TJ add new specialised plant to their fleet
TJ has added four new state-of-the-art 360° plant vehicles to their fleet, which will be used at their Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) – located across the South Coast – to sort, segregate and move waste with ease.
TJ has already taken delivery of two 360° machines with lift cabs and selector attachments at TJ’s MRFs in Portsmouth and Southampton. The machines – 917E-DM with high rise cab – have been supplied by manufacturer Liugong.
TJ’s MRFs process around 150,000 tonnes of waste each year, so having the latest, high-tech equipment such as these to aid with the sorting and moving will increase efficiency, making the roles of TJ operatives more manageable as well as improving the overall productivity of the sites.
Staff and site safety is always of utmost importance to TJ and these vehicles come equipped with a range of safety features including the latest proximity alarms and sensors, operator support cameras and mirrors, and as a first for TJ, hydraulically lifted cabs which give the operator enhanced vision of their surroundings.
The vehicles are able to move 360°, which enables them to carry out the necessary tasks quickly and easily. They have a lift cab which goes up and down so that the vehicle can be used from different heights and vantage points, depending on the task at hand.
They are also equipped with a shovel feature as well as an arm with a ‘grab’ attachment, which makes it possible to pick up and move varying quantities of materials around, including large and heavy items.
When Liugong delivered the vehicles, the team delivered some training to TJ’s operatives on-site, giving them a walk-through on how to use the machine and how all aspects of it work. This provided TJ’s staff with confidence to be able to use the plant safely and effectively.
TJ are dedicated to diverting waste from landfill and endeavour to recycle up to 100% of the waste they handle. They have established recycling routes for a wide range of materials from the standard card, paper, metal and plastic bottles, to the more tricky materials such as rubble, hard plastics and mattresses. TJ are always working behind the scenes to find new ways to recycle the materials that have proved difficult in the past. Any materials that cannot be reused or recycled are directed down the Energy from Waste (EfW) path wherever possible.
TJ processes all materials in line with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) protocol. WRAP’s mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy by re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products, re-thinking how we use and consume products, and re-defining what is possible through reuse and recycling.
TJ Waste’s General Manager Luke Haskell said: “Since taking delivery of the vehicles, we’ve already noticed a vast improvement in operations at our sites. It makes the day-to-day tasks more manageable and has contributed to better vehicle payloads when loading – their primary use. We’re excited to take delivery of the remaining machines which will enable us to benefit from greater operational productivity.”
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