to process green waste, and now has ambitions to export its compost. Geraldine Faulkner reports

The changing role of weighbridges

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Accurate weight data collection is a vital function within the recycling, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste industries, with weighbridge management systems playing a pivotal role in providing this essential information. Emlyn Roberts, sales director at Weightron Bilanciai, explains

Testing times for waste handling

The introduction of taxation on trommel fines has left a lot of people scratching their heads, but luckily there are experts out there unpicking the mystery. Claire Coll asks them for answers on testing times for all involved, from the construction firms to the landfill operators

Swedish systems in deepest Dorset

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Eco Sustainable Solutions swears by Volvo's machinery to help the company process green and food waste. Geraldine Faulkner visits the family business's site in Parley, Dorset, to find out more

Muckit reaps the rewards of screening

In Essex, haulage company Muckit is using a Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X mobile screener at its Barking Riverside Recycling Park site to produce high quality shingle from construction waste for discerning clients. Geraldine Faulkner reports

Helping Oxford stay on top of the recycling league

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On the tight streets of historic Oxford, the council is using Dennis Eagle's Olympus 19 6x2 rear steer RCV as part of a sophisticated waste collection regime as it bids to boost its recycling rate. Geraldine Faulkner reports

Showtime in Torbay

The Plant & Waste Recycling Show returns on 9-11 June to Paignton, Torbay in Devon and promises to be bigger and better with a great line-up of exhibitors and visitors, explains Sophie Lipscombe of the PAWRS team

Waste collection in Catalonia

Since 1997 private company L'Arca del Maresme has supplied environmental services for the Comarca del Maresme region of Catalonia on the northern coast of Barcelona. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, looks at how the business provides waste collection, street and beach cleaning, as well as the operation of household waste recycling centres and waste transfer station contracts for the Comarca del Maresme municipalities.

Reducing industrial accidents in waste processing

Operators of balers, conveyors and other waste processing plant and equipment often haven't been trained properly and this sometimes results in inefficiencies, reduced throughput and increased plant breakdown. More worryingly is potential health and safety breeches that might result in accidents if proper procedures are ignored. Mark Smith, technical director at Middleton Engineering, which has been working in this sector for the past 30 years, believes better planning; training and maintenance may hold the answers.

A look back in time: Waste collection in Monaco in the 1980s to the mid-1990s

In 1980, the principality of Monaco had a population of 26, 746 people but by 1990, the population had increased to 29,438 people. The principality stretches over an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 square miles) and is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world and is home to the most millionaires and billionaires in the world per capita head. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports.

Why C&D recycling targets are an obstacle to growth

In 2012 62% of construction, demolition and excavation waste in Europe was recycled according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan. Peter Craven at CDE Global argues that rather than demonstrating success these targets are masking wider problems in the CD&E waste recycling sector across Europe.

Waste collection in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is in Macedonia in Northern Greece. Located on the coast, it is the second largest city in Greece and boasts a busy commercial port. The temperature in the Summer reaches 40° and attracts many overseas tourists who stay at seaside towns along the coast of Thessaloniki, as well as day trippers from Halkidiki, a resort near Thessaloniki. With its cosmopolitan nature, it also draws business people who hold meetings at its many venues. The HELEXPO Centre holds exhibitions and conferences all year round, which encourages more visitors to the city and adds to its waste production. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports.

Beyond the glitz and the glamour in Monaco

Monaco is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world. Its warm Mediterranean climate attracts tourists and the annual Formula One Grand Prix also adds to visitor numbers with consequent increases in waste production. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports on how waste is collected in the principality.

What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.

Waste collection in the Gulf of Cádiz

Waste collection specialist in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne examines the waste management system of the Spanish coastal resorts of Lepe, Islantilla and La Antilla on the Gulf of Cádiz and looks at how the municipalities deal with the pressures of high numbers of visitors at the height of the tourist season.

Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, therefore, a very important task to maintain the city's cleanliness for citizens, business people and tourists. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne reports on an underground waste container system that helps reduce odours and increases efficiency.