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Pod recycling system reduces Horsham landfill by 35%

An initiative that combines new recycling technology and a commingled collection system has reduced the amount of waste Horsham council sends to landfill by 35%.

Over the last year the ‘Acorn+’ scheme, has introduced a single bin for dry recyclables, one for garden waste and a third for non recyclables to 40,000 homes in the Horsham area.

The new collection routine was supplemented by the arrival of Dennis Eagle demountable recycling ‘pods’, which enable the council to collect waste in containerised bodies. The pods weigh 9.5 tonnes each, and boast 24 cubic metres of capacity.

Horsham district council head of operational services Ian Joplin said: “This system offers huge operational flexibility, the containers demount, which means that once its full you can drop it off at a convenient spot, pick up an empty one and the collection crews can carry on collecting.”

“It means we don’t have to operate our rounds within opening and closing times. Because the bodies seal we can keep the waste on board, which means we’ve been able to implement four ten hour a day systems.”

The demountable pods also feature a side loading arm, which can extend up to 2.3m in order to collect bins more safely and quickly than with traditional rear loading techniques, and has reduced slips and trips by 67%.  

Joplin said: “Our implementation areas are showing more than 35% reduction waste to landfill. I think part of this is about the innovation of the vehicles, but there’s no doubt that giving people a single bin, next to our recycling bin in our area, is having a huge benefit.”

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