Dennis Eagle Hosts Visit From Refuse Collection Vehicle Superfan
William Bateman is so fascinated by refuse collection vehicles that he once purchased a bin lorry off eBay using his mother’s account, so when Dennis Eagle invited him to visit the company’s manufacturing site for a tour it was an offer he simply couldn’t “refuse”.
William, nine, dreams of being a recycling plant manager when he grows up. He attracted the attention of the national media when he bid £3,500 for the vehicle on eBay and subsequently won the auction.
William’s mother, Fleur Bateman, managed to get eBay to scrap the deal but, despite this, refuse collection remains a subject close to William’s heart.
“William has been fascinated by rubbish and recycling ever since he was a toddler, which is why I decided to put pen to paper and write the Burt the Binman stories”
Last year, William visited the depot of Dennis Eagle customer Huntingdonshire District Council where he had one of their vehicles named after him. Following this, Dennis Eagle invited William to visit their Warwick-based manufacturing facilities for a chance to see the vehicles in production.
As part of his site tour William was given the opportunity to help on the chassis line by fixing bolts in place. He was also treated to a ride in one of the vehicles, as well as a surprise appearance from ‘Burt the Binman’, star of the book written by William’s mother Fleur.
Fleur comments: “William has been fascinated by rubbish and recycling ever since he was a toddler, which is why I decided to put pen to paper and write the Burt the Binman stories. The site visit to Dennis Eagle was fantastic, as it added an extra dimension to William’s knowledge of refuse collection by enabling him to see how the vehicles are assembled.”
VWS Weighing Equipment WVTA Compliant
Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) bin-weighing and onboard weighing systems are now approved to comply with the new Whole Vehicle Type Approval regulations.
This means that body builders can add a VWS system to their vehicles without it requiring further testing.
The new Whole Vehicle Type Approval regulations that came into force on 29 October this year mean that refuse vehicles can no longer be registered as incomplete vehicles and many body builders are still wading through the minefield of approval rules to ensure they are compliant.
As part of the vehicle approval EMC has to be addressed for any electrical components that are added to the vehicle and that are operational when the vehicle is in motion.
Julian Glasspole, Managing Director, VWS said: “This approval means that body builders that used the IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) route to register vehicles can add our weighing systems without worrying about WVTA. Our kit is already compliant.”
Cleaning Bins Increases Business at Oxford City Council
Oxford City Council recently identified a need for a waste collection bin cleaning service (container washer service) to clean bins at their housing association properties in and around Oxford.
An internal business case was prepared for evaluation and in doing so it was identified that additional revenue may be achieved by offering a container washing service to their existing trade waste customer base.
A survey of their existing trade waste customers, aimed at establishing if this was of interest, resulted in a resounding yes.
Interestingly, since then, non Oxford City Council trade waste customers have asked for quotations to clean their containers. This may lead to additional revenue streams for Oxford City Council for both the container washer business and also has the potential to increase their trade waste collection services to wider markets.
Martyn Buckley, Oxford City Council – “A bin washing service is something many customers have requested. Previously we would have needed to recover bins to our site to clean”
The choice of equipment to satisfy the need was established after Oxford City Council released a competitive tender for the supply of a 7.5t GVW Container Washer Vehicle. The contract was awarded for the supply of a Heil Farid Mini Container mounted to a 7.5t GVW Mitsubishi Canter chassis with a 2800mm wheelbase supplied by Euro Commercials (South Wales) Limited, Cardiff.
The Heil Farid Mini Container Washer, operated via a gearbox PTO features a stainless steel tank divided into two sections: clean and dirty water with a watertight stainless steel washing chamber. As standard it is fitted with a stainless steel bin/container lifting device which can handle a full range of containers from 120 litre up to 1100 litre thus enabling washing of 2 x 120-240 litre containers or 1 x 1100 litre container at one time.
Martyn Buckley, Oxford City Council Commercial Manager commented: “A bin washing service is something many customers have requested. Previously we would have needed to recover bins to our site to clean. This new vehicle enables us to wash bins on site with a fully enclosed service; it will improve the experience of customers, crews and general appearance around Oxford. It will be especially useful for our food waste recycling service.”