Independent waste management firm, Nordic Recycling, has decided to replace its current waste collection hire fleet by purchasing its own second hand vehicles from Refuse Vehicle Solutions.
Nordic Recycling general manager Sean Spoors said: “We have found hiring vehicles to be an unreliable solution so we took the decision to operate our own fleet. We looked at buying new vehicles but didn’t want that level of capital expenditure, so we investigated the second hand market place.”
The three vehicles are 26 tonne rear steer Mercedes Econics with Heil Powerlink bodies, fitted with brand new Zoeller trade bin lifts. Two are fitted with the Enviroweigh dynamic bin-weighing systems from Vehicle Weighing Solutions.
Spoors added: “The crew are relieved not to suffer vehicles that break down all the time. Our customers are also pleased that our fleet looks better and is branded with our corporate identity.”
High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have jointly procured fleet for the first time as part of a Strategic Alliance agreement signed in 2008. Specialist Fleet Services, the incumbent supplier at Staffordshire Moorlands for over 14 years, beat off a large number of bids to win the tender.
Shared Service Street Scene Manager Joy Redfern said: “This is the first time that we have procured fleet across both authorities and it was a very smooth process. There were some high quality bids received yet SFS scored very highly beating off other tenders particularly in terms of quality standards and financial costs.”
The seven-year contract includes the provision and maintenance of 62 vehicles for grounds maintenance, street scene, waste collection and environmental health services. The vehicles include a 15-tonne Johnston sweeper, two Scarab Magnum sweepers, a Scarab Minor and six Schmidt Swingos; eight RCVs with Mercedes chassis and Dennis bodies (three standard and five twin-packs); plus a range of light vans such as Ford Transit vans and three Citroen Dispatch vehicles for dog wardens.
Some of the new vehicles will be shared across both authority areas, such as those for Street Scene and others will be used primarily in one district but provide cover for the neighbouring authority as and when necessary. SFS engineers will also be maintaining the vehicles at the Staffordshire Moorlands depot.
React Environmental is the new distributor for PEL Waste Reduction Equipment for Wales. PEL specialises in reducing waste, and waste costs in the hospitality sector and manufactures a range of bin compactors, bottle crushers and cardboard and plastic balers.
PEL’s range of cardboard and plastic balers and patented PEL bottle crushers will be distributed by React Environmental. This includes its bottle crushing range and PEL’s flagship product the “Baby Jaws” which is designed to fit under the counter and allow staff to crush bottles at the bar.
The two companies hope to tap into the move by the Welsh government and WRAP Cymru to actively encourage SMEs in the hospitality sector to invest in waste reduction and recycling equipment.
Dust extraction specialists, Dustcontrol, have unveiled a new eco-motor, which has been fitted to the company’s AirCube mobile dust extractor range.
The new motors are now being used in Dustcontrol’s AirCube 500 and AirCube 2000 models. Each motor has 100w lower consumption than previous Dustcontrol motors but are more powerful.
Dustcontrol UK general manager James Miller said: “The motors have been developed with the environment in mind, but without compromising on extraction power and quality. They’re more powerful than the motors we’ve used in the past, yet use 100w less energy consumption. They’re a real step forward, and just one element in our approach to reduce the environmental impact that our products have.”
AirCube machines are also coated with a higher corrosion class which requires a more environmental friendly process and all machine parts are locally sourced to minimise Dustcontrol’s carbon footprint.