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Contracts and hire deals

Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) won probably the UK’s largest ever municipal vehicle hire contract to provide vehicles for Cory Environmental’s contract with Cornwall Council. As part of the £14m contract - announced at the beginning of the year - SFS is supplying more than 200 vehicles for refuse collection, street cleansing and grounds maintenance, including 47 RCV’s, sweepers, skip loaders, tippers, graffiti removal and street cleansing units. Several specialist build vehicles for recycling are also included.

The contract retains weekly black bag collections for residents over the next eight years as well as unifying collection services. Previously collection across Cornwall was divided amongst eight different companies under direction from six district councils. With the majority of these due to finish at the end of the month, Cornwall Council decided to opt for a unified collection service.

“By providing a single contract we can harmonise the service standards to provide the same level of service to everyone across Cornwall at the same time as reducing costs for council tax payers,” says Cornwall Council cabinet member with responsibility for waste and recycling Julian German.

“The contract offers value for money as well as a responsive and flexible service,” says Cory Environmental Municipal Services General Manager Nigel Carr.

SFS also won a contract with Bedford Borough Council to supply and maintain a four new refuse Collection Vehicles (RCV’s) operating with the authority’s 300 strong in-house fleet.  “SFS is helping us to introduce operational efficiency improvements, such as out of hours maintenance, which reduces Vehicle Off Road (VOR)time, increases vehicle availability and mitigates service disruptions,” Bedford BC Fleet Engineering Services manager Tim Cockayne.

The four vehicles will collect trade and domestic waste and comprise two Scania (6x4) chassis/Heil Powerlink 21 cubic metre bodies with Heil Universal trade lifts; one Scania (6x2) chassis with Dennis Olympus 21 wide body with Terberg OmniDEL Xtra Bin lift; and one Scania (8x4) chassis with Dennis Olympus 27 wide body with Terberg OmniDEL Xtra Bin Lift. All the vehicles have been fitted with Vehicle Weighing Systems Load Cells, the latest LED lighting package, front directional beacons and a rear view camera monitor.

Vacu-Lug has won a container handling equipment tyre supply contract with WH Malcom. The appointment followed a long term trial between the pair that saw operating costs reduced by 30 per cent per hour.

On-site support is being handled by T&C Site Services.

Vacu-Lug will supply tyres to the four drive wheels for seven mechanical handling machines. It will provide either Yokohama or Bridgestone, with Mortrak MTK 4, Industrial 110 pattern (half-track) self-cleaning retread tyres.

Three of the machines are located at the WH Malcolm-managed premises at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) in Northamptonshire. The remainder four are located in Scotland; two at the Elderslie Terminal in Linwood and two at the Fouldubs Terminal in Grangemouth.

“The long-term trial demonstrated the cost-effectiveness and savings which can be achieved using a premium tyre and a premium support service,” says WH Malcolm fleet engineer for Steve Sugden.

Construction and demolition waste recycler and demolition firm, Coleman and Company, has added the UK’s first short radius ECR305C Excavators to its portfolio.

Coleman & Company says the Volvo ECR305C short radius excavator, simplifies the demolition of complex structures and is very stable and can be used in smaller spaces.

“Because the ECR305C’s can handle the same attachments as our EC360s [larger excavators], we can maintain our efficiency using much smaller, more manoeuvrable kit,” says managing director Mark Coleman. “It’s very impressive and fits neatly with our philosophy of being a specialist demolition contractor that provides innovative solutions for our clients.”

The deal is part of a six-machine deal that also includes EW160C, EC210LC and EC380D models, giving Coleman & Company a fleet of 12 Volvo machines that also includes dump trucks and wheeled loaders.

Coleman and Company spends around £1.4m on diesel each year and the more modern and fuel efficient equipment will help reduce costs. Coleman adds that the firm recycles 97% of its C&D waste after recently investing £6m in redeveloping its headquarters.

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