Countrystyle Recycling has invested in a Macpresse Mac111/1, fully automatic baling press for its MRF in Ridham, Kent (pictured).
Supplied by west midlands-based RCP SA, it is designed to process a range of materials, with Countrystyle’s machine used for processing refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) from commercial or industrial waste streams.
Fuel baled at the Ridham facility will be transported to plants in Holland and Germany where electricity and heat will be generated. Countrystyle managing director Chris Howard said: “This is a key investment for Countrystyle to deliver resource solutions to our customers and to manage our own disposal costs. The baling and wrapping operation makes our Ridham MRF a major facility for the processing and manufacture of resources to complement our organics treatment, plasterboard recycling and clean and dirty wood processing operations already carried out at Ridham.”
The Mac 111/1 baling press is powered by twin 55Kw motors and is capable of baling 50 tonnes of loose feed material per hour. The bale chamber is lined with replaceable Hardox 500 alloy liners to counteract the abrasive action of waste materials. The machine in Ridham is set to automatically wrap bales in plastic film at the end of the baling process.
Equipment supplier Jarshire has supplied Dublin-based Panda waste management with a Fico 4jet truck, enabling it to offer a kerbside bin washing service.
Since introducing the service in November 2013, the company is now cleaning over 200 bins per day. Two models of the Fico 4jet are available, each highly automated, making the work efficient and safe. The washing procedure is carried out within the vehicle to avoid waste and water spillage into the street.
Depending on the model used, washing may also be carried out outside the vehicle. A multiple filter process circulates the water for continuous operation, allowing 300 bins to be washed with 1,500 litres of water before refilling. This equates to five litres of water for each bin. Maintenance consists of cleaning the filters, fine filter and back-flushing the fine filtration.
Safety footwear manufacturer Rock Fall (UK) has launched a range of footwear designed specifically for women’s feet, with a style to suit all industries and hazardous working environments.
According to Rock Fall (UK) its new Vixen range of safety footwear is the industry’s first specialist range of women’s safety footwear to all have toecap and midsole protection to the EN ISO 20345:2011 standard. The range uses materials such as full grain leather, nubuck, and suede, all lined with moisture wicking fabrics, featuring a shock absorbing anti-fatigue foot-bed.
The range includes lightweight flexible boots and trainers as well as lace-up shoes. Rock Fall (UK) sales director Richard Noon said: “Until now, women have had to wear boots in the nearest male size to their own. By launching the Vixen range, women can now wear safety footwear that complements the shape of their feet and in their own size. Wearing better fitting footwear ultimately means more comfort and most importantly, improved safety.”
Devon-based waste management company Bale Group has decided to replace numerous bespoke systems, spreadsheets and accounting software with an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning software solution to run its business. Bale has selected Enwis, part of the Prodware adjust waste and recycling solution suite.
Bale Group commercial director Hazel Bale said: “We were spending a lot of time checking and re-checking data between our various systems and producing too much paperwork. We realised that by having one integrated system, which required us to only enter transaction data once, there would be less time wasted on duplicated work and more time using key business reports, to keep our fast growing business running smoothly.”
Bale shortlisted two possible suppliers who were given a number of opportunities to present their solutions before choosing Enwis. In addition Bale Group has purchased Zetadocs, an automated system for managing the production, delivery and archiving of documents and Jet Reports, an integrated reporting solution, which gives users a simple way to create high-impact reports.