Waste without wheels: Wastech Engineering

Wastech Engineering’s Neil Bone details the companies multi-pronged approach to innovation in the waste transport space.

With over 27 years’ experience providing transport solutions to the waste and resource recovery sector, Wastech Engineering is committed to solving customer’s problems now more than ever.

Neil Bone, Wastech Engineering Managing Director, says while the current global climate poses a number of challenges, it’s imperative for the waste industry to remain strong and forward focused.

Highlighting the United Nation’s recent call for global governments to recognise waste as an essential service, Neil says Wastech are poised to support sector growth with high-quality and efficient waste transport solutions.      

According to Neil, Wastech’s Flexus Balasystem is a streamlined, next-generation approach to waste transport. This is, he adds, despite its lack of wheels or “vehicle” capabilities.

The Flexus Balasystem, which functions like a satellite hub or transfer station, is a complete heavy-duty system for bailing, storing and transporting compressed waste in round bales.

With a processing capacity of up to 30 tonnes per hour, the Flexus unit has a helicopter-style wrapping component, with bale ejection at either side of the machine.

“Finished bales are ejected onto a bale conveyor that holds up to three finished bales at once. These can then be loaded onto standard road and rail trailers for transfer,” Neil says.

“By compressing material before it’s transported, operators stand to save significant time, reduced emissions and increased payloads, with the level of material transported in a single trip multiplied significantly.”   

As an all in one system, Neil says the Flexus is cost effective, with a single machine fulfilling all required tasked along the chain. Flexus has a small footprint and low civil costs, with compacted and wrapped bales sealed in modular cells that can be stored on site.

This, Neil says, provides operator flexibility by allowing transport out of peak traffic times.

“Standard road and rail trailers can be used to keep logistics cost down, which eliminates the risk of trailer downtime and provides a competitive logistics environment with low operating expenses. Furthermore, as bales can be transported using any kind of trailer, back freight can be easily sourced.

“Since the waste is baled, the trailer remains clean and freight can be brought back to the hub,” Neil says.

The system is available in three different models and is suitable for a variety of waste types including municipal solid waste, solid recovered fuel and recyclables.

“All of our Flexus bailing systems are tough and high-powered, providing clients many years of reliable service,” Neil says.

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Wastech welcomes $20M CRC grants

Wastech Engineering has welcomed the Federal Government’s $20 million commitment to grow Australia’s domestic recycling capabilities.

Funds are available through round eight of the Cooperative Research Centre grants program, which opened 13 August.

Wastech Managing Director Neil Bone said the grants are a step in the right direction, following the Council of Australian Governments export ban announcement on 9 August.

“Companies such as Wastech are ready and well prepared to assist local government and industry, with a wide range of solutions and products that will meet the desired outcomes of converting waste products into useful products for the Australian consumer,” Mr Bone said.

“This is a fantastic initiative by the Federal Government, and allows any organisation with an interest in diverting waste from landfill to apply for the grant and start minimising its environmental footprint.”

Mr Bone said in addition to reducing waste, the program will likely spark job creation and further recycling sector growth.

“With Wastech’s proven industry capabilities and equipment range, we can offer turn-key solutions for material recovery, including co-mingled recyclables, municipal solid waste, construction and demolition, commercial and industrial, waste to energy and e-waste,” Mr Bone said.

“Wastech personnel can also assist interested parties in applying for these grants.”

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