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Greenbank, Untha UK, Blue Machinery Group, Doosan

Bio Group, which turns food waste into renewable energy, will be installing a Greenbank screw compactor at its new plant in Stockport, following the success of one used in its Southwold, Suffolk plant.

The company currently uses a Greenbank SC2000 Screw Compactor to remove any waste food packaging at pre-processing stage. The compactor, which has an integrated automated screw mechanism, squeezes out all the water before compacting the packaging, ready for recycling or disposal.

Bio Group chief executive Steve Sharratt said: “We are delighted with the efficiency and function of the Greenbank compactor, which integrates in our pre-process line. We look forward to working with Greenbank on our forthcoming projects.”

Bio Group, through its subsidiary joint venture, Adnams Bio Energy, designed, built and operate the site in Southwold which was the first plant built in the UK to inject green gas into the National Grid. It is currently commissioning a £5million facility on the former Ashton Road landfill site in Stockport, which will be fully operational this summer.

Waste shredding specialist Untha UK has launched a finance division. Untha Finance is an asset-based lending provision, designed to make waste machinery accessible to all organisations regardless of their balance sheet, credit history or length of trade.

Untha hopes the new service will alleviate some of the financial constraints currently faced by firms looking to improve their efficiencies or expand their operations. Comprising a range of flexible packages including shredder leasing and hire purchase, the finance service is available to any organisation for any machine from the Untha fleet.

Untha UK managing director Chris Oldfield said: “We are incredibly passionate about encouraging waste and recycling operations to progress and better commit to the UK’s environmental agenda, and feel that we are providing them with the necessary assistance to do just that.”

Blue Machinery Group chairman Pat McGeary has been invited to join Accelerate 250, a new business community made up of the fastest growing companies in the UK championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young.

The materials processing equipment supplier has seen particular success in its after sales area during the recent economic downturn, as companies have chosen to repair rather than replace their existing machinery.

Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy have identified representatives from the UK’s fastest growing small and medium businesses, the “vital six per cent” of companies that are creating more than half of the nation’s new jobs, calling on them to work together in identifying solutions to mutual obstacles.

The group will meet for the first time at the Accelerate 2013 festival in Liverpool on June 27.

Sir Leahy said: “It is our ambition that the 27 June will be just the start of the journey that sees the Accelerate 250 become the nucleus of Britain’s future high-growth economic success.”

The Environment Agency has hired two new Doosan DX340LC-3 Stage IIIB compliant crawler excavators from Lynch Plant Hire to demolish and remove steel box piles, rails and wood that made up old groynes on the beach at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. 

Launched to meet the new Stage IIIB emissions regulations, the new Doosan DX340LC-3 excavators from Lynch are the first in the country.  Merrill Lynch, Operations Director at Lynch, said: “Stage IIIB machines are now being specified on many of the projects we are supplying such as Crossrail and the legacy works after the 2012 Olympics.  We are investing heavily in new equipment to meet current and future environmental regulations as part of our company mission - ‘Meeting Hire Demands’.” 

The Environment Agency team carried out the removal work on the old groynes on a 600 metre section of the beach at Aldeburgh from the Martello Tower to the end of Slaughden Road and removed approximately 20 steel piles and associated debris from the beach.  The work involved digging around the redundant piles and pulling them out of the ground and then back-filling with the excavated beach material.

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