Kompakt’s Recycling Equipment Round-up
Welcome, welcome, come in, take a seat, enjoy! We invite you to read our recycling equipment round-up, looking at news all around the world relating to our wonderful products.
As any of you readers who are familiar with the industry will know, fires are incredibly common, often not down to the equipment, but to faulty wiring or poor health and safety standards in the warehouse; but not always…
Our first story takes us to York, where a case that is being treated as arson, has caused over £100k in damage to recycling equipment. The site, owned by Martins of York, was reportedly targeted, though the reason why is not known. Police are appealing for information that could help catch the arsonist who attacked the waste management and skip hire business, who have a recycling rate of over 90%.
Even stranger is that the police had been called nine times in the fortnight before the attack, after trespassers had been climbing the wall and throwing bricks at the workers. It is suggested that these same people are involved in the arson attack. The recycling equipment destroyed included a trommel and a picking station.
A fire ravaged through a large recycling facility just outside of bangkok on Wednesday (21st October) causing around £90,000 worth of damage.
Often with large fires at business premises people will say ‘insurance fraud’, as the business will be able to receive a huge payout for their struggling company. This is not true for CKP Recycle Co, whose premises were sadly uninsured.
Flames spread through pallets and into bales of waste paper and plastic, which engulfed the property and spread to an office building. The recycling equipment lost in the fire included a waste grinder and three forklifts.
It took four hours to bring the fire under control and one man called Sujin Sa-ngiamjit, the father of the plant operator, burnt his arm while trying to tackle the fire with a fire extinguisher.
Personal Protective Equipment specialist PK Safety, from Abercynon, Wales, have recently released new waterproof safety boots.
As we’ve stated before, recycling equipment and other heavy machinery can be very dangerous, so it’s key to be well protected if you work in these environments. The BX-700 Voyager Boot has a non-metallic composite toecap and a moisture membrane to provide waterproofing.
The boots are said to be ideal for those who work in the recycling and waste industry, which is often muddy and wet. With the anti-slip sole, which has been tested on soap on a ceramic tile, a recycling worker can feel safe in these!
Katec Inc, from California, have release a new piece of recycling equipment called Aerosolv 360. The Aerosolv product range is 24 years old and specialises in recycling equipment for aerosol cans. It can often prove complicated to recycle aerosol cans due to them exploding!
This latest machine has raised the bar in terms of safety and efficiency, making aerosol can recycling even easier! By improving the requirements for the point of puncture (when the cans burst) they can reduce the chance of damage and subsequent maintenance.
Over the last decade, fires at waste and recycling centres in the UK have been reported at close to one per day. This is far too many and health and safety really needs to improve to make sure this stops happening.