New ideas shine at the Paignton parade

Waste management professionals attending the CIWM Torbay 2003 Exhibition were offered an array of new solutions and technology to tackle environmental and waste problems, ranging from new street cleansing machines and RCVs (see LAWE July 2003) to software and containers.

Information technology in many forms starred at the Paignton show. Wastewatch launched Waste Online, an internet-based 24-hour waste information service which Doreen Fedrigo, Policy, Research and Information Manager, said was "a giant leap forward in the information service we have provided for years." She added: "We need to get people thinking about what they are consuming and why. The website allows people to find out about the impact of consumption on the environment, at a time convenient to them." The website features the "3 Rs" of waste - reduce, reuse, recycle, sustainable and ethical consumption, resource and waste management and recycling facilities around the country.

Also at the show, Manchester-based systems integrator, Cedilla, introduced its REgenerist ERP software system aimed at the UK waste management and recycling sector. The company says that REgenerist offers companies operating in this market a robust, reliable and stable IT system that will integrate their accounts, sales, purchases, waste tracking, HR and other business information.

Jason Fazackerley, Sales and Marketing Director at Cedilla, says: "It will also provide powerful reporting tools for tracking and analysing waste and recycling data, equipment hire and vehicle costs."

Research carried out by Cedilla found that up to 90% of waste management companies are not using an integrated IT system. REgenerist uses the Microsoft Business Solutions Navision platform, and builds Microsoft.Net technology into its architecture.

Other launches at CWIM Torbay included RDS Technology's Loadlink Telemetry System. Using two-way radio modem links between loader and weighbridge, the system allows the site manager to control on-site machines without leaving the office. The system creates a loading schedule, specific to the customer's requirements from the weighing bridge office and transfers the information to a display screen on a selected loading shovel.

Also making its debut at the exhibition was an on board weighing system, developed by Maywood On Board, a trading division of PM Onboard Ltd, and marketed under the brand name Tipweighâ„¢. It has been designed specifically to cater for the needs of the light tipping sector and can be fitted to all types of tipping/tipper vehicles with front-end hoist and is available either as new or as a low cost retrofit. SULO lined up a range of new products at Torbay, including the latest generation of its Weigh-and-ID technology which is being used by South Norfolk Council to implement weigh/ID for domestic waste and recyclables.

Sulo's Iceberg Underground Refuse System has been expanded to include a hydraulically operated version utilising a standard 1,100 litre container, which dispenses with the need for special vehicles for emptying.

The company also exhibited its new "Lid-in-Lid" system for its 1,100 litre containers. A secondary aperture in the main lid is designed to make disposing of refuse quicker, easier and requiring less effort. Diary Date: The next CIWM Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held at Torbay from 15-17 June 2004



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