Having the right equipment makes all the difference when it comes to recycling.
In just three months, Golden Triangle Generators (GTG) has recycled more than 1,000 litres of oil from generators returned to its service centre in Frodsham, Cheshire, using a bespoke recycling tank from Garic.
GTG wanted to improve its process for emptying engine waste from the temporary power generators it hires to construction companies across the north-west of the country. But the company’s site has space restrictions, and the management team was not hopeful that an effective solution could be found.
Garic constructed a simple, compact steel tank which was installed in mid-October last year. Engine oil from generators coming back from hirers gets drained and poured into the dual-sectioned 3,000mm x 1,500mm x 1,500mm enclosed 1,000 litre tank. The waste oil is then drained from the tank and taken away for resale by a specialist recycler.
A separate hopper has been incorporated into the design to help GTG recycle oil residue left in the oil filters. Excess oil passes through the hopper grid into the tank below and the remaining dirty filters are disposed of separately.
The second section – another 1,000-litre tank – contains clean engine oil so that, once empty, each generator can be replenished with new clean engine oil before being sent back out on hire.
Nigel Keating, GTG managing director, and his team have been impressed with the new recycling facility for a number of reasons.
The self-contained procedure has removed the need for individual tanks and draining stations. It has maximised the space available and greatly reduced movement across the site.
The risk of spillages, and the serious environmental concerns that these bring, have also reduced. The whole process is quicker and more efficient; essentially it takes less time to collect more used oil.
Quality control is of utmost importance at GTG, so it is critical to ensure all remnants of fuel and lubricant from previous jobs are removed effectively and only clean, fully serviced and refuelled generators are deployed.
Garic has been supplying site equipment to the construction sector for more than 20 years. It is well known for the mobile welfare units and eco solutions it stocks, such as drip trays, wash bays, drums stores, boot and wheel washers. But it is also gaining a reputation for designing and building bespoke items.
The business is increasingly being approached by clients who need something tailored to their specific needs. In the past 18 months, it has invested £14m to expand its fleet and introduce new products to its ranges, many said to be environmental innovations.
Garic aims to design products that add value for its clients. Its production of bespoke products has included developing one-off items to help recycle everything from waste water to aeroplane wing de-icer.
Steve Booth is head of sales at Garic