Plant and equipment

Gripping stuff

The ZRR, from Finland’s ZenRobotics, is a rather clever and highly efficient piece of waste-sorting machinery – and is very unlikely to say “Hasta la vista, baby” in a menacing Austrian accent. Geraldine Faulkner reports from the company’s Helsinki base


Let's talk telehandlers

Chris Cox, JCB’s general manager for the waste and recycling sector, looks at why telescopic handlers (telehandlers) are popular machines for tough recycling environments, and what to consider when investing in one.


Rise of the robots

After a long period promise, will 2016 finally be the recycling industry's 'year of the robot'? Steed Webzell examines the latest technological advances and speaks to some of the companies in the vanguard of this waste management wizardry


Caterpillar puts Powerday on the right track

Powerday's 24-hour site on London's Grand Union Canal gives it access to not only road and rail, but waterways too. The heart of its fleet though, here and elsewhere, is a range of Caterpillar machines. Geraldine Faulkner reports


ASCAN GEASER chooses Geesinknorba RCVs

ASCAN GEASER, an environmental services company based in Cantabria and specialists in providing services for municipalities, have purchased a fleet of 34 new waste collection vehicles from Geesinknorba Spain. Tim Byrne, waste collection specialist in Mediterranean countries, reports


On the bale trail

With efficiency an ever-increasing priority, and helpful innovations in baler equipment frequent, Steed Webzell talks to a selection of leading players in the balers market, seeking out the latest technology trends and asking how users can achieve significant savings


Postcards from JCB

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.


Thessaloniki prefecture opts for Toumbas RCVs

Toumbas Special Vehicles Superstructures, one of the main suppliers of waste collection vehicles in Greece and Eastern Europe, has supplied eight of its DT16 series 16m3 rear loading waste collection vehicles to the municipality of Ampelokipon Menemenis in Thessaloniki Prefecture, writes Timothy Byrne, waste collection specialist in mediterranean countries


Breathing extra life into RCVs

Spencer Law, the managing director of Refuse Vehicle Solutions, gives his views on the changes needed to improve the sustainability of refuse collection vehicles, and explains how he is applying the principles of the circular economy to his own business


Shredding with safety in mind

With so much wealth in waste, commercially driven shredding is commonplace. This largely supports the nation’s resource agenda, but to what extent do bottom-line and environmental motivators overshadow considerations for safety? Chris Oldfield, managing director of UNTHA UK, considers three safety themes set to loom large in 2016


Ear to the ground

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common industrial hazards globally – a million people are exposed to potentially harmful noise at work in the UK alone. And the problem is prevalent in the recycling and waste management industry, writes Lee Nicholson, MD at noise control specialist Wakefield Acoustics


Time to take a measured approach to waste collection

For some time we have realised the potential commercial benefits of on-board weighing, particularly when combined with either an radio-frequency identification (RFID) or GPS matching to associate data with a specific customer or container, says Ken Tierney, product owner of AMCS, supplier of smart resource software and vehicle technology for the resource industry.



Sorry - do I smell?

Odour and dust suppression is an oft talked about subject in the world of waste and recycling. Mark Thomas asks, do we really understand what the best approach is to deal with it?


UNTHA's RS100 looks good on paper

Me & My

Director Bill Swan explains the benefits of UNTHA’s RS100 shredder to BPR Group, the umbrella company for recycling and waste management company Paper Round and confidential waste specialist Secure Paper. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Powys blown away by the Stock S6400

Me & My

The leaves are falling faster than local authority budgets, so Powys Council is especially grateful for its fleet of Stock S6400 road sweepers with Tempest leaf blower attachment. Geraldine Faulkner reports


On the road to success

Special Report

The outlook is positive for road sweepers – the market is growing in the UK and Europe as local authorities continue to rely on the vehicles. And the trend is for multi-functional machines that meet a variety of municipal needs, with tech and safety big considerations. RWW reports


Mercedes' Econic: hi-tech, high value

Select Environmental Services in Reading has become rather enamoured with the technology-loaded Mercedes-Benz Econic. MD Philip Stone explains the vehicle’s benefits for the waste management company to Geraldine Faulkner


Using technology to tackle waste and recycling site challenges

Waste and recycling machines are built for tough jobs in tough environments, but building a successful machine for the industry is about more than just power and durability. Fred Bell, JCB’s business manager for the waste and recycling industries, explains how technology is increasingly playing a part in comfort, efficiency, safety and security.


From Formula One to wheeled loaders

Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, founded by ex-Ferrari racing driver Jody Scheckter, uses a Case 821F and 240B to process green waste, and now has ambitions to export its compost. Geraldine Faulkner reports


The changing role of weighbridges

Special Report

Accurate weight data collection is a vital function within the recycling, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste industries, with weighbridge management systems playing a pivotal role in providing this essential information. Emlyn Roberts, sales director at Weightron Bilanciai, explains


Testing times for waste handling

The introduction of taxation on trommel fines has left a lot of people scratching their heads, but luckily there are experts out there unpicking the mystery. Claire Coll asks them for answers on testing times for all involved, from the construction firms to the landfill operators


Swedish systems in deepest Dorset

Me & My

Eco Sustainable Solutions swears by Volvo's machinery to help the company process green and food waste. Geraldine Faulkner visits the family business's site in Parley, Dorset, to find out more



Muckit reaps the rewards of screening

In Essex, haulage company Muckit is using a Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X mobile screener at its Barking Riverside Recycling Park site to produce high quality shingle from construction waste for discerning clients. Geraldine Faulkner reports