Two refuse trucks fitted with bin weighing equipment

Colchester Skip Hire gets ready to charge for heavy bins

Published:  05 October, 2015

Trade waste management specialists Colchester Skip Hire (CSH) Environmental Ltd is installing weights and measures approved bin-weighing equipment to its fleet of vehicles to identify the heaviest loads and ensure customers pay according to what they throw away.

While CSH prices are based on a weight of 80kg per wheelie bin, many customers exceed the limit and CSH must pay to dispose of the additional waste.

Since installing super accurate EnviroWeigh bin-weighing equipment from Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) CSH can identify where the heavy loads are coming from. In one case a bin registered in excess of 380kg.

VWS has already installed EnviroWeigh to three of CSH's brand new Refuse Collection Vehicles and is currently under way with retro-fitting EnviroWeigh to 5 vehicles from CSH's existing fleet.

Director Mark Slade said: ‘We have large number of customers but without the weigh load we can't tell who has the heaviest or lightest loads. It's only fair that those who throw away more, pay more. We don't want customers with lighter loads subsidising those companies with the heaviest loads.

‘We will continue installing the VWS bin-weighing system to new vehicles as we replace our older trucks. The data is helping us to streamline our business by charging customers according to how much they are throwing. Soon our entire fleet will be equipped to collect data for every load.'

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