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Accurate bin weighing puts all customers on a fairer cost footing

Weir Waste, a commercial recycling and waste management company based in the West Midlands, has put in place German-made bin weighing technology from Moba to help it get a clearer understanding of the waste it collects and to future-proof its vehicle fleet.

Financial director Tony Veal said: “By being able to produce detailed reports on the nature of our collections, we will not only help existing customers to understand better the composition of their wastes, but we will also be able to attract many new customers who are crying out for this service.

“It will also help us to compete harder for local authority tenders, where there are increasing requirements for waste contractors to provide accurate on-board weighing technology.”

During the past year, Weir has invested in technologies such as infra-red sorting to identify and then separate out waste streams to reduce landfill disposal and increase recycling and recovery.

Keen to know what was coming in at the front end, it provided its customers with new bins, one for dry waste and one for wet. It found that some wet bins collected were weighing more than the agreed contract limits, meaning higher disposal costs for Weir, and potentially having a negative knock-on effect to its customers.

Veal said: “We knew that we needed to put in place new procedures to change the behaviour of those customers who were not playing by the rules so that it would not affect those customers who were. That meant levying excess penalty charges.

“We discussed these proposals with a number of customers and the message we got back was clear: if you adopt penalty charges then you must also adopt highly accurate and approved on-board weighing systems too.”

Weir intends to add additional components to the modular Moba system, such as bin identification, in the coming months. The technology has been fitted to its new fleet of five refuse collection vehicles and it will retrofit its fleet of front-end loading vehicles with both Moba bin weighing and ID technology.

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