Stockton borough council has purchased eight new Heil Farid refuse collection vehicles, as part of a £1.65 million investment in a cleaner, greener, leaner waste collection service. This follows a successful bid to the Government’s weekly collection support scheme.
The new vehicles enable recyclable materials to be collected in one visit rather than two, reducing carbon emissions by around 80,000kg per year.
The new Heil Farid 3Cycler vehicles have three different compartments where glass, paper, and a mix of plastic, cardboard and cans can be collected. The materials are then delivered to a local sorting facility where they are categorised and sorted further before going for reprocessing.
Following extensive field trials around the borough, the optimum vehicle specification was achieved: a Heil Farid 3Cycler incorporating a 6m3 pod (for glass collection) and 16m3 70/30 split compaction bodymounted onto a Mercedes Econic 26t rear steer chassis.
Additional equipment specified on the eight vehicles included: engine cold start pre-heat systems, optimum fuel driver aids, energy saving ECO-PTO’s and 360 degree recording camera systems.
Stockton Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, Councillor David Rose, said: “Stockton Council is continuing to do all it can to explore and develop innovative ways to reduce Stockton Borough’s carbon footprint. These new Heil Farid vehicles will support us in addressing this challenge as our teams will need to make fewer trips to complete the rounds, therefore reducing fuel consumption which will also lead to a reduction in carbon emissions.”
Two Weima PowerLine single-shaft waste shredders have recently been installed at AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant, where they are used for secondary shredding.
Kent-based Fercell Engineering, in partnership with Weima Germany, has been helping the MBT plant turn its waste stream into a revenue stream.
AmeyCespa feeds up to three pre-shredders, shredding the pre-sorted material to a size that is able to be processed. Next, it removes all foreign materials such as stones, aggregate, film, metal and wood. To achieve this, wind-sifters, ballistic separators, metal detectors and drum screens divide the shredded material into several fractions.
The light fractions, consisting of paper, film, foam and small organic pieces, are delivered to the two Weima PowerLine shredders by conveyor belt. The resultant material stream is then shredded to the optimal size and conveyed to the warehouse next door. There, the shredded material can be transported away after drying.
Impact Air Systems, the Leicester-based waste extraction and separation company has relocated to new, larger premises.
Nick Ball, owner and managing director of Impact Air Systems said: “The recycling industry is experiencing exponential growth right now – it’s worth over £25 billion in the UK alone. And growth means more demand for the systems and service that we provide. It’s a dynamic industry, but it still has a long way to go, and it’s services like ours that are helping to innovate and develop breakthrough technology – it’s an exciting time.”
The company now has a two-storey building with 2,900sqft warehouse, home to its parts replenishment department and a new and improved Recycling Test Facility, where customers can bring samples of their materials to be separated and can ‘try before they buy’.
Food packaging firm KCC has installed a new pilot production line to apply its unique barrier coating to biodegradable food trays for the ready meals market. This follows talks with a number of European supermarket chains, interested in the concept of compostable ready meal trays.
Tests show the KCC barrier trays perform as well as traditional trays for durability, wet strength and effectiveness in cooking. KCC says the new tray can be microwaved, used in an oven, frozen and then either recycled as paper fibre or put on the compost. Until now, bagasse and other plant fibre-based packaging had not been viable for wet food ready meals.
KCC Packaging developer Kevin Clarke said: “In discussions with a number of supermarkets during our pilot production phase we see that environmental managers are realising the advantages that bagasse or bamboo trays have over conventional CPet and aluminium: the ability to biodegrade, lower carbon footprint needing fewer carbon credits and subsequent reduced impact on landfill.”