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First step to pay-by-weight

Waste management company Grundon has installed the Enviroweigh bin system from Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) to more than 50 of its trade waste collection vehicles, with the number set to rise.

Grundon group fleet manager Stephen Townsend explains: “Many customers now stipulate bin-weighing equipment on tender specifications, so this is a direct response to market demand. At the moment we use the technology to identify heavy containers but, ultimately, we are moving towards pay-by-weight because that’s what our customers are asking for.”

The vehicles are a mixture of front end loaders (FELs) and trade waste vehicles, which range from the 32-tonne FEL on Volvo chassis to 15- to 26-tonne trade waste on DAF chassis, with a combination of Heil, Dennis, NTM and Geesink equipment.

“The Enviroweigh system is highly accurate and, because it is ‘weights and measures approved’, it can be used for pay-for-weight services,” says Townsend. “It can also be installed on all makes and models of vehicles.

“Combined with potential bin tag-and-chip technology, we will have the necessary data to monitor collections closely and help our customers to improve their recycling efficiency.”

As part of the contract, VWS worked with the Heil factory to engineer the fitment of load cells on to the forks of four Euro Half Pack FELs, for which VWS built a 45ft testing ramp to make sure the weighing equipment still functioned accurately, even when the vehicle was operating at extreme gradients.

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