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JCB, BYD, Taylor Bins

Specialist waste and recycling company Dunmow Waste Management has added a JCB 457 HT Wastemaster wheeled loader to its fleet, to handle an increasing volume of material at its Chelmsford, Essex head office site.

The machine is equipped with super high-lift loader arms, a 4.5m3 toe-tip bucket and SG Revolution solid tyres. The loader also comes with a full rear radar system, auto lubrication, a weighing system, fire suppression and a deluxe operator’s seat.

Dunmow specified the machine with the optional five-speed ZF transmission with lock-up torque converter, which locks the transmission in every gear from second to fifth to prevent losses and reduce fuel consumption. Directors Sam Malins and Edward Barnes have calculated that third gear in the five-speed transmission is lower than third gear in the four-speed box, which was used on the firm’s previous 456 loader. This lower ratio allows the operator to use third gear smoothly and productively within Dunmow’s recycling operation, reducing fuel consumption and increasing performance.

Barnes said: “The main benefit is the torque lock-up from second gear, so there is no wastage. Third gear in the four-speed transmission was too high, so the machine was too fast. This option preserves the tyres and reduces fuel consumption. The operator is very happy with it, it’s a lot more nimble and so smooth. We hope to get a 5% fuel improvement in the long term. It’s never going to be 20-30%, but 10 litres per day is all worth it.”

Dunmow Waste Management, which serves construction, demolition, domestic and local authority customers, moved to its current site near Chelmsford in June 2012, having outgrown its original operation. It runs 20 trucks on the road and operates a mixed fleet of materials handlers and wheeled loaders, including a JCB JS130 tracked excavator, a JCB 436 Wastemaster wheeled loader and the new 457 HT.

Chinese green energy technology company BYD will be introducing a European-friendly electric forklift range at the CeMAT show in Hannover, Germany, in May 2014.

The forklifts will go on sale in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium starting in June 2014 and will be launched in France and UK in 2015.

The new forklifts feature safe batteries based on BYD’s Fe battery technology (Lithium-iron phosphate) and advanced charging solution. This technology allows new BYD forklifts to use only one battery assembly through years of service life. After eight years of double shift usage, the battery remains at a minimum of 75% of its capacity.

BYD estimates the forklifts are 20%-25% lower in operating costs compared to conventional lead-acid based products, with further savings as no additional replacement batteries are ever needed.

The manufacturer has built a one million square metre forklift factory in China with a capacity of 50,000 units per year of various industrial forklift models.  A parts distribution centre in Tilburg, the Netherlands, houses extensive stock of forklift parts.

Taylor’s latest urban recycling solution, the Mini Street, has received its first mass UK order following the Western Isles Council’s decision to roll out the unit across all of its major tourist areas across the Islands.

The Council has purchased 60 units, which have been located in prominent public areas throughout the islands including ferry terminals, the new marina and the castle grounds. The units were purchased primarily to increase on-the-go recycling levels but the Mini Street’s have also become a focal point for the Council.

Iain Campbell, Zero Waste Western Isles Campaign Co-ordinator at the Western Isles council, explains: “We’ve used similar products in the past. The advantage of the Mini-Street housing is that it has a tapered top, which prevents the possibility of encouraging anti-social behaviour by eliminating the risk of people being able to climb onto them and waste being left on the top of the housing rather than placed inside. The Mini-Street’s locking design prevents children from getting their hands too far into the units, some of which contain glass. Due to the harsh nature of the weather on the west coast of Scotland combined with the salty air, we chose the Mini-Street it has a plastic finish meaning the ferocity of nature’s wear and tear is not an issue.”

The Mini Street prototype was first unveiled at last year’s RWM. The 240 and 360-litre units, which follow the same design principles as Taylor’s Street Unit, are designed to provide a discreet, aesthetically pleasing housing unit that contains two-wheeled bins.

Western Isles council has placed the units at the entry and exit points to the islands so they are one of the first and last things residents and visitors see.

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