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Dolav, Volkswagen, Middleton, Olleco

Aldi has rolled out a food waste collection scheme across its national network, using Dolav plastic pallet boxes to transport the waste.

Last year, Aldi trialled the new food waste recycling scheme at its Atherstone distribution centre in Warwickshire. The scheme sees food that is not fit for donation to the FareShare charity, collected at stores and transported back to Aldi distribution centres, where it is forklift tipped into trailers. When full, the trailers take the load to a de-packaging centre, and the food waste then goes to an anaerobic digester for conversion into biogas and farm fertiliser.  

Empty Dolav pallet boxes with polythene liners and lids are delivered each day by supply vehicles, as the supermarket removes food waste daily. Aldi uses the Euro pallet-sized Dolav 800x1200. Its 500+ UK stores have four Dolavs each, making for a fleet of some 2,000 Dolav pallet boxes in circulation every day.

Rotherham-based Ron Hull Group has purchased a fleet of seven energy-efficient cars from local JCT600’s Volkswagen dealership.

The Ron Hull Group, which was established in 1976, offers a range of services from waste management and recycling to demolition and dismantling.  In recent years it has pursued a policy of reducing its carbon footprint by employing environmentally-friendly principles. As part of this campaign, Ron Hull has now replaced seven of its vehicle fleet with Volkswagen Golf models incorporating the BlueMotion fuel efficient technology.

Paul Furniss, group purchasing manager for the Ron Hull Group said: “We were keen to buy locally, and it was crucial that our fleet demonstrate our green credentials.  The move to greener vehicles marks another key milestone in the Ron Hull Group’s quest to be as energy efficient as possible.”

Home, leisure and garden retail chain, The Range, has installed a second horizontal baler from Middleton Engineering to handle increased waste and recycling at its northern warehouse and distribution centre in Thorne, Doncaster.

With 85 stores and 35 planned for the coming year, the company has a policy of minimising waste to landfill. The Thorne site has a recycling facility that handles backhauled distribution and packaging waste, using empty vehicle capacity to maximise efficiency and reduce costs.

Its latest baler is a fully automatic HB60HM horizontal baler and integrated slider bed conveyor solution. With a press force of 60 tonnes, it doubles capacity for the warehouse recycling team, producing compact bales of card and plastics, which are sold on to reprocessing companies.

The new machine joins an existing HB50HM baler installed in 2007. Together, the machines will process and bale over 4,000 tonnes of packaging waste a year.

Peter Adlard, facilities manager at DHL which manages The Range said: “Without the balers, storage areas would rapidly fill with waste, causing consequences for stock deliveries, so minimal downtime is essential. The addition of a three year service contract with next day response ensures added peace of mind.”

Olleco, specialist in cooking oil and food waste, has rolled out the first two of its state-of-the-art waste collection vehicles built to a new design, in order to support its expanding Scottish division.

The custom built vehicles are the first of a fleet of six new waste collection trucks to run alongside the existing fleet already in operation across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Olleco has seen increased demand for its food waste collection service, following the introduction of the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations at the start of the year.

Vincent Igoe, general manager of Olleco Scotland, said: “We have been working on an innovative new design on our waste vehicles for some time to increase efficiency and customer service. With near silent operation and fantastic fuel consumption, our vehicles are the most modern on the roads.”

Olleco claims the new vehicles are more fuel efficient than other standard collection vehicles, and include features such as electric lifting equipment so the engine does not need to run while the vehicle is making collections.

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