Hadley Recycling and Waste Management is seeking to divert as much waste from landfill and into recycling and renewable energy as possible. At its busy transfer station, located just outside Theale in Berkshire, the company processes around 1,000 tonnes a week of mixed waste.
The first machine to touch it is a 11.5-tonne JCB Hydradig 110W, which plays a vital role in keeping the throughput flowing at the busy site.
“The Hydradig fits our front-end pre-sort process perfectly,” said Paul Lock, operations director at Hadley (pictured). “It has a small footprint but covers a big operational area and is very productive.
“Safety was a main reason for the purchase, with the driver able to see all four corners of the machine from his seat because the engine is beneath the cab. Our machine is fitted with cameras, which gives the operator perfect rear visibility when reversing.”
The Hydradig has a 4m turning circle and can lift one tonne at maximum reach.
Equipped with a swivelling selector grab for sorting waste, the Hydradig is designed to be a dexterous and flexible tool. If the operator spots a piece of contamination among a waste pile, such as an individual plastic bottle, he can delicately ‘pinch’ it with the swivel grab in order to pick it up and remove it from the pile. In the next movement the same tool can grab a bucket-load of waste free of contamination.
This means the Hydradig can carry out the heavy shifting that only a machine can perform as well as the job of manual pickers.
Lock is also impressed that the Wastemaster-spec Hydradig’s radiator is fitted with a reversing fan: “I struggled to get any other manufacturer to spec one on this size of machine.”
The reversing fan offers a big productivity and reliability advantage in a dusty environment.
“With our previous machine we had to ‘blow out’ the radiator several times a day, which made it very hot,” says Lock. “With the Hydradig, the operator simply presses a button to reverse the fan, which then automatically blows out dust from the radiator to maintain operations and keep the machine in good condition.”