Worsley Plant has sold its latest Max X Tract to Swansea-based Gavin Griffiths Recycling, after a change in HMRC landfill guidance boosted sales of the materials separator.
New HMRC guidance in May 2012 stated that trommel fines previously classed as ‘inert’ and charged at the lower rate of landfill tax would be classed as ‘active’ and disposed of at the more costly standard rate. The higher rate of £64 per tonne in 2012/13 increased to £72 per tonne in April and will go up by another £8 in 2014.
Griffiths Recycling needed to process 5,590 tonnes of residual fines from a materials recycling facility which would cost nearly £360,000 to send to landfill at the higher rate. After nine months of research and trials, it chose the Max X Tract as the most efficient and cost effective method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The Max X Tract recovered 2,877 tonnes of clean glass fragments which were suitable for recycling and 764 tonnes of paper, plastics and card which were used as refuse derived fuel. As a result, only 1,949 tonnes of fines were landfilled at the higher rate, which saved the Griffiths over £230,000 in addition to a rebate for the recovered glass.
The density separator is now being used at one of its customer’s sites to process over 8,000 tonnes of trommel fines to extract aggregates which can then be recycled, while continuing to process the MRF fines on a double shift pattern.
Griffiths Recycling operations director Andrew Wright said: “The Max X Tract has already decreased the amount of waste our customers send to landfill and has delivered considerable landfill tax savings. After researching what equipment was available, the Max X Tract is the most effective and reasonably priced machine on the market. Plus, Worsley Plant was extremely reactive to our urgent need for a solution which inspired our confidence.”
The Max X Tract’s materials separation technology can extract a high proportion of valuable materials from waste such as metals, wood, plastics and organics. The density separator can separate materials less than 100mm at a processing rate of 100 tonnes per hour.
Safety company Arco has signed a partnership deal with Gore, makers of Gore-Tex fabric, making Arco the only industrial distributor in Europe to hold a Gore-Tex brand trade mark license for waterproof garments and footwear.
From September 2013, Arco will be using its trademark licensee status to manufacture a brand new range of own brand hazardwear, weatherwear and footwear products using Gore-Tex fabric, known for its durable weather protection that keeps wearers dry. Other garments in the new range will be manufactured with Gore-Tex Heat & Flame and Gore Pyrad fabric technology which offers a combination of thermal and flashover burn protection.
Arco joint managing directors Thomas Martin and Neil Jowsey said: “Gore’s reputation has been built on the undoubted quality of its products and, like Arco, is a company focused on discovery and product innovation. We will use this partnership to develop state of the art products that will provide protection for those working in critical environments across all industries.”
Riverside Waste Machinery reports it is gaining a strong foothold in overseas markets as it continues to expand its product offer and customer base.
The UK-based provider of waste balers is predicting a strong performance this year, just two years after breaking away from its sister shredding division.
Having cemented its home customer base, Riverside is increasing its overseas portfolio. Balers have been exported to Turkey and the Middle East and the company has recently taken enquiries from the US, China and India.
Managing director Jonathan Oldfield credits much of the company’s success to high quality customer service and investment in its website and online activity – providing it with a wider platform from which to operate and attract international clients.
Oldfield said: “We’ve invested heavily in our website and online presence as part of our business planning for the short and longer term. This activity delivers valuable feedback and information which in turn helps to drive our business strategy and ensure we give customers exactly what they want.”
Oldfield said companies and organisations investing in balers were achieving a return on their investment in a relatively short time – in some case as little as four to six months – as they generate revenue from their waste. “More and more businesses are investing in their waste management and buying equipment like balers – they see them as value-adding assets rather than just capital outlay.”
A wide range of new Bobcat and Doosan Portable Power products will be shown on the Doosan Construction Equipment stand at the Belgium-based MATEXPO Exhibition, the international trade fair showcasing machinery and equipment for the construction, recycling and engineering sectors.
The stand will showcase the very latest in Bobcat compact loader, compact excavator, telescopic handler and attachment ranges, including new 500 platform compact loaders and the new TR38160 rotary telehandler model. The comprehensive range of portable compressors and generators from Doosan Portable Power will represented by the new 12/250 Stage IIIB portable compressor and the new Doosan G100-IIIA and G150-IIIA Stage IIIA generator models.