York Recycling, the first waste and recycling firm to buy one of JCB’s new Tier 4i JCB 457 Wastemaster wheeled loading shovels, has reported major fuel savings in its first few months of operation.
It took delivery of the machine, shown at its Alne recycling facility near York, earlier this year. Director Tony Eyres said: “We ordered the new 457 based on the performance of our previous JCB 456 models which were excellent in terms of reliability and overall cost of ownership. This machine, however, takes it to another level. The drivers love the air conditioning and power, while for me there is absolutely no question we are saving on fuel since introducing the new model.”
The new model is purpose built for bulk materials handling in the waste and recycling industry and delivers fuel savings of up to 6%. Fuel consumption savings are made possible by the Eco driveline package, featuring a 5-speed transmission with torque converter lock-up, intelligent clutch cut off and wheel speed braking. It also has a low idle feature and an engine shutdown mode, which kicks in after a pre-determined idle period to save fuel further.
Swindon Commercial Services, a company wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council, has selected Machinex Industries to provide the sorting technology for its new waste facility. The plant, at its site at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, Swindon, will treat 48,000 tonnes a year of residual municipal solid waste as well as commercial and industrial waste, to produce either solid recovered fuel or refuse derived fuel.
SCS head of waste solutions Sean Magee said: “After a rigorous procurement process, SCS concluded that Machinex has the technical ability to deliver the kind of system we require. Machinex has perfectly identified our needs and resources by offering us a reasonable approach that respected the limitations of the building and our budget.”
One feature of the plant will be a reversible conveyor to allow the operator to decide whether to send bulk material loose on a vehicle or to be baled and wrapped in plastic film, according to market demand.
Residents of Conwy in Wales are the first in the UK to try out Straight’s new stacking recycling box system. Made of three boxes that stack together on a trolley which can then be wheeled like a wheelie bin, the 3BoxStack or ‘trolibocs’ are part of a trial being supported by the Welsh Government.
Conwy County Borough Council has been delivering the trolibocs to 4,000 homes. An additional 5,600 rural households will also receive trolibocs when rural recycling is rolled out in July.
The trial follows feedback from residents who wanted recycling containers that took less space, didn’t blow away, could be moved easily and looked tidy.
Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Sustainability, councillor Mike Priestley said: “Conwy residents are the number one recyclers in Wales so they know what they’re talking about. They said they wanted food waste out of their bin and collected every week - we’ve done that. They said they wanted to recycle plastic and cardboard - we’ve done that. They said they wanted recycling containers that were easier to handle - now we’re doing that. ”
Council waste manager Andrew Wilkinson added: “We think the trolibocs will help by making recycling easier for everyone and if the trial is a success, every home in Conwy can have one.”
Information destruction company Shred-it has launched a guide for SMEs to help them manage their secure information destruction process more efficiently and comply with UK data protection regulations.
Its recent survey found that over one-third of SMEs in the UK do not have any protocols in place for storing and destroying the confidential information they hold.
Shred-it EMEA vice president Robert Guice said: “Whenever I visit small businesses, I am always surprised by the amount of time and money spent on digital security, while employees print crucial information and leave it where other people can find it - all the firewalls and passwords in the world will not prevent the risk of paper documents being lost or stolen from unsecured bins and ordinary disposal methods.”