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Water storage and water voles

31 January 2012

Waste handling and equipment company, Greenbank, has helped preserve a rare breed of water vole at the same time as solving a food company’s waste storage problem.

Hains Celestial-owned Daniels Group was unable to use more conventional methods used to keep vermin out of the yard at its Grimsby factory for fear of harming water vole living in the dyke running alongside the site.

But a request for help from Greenbank resulted in the manufacturer of chilled, fresh, natural food (including New Covent Garden soup) purchasing two self-cleaning, portable compactors (PCW25s).

The machines have automatically-closing lids to keep out seagulls and other birds, and is designed to prevent a build up of waste inside the machine that would need regular cleaning out by staff.

And not only have they solved the risk of food waste attracting pests by resulting in an ultra clean site but they have led to cost savings and a greener carbon footprint for Daniels.

Its Warehouse Manager, Bob McLean, said the design of the company’s old machines meant waste was sometimes spilt as it was placed into the compactor and was not always cleaned up straight away.

“Now though, there is no spillage so the site has really been cleaned up,” added Bob.

“Also, we are able to drain off any liquid from the compactors into our effluent system which means we are not paying for its weight, as we used to, when the loads are collected so we have saved a little money through that and through needing fewer collections.”

One of the self-cleaning machines is used for food waste and one for general waste. Both have Pulse Assurance - a new software system developed by Greenbank – incorporated. This electronic information system helps maximise compactor payloads, minimise transport costs and reduce machine down time.

Daniels also purchased two mill-sized balers for cardboard and polythene and a drum crusher for its tomato puree drums.

Said Bob McLean: “We chose to work with Greenbank not on price but because we were looking for someone to provide the full service from start to end – maintaining as well as providing machines to solve our problems.

“I know from past experience that Greenbank’s equipment and service is of high quality and reliable.”

Greenbank Sales Manager Robin Evershed said that the company worked hard to get the best possible outcome for waste and recycling problems for its customers.

“We pride ourselves on being more than a leaser or seller of waste and recycling machines,” he said.

“We listen to a customer’s individual needs and set out to find the best, bespoke solution.”

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