Who are you?
Paul Waite, sales manager at demolition company GBM UK.
How did you get into the waste industry?
After leaving the Army, I worked for companies within the construction industry. I then spent some time in opencast mining before joining a company where I was responsible for managing a fleet of crushers and screeners.
I then moved to GBM UK, where I’ve been for the past 10 years.
What did you buy?
We bought a Terex Finlay 883+ Spaleck mobile screener, which has a two-deck screen with a rubber mat top deck and flip-flow technology on the bottom. It is the first Terex Finlay machine we have bought.
Why did you buy it?
We needed to replace our old equipment because we wanted to increase production. Previously we had to stop processing soil between November and February because our original plant struggled to cope with wet material.
Our services include asbestos surveys and removal, waste management, demolition, industrial dismantling, earthworks and land remediation.
What were your criteria?
We turn materials brought to our recycling centre by local authorities, utility companies and site developers into oversize, 75-10mm and sand.
A total of 75% of our saleable products are soil-related, so it was important that we found a machine that would cope with material during the winter months.
We wanted something that would enable us to increase production and was versatile because we also process sand, brick and concrete. Fuel consumption and emissions were also very important factors.
How did you research your purchase?
We went to the Hillhead 2016 quarrying and recycling show last June and looked at the numerous screeners on display, as well as visiting other recycling sites to see their plant in action.
After on-site demonstrations last year of various screeners processing our material, we were impressed with the performance of the 883+ Spaleck.
What did the equipment have to achieve?
We wanted to increase production and at the same time have less cleaning and downtime. With the Terex Finlay screener, we can now process soil all year round with a higher throughput than we’ve seen before. It is virtually blockage and maintenance-free.
Were there any other considerations to the purchase?
Service and support from the equipment manufacturer was a really important consideration. We brought the machine through Finlay Plant Northern, and we have been impressed with its service.
Were there any particular challenges to finding the right equipment?
We were specific in terms of what we wanted the product to achieve and that narrowed the choice. The only real pitfall was the availability for on-site demonstrations, but that was possibly due to the popularity of these models.
How does the equipment fit in with the company’s plans?
The limited engine speed should meet future emission legislation as well as health and safety regu-lations. We are looking to purchase further plant for the various GBM UK sites: alongside our headquarters in Louth, Lincolnshire, we have other sites across the north-east.