CUMBRIA Waste Management has taken delivery of the first machine of its kind in the UK. The deal is part of a “significant” investment that has included a new recycling facility on the outskirts of Workington.
The purchase of the Volvo L110G loading shovel coincided with the completion of a new materials recovery facility where up to around 75,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste and other recyclable materials will be handled each year.
As the company’s landfill operation diminished it looked to other means to either recycle or dispose of municipal and commercial waste, leading to the creation of the new facility.
The machine features the long boom option to provide sufficient load-over height when loading bulkers and a bespoke 5.0m³ hi-tip bucket with spill guard. Other optional extras suited to the application included 23.5R25 Revolution solid wheels and tyres, a fire suppression system, reversible fan and ‘dust buster’ fitted to the engine’s air intake.
Area manager Gary Edmondson said: “We’ve been operating Volvo shovels for a considerable time now – in fact we are still operating an L90C we acquired back in 1995 which has served us exceptionally well so that’s why we decided to stick with what we know best.”
The machine was supplied with a full repair and maintenance programme and handles a variety of waste material coming into the Dissington site from the Allerdale and Copeland districts of Cumbria, including municipal solid waste, glass, wood, paper, cardboard and plastics.