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Novelis, Denbow International, Smart Witness, Taylor

Novelis reports that new rotorshredder equipment, designed to increase its plant’s capacity to separate plastic contamination from UK-sourced used beverage cans (UBCs), has improved processing volumes by more than 250%.

The equipment, in operation since September 2012, was part of a £1.7million upgrade at its aluminium can recycling plant in Warrington, Cheshire.

The rotorshredder works in conjunction with a pre-existing optical sorting system to clean contaminated UBCs, to improve production levels. Though the new equipment will help by removing contamination such as paper and plastic, it is not designed to handle fully mixed recyclables.

According to Novelis the new equipment will allow it to develop new sources of supply.

Plant manager Brian McCallie said: “This investment brings an increased ability to process material from local sources and will make a big impact on our UK operations. It is also an important step toward reaching Novelis’ goal of increasing the recycled content of our products across our global operations to 80% by 2020.”

The Warrington plant is a launch production site for the industry’s first independently certified, high-recycled content aluminium, Evercan. With a minimum of 90% recycled aluminium, Evercanis designed to allow beverage companies to deliver beverages in a low-carbon footprint consumer package.

Independent waste management company Nordic Recycling has added a Kramer 880 wheeled loader to its fleet at Tilbury Docks in Essex. The wheeled loader is handling dry recyclables in areas where space is at a premium.

It was delivered by new hire company, Denbow International, on a four-year contract and makes up part of a five machine fleet at Tilbury supplied and operated by Denbow.

Nordic Recycling operations manager Tahar Trabelsi said: “The 880 has slotted-in very well to the operation and is performing beyond our expectations and easily keeping pace with the rate at which we need it to feed the baler plant to meet our high level of activity.”

Bulk waste haulage specialist G Webb has installed on-board vehicle cameras in its 40-strong tipper fleet in a bid to cut false insurance claims.

Joint managing director David Webb said: “Our insurers like the cameras so much they are paying half the camera and installation costs.”

The company has opted to fit Smart Witness cameras on all its vehicles, mainly 32-tonne tippers.

Webb said: “In the past we have had lots drivers said to be involved incidents that proved to be untrue. We think it is very good device that gives us an accurate idea of three things: how drivers are performing, what they were doing on a particular occasion when there was a problem, and the ability to see what happened.”

The Smart Witness system allows operators to submit a report to an insurer within two hours of an accident, showing the exact location, vehicle speed, deceleration, road conditions and video footage of the accident. The camera digitally records the driver’s view onto SD cards, providing operators with court-admissible evidence designed to protect them against fraudulent claims.

Westminster City Council is to roll out around 100 Taylor Street Units throughout the borough in order to improve public engagement with waste and recycling.

Westminster City Council waste and recycling manager Phil Robson said: “There are 121,000 households throughout Westminster, 87% of which are flats. As a result, we have a finite amount of space to work with and this, combined with the fact that only 37% of people have access to a car, means that visiting the tip isn’t a viable option for the majority of the borough’s residents.

“With the Street units, we’re aiming to make recycling a more attractive proposition by integrating waste containers into Westminster’s street scene, make recycling more accessible and appealing to those in flats, and improve the quality of public engagement points with waste.”

The order is the largest Taylor has received for the Street units since the units were trialled at Park Road, near Lord’s Cricket Ground, in 2009.

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