Lorry loader and demountable combine on recycling tasks

The pressures placed on local authorities to provide modern, efficient recycling facilities has led fast-growing municipal services contractor Verdant Group plc to new efficiency levels in this specialised sector, with help from Hiab and Multilift equipment.

A combination of the capabilities of the Hiab lorry loader crane and the Multilift demountable on a single vehicle has significantly improved delivery and collection schedules. Both operations are part of the lifting and materials handling giant, Hiab Ltd.

The Verdant Group, which provides a wide range of waste collection and recycling services for local authorities in England and Wales, required a materials handling system which delivered exceptional versatility that would maximise utilisation of all its available vehicles, allowing the contractor to meet tight deadlines and demanding schedules in delivering to and from a diverse range of public amenity sites.

Hiab’s lorry loader crane system and Multilift demountables, both fully operational and installed on one vehicle, offered total flexibility and allow Verdant to meet its demanding objectives. Verdant can now a faster, more efficient service, minimising “wait” times and reducing “return empty” trips.

Roger Edwards, Development Director for Verdant, said: “Our success in winning new public sector waste collection and recycling contracts is based on high service standards, flexibility in planning and delivering those standards, and an understanding of how local authorities and local communities can achieve their goals.

“Hiab has come up with a clever solution that helps Verdant meet its operational objectives and, importantly, help instil public confidence in helping minimise waste and improve recycling.”

Metal recycling

In another application, Sims Group UK, one of the largest and most successful specialist metal recycling businesses in the world, opted for Multilift equipment when it evaluated and up-graded its large fleet of vehicles to incorporate skip and hook loader demountables. Hiab Ltd, the UK’s main distributor of Multilift products, reports that the units’ all-round specification, design, engineering and service package met the company’s very specific requirements on all fronts.

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