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Envac to launch underground mobile waste system in UK

An underground waste collection company is launching its mobile vacuum waste system in the UK.

Envac, which uses vacuums to transport waste through underground pipes, has already installed mobile systems in Sweden, Norway and Spain.

The mobile technology uses conventional waste trucks to house the vacuum equipment on. The vehicles suck up the waste that has been dumped in the pipes at a docking point on the outskirts of the area, so collection rounds through residential areas are not necessary.

Envac UK managing director Julian Gaylor said: We have been overwhelmed with the interest in our technology in the UK. We are already in talks with several local authorities in the UK about refurbishing their existing housing stock and rolling our our pipe network and waste inlets to collect waste and recyclables.

The collection vehicle is a one man operation, and in our systems overseas we have seen collection times halved compared with traditional bin collections.

According to Envac, the mobile system reduces labour and fuel costs with source separation achieved through installing a waste inlet for each waste type.

The stationary vacuum system was fitted into Wembleys Quintains development around the stadium in 2007 to deal with its waste (see MRW story) and recycling rates at the high density flats have now reached 50 per cent. The waste collection firm is currently installing its first mobile vacuum system in the outskirts of Paris in partnership with Veolia.

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