An innovation that can extend the life of steel waste containers through refurbishment has been developed by Cheshire-based 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. Together with the company’s in-house testing facility, the container endures further checks in-line with BS EN 840/5 test requirements, where applicable, including nominal load, on a compatible standardised lifting device.
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 that 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.
Other strengthening services include fitting reinforcing plates to the castor bracket areas and bash plates to the corner of the panels. Modifications such as fitting Perspex viewing windows or mesh side panels can help reduce cross-contamination with the storage and collection of dry mixed recyclables, allowing operatives and the public to easily identify any wrongly placed waste.