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Innovation extends container life

2000 ukcm comb bar

An innovation that can extend the life of steel waste containers through refurbishment has been developed by UK Container Maintenance (UKCM).

The company has devised a way of replacing comb bars to bring the containers back to full working order, and says there is no compromise on the integrity and safe operation of the container.

Replacement comb bars fitted to damaged containers meet BS EN 840/2 2012 (form A) to match their original specification.

UKCM is also currently trialling comb bar protectors for 1,100-litre plastic containers with a number of companies including Brown Recycling, Grundon Waste Management and The Shorts Group.

Adding comb bar protectors in a matter of minutes can strengthen plastic containers which suffer damage to the frontal receiver. The new service is due to launch in January.

Emma Elston, UKCM chief executive, says that replacing comb bars and offering protectors for plastic units will save money because they are being repaired rather than going to scrap.

“We are passionate about strengthening containers, whether they are old or new. By keeping them strong, it helps customers to protect [their] valuable assets and reduce the need for investing in new,” she said.

UKCM, based in Cheshire, is the country’s largest family-owned container repair and refurbishment company, dedicated to the refurbishment of all types of waste and recycling containers.

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