Dennis Eagle Supports Birmingham Waste Collection Modernisation
As part of Birmingham’s waste collection modernisation programme the City Council has placed almost £20m of orders for refuse collection vehicles and related equipment over the past 18 months, with Warwick-based Dennis Eagle supplying a total of 117 vehicles by the winter of 2015.
Up to 74 of these will be fitted with lifts for the collection of wheelie bins manufactured and assembled by FAUN Zoeller in nearby Redditch.
Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement, added: “I am proud we have been able to support the region’s businesses in this way for a scheme that will help make Birmingham’s streets cleaner and greener”
The council has used its Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility to extract social value from the deals – with agreements to fund apprenticeships and cyclist awareness training for refuse collection vehicle drivers amongst the extras secured from the suppliers by the local authority.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City, said: “The wheelie bin scheme is boosting a sector of the motor manufacturing industry that people would not ordinarily think of. Our old fleet was past its sell-by date with vehicles becoming increasingly unreliable, so this is much-needed investment.
“Research shows that when local authorities procure services and supplies locally, every pound can be recycled up to as many as three times in the wider local economy.
“This chimes well with the refuse collection service – our aim through the new wheelie bin programme is to recycle more, rather than throwing things away, and we are doing exactly the same when using our purchasing power to buy locally.”
Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement, added: “I am proud we have been able to support the region’s businesses in this way for a scheme that will help make Birmingham’s streets cleaner and greener.
“For too long the purchasing power of councils has been under-utilised. Through the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, we are committed to doing everything we can to add social value to the local economy, creating and protecting jobs locally wherever practical and possible.”
Duke Of Kent Visits Johnston Sweepers’ £11m New Manufacturing Plant
HRH The Duke of Kent KG visited Johnston Sweepers in Dorking to inaugurate the company’s brand new £11m manufacturing facility and to support the company’s apprenticeship scheme, which encourages young people to take up careers in engineering.
Johnston has been producing sweepers in Dorking for 75 years, building British machines for export all over the world as well as for the domestic market.
During his visit the Duke saw the various stages of Johnston’s sweeper production process, from design and component manufacture through to final assembly of Johnston’s outdoor sweeper product range.
The Duke has a special interest in engineering and was surprised and highly interested by the complexity of the machines built at the ten acre Dorking plant, which encompass every area of engineering from CAD design, laser cutting and welding of the thousands of components, to hydraulics and state of the art electronics and paint processes.
Having been invited to sit in one of Johnston’s C201 Compact sweepers and operate the controls for himself, the Duke set the brushes revolving and took it for a spin around the yard, demonstrating great sweeping skills.
The site has already been awarded an “Excellent” environmental rating from BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Assessment method) and is a finalist in The Manufacturer Awards Sustainable Manufacturing category for 2014.
The Duke was accompanied on his visit by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad and the High Sheriff of Surrey, Peter Lee, in addition to the Chairman of Surrey County Council, David Munro and Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, Cllr Emile Aboud, each of whom were presented with model sweepers as a memento of their visit to Johnston’s factory.
A Sweeping First For Cyclists
Rochester-based MW Sweepers says it has become the first sweeping company in the country to fit the Cyclear® cyclist safety warning device to its fleet of vehicles.
With its vehicles often operating in built-up or busy environments, MW Sweepers turned to vehicle safety technology specialists Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) to make them ultra-safe for pedestrians and cyclists.
Coventry-based ISS designs, installs and maintains its own range of vehicle safety and lighting equipment such as reversing radars, CCTV camera systems, Hard Disk Recording, bespoke warning beacons and LED lighting. The company’s latest innovation, Cyclear® is designed specifically for HGV’s and is being readily adopted by local authorities and private waste operators in the UK.
Seven of MW Sweepers vehicles are now equipped with ISS RX3 Hard Disk Recording, Reversing Radar and Cyclear®. The company has committed to fitting the equipment as standard to any new additions to the fleet.
Mike Walsh set MW-Sweepers up over 5 years ago to provide services for the construction industry as well as motorway contracts, industrial estates, shopping centres, dockyards, aggregate yards, sand quarries and house-building sites. The Company has also cleaned the streets of London after New Year celebrations, the London Marathon and the Tour of Britain Cycle Race.
Mike explains his reasons for choosing to fit the safety devices: “More and more customers are asking for pedestrian and cyclist safety features and we believe that this kind of equipment will be standard in a few years time. To date none of our sweepers have been involved in any accidents with pedestrians or cyclists and we want to keep it that way.”
UNTHA UK Passes ISO Inspection With Flying Colours
In March 2014 it was announced that the North Yorkshire team of waste and recycling experts had scooped a hat-trick of highly respected accreditations – ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 (environmental) and OHSAS18001 (health and safety).
In the wake of the news, managing director Chris Oldfield pledged that the certifications would form the very minimum standards that UNTHA UK would uphold on a daily basis, and would provide a benchmark for continuous improvement moving forward.
This was put to the test last month when the auditors returned for UNTHA’s first re-inspection. Once again the company’s processes, paperwork, culture, knowledge and operating performance were placed under the spotlight.
Factors such as the team’s management of installations, service delivery, product development, stock control, personnel progression, waste reduction, and health and safety coordination were scrutinsed, to ensure ongoing progress was being made.
And the exercise couldn’t have gone any better, with no major or minor suggestions for improvement advised. Upon completing his assessment, Shane Horsfield elaborated: “The Company has laid the foundation for a comprehensive, successful, well implemented and controlled system, with the foundations to incorporate an integrated health/safety, quality management and environmental system to support the overall development of the business.”
Commenting on the recertification news, she said: “It goes without saying that this most recent achievement is a huge credit to the whole team. From the engineers in our warehouse, through to our senior management team, we now see an unshakable commitment to quality, the environment, and health and safety. This has provided our company with fantastic structure during a period of growth, and will guide our ongoing improvement as our organisation continues to evolve.
OWL Visits Scotland For Industry Best Practice & Networking Event
On 25 November, the Optimised Waste Logistics (OWL) initiative hosted an industry best practice and networking event in the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld.
The event, entitled “Waste Management in Action”, which was aimed at operational and procurement professionals in the waste management and recycling sector focused on key operational issues and challenges that are faced by organisations operating a fleet of vehicles.
To address these challenges industry experts such as Road Safety Scotland’s, Michael McDonnell, gave a talk on road safety in Scotland and other industry professionals gave talks on dispelling the myths about alternative fuels as well as a road transport legislation update.
Also featured at the event were “speed dating” sessions and workshops lead by some of the exhibiting supplier’s and vehicle manufacture’s which covered other industry challenges such as driver behavior management, cycle awareness, vehicle and bin weighing, vehicle hire, route optimisation, and in cab job management.
These activities as well as the range of internal and external exhibits gave all the industry professionals in attendance a great opportunity to network and get up to date on all the technology available to them in the industry.