Plant and equipment

On the bale trail

With efficiency an ever-increasing priority, and helpful innovations in baler equipment frequent, Steed Webzell talks to a selection of leading players in the balers market, seeking out the latest technology trends and asking how users can achieve significant savings

Postcards from JCB

With growing recognition around the world that landfill is no longer the answer to dealing with unwanted material, the waste and recycling experts at JCB report an increasing demand for its specialist waste and recycling machines from all corners of the globe. Fred Bell, JCB’s business manager for the waste and recycling industries, takes us on a whistle-stop tour to just three of the locations where JCB Wastemasters can now be found in action.

Thessaloniki prefecture opts for Toumbas RCVs

Toumbas Special Vehicles Superstructures, one of the main suppliers of waste collection vehicles in Greece and Eastern Europe, has supplied eight of its DT16 series 16m3 rear loading waste collection vehicles to the municipality of Ampelokipon Menemenis in Thessaloniki Prefecture, writes Timothy Byrne, waste collection specialist in mediterranean countries

Breathing extra life into RCVs

Spencer Law, the managing director of Refuse Vehicle Solutions, gives his views on the changes needed to improve the sustainability of refuse collection vehicles, and explains how he is applying the principles of the circular economy to his own business

Shredding with safety in mind

With so much wealth in waste, commercially driven shredding is commonplace. This largely supports the nation’s resource agenda, but to what extent do bottom-line and environmental motivators overshadow considerations for safety? Chris Oldfield, managing director of UNTHA UK, considers three safety themes set to loom large in 2016

Ear to the ground

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common industrial hazards globally – a million people are exposed to potentially harmful noise at work in the UK alone. And the problem is prevalent in the recycling and waste management industry, writes Lee Nicholson, MD at noise control specialist Wakefield Acoustics

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

Me & My

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

Me & My

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

Special Report

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

Special Report

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

Me & My

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

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.