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Eight Volvo wheeled loaders for Viridor Waste (Gt Manchester) Ltd

A total of eight Volvo EW160C wheeled excavators rigged specifically for rehandling duties have been delivered to Viridor Waste (Gt Manchester) Ltd for deployment into selected household waste recycling centres in operation, within the Greater Manchester area.

The machines were supplied in two phases with the first batch of four delivered in 2008 to replace existing equipment. The balance, delivered during the fourth quarter of 2009, represents an increment to Viridor’s plant fleet as re-developed recycling centres come on stream.

All eight machines have been equipped with hydraulically elevating high rise cabs, solid tyres and a comprehensive range of end attachments to cater for the requirements at each site. This includes rotating selector grapples for picking and sorting misplaced materials; compaction plates and ditch buckets for tamping and compacting materials in the skips and a bespoke hook attachment for manoeuvring the rollonoff skips on site in the absence of road going vehicles.

Attachments can be quickly and safely changed thanks to the fully locking attachment bracket and each machine has been equipped with full hydraulic services to operate the quick hitch and selector grapple. The 17.6 tonne Volvo EW160C is powered by a Volvo six litre low emission Tier III engine developing 142 net hp and a maximum torque of 730Nm at just 1350rpm. An advanced mode control system ensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions.

The decision to opt for the Volvo offering came after a detailed evaluation of the market, a successful tender and a positive appraisal of the machine on evaluation trials complete with the hydraulically elevating cab option. “It was imperative we trialled the machine and canvassed input from our site operators to be able to make an objective selection,” commented operations manager Patrick Killeen. “And in our opinion, the Volvo EW160C met all of the criteria we set regarding low emissions, low fuel consumption, reliability and operator acceptance. It certainly ticked all of the required boxes and more,” he continued.

Since the initial batch of four wheeled excavators was delivered Viridor Waste (Gt Manchester) Ltd has noticed a marked increase (almost by as much as 60%) in skip weights over the previous method of using wheeled loading shovels to load material. Using backacter equipment and complementary attachments has meant a significant amount of material for recycling can be compressed and compacted in the rollonoff skips thus reducing the amount of onward journeys, fuel consumption and reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

All eight machines have been supplied with a Volvo Gold customer support agreement whereby Volvo Construction Equipment is responsible for the full repair and maintenance of each machine. Viridor Waste (Greater Manchester) Limited is a Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited subcontractor, delivering waste services under the 25 year PFI Recycling and Waste Management contract awarded in April 2009. The contract will help to move Greater Manchester towards a more sustainable system with higher levels of recycling and recovery of household waste. Viridor Waste (Gt Manchester) Ltd is contracted to handle up to 1.3m tonnes of municipal waste per annum in Greater Manchester and the addition of these eight machine supplied by Volvo are part of this process.