JCB focuses on growth market in waste and recycling sector

JCB, the major British manufacturer of construction, agricultural and industrial materials handling equipment, highlights its commitment to the waste handling and waste management industries through an extensive range of established and recently introduced machines tailored for the waste sector

JCB focuses on the expanding recycling and waste handling sectors through JCB Special Products.

This Rocester-based division is committed to a programme of machine customisations to fit specific customer requirements. A JCB spokesman told LAWE: “After a series of government initiatives and campaigning by environmental groups, the potential growth of the recycling and waste sector is massive worldwide. JCB has recognised the importance of this and is now committed to providing a facility where we work very closely with the customer to provide a machine that does exactly what they require for various tasks.

“We can adapt a basic machine, from a mini excavator to a large tracked excavator or loading shovel by, for example, extending the loader arms on a small loading shovel to load over high-sided bulkers or by adding a recycling grapple for sorting refuse and loading into recycling containers.”

JCB Special Products provides the customer with a facility to obtain a specially adapted machine that is covered by the same JCB product support package through the main JCB distribution network.

As a significant player in the waste and recycling market, JCB Robot Skid Steers, telehandlers, wheeled and tracked excavators, plus wheeled loading shovels are used in waste-to-energy plants and material recycling facilities (MRFs), as well as civic amenity sites, transfer stations and in landfill.

Waste product line-up

The product range includes the all-new Robot 170, a development of JCB’s single-arm skid steer range, which features all-round visibility and easy access for servicing, plus the manufacturer’s forward-reaching lift truck, the three-tonne capacity TLT 30 Teletruk.

JCB also weighs in with a larger addition to its waste-specific wheeled loading shovel range. Featured at IWM Torbay this year, the JCB 456 Wastemaster that joins the 436 Wastemaster. Equipped with standard arms and a 5m3 bucket, the 456 can also be specified with JCB High Lift Arms and a 4.5m3 high tipping shovel for applications that demand extra height.

Four 456 wheeled loaders have been ordered by Greater Manchester Waste to work in Salford, Rochdale, Stockport and Newton Heath, where materials are recovered and recycled from the 1.4 million tonnes of waste handled each year.

At Salford, one of the machines has been put to work in the tipping hall, handling the 700 tonnes of waste that are deposited by local authorities every day. It is used for stockpiling and loading a ground level conveyor, which feeds a pulverisation drum. Recyclable and non-recyclable products are loaded on to ISO containers for rail shipment and, during holiday periods when the 1,300 tonnes of waste have to be handled daily, the 456 is used for loading directly into bulker trailers for transport to landfill. A bulker crusher is used for compaction.

An example of tailoring equipment to meet customer’s needs is the supply to Sheehan Haulage and Plant Hire of a JCB 16 tonne JS 160 tracked excavator, fitted with a specially elevated cab. The Oxfordshire-based company wanted a machine that could provide its operators with extra cab visibility while sorting waste at its own landfill site and transfer station. The specially adapted machine has also been equipped with a sorting bucket instead of a grab in order to segregate the incoming waste stream into various recyclables and general skip waste.

On the landfill front, applications of JCB equipment include the use by Lincolnshire-based Abba Plant Hire of a JCB JS330L tracked excavator on the Gainsborough Landfill site, operated by Linkwaste.

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