News In Brief: RCV Driver Dies, Ann Summers Contract, Speedy JCB…

The Fastest Digger In The West

25-11-14-JCBThe JCB GT has been crowned the fastest digger on earth, after reaching speeds of more than 70mph in Australia.

The JCB GT – originally designed to perform high-speed wheelies at racing events – made the attempt in front of independent record officials at Bathurst, near Sydney. And Guinness World Records has now confirmed that the powerful digger was officially the fastest backhoe loader in the world with a speed of 72.58mph.

Fab Carrettin, Managing Director of JCB Pacific, said: “The JCB GT has always been regarded as the fastest backhoe around and now it’s official. It’s fantastic to have achieved this record and underlines the world-class engineering, power and performance our customers demand from the JCB backhoe.”

Biffa RCV Driver Dies In Accident

The driver of an RCV has dies in an accident in Scotland, it has been reported. Maurice Willis was crushed to death by the vehicle after attempting to climb into the cab to stop it from rolling into the road, but he was crushed against a wall by the moving vehicle and dies that evening. He was in the process of collecting waste from a commercial client for Biffa, who have expressed their shock and sadness over the tragic accident, which took place near Edinburgh. Scottish Police have launched an investigation, and Biffa is also set to carry out its own investigation.

Helistrat Awarded Ann Summers Contract

Environmental consultancy and contract management partner, Helistrat, has been awarded a new contract to provide contract cleaning and pest control services to Ann Summers at the company’s head office and distribution centre, along with renewing its existing contract to manage Ann Summers’ waste, recycling and washroom services for the facility and its 142 UK & Ireland retail stores. The recycling processes already implemented by Helistrat has ensured none of the waste generated at the site is sent to landfill.

The New Gritbuster Is Launched

25-11-14-GritbusterSiltbuster, a provider of wet waste separation systems, has launched the Gritbuster WT-250, a larger version of the company’s  material washing, separation and aggregate recovery system.

The original Gritbuster (WT-100) unit was designed around processing road sweepings tipped directly into the system by road sweepers and gulley tankers, whilst the WT-250 can be fed by telescopic loader removing the need for the bucket wheel and enabling a larger trommel to be installed, increasing capacity. It is aimed at the road sweeping and trommel fines waste recycling markets and is capable of handling in excess of 25 tonnes per hour. Using well established wet separation processes, the plant separates feedstocks into washed gravel and sand products.

You can read more about the new Gritbuster in the next issue of the CIWM Journal… coming soon!


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