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Product news round-up: 14 Dec

Go Plant, the road sweeper and gully emptier hire company, has purchased a Gritbuster System for its Shropshire Road Sweepers (SRS) operation in Telford.

Processing up to 80 tonnes per day, the Gritbuster system, developed by Siltbuster, will allow Go Plant to recycle sweeper and gully waste arriving back at its Telford Depot, so reducing waste disposal costs. 

Go Plant operates a fleet of more than 150 sweepers across the UK, with around 30 vehicles deployed directly from the SRS Telford Depot. It provides operated road sweeping, road sweeper spot hire and contract road sweepers with typical contracts including the maintenance of major highways, construction site road sweepings, and local authority cleansing operations. Road sweepings and gully waste collected through these activities, which would have typically gone to landfill in the past, can now be recycled by the Gritbuster plant.  

SRS general manager Aidan Garvey said: “Landfill costs have been rising each year, so it made absolute commercial sense to find a smarter way of dealing with our sweeper waste. Thanks to the Gritbuster system we can now treat and recover 92% of the waste collected through road sweeping, massively reducing our landfill costs – which is good for the business and for the environment.”

Raw road sweepings collected are deposited in an existing dewatering bay at the SRS depot before being loaded into the Gritbuster system for washing, separation and recovery. The bulk of material recovered by the Gritbuster Plant is coarse washed sand which is shipped off site for recycling, used for example as pipe bedding or secondary aggregate.  Road debris and large aggregate is recovered separately, as is the separated fine organics and fine sand materials produced from the washwater screening process.

SWM Recycling, which operates eight depots across the South West, has taken delivery of a new conveyor solution from Middleton Engineering, to upgrade and increase capacity at its Barnstaple waste recycling operation.

The in-floor conveyor, designed, fabricated and installed within eight weeks, feeds an existing twin ram baler to process waste paper, card, film and plastics from commercial and local authority customers.

SWM Recycling director Shawn Akers said: “The new conveyor allows us to process larger quantities of recyclable material and improves the speed and efficiency of our baling operation. It’s good news for our growing customer base and ensures we can help to divert even more waste from landfill. Volume is already up by a third and we are now processing 1,500 tonnes per month with capacity to take on more business at our Barnstaple depot.”

Design aspects to future proof capacity for the new chain conveyor were key for SWM Recycling as well as easy access for cleaning, to minimise blockages and downtime and integrated systems for operator safety.

Globus has launched the world’s first biodegradable nitrile disposable glove in the UK and Ireland. Green-dex biodegrades in biologically-active landfills thanks to use of a patent-pending Eco Best Technology (EBT) organic additive. This is designed to make Green-dex attractive to microbial activity in landfills. On consumption of the EBT formulation, micro-organisms excrete enzymes that depolymerise the nitrile.

Testing by an independent research lab has confirmed that 20% of a Green-dex glove will have biodegraded in 160 days compared to the control N-Dex gloves which had biodegraded by less than 2%.

According to Globus the EBT does not compromise any of the quality of the glove.

HES Tractec, supplier of genuine parts for the industries including waste management, has extended its agreement with Carraro Drive Tech, manufacturer of axle and transmissions. Building on the company’s exclusive UK distributorship, HES Tractec will launch the Carraro Service Network (CSN) a specialist repair and service support, in March 2014.

The network will directly benefit customers with fast and efficient repairs and services, carried out by fully trained axle repair professionals, operating under strict Carraro service standards.

“Our mission is to offer Carraro after-sales services and support to all of our customers globally. By partnering with HES Tractec in the UK, we are demonstrating our commitment to our customers,” said Stefano Image, sales and business development manager at Carraro Drive Tech – After Sales and Spare Parts.


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