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The great outdoors

For visitors interested in waste handling and refuse collection solutions, this year’s RWM outdoor area was an opportunity not to be missed. Manufacturers showcased a wide range of machines, from wheeled loaders to plastic bodied collection vehicles.

  • As distributors of Atlas Gmbh products, Terex UK showed off the new Atlas 140W – a wheeled excavator designed for waste handling, thanks to a raised turret which allows for increased visibility when loading high sided vehicles, a sorter grab suitable for waste picking and a range of additional grabs for different waste streams depending on particle size and material weight and a heavy investment in the parts and service. John Black, TDL sales director said: “We’ve invested an awful lot in parts and service” with over 50 field service engineers across the UK able to repair vehicles.
  • Mobile solids and liquid separation specialist Siltbuster showcased its ‘Gritbuster’ waste processing plant for the treatment and recycling of road sweeper and gully waste.The mobile plant has been designed to recover the 60-75% gravel and sand content of this waste stream, which has typically gone to landfill. This therefore saves on landfill costs, helps councils with boosting recycling rates, and potentially brings in income from the materials which can be used as recycled aggregate or inert fill.Director George Anderson said he had been rushed off his feet at the show, with many visitors commenting that they “had never seen anything like it” before.  “We’re showing people a solution to an age old problem,” he added.
  • Also on display at the show was the Legras collection semi-trailer for the collection of from above ground, part-buried and underground voluntary drop off points. The semi-trailer features a movable aluminium wall that enables collection of two waste streams at once, a hydraulic flip net roof and a crane with a 12m reach to feed the two different halves of the truck at the same time. Legras sales manager Steven Milnes explained that the vehicle had a number of advantages over traditional refuse collection vehicles, “It’s bigger than traditional types, makes better usage of equipment and you don’t have to have the container idle.”
  • JCB used RWM to preview its first ever dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling industries – the JS20MH. Due to be released in the first half of 2011, the JS20MH is a 20 tonne material handling machine and features a centralised slew turret, an intelligent reversible fan and a straight rehandling boom arm to allow for greater height. JCB General Manager of Waste, Recycling & Demolition James Richardson explained that the machine is designed mainly for commercial and industrial and municipal waste handling, he added: “in terms of pre-sorting and loading trommels and shredders it’s a good tool.”
  • Machine manufacturer Liebherr demonstrated a range of vehicles, including its L538 waste specification loading shovel, which features high -lift arms and a solid fuel bucket. Pat Davies, Liebherr area sales manager explained: “There are two problems in waste – damage to tyres, and loading high-sided bulk wagons.” The L538 solves both of these through the use of puncture-proof SG Revolution solid tyres and 3000mm parallel high-lift bucket arms and a 3.2m3 capacity high-tip bucket.
  • Geesink Norba displayed a pair of refuse collection vehicles from its N series range, including an example of its ‘multi faction’ bodies. The pod body vehicle includes three separate collection areas, including a front section designed, and a pair of rear compartments arranged in a ratio of 70:30. The pods come in three different sizes – 2.7m, 4m and 6m, “it means that you can fill three compartments with one pass” said Geesink Norba business manager Mel Davis.

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