#WorldEnvironmentDay

#WorldEnvironmentDay

#WorldEnvironmentDay

World Environment Day means it’s time for a change.

World Environment Day takes place on the 5th of June each and every year. This well-documented occasion is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action in protecting our environment. Ask yourself this; could you be doing more in decreasing your carbon footprint?

Established in 1972 and first held in 1974, this event has proved to be a flagship campaign in raising awareness on emerging environmental issues. This year the campaign is targeting plastic pollution.

People around the world are taking notice of plastic pollution. As time passes they’re pledging to do something about it. So how can you help with this worthy plight?

Here at Greenbank, we’ve helped numerous companies tackle their plastic waste from polythene to PET. With an array of machines suitable for your application, our team not only reduce waste, we save companies time and money. What could be better?

Greenbank’s range of vertical balers are perfect for soft plastics such as LDPE  and PP strapping. In contrast our X-Range balers  provide an ideal solution for hard plastics such as HDPE and PET.

Speak to us today and do that little bit more for the environment.

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Bespoke Static Compactor Bin Lift Solution

Bespoke Static Compactor Bin Lift Solution

Bespoke Static Compactor Bin Lift Solution

We were recently contacted by a hospital in the North West of England, to create a bespoke waste management solution.

Our customer required two static compactor units fed via a one touch button control bin lifter, they also desired many additional features such as lights placed on the cages,  the control panel to be key operated and the panel hatches to be hinged.

Along with meeting the needs of our customer, we were also able to supply our client with

  1.  Two static compactors (fed via a bin lifter) that notify operators when the unit is 3/4 full and completely full
  2. A CONNECT intelligence system that informs customers of skip level full notifications and of any breakdowns. This information is also sent directly to Greenbank as per our customers wishes.
  3. Complete operator training and comprehensive fault finding
  4. The compactors were installed with retainers to prevent the spring back of material
  5. Performance Guarantee, if we say we can achieve something, we will guarantee it!
  6. Side panels from the base of the machine to the floor to prevent waste from blowing underneath and aid cleaning up the area.
  7. We installed end ratchet container clamps to make it easy for operators when unclamping the skip.

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SURREY BASED, B.L VISION, HAVE INVESTED IN A SC1000 POLYSTYRENE COMPACTOR FROM GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP.

SURREY BASED, B.L VISION, HAVE INVESTED IN A SC1000 POLYSTYRENE COMPACTOR FROM GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP.

SURREY BASED, B.L VISION, HAVE INVESTED IN A SC1000 POLYSTYRENE COMPACTOR FROM GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP.

Founded in 1960, BL Vision is a family-owned business operating within the retail sector. The company has grown to be recognised as a leading retailer within the household electrical sector, both locally and online.

Prior to the installation of Greenbank’s polystyrene compactor B.L Vision stored its polystyrene in four 1100ltr wheelie bins, which were collected by a local recycler each week. This cost in excess of £300.00 per month.

The installation of an SC1000 polystyrene compactor, allowed B.L Vision to reduce its collections to just one bin per fortnight for mixed recycling. This saved the company over £200 per month, which covered the cost of the polystyrene compactor, without taking into consideration any revenue generated from the sale of the compacted polystyrene blocks.

The SC1000 is the perfect entry-level machine, it takes up minimal space, requires a standard 16 AMP socket and has a throughput of 25kg per hour.

Warren Evershed, Account Manager at Greenbank, said: “We’ve seen an influx of electrical stores wanting to dispose of their polystyrene waste sustainably, whilst also trying to save costs. The polystyrene compactor at B.L vision ensures that no polystyrene generated from the company will end up in landfill, whilst also improving the company’s internal waste handling process.”

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GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP HAVE INSTALLED A B20 VERTICAL BALER TO A NEW RETAIL CUSTOMER IN THE NORTH EAST

GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP HAVE INSTALLED A B20 VERTICAL BALER TO A NEW RETAIL CUSTOMER IN THE NORTH EAST

GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP HAVE INSTALLED A B20 VERTICAL BALER TO A NEW RETAIL CUSTOMER IN THE NORTH EAST

GREENBANK COMPACTORS LLP HAVE INSTALLED A B20 VERTICAL BALER TO A NEW RETAIL CUSTOMER IN THE NORTH EAST.

Founded in 1993, I Love Wallpaper provides on-trend wallpaper collections, the company has stores in Sunderland, Hartlepool and Blaydon whilst also retailing its products online.

The I Love Wallpaper central distribution warehouse is located in Hartlepool, as with many other retail outlets, a cost-effective solution was needed for its cardboard and polythene waste streams.

In terms of volume, I Love Wallpaper produced between 300-400kg of cardboard per week, this was flat packed into roll cages and then taken to a recycling centre once a week.

By installing a B20 vertical baler, I Love Wallpaper dramatically reduced the amount of labour involved during their waste process, cardboard boxes no longer need to be flat packed and no more trips to the recycling centre are required. The B20 vertical baler is also used to bale the company’s polythene once enough has been accumulated.

I Love Wallpaper has saved over 30% on its waste handling costs by installing a Greenbank vertical baler, whilst also dramatically reducing the amount of labour required during the waste handling process.

Warren Evershed, Account Manager at Greenbank, said: “Michael approached us after using Greenbank equipment in a previous role, he wanted to reduce the labour element of the waste handling process whilst also achieving a revenue for the company’s recyclables. The B20 vertical baler has allowed the company dramatically minimise the labour involved but also to cut costs by over 30%.”

Michael Simpson, Warehouse Manager, at I Love Wallpaper said: “We are very pleased with how the machine is running, it’s made day to day operations much easier. “

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The differences between B range and X range vertical balers

The differences between B range and X range vertical balers

The differences between B range and X range vertical balers

B-series balers are suitable for compacting cardboard, paper and dry soft plastic. All B-series balers are characterised by a classic design with cylinders placed on top. In terms of materials, B-series balers can compact cardboard, paper, and dry soft plastic. We always recommend that you consult with a member of our sales team before you start compacting other materials in the baler.

X-series balers are our heavy-duty line of machines that are suitable for numerous types of waste materials. These balers have a low overall height due to the cross cylinders, which makes installation simple. Furthermore, our X-series balers have the lowest noise level in the market. Our X-series balers can compact many different materials. Besides cardboard, paper, and dry soft plastic, they can also be used for big bags, plastic bottles (PET), expandable plastic, aluminium and tin cans.

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How do I know which baler model I need?

How do I know which baler model I need?

How do I know which baler model I need?

What type of equipment you need depends on a number of factors:

How much waste you (approx.) generate daily, what material it is, and the volume of the material.

The next step is to find out how much space you have for a waste solution.

This information, combined with your company’s structure and internal work processes, forms the basis for which tailored waste solution is the perfect fit for you and your company.

Our dedicated team of specialists are available to complete free waste audits, if you aren’t sure on any of the information above, they will be able to find it out!

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Greenbank secures exclusive UK distribution of WolfPak Compactor

WolfPak Compactor

Greenbank secures exclusive UK distribution of WolfPak Compactor

Greenbank secures exclusive UK distribution of WolfPak Compactor

Greenbank, the Middlesbrough-based waste equipment manufacturer and supplier, has secured the exclusive UK distribution of the WolfPak Compactor.

The WolfPak WP30 has been successfully installed at the Yorwaste household waste site in Selby, North Yorkshire. It’s the first installation of its kind in the UK.

The WP30 is a fully automatic mobile compactor with a particularly low feeding opening (1.100 mm) and a large filling chamber (5 m³). It’s capable of handling a variety of materials including three-piece sofas, mattresses, pallets, and substantial garden waste.

The machinery safety has been upgraded for the UK market with the introduction of a heavy-duty, electrically interlocked, mobile safety cage. This prevents the machine from being operated in the absence of the safety cage, as well as when the loading doors are open, creating a fixed barrier between operators and the moving components.

Phil Jones, Technical Consultant at Greenbank Compactors Ltd, said: The WolfPak is already providing significant financial and environmental savings to Yorwaste, the number of uplifts has decreased from five to one per week. The WolfPak will revolutionise household waste sites, or any company that works with large, bulky waste.

Chris Tomlinson, Group Asset Manager at Yorwaste Seluy – “We are very happy with the machine – we have named it the “Hulk” because it just handles everything! Our cycle time has been significantly reduced from 3 minutes with the current equipment to 39 seconds, the WolfPak just eats the waste. We have to operate the other units on numerous cycles to clear bulk waste when this “hulk” unit takes it in one cycle”

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VIDEO BLOG: Upto 98% air but takes up so much room

VIDEO BLOG: Upto 98% air but takes up so much room

VIDEO BLOG: Upto 98% air but takes up so much room

Despite the fact polystyrene is made up of upto 98% air and weighs practically nothing, it’s quick to fill up bins and skips.

Greenbank’s Polystyrene Compactors have a compaction ratio of 40:1 and this means that not only will an EPS compactor reduce disposal costs significantly, it will also add an additional revenue stream to your business.

Certain recyclers will pay between £300 and £600 per tonne meaning the investment into a polystyrene machine not only pays for itself but allows for profit.

At Greenbank we offer three models of EPS compactors. Each of these hold a different specification and vary mainly in size.

The SC1000 as featured in the video above compacts wet and dry polystyrene and is a low maintenance option, with prices starting from £41 per week. Our SC2000 will handle 70-90 kg of EPS/hour based upon density. Finally, the SC3000 EPS polystyrene compactor offers perfectly stackable blocks whilst ensuring the maximum payload is maintained for export.

We will advise on the most suitable polystyrene compactor to suit space and usage in the first instance. Contact us today for a free waste audit

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How has Recycling Changed?

How has Recycling Changed?

How has Recycling Changed?

The methods and processes attached to recycling are very different in the modern world than they were 100 years ago. Today’s post investigates some of the changes and why they have come about. The big question is however, is the way we do things today, more effective?

Let’s dive in and pop across to America

During the Second World War, people would go out ‘salvaging’. This was the process of collecting tin cans and other scrap metals in exchange for money. Salvaging can be classed as one of the first widespread recycling initiatives.

And staying with the USA….

A place known as ‘Fresh Kills’ was opened in 1947. Sounds ominous don’t you think? In fairness it probably was! Based on Staten Island in New York, Fresh Kills was the first landfill site to open with a set duration of just 20 years. How long do you think it lasted…..?

54 YEARS!

Yes, you read that correctly. The site remained functional until 2001. That’s an awful lot of waste…..

Are you aware of Earth Day?

This is an event held every year on 22nd April. The focus surrounds environmental protection and spans across the globe in more than 193 countries. Have you ever been involved in Earth Day? Is this something you would like to support? Is there anything Greenbank could support you with?

1987’s Garbage Barge

Another strange sounding feature. So what exactly was this? Quite simply, a boat filled to the brim with waste. Spotted circling the US coast, people began talking about where exactly rubbish was going.

So when did the UK begin recycling?

Back in 1970, a young man named Gary Anderson entered a competition. The instructions were to create a symbol to clearly represent recycled paper. Mr Anderson won! Not only did he receive around $2000, his logo is now used globally. It’s the three paper arrows in a triangle that  you’re likely to have seen many a time.

But we can go further back….

During the mid 1800s, the UK was seeing a rise in the popularity of books. This meant that paper (originally made from discarded linen rags) was in short supply. Moving forwards to the 1900s, people began purchasing books at auction so they could recycle the fibres into fresh, new paper.

Remember Lowcocks?

Lemonade, Dandelion & Burdock and cream soda (to name a few) were among some of the first favourites offered by this brand. What made them more appealing was the reward of 15p per bottle upon return. Fantastic! This all began in the 1960s and continued into the early 90s.

What about bottle banks?

6th June 1977 saw the UK’s first ever bottle bank. But how did this arise? A gentleman names Stanley Race dropped an empty jar into the recycling facility in Barnsley.

And recycling at home?

On October 30th 2003, government passed the recycling bill as law. From this point, homes across the UK were issued with recycling boxes or bins and encouraged to separate food waste from the likes of tins, glass, cardboard and paper. Waste bins became smaller in order to push people into recycling appropriately and this has become a way of life.

So has landfill reduced given how much we now recycle?

You would think…. It’s suggested that all UK landfill sites will be full by 2022 – it’s a scary thought!

Now let’s answer the original question;

Is the way we do things today more effective? This question is open to much interpretation. As the population continues to increase, so does the amount of waste produced. However, a lot more of this waste is now recycled.

And it’s not just homes!

Companies are now incentivised to get rid of waste appropriately. For example, with the right machinery, cardboard, polystyrene, plastic and more can be crushed into bales and sold on.

We certainly recycle a lot more than we ever used to so in terms of carbon footprint, this has to be good!

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