Plant and equipment

Helping Oxford stay on top of the recycling league

Special Report

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.


Scotland: Standing on the cusp of change

There was an energised feel in the air at Glasgow last month, as industry leaders North of the border mapped out their future intentions for waste and resources policy at the annual Scottish Resources conference. Freelance writer Maxine Perella reports.



Hoovering up road dust, dirt and debris

With Autumn in full swing, local authority road sweepers are being kept busy with trees shedding their leaves along with the usual collection of debris on the roads. Freelance writer Claire Col takes a look at the road sweeping options available on the market and the recycling opportunities they offer.


Looking back at the history of waste trucks

The development of mobile compaction vehicles for the collection of commercial and industrial waste goes back to the 1970s. Tim Byrne turns back the clock and takes a look at the evolution of RCVs along with the waste management companies that have used them through the decades.



Kiggen plays its part in Spanish Waste

Geesinknorba Spain is celebrating 25 years of manufacturing Kiggen compactors this year. Its production centre in Seville is reported to have the capacity to manufacture 600 Kiggen compactors a year. Tim Byrne looks at two case studies where Kiggen compactors are playing their part in managing waste in Spain.


Compacting waste in the Canary Islands

Tias is home to Puerto Del Carmen, the largest tourist resort on the island of Lanzarote, so the collection of waste is an important task because of the hot climate all year round. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports on the recent delivery of a fleet of portable compactors.


Optimising production and increasing profits

With the recycling sector estimated to be worth around nine billion pounds, high quality recyclable materials are now commodities with baling technologies sitting at the heart of this growing industry. Claire Col reports.


Hot off the Spanish market: A buena vista of new vehicles

Geesinknorba Spain has launched a range of waste collection, street cleansing and waste transfer equipment on to the Spanish market which can also be considered for use in the UK. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries Tim Byrne casts his eye over the new vehicles.


When systems need to be versatile and robust

With Sita’s boss predicting the UK is on course for an annual fine of more than €200m p.a., the UK’s waste management sector is under pressure to raise the ante when it comes to increasing recycling rates. What is the materials handling industry offering to help maximise productivity? Freelance journalist Claire Col investigates.


The software specialist with the grand vision

AMCS provides private and public sector clients with the tools to gather evidence-based data that will be used to inform local authorities about their residents’ waste and recycling habits and, where necessary, encourage change. Geraldine Faulkner catches up with Jimmy Martin, CEO of AMCS, to find out more.


Is it the end for refuse derived fuel? Discuss

The UK’s commercial and industrial recycling industry was quick to jump on the bandwagon of refuse derived fuel. On paper, RDF appeared to offer C&I MRFs a fail-safe route to bypass expensive landfill costs. In practice, however, this hasn’t been the case, says Stephen Almond who explores the issue.


Weight data collection: How it's key to waste

Monitoring weights and profitability of waste has never been more essential and weight data collection is key to operational efficiency. Weighbridge management systems play a pivotal role in providing this, acting as critical control points for vehicles delivering and collecting materials from sites. Claire Col, freelance writer, reports.