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Leafield Environmental, NTM-GB, JCB, Somerstotalkare

Leafield Environmental has designed and custom-built a new anti-microbial, pedal operated recycling unit which complies with the cleanliness and infection control regulations of the health industry.

The new bin, which was designed in association with facilities management provider Mitie, is made with a built-in anti-microbial additive, which provides an effective barrier against the growth of bacteria, moulds and fungi to minimise the spread of infection.

The bin can collect up to three different waste streams such as landfill waste, mixed recyclables and food or clinical waste in a 90-litre unit. The central lid is operated by a foot pedal so users never need to touch the bin with their hands when depositing waste. Wheels make it easy to transfer to central collection points for emptying. The tilting mechanism at the back of the unit pulls down to simplify the removal and replacement of bags and it is easily dismantled for deep cleaning. 

The bin is currently being rolled out across the NHS Grampian and the NHS Lothian estates.

Leafield’s managing director Phil Maddox said: “The health industry has struggled to get recycling programmes off the ground in the past because of the lack of suitable products available. Leafield’s design team stepped up to the challenge, working closely with Mitie, to build the Anti-Microbial Envirobin that is ideal for their client’s needs.”

NTM-GB has recently supplied a NTM KGHH refuse compaction body with NTM FK food pod, both with barlifts, mounted on a Scania 26t GVW chassis to Manchester-based Fresh Start Waste Services. The waste management and recycling company serves the trade, industrial and commercial sectors. It has the vehicle collecting food waste, glass and other recyclable materials on alternate days.

Fresh Start discovered NTM after a fleet breakdown, which led to it hiring a truck from Gullivers, an NTM.  Joe Rogers, Fresh Start Waste Services director said: “We soon found that the truck was an excellent choice.”

The company has 15 vehicles on its fleet but currently only one NTM – which according to Fresh Start is out performing the other vehicles in the stable. 

Rogers added: “We like how it looks, the operators like how it operates, it’s easy to use and more effective – it’s an all-round excellent piece of kit.  It saves us money on fuel, wages and time – as this truck is able to do the work of two vehicles.”

West Lothian-based Buchanan Skip Hire has bought a brand new JCB JS20MH – a dedicated material handler, purpose-built for the waste industry – which went into full production this year.

The new model joins two JCB Loadall telescopic handlers – a 541-70 and a 550-80 Wastemaster - in its fleet. All three are used to handle waste as part of the sorting process at Buchanan’s own recycling plant. The site receives in excess of 20,000 tonnes of materials annually from the Edinburgh, Falkirk and West Lothian regions and currently recycles over 80% of this.

The machine purchased by Buchanan is fitted with a hydraulically raised cab for loading containers - giving improved vision and safety on site. It is also equipped with a JCB 530 SQ Selector Grab attachment for segregating waste.

Buchanan Skip Hire director, James Buchanan said: “What appealed most about the JS20MH is that it has clearly been designed and manufactured specifically for our industry. It is not just a conventional excavator with a few additions.

“Features such as the raised cab and reversible fan make a huge difference to safety and uptime when operating in a tough environment like we do.”

Waste and recycling truck manufacturer Dennis Eagle has invested around £20,000 in new heavy-duty vehicle lifts from Halesowen-based Somerstotalkare.

A set of six S6ng mobile column lifts have been delivered for Dennis Eagle’s new Winchester depot after securing a new contract to supply and maintain vehicles used for waste collection and recycling across Winchester and Portsmouth councils.

Brian Young, National Account Manager at Somerstotalkare said: “The new equipment provides a reliable and flexible vehicle lifting solution that will help the depot maintain an efficient operation that ensures trucks are back in service as quickly as possible.”

Dennis Eagle has also ordered two sets of lifts for its Kensington depot, which services a fleet of 80 vehicles.

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