Painting it pink boosts health campaign
The Parish of St Helier in Jersey has bought a Dennis Eagle Olympus OL10 refuse collection vehicle and painted it pink to help raise awareness among local women of the importance of breast screening and cervical smears.
Director of municipal services Debra D’Orleans says: “I jokingly asked if Dennis Eagle could supply us with a pink vehicle, and they told me we could have a truck in any colour we like.”
Building with wheat and paper compounds
Scientists are investigating ways of turning urban and agricultural waste into products for use in the construction industry.
Innobite is a collaborative project involving the European Commission, several research centres and European smaller companies.
By using environmentally friendly processes, scientists aim to isolate the inorganic fraction of wheat straw and produce cellulose nanofibres from recycled paper.
These two compounds will become high-performance additives in new polymeric composites. The two most abundant fractions of wheat straw, lignin and cellulose, will become, respectively, polymeric matrix and reinforcing material.
The composite materials could be used in dividing panels and profiles for decking and fencing. The products will be evaluated for resistance and durability as well as biodegradability.
Remanufactured trucks help to fulfil waste pledge
Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) supplied Devon Contract Waste (DCW) with two remanufactured vehicles (pictured) in less than six weeks to help the company meet its pledge on zero waste to landfill.
The vehicles comprise a 2005 Dennis Elite 2, Phoenix 2 body with Beta Trade Lift and a 2007 Daf LF55, NTM body with 1100L Trade Bin Lift.
DCW managing director Simon Almond says: “Since we launched our zero-to-landfill in response to the latest environmental legislation, we have experienced a huge surge in new business. We needed some new vehicles quickly to cope with demand.”
He adds that the quality of the remanufactured vehicle is “difficult to tell apart” from a new vehicle, has the same operational lifetime and is 40% cheaper.
RVS managing director Spencer Law says: “Both vehicles required significant modifications.”
Charity makes savings with bespoke vehicle
Since buying its first NTM vehicle, charity and social enterprise Cae Post has reported a £60,000 saving and an increase in its customer base of 40%.
Cae Post provides work and training for people with disabilities or disadvantaged in the job market. It has a 15-year contract with Powys County Council Waste Management to operate a MRF at Trewern, Welshpool.
The bespoke vehicle has been designed to take three recyclables at once, with a single compactor at the rear and a separate pod at the front of the vehicle.
Cae Post general manager Richard Marsh says: “We wanted a vehicle to handle three separate material streams in a single pass for our trade customers.”
Councils pool resources in vehicles deal
Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) has won a contract to supply Hambleton and Richmondshire district councils with waste and recycling vehicles.
It is the first time the councils have worked together to procure refuse trucks. The councils said SFS offered best value overall, including fleet management, maintenance, on-site engineers and a single contact point for problems.
The 3+1+1 year contract comprises 15 RCVs: 10 Dennis Elite 2 6x4 standard width Olympus bodies, with OmniDEL Xtra bin lifts, and five Dennis Elite 2 6x2 narrow mid-lift Olympus bodies, withOmniDEL standard bin lifts.
“This is the first time that we have jointly procured vehicles and there have been lots of positives,” said Hambleton council director Mick Jewitt, who manages the waste and recycling service for both councils.
“Working closely together gives both councils greater flexibility in terms of fleet optimisation.”
SFS has gone to great lengths to offer vehicle specification options to suit the different geography of the districts, including providing narrow vehicles to navigate the rural roads of Richmondshire
Expanded hydraulic breakers prove economical
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment has added two models of hydraulic breakers, the DXB130H and DXB190H, to its range. They can be used on Doosan 14-38 tonne wheeled and crawler excavators.
Features including a simple, robust design provide economical and reliable performance, low mainten-ance costs, operator comfort and carrier protection.
Ford electric vehicles have dedicated charging station
Ford has partnered with energy specialist Schneider Electric to provide customers across Europe with electric vehicle charging stations, optimised for Ford’s electric vehicle products.
The companies describe the Electric Evlink charger as being simple, efficient and environmentally friendly. It has a five-year warranty and native-language technical support in each region.
Ford has also said that its electric vehicle customers will now have the option of recharging with certified renewable energy through partnerships with European electricity providers.