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Skip It, Don’t Tip It

Skip Units Group are ‘over the Troon’ after supplying South Ayrshire Council with three Randalls Simpak 1800T traversing waste compactors and a variety of containers for its new, state-of-the-art Community Recycling Centre at Troon in Scotland.
The machines have already proved to be a runaway success story since installation, after fulfilling measures to decrease landfill levels and improve on environmental targets.
The 1800T machine is very powerful and compacts waste so efficiently that an average of 10 to 12 tonnes can be removed in one load. Compacting reduces costs as compacted waste requires fewer journeys to transport the same volume to landfill and with fewer large service vehicles are required on site. The site is also served by five 40 yard compaction containers and one 20 yard RoRo container manufactured by Skip Units in Derby.
The amenity was officially opened on June 26th by Councillor Alistair Kerr, the Convener of South Ayrshire Council’s Commercial and Business Services Committee and was funded by the Scottish Executive’s Strategic Waste Fund. It was designed and built by South Ayrshire Council’s Waste Management and Roads sections.
The new centre replaces an existing one that had become too small to serve the requirements of the community. A full range of facilities has been provided to allow residents to separate and then recycle or compost as much of their household waste as possible.
The Troon centre is piloting an innovative compost return voucher system where compost derived from South Ayrshire garden waste, which the Council routinely collects from residents in brown, wheeled bins, can be purchased at the site with vouchers on sale in the town. Buying a voucher gives the purchaser a re-usable 70 litre hessian sack which can be filled from a 16 tonne bay at the centre. A voucher system was chosen so that staff would not have to process cash. If successful, the scheme may be extended to other locations in South Ayrshire.
Last year South Ayrshire recycled and composted 36.5% of the waste collected by the council, well ahead of Scotland’s overall figure of 21%. The council expects that the new centre at Troon will improve on this. The target of the local area waste plan is to recycle or compost 52% of municipal solid waste by 2020.
And with increasing targets for recycling and composting set by government, it is only a matter of time until this nifty bit of kit is set to be a common sight across the UK’s transfer stations and recycling centres. To in-bin-ity and beyond!!!

October 23, 2006 at 11:49 am | Products and Services for Skip Hire Companies | No comment

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