Scania’s environmentally responsible fleet of P 440s is helping a Melbourne recycler expand its business and reduce emissions at the same time.
As a voluntary accredited carbon neutral business, Future Recycling has taken proactive steps to reduce its carbon footprint over the years.
With five sites established across Victoria, the company is on the verge of expanding. The business’ growth, which spans more than 10 years, has recently led to the purchase of an existing transfer station in Pakenham, Melbourne, with plans for a major upgrade in 2018.
Future Recycling prides itself on being a voluntary accredited carbon neutral business. Since it joined the Federal Government’s Carbon Neutral program 2015, it has reviewed its equipment and infrastructure purchases, ensuring a continued focus on further reducing emissions. To drive awareness of recycling as its core activity, the company recently rebranded to Future Recycling, having been previously known as Future Metals Recycling.
Tyrone Landsman, Future Recycling Managing Director, says the company has evolved from a small Shepparton-based recycler to a Victorian company that employs more than 60 personnel, with its main operations based in Dandenong in Melbourne’s south.
Tyrone says he joined Future Recycling in March 2008 as Managing Director and established a scrap metal yard in Dandenong. The following month he acquired another operation called National Metals. Along with Future Recycling, Tyrone also saw an opportunity to establish a logistics business, which led to the purchase of a fleet of Scania hook lift vehicles. The company’s relationship with Scania dates back to its beginnings in Shepparton, after it purchased a Scania Trucks servicing repair business. It led to Future Recycling purchasing its first Scania hook lift truck. Tyrone hasn’t looked back since.
Tyrone now manages 10 Scania P 440s in 8×4 twin steer configuration and says that the relationship with Scania facilitated the company’s expansion into logistics. He says the company now offers commercial cardboard collection work for packaging and resource recovery company Visy Recycling, along with two council contracts with the City of Whitehorse and Moorabool Shire Council.
Tyrone says that Future Recycling now collects in excess of 100,000 tonnes of recyclables annually, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals and cardboard. Using Scania’s hook lift P 440s, ferrous and non-ferrous metals are transported to the company’s Shepparton and Dandenong facilities where they are separated and baled, with the majority of its recycling exports coordinated through Dandenong.
Tyrone says Scania’s hook lift vehicles allow Future Recycling to collect commercial cardboard from Visy’s clients safely and efficiently, delivering it to Visy Recycling. He says the Scania P 440 delivers a fuel economical performance due to its Euro 5 emission compliant engine. It’s of particular importance to Tyrone, as monitoring fuel is one of the company’s key performance indicators. The fuel economical engine synchronises with the business’ vision of transporting waste in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
“When operating our large hook lift trucks, we wanted to align ourselves with a partner who would provide us with a quality cab chassis that ensures our servicing, repairs, maintenance and fuel consumption is sustainable,” Tyrone says.
Scania Australia spokesperson Alexander Corne says the company was one of the leaders in the roll out of its Euro emission compliant engines, which has helped numerous businesses switch to cleaner and greener diesel engines. Alexander says the company also offers other engines that are biodiesel compatible, along with a range of other alternative fuel options.
The environmentally friendly performance is backed by Scania’s Euro 5 Selective Catalytic Reduction technology. Future Recycling has also been able to sell Australian carbon credit units onto the Federal Government based on the amount of carbon it avoided.
Tyrone adds that the trucks’ cab also offers maximum visibility for increased safety for the public and the driver while also ensuring comfort.
He adds that relationships with suppliers such as Scania play an important role in the growth of the business, ensuring sites are modernised with the latest equipment and infrastructure. One of the company’s next upgrades will be a $3 million expansion to its transfer station. Tyrone says the upgrade includes a new weighbridge, office facilities, fully enclosed drop off area and additional concrete bays to store the company’s varied recycling commodities. He says Scania’s reliability as a vehicle provider will continue to help the business as its demands grow.
With Scania operating its factory-owned branch close to Future Recycling’s Dandenong South site, Tyrone says he is able to call upon the company for prompt service should there be any maintenance queries.
“Dealing with a large company like Scania offers you many benefits. When we purchased the vehicle, it also came with the hook lift already attached to it.
“Working with Scania gave us the additional benefit of only having to deal with one manufacturer and one point of contact.”