Remanufacturing at RVS is heralded
Independent charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is showcasing Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) as an excellent example of the circular economy. RVS is now the focus of a case study.
A provider of used and remanufactured refuse vehicles, RVS specialises in revitalising second-hand dust-carts, stripping them down, and replacing or repairing worn and defective parts. This produces high-quality ‘as new’ vehicles that cost a fraction of the expense of a new vehicle.
RVS managing director Spencer Law said: “We are honoured to be acknowledged by such a respected, forward- thinking organisation, and are delighted that our activities complement the drive for a more sustainable economy.
“Customers used to sell their vehicles after five to seven years and then bought new ones, which always seemed like a waste of money and resources to me.”
Toxicity tests are assessed for packaging
European Commission-funded Ecopack is running a project to assess the environmental risks linked to packaging when it is composted.
The goal is to help manu-facturers make packaging and films for agriculture that can be safe to compost, where the quantity of chemical compounds they contain pose no threat to human health.
The research labs involved in the project have checked that methods commonly used to assess chemical toxicity and endocrine disruption are valid for food packaging, and they have selected the most accurate.
It will be fine-tuning the first prototype consisting of a range of tests and procedures for packaging manufacturers that will be available at the end of the project in September.
Ecopack will be designing learning modules for manufacturers, and wants to assign an Ecopack label to packaging that meet the criteria.
New RCV fleet adds ISS safety equipment on board
Lichfield and Tamworth councils’ joint waste service recently replaced six RCVs, and used the opportunity to install the latest safety equipment from Innovative Safety Systems (ISS).
ISS director Jonathan Thomas said: “Our recording equipment is state-of-the-art, with features that provide an accurate record of exactly what has occurred at any point in time during a vehicle’s operation.
“We provide mapping software as standard so that customers can see exactly where each vehicle is, what operation is being performed, and even vehicle data such as speed, brakes indicators and G forces.
“This information is crucial for the proper investigation of accidents or incidents for which insurance claims are being made against the authority.”
Lichfield District Council provides the fleet management for the shared waste service. It decided to fit vehicle recording to help with accident investigations and to defend or reinforce insurance claims.
Its six new Dennis Eagle RCVs all have ISS RV4 hard disk recording equipment, with four cameras situated around the vehicle providing 360º coverage. They also have reversing radars that detect static and moving objects.
Lichfield and Tamworth shared waste service environmental protection manager Nigel Harris said: “The safety of the public and our crews comes first, so radars are a must-have.
“The recordings are in ‘true image’ and not the traditional ‘mirror view’, which can be very confusing. They can be uploaded directly to our computers or laptops.
“There is a dashboard function providing detailed information about what manoeuvres the vehicle is performing and what equipment is in use, all in realtime.”
Specialist flooring is installed at CA waste site
Poole Borough Council’s £2.8m upgrade of its Nuffield Road waste transfer station and civic amenity site included the specification of hard-wearing flooring from building product manufacturer Sika.
The Sikafloor-1 MetalTop was specified by specialist flooring contractor Twintec because it is non-staining, non-corroding and has great impact resistance, as well as being maintenance free.
The flooring system also meets relevant construction design and management regulations, as well as offering significant slip- resistant properties.
Twintec laid a 250mm deep jointless steel fibre- reinforced concrete ground floor slab suspended on piles. The Sikafloor-1 MetalTop was then power-trowelled into the wet concrete to a depth of 3mm to create a surface ready to cope with the daily operational demands of the facility.
Separation of solid and liquid waste sludge
CDEnviro is supplying a second MSU:10 portable sludge screen unit to Scottish waste management company Billy Bowie Special Projects.
In 2012, the Kilmarnock-based firm invested in its first unit so it could provide liquid waste disposal services for water utilities, councils and industrial clients throughout the UK.
The MSU:10’s portability enables it to separate solid and liquid wastes on customer sites, allowing them to choose how to use or reprocess the materials. Transport costs are substantially reduced because the MSU:10 can be transported by a standard six-yard skip vehicle.