Postcards from JCB

Written by: Fred Bell | Published:
Two JCB machines, the JS370 and JS200W Wastemaster, at work in the Cayman Islands

With growing recognition around the world that landfill is no longer the answer to dealing with unwanted material, the waste and recycling experts at JCB report an increasing demand for its specialist waste and recycling machines from all corners of the globe. Fred Bell, JCB’s business manager for the waste and recycling industries, takes us on a whistle-stop tour to just three of the locations where JCB Wastemasters can now be found in action.

Changing legislation, market forces and advances in technology all have an influence on the development of the recycling and waste management industries, at home and abroad.

Although different markets may be at different stages of development, the gradual move away from the use of landfill towards recycling and recovery around the world has meant a growing demand for the sort of specialist machines available from JCB in its 35-strong Wastemaster range.

The need to preserve the earth’s natural resources by increasing the amount of material we reuse and recycle means that there is a growing appetite for machines that can handle these materials and thrive in arduous applications.


Much of Australia’s waste management policy still relies on landfill, with different states operating different tax legislation regarding material that is disposed of this way. However, movement towards a circular economy approach is gathering pace.

The JCB JS20MH Wastemaster material handler is now one of the furthest-travelled machines in the manufacturer’s waste and recycling range having recently been arrived on Australian shores. A number of these machines are now involved in various recycling projects throughout South Australia.

This 20 tonne dedicated material handler is already the machine of choice for the majority of waste and recycling applications in the UK and sales are growing year on year around the world. Many JS20MHs are sold into materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and high output waste stations where their prime function is sorting and segregating material and loading trucks and hoppers.

Cayman Islands

The government in the Cayman Islands has spent more than half a million dollars on new equipment for its George Town landfill while it works on a new long-term plan to manage the country’s waste. This has included two JCB machines, the JS370 and JS200W Wastemaster, both of which will be used to manage scrap metals and used tyres, load materials and assist with processing wood waste as well as assisting in responding to emergency needs at the landfill.

The previous equipment had cost the government in excess of a million dollars on repairs so replacing them was timely because some of the excavators and compactors were over 20 years old and had reached their end of life cycle. The new JCB machines offer more versatility, reliability, better fuel consumption and lower emissions.


The Italian waste management and recycling market is well developed and with JCB there to help, the momentum is being maintained.

The JCB JS20MH Wastemaster recently made its Italian debut joining a fleet of JCB machines – including a 30D 4x4 Teletruk and the 550-80 WM telescopic handler – at a recycling centre in Sannazzaro de Burgondi. The JS20MH will be used to process both hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

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