Who are you?
James Capel, managing director of Simply Waste.
How did you get into the waste industry?
After college I worked for Biffa for 12 years before setting up Simply Waste in 2005.
What did you buy?
Underbody weighing and bin weighing equipment from Vehicle Weighing Solutions.
The underbody weighing equipment helps us to protect our vehicles and keep them compliant by making sure they are not overloaded. But the primary reason for using weighing kit is to measure precisely the amount of waste that is being collected from each customer.
This information helps us to advise the client how to reduce and recycle as much waste as possible to cut their carbon footprint and avoid sending too much to landfill. We also need to know that we are charging customers correctly.
What was your criteria?
The weighing kit needs to be accurate and robust to withstand demanding environments. And we want a competitively priced product.
How did you research your purchase?
We looked into weighing equipment from other suppliers but the VWS system, price and after-sales service was the best package.
Were there any particular challenges?
Ensuring reliability is always important.
Were there any other considerations?
It is important for us to build partnerships with companies that understand our business and what we are trying to achieve. We also need to work with firms that are flexible because we are a growing business and the industry is constantly changing.
How does the equipment fit in with your future plans?
We plan to fit VWS load cells to all our vehicles.
Is the equipment future-proofed?
Yes, the VWS system integrates well with all types of IT platforms and software packages, including cloud computer technology. This means we can monitor the equipment remotely and, ultimately, eliminate the need for paperwork.
For details visit: www.vwsltd.co.uk
Simply Waste Solutions began life in 2005 as a small company with only two collection vehicles. It has now grown into a large private waste company with more than 20 vehicles of various shapes and sizes. The company employs more than 40 people and facilitates the processing of more than 50,000 tonnes of waste and recycling material a year.