PM encourages construction recycling
Prime minister David Cameron visited a construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling plant near Oxford last month.
He witnessed how construction waste was effectively recycled by Sheehan Contractors for use on road building projects. The company installed a CDE Global processing plant for construction, demolition and excavation waste a year ago.
It is now supplying a wide range of recycled sand and aggregates to local construction contractors, as well as virgin sand and aggregate producers. Sheehan is also using the material on its own construction contracts.
Cameron said: “The project is something that I wholeheartedly support. I hope it will also help to inspire and encourage more businesses in the industry to get involved in similar projects
and to really make a positive difference to our recycling practice here in the UK.”
Sheehan plans an expansion, with a potential site in east Oxfordshire identified.
Managing director Chris Sheehan said: “Our future plans include the development of a facility which would double our recycled aggregate production capacity in a strategically important location, enabling us to grow market share and also play our part in diverting large volumes of C&D waste material from landfill.”
On-site tyre cutter saves up to 70% storage space
A high-speed flat-packing system has been launched to make recycling tyres easier.
The SymTyre-S300 semiautomatic tyre cutter can reduce a tyre in 60 seconds, leaving it suitable for recycling or as a feedstock for energy-from-waste recovery. The technology used in the system allows tyres to be cut into three parts in one process.
Instead of having to remove piles of waste tyres, garages can now flat-pack them on-site and the valuable components of rubber and steel can be recycled later. Once tyres have been cut into sections, they occupy up to 70% less space during storage and transportation.
The SymTyre-S300 has been developed for Symphony Recycling Technologies, a subsidiary of Symphony Environmental Technologies.
The UK produces an estimated 55 million scrap tyres a year and many languish on unsightly dumps.
Doosan equipment makes debut at Munich show
Doosan Construction Equipment will be showing a range of excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks and attachments for the first time at the Munich construction show Bauma 2013 on 15-21 April.
Among the new products on the stand are the DX140W-3 and DX160W-3 wheeled excavators; the DX380LC-3 large crawler excavator; and the DL200-3 (see product focus), DL250-3 and DL550-3 wheel loaders.
All Doosan Stage IIIBcompliant excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks have been designed to exceed customer requirements for quality, productivity, controllability, comfort, reliability and durability.
The DX140W-3 and DX160W-3 excavators are both powered by the Doosan DL06KB 6-cylinder common rail turbocharged diesel engine. The DX380LC-3 excavator is powered by the larger Doosan DL08K diesel engine.
In all three models, the engines meet Stage IIIB engine emission regulations through the use of exhaust gas recirculation and diesel particulate filter aftertreatment technologies.
Tall recycling bin is itself 100% recycled
Green Warehouse has launched the uBin, which is made from 100% UK postconsumer recycled material.
Described by the manufacturer as tall, elegant, and stylish, the uBin is designed for recycling waste in offices and schools. It has a 70-litre capacity and can accommodate standard waste sacks.
The bin’s large overhanging lid ensures that unsightly liners are not visible, and an air hole at the base allows bags to be removed easily.
The uBin’s angled top faces the user, improving visibility and making recycling an even more obvious choice.
The uBin retails at £42 for the basic bin and lid. An optional colour-coded, shaped lid insert costs £14 and ensures people know what to put in it.
Fleet and staff managed with 4G mobile app
BigChange has created an all-in-one 4G telematics and mobile app for municipal transport, fleet and field service operators.
The BigChange JobWatch Office App connects drivers, field service staff and fleets to the office to help firms plan, manage and schedule their mobile workforce.
Features include a rugged mobile computer, mobile communications, black box GPS vehicle tracking, satnav, work and delivery management, timesheet, expense recording and vehicle defect
The cloud-based 4G telematics runs on the latest IP54-rated BigChange 7in and 4in fixed-mount or portable computers.
BigChange says the system helps companies to improve customer service, increase billable time and eliminate paperwork in the office and on the road.
Chief executive Martin Port said: “We simply install the BigChange mobile computer and our customers choose the functions and features they wish it to use at the click of a button.”