Australia’s recycling rate has risen to 60 per cent, up two per cent, in the past two years, according to the latest National Waste Report.
Deon Cope of JCB CEA outlines how a new range of waste sector specific excavators is helping resource recovery operators grow commercial and industrial recycling rates.
With NSW landfill levies now sitting at $141.20 per tonne in metropolitan areas, it may come as a surprise that less than 10 per cent of the state’s commercial and industrial waste (C&I) is recycled.
While minimal resource recovery is always a concern, costs exceed environmental dangers when applied to businesses, leading to increased disposal costs and even lost revenue streams.
Historically, industry stakeholders have attributed low C&I recycling rates to disparate material range and size, and, as such, the difficulty of commercial sorting.
JCB CEA is attempting to address low recovery rates and difficulty perceptions through investment in reliable machinery and emerging technologies.
According to Deon Cope, JCB CEA National Excavator and Wheeled Loader Product Manager, the company takes pride in delivering equipment to facilitates high resource recovery rates, production, supply and delivery of quality recycled materials.
JCB CEA nationally distributes a broad range of world-class JCB products.
This. Deon says, highlights JCB CEA’s extensive waste sector reach, and, subsequently, the companies understanding of its vehicle and machinery needs.
“Drawing on our experience working with a range of Australian waste and resource recovery companies, we can confidently say that our latest range, JCB’s Hydradig Wastemaster wheeled excavators, represents a new and exciting material handling solution,” Deon says.
He says that given the excavators’ durability and high-strength manufacturing, they’re well suited to virtually any waste stream, including C&I.
The Wastemaster range, Deon says, delivers on five important customer criteria to ensure maximised productivity and safety: viability, stability, mobility, manoeuvrability and serviceably.
“The range has a low centre of gravity, allowing stable lifting while working at full reach mobility. Additionally, two- and four-wheel steer and crab steering deliver high usability on even the smallest job sites,” Deon says.
With safety a central concern for waste operators, Deon says the Wastemaster features a cab guard falling object protection system.
“From ground level, the excavator’s all-round visibility also allows ground staff to see the operator at all times,” he adds.
The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster wheeled excavator has a sturdy all-wheel drive and four-wheel steer chassis, Deon says, based on JCB’s proven Loadall telescopic handler concept.
“This delivers three-mode steering for maximum manoeuvrability and stability when travelling at speed,” he says.
“Furthermore, as the engine is side-mounted, the centre of gravity is far lower than conventional 10-tonne wheeled excavators, adding to the machine’s stability.”
Hydrostatic drive is provided through a combination of variable piston pump and variable piston drive motors to a central transfer box and then to both axles.
“This driveline layout offers a step-less zero-to-20 kilometre per-hour speed range for solid or semi-solid tyres and a 40-kilometre-per-hour option for conventional pneumatic tyres,” Deon explains.
“Near 50/50 weight distribution between the axles and a longer wheelbase than competitive 10-tonne machines also deliver improved stability, instilling confidence for the operator.”
The range offers a minimum turning radius of just under four metres at 3946 millimetres on single tyres operating within four-wheel steer.
According to Deon, the machine can be ordered with single tyres, extra-wide flotation tyres or dual tyres on each axle.
JCB CEA operates as the main supplier for a number of waste and resource recovery companies, Deon says, offering a range of high-quality products and customer-focused support.
He adds that as the company has a deep understanding of the waste industry and its associated equipment and machinery needs, JCB CEA can provide extensive pre-purchase consultation.
Deon adds that JCB CEA works to streamline the acquisition and serving process, with more than 90 dealer outlets allowing the company to provide sales, parts and service through a network of Australia-wide branches and dealers.
“JCB CEA understands the unique requirements of the waste and resource recovery industry and is always available for after-sales support and servicing,” he says.
“We’re a customer-focused business, and it’s great to work with clients embracing resource recovery in an evolving waste sector.”
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Although it is early days for COVID-19, some organisations have already identified the potential for new business and innovation over the next six months. The finding comes against a broader backdrop of concern about public policy settings for recycling, a breaking report commissioned by Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) has shown.
ACOR, which represents the $15 billion strong resource recovery industry, commissioned Prime Creative Media to undertake a measure of industry confidence of Australia’s recycling sector.
From January to March 2020, Prime Creative Media surveyed more than 500 respondents working in municipal waste (MSW), commercial and industrial (C&I) and construction and demolition (C&D) waste. This included an updated survey conducted in the past two weeks.
The research reports found that, while almost half of all organisations across MSW, C&I and C&D streams are positive about their organisation’s own performance and prospects, more than a third of industry respondents across all streams are not positive about public policy and government settings for resource recovery.
Respondents ranked issues most important to them and the top three issues across organisations working in MSW, C&D and C&I.
Keys issues highlighted by respondents were a need for greater reinvestment of State-based waste disposal levy funding into activities in resource recovery; grants/loans for resource recovery especially infrastructure and technology; and pro-active purchasing of recycled content products by the public sector.
In ACOR’s second follow-up – COVID-19 Industry Pulse Check – 41 per cent of just under 100 participants indicated they were somewhat impacted by COVID-19, 35 per cent very impacted and 16 per cent unsure of the impact.
Several respondents indicated they would like clarifications on what the meaning of waste as an essential service is. Respondents called for waste levy relief by pausing waste levy increases over the next six months to 12 months.
Businesses are also somewhat confident about identifying new business opportunities over the next three to six months, with 35 per cent indicating some level of positivity.
ACOR CEO Pete Shmigel said that with the Council of Australian Government’s ban on the export of unprocessed materials, re-investment into the sector is critical now more than ever.
“It’s hoped that governments take the findings of these reports under consideration as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 and more broadly.
The overall picture is one of an industry that believes in its own capability, and was planning significant capital investments, but that is not as confident about the policies, regulations and government frameworks under which it operates. The latter are key to industry development,” Shmigel said.
“If we want to optimise recycling’s environmental and economic benefits, including during COVID19 when we really need those hi-viz jobs, we need to better line up industry interests and their social outcomes and public policy.
Implementation of the National Waste Policy with all stakeholders around one table is an opportunity in that way. It’s time for an era of better partnership, including around infrastructure, procurement, planning, and economic signals like waste disposal levies,” he added.
You can read the full results of the survey here.
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BINGO Industries has opened its newest recycling centre in Mortdale, Sydney, with a license to collect 220,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste each year.
Located in close proximity to major transport routes the M5 Motorway and King Georges Road, BINGO CEO Daniel Tartak said the new facility provides a convenient tipping location for South West Sydney’s construction and demolition and commercial and industrial waste.
“This is an exciting milestone for our larger Sydney network redevelopment, and our Mortdale facility has been designed to play an important transfer and collections role within this network.” he said.
According to Mr Tartak, the facility has been built to comply with BINGO’s high standards of safety and environmental management, with advanced safety systems including fire protection hydrants, hose reels, sprinklers, water storage tanks, traffic barriers and CCTV inspection cameras.
100 kilowatts of roof-mounted solar panels have also been installed, which will see BINGO save roughly 2500 tonnes of carbon emissions over the life of the panels.
“The facility is a great example of what investment in recycling infrastructure can achieve, even at a smaller site. What was once an outdated waste facility is now leading the way in terms of fire protection, traffic flow efficiency and site safety,” Mr Tartak said.
“Space is at a premium at this site. To ensure we get our customers in and out as quickly as possible, we’ve installed four split weighbridges, meaning we can have trucks weighing in and out at the same time.”
Materials tipped at BINGO’s Mortdale facility will be sorted through the newly installed onsite plant. Material off-take will then be transferred to BINGO’s Eastern Creek and Patons Lane recycling plants, where it will be turned into BINGO’s ECO-product range of recycled building and landscaping products.
“With construction activity expected to increase across Sydney over the coming year, the opening of our Mortdale facility is well-timed,” Mr Tartak said.
“Sydney’s population and economic growth is fuelling an increase in waste volumes, and we need recycling infrastructure such as this to prevent waste from going into landfill.”
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