Johnston Sweepers proposes to invest £11M in new production infrastructure

Johnston Sweepers seeks to exploit economies of scale within in the UK by looking at combining the three UK manufacturing sites operated by the company into a single site in Dorking, Surrey. The envisaged investment amounts to GBP 11 million in infrastructure and new production technologies.

South Staffordshire Council and Biffa initiate safe driving campaign to increase safety for recycling staff

An increase in dangerous driving has prompted the launch of an awareness campaign backed by South Staffordshire Council, municipal contractor Biffa, and local police. The initiative, which starts on 1st June, asks local drivers to be patient, tolerant and safe when they encounter bin men and their vehicles out collecting refuse and recycling in the area.

New mower designed with local authorities in mind

Ransomes Jacobsen has launched the Ransomes Meteor, a new ride-on triple-type mower based on the principle of a flail with the cutting footprint of a cylinder mower. The Meteor maintains the robustness and versatility of a rotary mower while providing a more acceptable finish, especially in wet and heavy grass growth. The mower has been specifically designed for local authority use in areas such as: parks; verges; central reservations; municipal sports fields; and community areas.

£25 million investment in West Sussex recycling complete

Recycling and waste firm Viridor has announced the completion of a £25 million investment in West Sussex recycling.
The revamped East Grinstead recycling site is the final project in a seven year programme to deliver a network of modern recycling facilities across the county.

Faun Zoeller launches new inner-city RCVs

FAUN Zoeller (UK), a waste management systems manufacturer, is unveiling two new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to the UK market – the Narrowpress and the Mini Selectapress.

Continental Landscapes acquires new mowing equipment to supports its new Leeds City Council contract

Continental Landscapes, a national grounds maintenance contractor based at Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire has taken delivery of a fleet of Ransomes Jacobsen commercial mowing equipment from their long-time dealer PA Turney Ltd, to support their newly-won contract for Leeds City Council.

Kier integrates dust free sweepers into its environmental services fleet

Kier's environmental services business is to be one of the first in the country to roll out a fleet of dust-free road sweepers after a successful pilot with a number of local authorities.

Rotherham MBC takes on Multihog for highways maintenance duties

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has taken delivery of a Multihog multi-purpose utility vehicle for highway maintenance duties to keep the region's road network safe and in good condition. The vehicle was supplied by TransLinc, May Gurney's specialist fleet services business.

National van accreditation scheme rolls out 100 fleets and 100,000 vehicles

Van Excellence, the national accreditation scheme for van operators, has enrolled its 100th operator and the scheme has grown to cover 100,000 vehicles.

Geoff Rigg to leave Geesinknorba

Geoff Rigg, the UK and Ireland Business Director for Geesinknorba, will be leaving the company in the spring to pursue other business interests.

City of London introduces time bandings for bagged waste

From 1 April 2012, the City of London Corporation will introduce a time banding system for both residential and commercial bagged waste collections across the City. The scheme is designed to clear the City's streets of obstructions and improve hygiene as more tourists visit the City during the Olympic year.

New tool kit for low carbon bus scheme implementation

A new guide aiming to help and encourage local authorities to integrate more low carbon buses has become available for downloading.

Underground waste management system reduces vehicle movements

The UK's only underground vacuum waste management system, Envac, has handled 500 tonnes of waste, reduced waste collection vehicle movements by 90 per cent and helped increase the London Borough of Brent's recycling levels by 50 per cent since it became operational four years ago.

Cornwall Council hands out £14 million vehicle contract

Contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) is celebrating winning potentially the UK's largest-ever municipal vehicle hire contract, to provide vehicles for Cory Environmental's new contract with Cornwall Council for waste and recycling collections, beach and street cleansing.

Hybrid electric refuse vehicles keep London clean during Olympics

The City of London will be a cleaner and greener place in 2012 as six new hybrid electric waste collection vehicles hit the streets of the Square Mile. The six vehicles joined the City of London Corporation's recycling and waste management operation in December and will play a significant part in the City's role in managing waste and street cleansing during the 2012 Olympics.

More Liebherr Materials Handlers for Ward Recycling

Family-owned independent metal and waste management company, Ward Recycling, recently added a further three Liebherr machines to their modern fleet of specialist materials handlers. Two A 924 C and one A 934 C wheeled long-reach industrial rehandlers are hard at work at Ward's recycling plants at Ilkeston between Derby and Nottingham and Woodville near Burton-on-Trent.

Fuso Canters enter into recycling operations in Sefton

Nine Fuso Canter trucks have been introduced in Sefton, Merseyside for the picking up of recyclable materials.The 7.5-tonners are operated by PD Logistics on behalf of Palm Recycling, which purchased them after securing a five-year contract from Sefton Borough Council. They provide a weekly kerbside collection service of recyclable materials to 124,000 households.

London Commercial Fleet Project is set to save councils millions of pounds

London boroughs are set to save millions on their commercial vehicle fleet bills thanks to an innovative new project which was launched on Monday, the 20thof February.

Perth and Kinross Council takes on Rotopress refuse collection vehicles

Faun Zoeller – a waste management systems manufacturer – has delivered five new Rotopress refuse collection vehicles (RCV) to Perth and Kinross Council.The investment in the Rotopress technology has been made by the Scottish authority to make its garden and food waste collection rounds more efficient.

Epping Forest and North Devon Council take delivery of new refuse collection vehicles

Farid UK has supplied refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to a number of local authorities nationally including Epping Forest and North Devon.Whilst Epping Forest has purchased Farid RCVs for the first time, North Devon returned to Farid because of the vitual trouble free operation over the years. The Council cited: low cost of ownership, optimum vehicle uptime and superb reliability as the main reasons for the repeat business.

A new generation large wheel loader from Doosan

Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment is launching the DL450-3 model, the first in the company's new generation large wheel loaders. Powered by a Scania SCR diesel engine meeting the Stage IIIB EU emissions regulations, the new DL450-3 large wheel loader combines high engine power output with new ZF transmissions and several other features to minimise fuel consumption and provide exceptional performance, ease of handling, serviceability, durability and significantly enhanced operator comfort.

New Isuzu truck dealers in Yorkshire and the South West

Truck manufacturer Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd is continuing to develop its dealer coverage within the UK. It has recently appointed two new parts and service dealers, one based in Leeds, Yorkshire, with the second at Exeter in the South West.

Win an Ipad with Turfco

Celebrating 50 years of topdressing, Turfco, the Minnesota-based manufacturer and inventor of the first mechanised topdresser, has launched a campaign which offers the chance to win one of six Apple I-Pads and at the end of the year, a Turfco topdresser. Turfco is marketed across Europe by Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron company.

First buses roll out of new Optare Sherburn assembly plant

The first buses have begun rolling out of Optare's new state-of-the-art bus assembly plant at Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire.

There is an app for AnyJunk.

Britain's largest on-demand rubbish clearance company, AnyJunk, has launched an iPhone app which makes disposing of all sorts of trash as simple as a few taps on a mobile screen.

DAF Euroway opens VOSAapproved testing site

Following its move to a new and more spacious dealership location in High Wycombe earlier this year, Euroway will now be opening its VOSA approved Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) at the same site with effect from September 2011.

Manchester City FC donates accessible minibus to hospice

St. Ann's Hospice in Manchester has received a brand new Renault Master Wheelchair Accessible Minibus, to aid its management of around 3,000 patients, relatives and carers in and around the Greater Manchester area.

Brighton and Hove City Council recognised for promoting the use of EVs

Brighton & Hove City Council has won a national award for its work to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Submit your application for the Fleet Hero Awards

Local authorities now have the opportunity to submit their green fleet initiatives for the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards. The awards celebrate public and private organisations that are successfully reducing fuel bills and lowering carbon footprints through fleet travel and transport policies.

Leeds Council's biomethane powered RCVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Powering RCVs using biomethane can deliver both greatly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost savings for local authorities.

Prepared for a cold winter

Birmingham-based building maintenance firm Drewmark Building Services has purchased an Alke ATX280E all-electric truck that can be fitted with a gritter and snow plough, as part of its contract to maintain the facilities of a leading utility company. With long range forecasts already predicting that this year's winter will be even worse than the last three.

South Hams District Council improves trade waste collections

A small team at South Hams District Council uses Bartec System's Waste Collector Trade! to reduce administration time for invoicing and to better service commercial customers. A key criteria was compatibility with the Council's inhouse Civica financial system, to facilitate automated pricing and billing. Bartec won the tender due to its dedicated focus upon project management, working alongside the Council.

New guide to social enterprise for local authorities

A new guide to the increasingly important topic of social enterprise has been published for professionals working in local government. It explains how social enterprises can help meet local authorities' strategic objectives, and gives practical advice about how to engage, procure and commission from social enterprises.

Central London gets GPS guided spreaders to clear the way

As the winter finally shows signs of setting in, one London council is fully prepared with the latest possible technology to ensure that cold weather does not halt business and tourism in the capital and will ensure residents can get around safely.

DAF introduces new lightweight double-drive bogie DAF introduces new lightweight double-drive bogie

DAF is introducing a new air-suspended single reduction double-drive bogie, which has been specially developed for heavy duty applications requiring additional traction that dont involve the most arduous off-road driving.

Smart dye kit finally cracks age-old false positive problem for UV leak detection

A new fluorescent dye from Spectroline is being hailed as a solution to a problem that has long prevented engineers on hydraulic and oil systems enjoying the benefits of ultraviolet (UV) leak detection.

Britain's oldest digger driver (92) refuses to retire

Evergreen handyman George Evans has become Britain's oldest digger driver after investing in a brand new JCB excavator – at the grand old age of 92. Having already built his own house single-handedly, The WWII veteran is taking his non-stop DIY exploits to a new level by landscaping his back garden in Frankley, Birmingham, and bought a JCB 8008 micro excavator to carry out the work.

Mapping technology improves street cleansing operations at the Isle of Wight

Environmental services company Urbaser is using computerised mapping technology to coordinate street cleaning services on the Isle of Wight. Isle of Wight Council appointed Urbaser as its street cleaningcontractor and as part of this selection process the Council identified the use of a geographic information system (GIS) as an essential component for delivering the service.

Honda introduces snowblowers to the UK

Honda UK has added a range of snowblowers to its product range. There are six different models to choose from and all of them feature an easy start in temperatures as low as -26oC; are heavy duty augers; have a joy-stick controlled shute; and feature a dead man's switch.

Geesinknorba appoints Irish dealership

Irish Commercials, a Volvo Truck dealership in Naas, County Kildare and Oranmore in Galway, has been appointed to become Geesinknorba's Irish agent. The company will be trading as Geesinknorba Ireland Ltd, and will offer a full sales and aftermarket service from December1 2011.

Edinburgh City and Bridgnorth adopt new snow shovel

Edinburgh City Council and Bridgnorth City Council have taken on a new snow clearing solution for high streets, schools, shopping centres, airports, hospitals, supermarket car parks, and other public areas.

Fleet management system sees considerable upgrade

Chevin Fleet Solutions has launched Fleetwave 2, the new version of its online fleet management system. Fleetwave 2 has been improved, with features such as a graphically-based drill down report and KPIs, enhanced speed, and a sleeker user interface.

Not just a boy's toy!

McConnel has launched Robocut, a new remote control mower specially designed to help local authorities tackle tough terrain, enhance operator safety and dramatically boost productivity.

Volvo Construction Equipment receives award for outstanding health and safety practice

Volvo Construction Equipment Division has bagged a Gold Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011.

Optare enters small bus market with the Bonito

Optare announces today that it will be entering the small and accessible bus market this year with an all new Optare-badged model the Bonito. The vehicle, produced in the Netherlands by Plastisol to Optares specification, will be sold directly by Optares sales force and represents a growth opportunity for the company.

Allet Buffalo Mower joins Top Gear on a trading mission to India

An Allett pedestrian cylinder mower has featured in the BBC's Top Gear motoring show as one of a number of uniquely-British products selected to accompany the three presenters on an unofficial trade mission to India.

Rotherham MBC takes on six new purple Volvo RCVs

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has taken delivery of six new Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC) trucks for their domestic kerbside collection fleet.

Dampneys invests in weighing technology

Dampney's Agri Environmental, based just outside of Bournemouth and with sites across the West Country is the waste sewage contractor for Wessex Water.

JCB launches new utility vehicle

The new the JCB WORKMAX 800 D – offers 600 kg (1323 lb) maximum payload.

Two new coupling systems launched at CV Show

Fontaine, a manufacturer of both pressed steel and cast fifth wheels is showing two patented coupling systems at this year's CV Show which are designed to guard against vehicle and trailer misalignment.

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