Waste Management In Action

The fundamental tool: HYVA and SUEZ

SUEZ’s Sean Williams highlights the importance of innovative rear loaders to ensure operation success and safety.

Close to 739,600 tonnes of domestic waste and recycling was collected from western Sydney households in 2015-16 through kerbside bin services, kerbside bulky waste collections and council drop-off and mobile services.

Just over half of this waste was diverted from landfill and recovered, with the region achieving an overall domestic recycling rate of 54 per cent, which is higher than the NSW recycling rate of 47.5 per cent.

Sean Williams, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Australia Collections North and West Manager, says residential waste has never been more in the spotlight.

“Commercial is mainly recycling waste and with more people at home and working from home during this time, in residential settings we are operating more loads and can do three loads in a pinch for new developments that could have hundreds of units on one site in western Sydney,” he says.

Smart collection is a fundamental part of today’s waste management and resource recovery processes.

Williams highlights that residential waste management works machinery to its full capacity.

“Though all communities are unique, local government authorities face common challenges in the optimal management of waste,” he says.

“At SUEZ, we leverage our substantial expertise and new technologies to provide smarter, more sustainable collection services.”

In April this year, Williams says his department was delighted to trial HYVA’s 20 cubic metre rear loaders to test the model under daily operations.

“The first thing I noticed was the ease of the truck and the commitment to safety compared to competitors,” he says.

HYVA’s Mega 20 cubic metre rear loaders, which are constructed from high tensile steels and wearable steel in abrasive exposed areas, are extremely durable with a long operating life.

Williams says despite the technical elements that ensure its sturdy structure, it’s a very easy truck to operate.

“A point of difference we really noticed was the ease for the operators at the back. Loading can be done manually, by hydraulic bin lift or by skip lifter. The RCBs can be manually or electrically operated,” he says.

Williams highlights the importance of rear loaders for SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia.

“Our residents across the region rely on us every day. By building strong partnerships and taking the time to understand the needs of our customers, SUEZ creates tailored and cost-effective solutions for the reliable and safe delivery of essential services,” he says.

“This is why undergoing a trial and testing the reliability and efficiency of the HYVA 20 cubic metre rear loaders was important to us.”

Williams says during the trial phase his team noticed the high collection efficiency from small diameter cylinders, which deliver faster operation and double pump for simultaneous operation of packers and bin lifters.

“The design, clean appearance and automated sensors were added benefits that operators noted too,” he says.

Williams has been in waste management for 30 years and has seen dramatic improvements in rear loaders.

“We used to operate everything with levers, to now push-button automated systems. It’s incredible to see the innovation come to life,” he says.

However, the most important feature is safety, and Williams says a lighter truck that doesn’t require a worker attending on the outside of the vehicle is enabling fast operations.

“The HYVA rear loader has a hydraulic system with the over centre valve and electrical dump valve giving protection to operators. This is a massive improvement to the weight and safety of the truck and our operators,” Williams says.

“We want to pack and carry more and it’s through innovative trucks like the HYVA rear loader that we can enhance our purpose and commitment to the community.

“Ultimately, a high performing truck that guarantees speed, safety and efficiency like the HYVA rear loader is a beacon of light for operators and our business.

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