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TJ Group, Finlay Group, Cat, Land Engineering Services

Waste management specialist TJ Group, based in the south, has invested £165,000 in new machinery which screens top soil to British standards for commercial use.

The portable trommel screener (pictured), built by McCloskey International, will help the company divert segregated soil from landfill. Material passes through three grading screens to create a a product suitable for landscape gardeners, golf courses, schools, local authorities and property developers.

It is the second significant investment of its kind by TJ, after it bought a £200,000 concrete crusher last year, also from McCloskey, for turning rubble into recycled aggregate.

John Gosling, TJ Group managing director, said: “The trommel means we can divert even more material away from landfill, allowing us to screen site debris into saleable topsoil for commercial use.”

He added: “We continue to grow on the back of intensive industry demand for recycled aggregates, especially with the rise in corporate social responsibility by companies who want to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Finlay Group has announced it is moving into new markets within the quarrying, demolition and recycling sectors after securing the dealership for Trackstack in England and Wales.

It is now marketing the Trackstack range of bulk handling products, which include tracked stockpilers, loaders, unloaders, and tracked radial stockpilers.

Manufactured at a five-acre facility in Omagh, Trackstack is part of the Tesab Group, and its machinery has been installed in locations around the globe.

A key benefit Trackstack offers is the ability to introduce a stockpiling capability on site, with the machinery engineered to provide a high torque, fuel efficient process, capable of powering through material to deliver exceptional production rates. By creating a large stockpile height, the need for a shovel and labour to constantly move processed material from a crusher or screener to storage areas is eliminated.

The machinery is operated through the remit of the screen operator, which saves double handing, wear and tear and fuel costs.

Dave Statham, director at Finlay Group said: “The sheer price of fuel in operating a shovel to move material, as well as the labour costs, makes the introduction of Trackstack bulk handling systems compelling for quarries and demolition and recycling sites. Ultimately they reduce degradation, enhance safety and lower costs. The machinery also handles a broad range of material, including sand, wood, aggregates and glass, and they are versatile, highly mobile and quick to set-up. This type of machinery is slowly revolutionising the materials handling industry, and with the Trackstack dealership now in place we can offer a complete package that meets the evolving needs of the material processing sector.”

Caterpillar has launched its Cat TH255C telehandler—with a rated load capacity of 2,500 kg and a maximum lift height of 5,600 mm. It features a powerful, compact design that accommodates both a wide range of work tools and a varied range of applications, resulting in a versatile machine.

The TH255C uses a new fuel-efficient, 2.9-litre engine rated at 74-horsepower (55 kW). A new cooling package features a variable-speed, hydraulically driven fan with an available variable-speed reversing feature. The engine pod has been redesigned to accommodate the new engine, including a new exhaust mounting system and a low-profile hood that provides significantly enhanced visibility to the right of the machine.

Three new Doosan DA40 40-tonne articulated dump trucks (ADTs) have been purchased by Land Engineering Services (LES), based in Wakefield, Yorkshire, for use on the company’s Comrie Colliery Reclamation Scheme in West Fife in Scotland.  The Doosan DA40 trucks were supplied by Filtermech Plant Sales, authorised Doosan dealer for Yorkshire. 

The former Comrie colliery site is recognised as the largest area of post-industrial dereliction in West Fife.  A combination of contaminated land, large areas of hard standing associated with the former colliery pit head area and a 40-metre high burning colliery waste bing mean that in excess of 100 hectares of countryside are currently unfit for any conventional countryside use.  

The LES project involves using a fleet of equipment including the Doosan ADTs to extradite over 680,000 tonnes of coal through the working of the 52 hectares of the coal resource, while using revenues from the extraction to treat the spontaneous combustion on the bing; the re-profiling and removal of dereliction on the bing; the treatment of contamination in Bickram Wood and the former Rexco smokeless fuel plant and the creation of a new wetland habitat for great newts on the north of the site.

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