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Council bin washing may open up a whole new revenue stream

Oxford City Council recently identified demand for a waste container washer service for bins at its housing association properties.

A business case was prepared and, in doing so, it was identified that additional revenue might be achieved by offering a container washing service to its trade waste customer base as well.

Non-council trade waste customers have since asked for quotations to clean their containers, and this may lead to additional revenue streams for the council as a container washer business.

The council’s tender was for a 7.5-tonne GVW container washer vehicle, and the contract went to Euro Commercials (South Wales), of Cardiff. It supplied a Heil Farid mini container washer mounted on a Mitsubishi Canter chassis with a 2,800mm wheelbase.

Martyn Buckley, the council’s commercial manager, said: “Previously we would have needed to recover bins to our site to clean. This new vehicle enables us to wash bins on-site with a fully enclosed service. It will improve the experience of customers, crews and general appearance around Oxford. And it will be especially useful for our food waste recycling service.”

The Heil Farid container washer features a stainless steel tank divided into two sections for clean and dirty water, with a watertight stainless steel washing chamber. As standard it is fitted with a stainless steel bin/container lifting device which can handle containers from 120 to 1,100 litres, so enabling washing of 2 x 120-240-litre containers or 1 x 1,100-litre container at one time.

Washing is completed in a fully enclosed chamber operated from a control panel mounted on the nearside of the equipment. The operator is able to select from a range of settings such as hot or cold wash, internal and external container wash or internal container wash only, all with variable time settings.

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