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Kit round-up 1

Space-saving containers

Space-saving containers

UK-based Loadhog has launched an attached lid container as part of its returnable transit packaging range.

The container is designed to be robust, versatile and durable. It features a patented tessellated lid. When empty containers are nested in stacks, the lids hang down the containers’ sides in a perfect vertical line and interlock with the container lids immediately above and below. Regardless of the height of the stack, there is no tapering or overhang, providing closer proximity to neighbouring stacks, to reduce the likelihood of damage and increase stability and vehicle fill by as much as 10%.

Damaged lids can be easily replaced due to clever design of the hinge, which means that there is no need to return the containers back to the manufacturer for servicing or repair. Customers can also swap their old, damaged or unwanted plastic containers in part exchange for new Loadhog attached lid containers.

The containers are available in a range of depths and colours with multiple recess locations for barcodes, labels and logos.


Lift capacity of 23 tonnes

Municipal vehicle hire and maintenance service provider Collett Transport Services (CTS) has recently purchased two new Scania Chassis and installed new sliding Hyva hookloading equipment to both vehicles.

Director Andy Collett said: “We install Hyva hook and skip equipment onto leading brand chassis such as DAF, MAN, Volvo, Scania and Renault.  These vehicles are part of our continued investment in new fleet for our hire service.”

Scania Chassis

The vehicles are fitted with Hyva hookloaders suited to eight wheeler chassis for normal operations and each has a lift capacity of 23 tonnes. Hyva’s Easy Width Adjustable Auto-sheeting system provides a simple solution to covering containers up to 22 ft long and 50 cu yd.

Both vehicles include a Sentinel four-way camera system and bike hotspot system to protect cyclists, which features eight sensors, an in-cab display and verbal turning left warning.  The system also incorporates a CANbus module to ensure the system is not activated when the vehicle is moving freely. Additional features include the Truckweigh Axle Overload Protection System from PM Onboard, specifically designed for all vehicles with a mechanical and/or air spring suspension.


Excavator designed to fit

Caterpillar has launched its Cat 311F LRR excavator. This is powered with a 52-kW engine that meets EU Stage IIIB emissions standards. It features a reduced radius that limits over-the-side tail swing to just 508mm, making it ideal for space-restricted job sites and enabling it to fit on most road lanes.


A 2,450kg counterweight gives it the stability and working capacity of conventional excavators, and the unique design allows for use of a full-sized rollover protective structure cab.

The machine’s compact size is complemented with fuel-saving features and an efficient hydraulic system that powers through tough digging and easily handles a range of work tools.

It boasts low operating costs due to minimal fuel consumption, and fuel economy can be further enhanced through the Eco Mode and engine idle shutdown feature, which automatically stops the engine after a pre-set period of idling.



St Helier Municipal Services in Jersey is increasing recycling capacity and throughput for commercial and residential waste by upgrading its baling operation with a new horizontal baler and feed conveyor from Middleton Engineering. This will increase flexibility to handle a wider range of waste streams and enable the team to produce compact mill size bales to drive transportation efficiencies.

As Jersey has a zero landfill policy, any waste that is not recycled is incinerated at the Island’s Energy from Waste (EfW) plan, so it is striving to remove as much recyclable material as possible from the waste stream. Recyclables are baled and shipped off island for processing in France, the closest destination.

Improved Baling Operation

Its new solution is a Middleton ME80 closed-end, semi-automatic, horizontal baler with a bespoke feed conveyor. Previously the team was able to produce only one bale per hour using a manually operated vertical baler, but it is now achieving three in the same time.

Piers Tharme, facilities and resources manager, said: “We needed a solution that would deliver instant improvements but one that could also be enhanced as requirements grow.”

Previously, the St Helier team was unable to produce stable bales of paper and card and was not achieving the best prices for the commodities.

Tharme added: “The beauty is, now that we are able to increase our processing ability and have confidence in the solution, we can focus on the business of promoting additional kerbside recycling and further support the Island’s recycling ambition.”  

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