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Product news: Grundon, Harris, JCB, Easi Recycling

Grundon Waste Management claims it is the first of the major waste industry players to go CarbonNeutral across its entire 491-strong road-going vehicle fleet.

Partnering with The CarbonNeutral Company, Grundon is investing in a three-year programme to offset its vehicle emissions and support a community reforestation project in rural Uganda.

Since 1 January, the company has had Carbon-Neutral certification across its whole transport fleet.

Compliance manager Toni Robinson said: “Over the last decade we have put considerable focus on improving our environmental credentials and have successfully reduced our carbon footprint by almost 80%.This is the next really big step and it’s one we’re incredibly excited and passionate about. For us, this is about so much more than just a sticker on the side of a truck, it’s a tangible demonstration of our commitment to continue to cut carbon emissions and, most importantly, it will have a huge benefit for the community in Uganda who we are helping.”

Grundon expects to reduce 30,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over three years through its carbon finance programme.

Avis Industrial Corporation has announced the acquisition of The Harris Waste Management Group – manufacturer of ferrous and non-ferrous processing equipment. Avis Industrial is a privately-held company with nine subsidiaries throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Harris products include a diverse line of balers, shears and shredders.  Its two US manufacturing facilities are in Georgia, with further engineering and sales offices in Texas and the UK.

Leland Boren, Avis chairman, president and chief executive said: “The Harris name has a strong legacy in the recycling industry, and we want to build on that tradition by manufacturing quality products, offering exceptional customer service, while at the same time focusing on innovation and new product development.” 

Boren said he anticipates no immediate changes in the organisation at Harris, including the Harris distributor network.  He added that with American Baler, a subsidiary of Avis since 1979, “this is an ideal time to find synergies and capitalise on the combined strength of both companies in the baler industry.”

The GreenMax Apolo range of balers for expanded polystyrene waste is now available in the UK from Easi Recycling. The machines offer cost effective solutions for companies with expanded polystyrene waste (EPS, XPS or PSP).

According to Easi Recycling, a tonne of EPS, XPS or PSP waste can cost over £100 to dispose of, but if compressed with any of the machines from the Apolo range, GreenMax will purchase back the recycled product at a price of up to £400 per tonne.

The machinery has been designed to process from 25kg/hour with the A‐C25 model to 200kg/hour from the high output A‐C200 model. The reduction ratio is 50:1 and the compressed block density is between 200 – 400kg/m3 which reduces the impact of waste storage on floor space.

The Apolo range features high quality components and Siemens controls.

Jon Earnshaw, managing director of Easi Recycling said:  “We are very excited to be able to offer these machines in UK. Polystyrene waste has been a headache in many industries for years, owing to its bulky construction and costly waste removal. The GreenMax Apolo range not only offers a solution to the waste problem but also converts the waste cost into a revenue stream.”

JCB is unveiling a new compact telescopic handler model and its latest rough terrain fork lift (RTFL) range at Conepxo 2014.

According to JCB, the launch of the 525-60 brings full-size telehandler performance and features to the compact sector. With a maximum lift height of 6m and a load capacity of 2.5 tonnes, the 525-60 is 1.8m wide and 1.91m tall. It is powered by a new Tier 4 Final, 2.5-litre, JCB Diesel by Kohler four-cylinder engine.

Its RTFL range comes complete with the new Tier 4 JCB Ecomax diesel engine, which delivers the same 55kW (74hp) output as the previous Dieselmax motor, but meets the Tier 4 emissions regulations without the need for a diesel particulate filter or an SCR exhaust after-treatment system, reducing cost and complexity for customers.


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