Waste Management In Action

Waste never stops: JCB and KTS Recycling

Corey Jeffs of KTS Recycling explains how reliable JCB wheel loaders and excavators help Knox Transfer Station keep up with 24/7 waste inputs.

Earlier this year, KTS Recycling pledged to TAKE2. Delivered through Sustainability Victoria, TAKE2 is a collective climate change program supporting individuals, government and businesses to help the state achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The pledge is one in a long line of sustainability initiatives from the KTS team, who’s transfer station provides a valuable, local recycling and trading centre for Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs.

Working in connection with the Knox City Council, KTS is committed to reducing Victorian landfill and maintaining the natural beauty of the surrounding Dandenong Ranges.

The transfer station differs from Melbourne’s traditional waste tips by offering a recycled goods store and employing the philosophy that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’

To ensure it fulfills on these commitments while serving residents from five different councils, KTS’ Corey Jeffs says his team rely on heavy duty equipment from JCB.

He adds that KTS run four transfer stations in Melbourne, all of which operate JCB machines.

Operating a range of JCB wheel loaders and excavators, Jeffs explains that the key benefit of JCB machinery is its reliability.

“JCB machines are very durable and don’t break down as easily as other machines,” he says.

“In our industry reliability is vital because you’ve got waste coming at you 24/7. The waste never stops and it’s never going to stop, so we need machines that never stop,” he says.

JCB wheel loaders are designed with customer input at every stage of the process, with particular consideration given to safety, efficiency, performance, ease of use and maintenance, reliability and comfort.

Performance wise, JCB wheel loaders deliver big power and torque, high power-to-weight ratios, powerful breakout forces and excellent traction.

Throughout JCB’s history, the company has always invested heavily in research and development, keeping them at the cutting edge of innovation.

As such, the latest generation loader’s driveline comes standard, with additional features such as auto lock axles. This automatically locks the front axle when required, allowing the loader to operate on any surface.

Operators can choose their ideal loading arm with a Z-bar linkage for high breakout applications or high torque for parallel lift and multi-attachment use.

Similarly, JCB designs its hydraulic excavators around the principal that success relies on putting the operator at the heart of the design.

As such, JCB excavators provide class-leading ease of maintenance, tough components and exceptional operator comfort.

Despite the rugged durability of JCB’s machinery, for Jeffs, it’s the JCB CEA team’s commitment to customer service that is the standout of the company’s ongoing partnership.

“We have a great relationship and they communicate very effectively with us. I talk to our JCB CEA sales manager at least once every two weeks and he touches base with all the machines and how they’re going,” he says.

Additionally, Jeffs says the JCB CEA team make at least two trips to the KTS site each year to understand how the wheel loaders and excavators are running.

“They jump into the machines and see if anything needs improvement, such as new settings or attachments, and make those changes based on our specific needs,” he says.

“It’s great to have that service because they might see something wrong that we didn’t notice ourselves.

“From my perspective, JCB CEA have all of the bases covered. You get the whole package when you invest in JCB equipment.”

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