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Widnes Skips to Recycling Forefront with Dig A Crusher

Dig-a-crush PR

Construction and demolition waste makes up a large percentage of waste received at our Ditton Road site. Widnes Skips have invested in a new Dig a Crush 1200 bucket. The excavator mounted mobile crusher unit crushes brick and concrete to produce a hardcore product.

Continued investment into new and improved equipment ensures that our recycling rate continues to be impressive.

This month to date our rate is 86% which means that only 14% of waste received is sent to landfill.

The Worsley Plant Press Release

A Cheshire-based skip hirer and waste management specialist has demonstrated its commitment to recycling and the environment with the purchase of a New Dig A Crusher 1200 excavator-mounted jaw crusher attachment. Supplied by Worsley Plant, the new unit – the largest in the four-model Dig A Crusher line-up – joins an existing fleet of Dig A Crusher 900s operated by Widnes Skip & Reclaim Ltd.

Widnes Skip & Reclaim, the long-established Cheshire-based skip hirer and waste management specialist, has underlined its faith in the Dig A Crusher excavator-mounted crusher bucket attachment with the purchase of its fourth unit. The company has just taken delivery of a new Dig A Crusher 1200, the largest in the four-model range and has put it to work immediately alongside its three existing Dig A Crusher 900 units.

Long-Established Company
Widnes Skip and Reclaim in its present form has been established for just five years but the company can trace its waste/transport roots back to the 1930s when the company was founded by Fred Prescott who operated one tractor and a wagon. The company grew from there and in the 1960’s had up to 80 employees. The company was carried on by Harold Prescott and now in the control of his son, Nick Prescott.

The company continues to run a large and impressive skip hire fleet with sizes ranging from 2 cu yd to 40 cu yd and including open, enclosed and compactor units for a variety of applications. More impressively, the company’s recycling centre receives more than 1,500 tonne of commercial, industrial and domestic waste each week, of which around 80 – 90 percent is recycled, supplying top soil and crushed brick hard core back to local customers.

“Despite the fact that we’re in the waste business, less than 15 percent of all materials received at our recycling facility find their way to landfill,” says transport manager Don Bradfield. “In fact, we consider landfill to be a last resort. Only materials that cannot be reused or recycled are truly considered waste.” This commitment to recycling is borne out by the gradual eradication of “waste” month-on-month which saw the company recycle more than 91 percent of all inputs during May 2007.

An End to Blockages
It is the company’s ongoing commitment to resources efficiency and waste reduction that first led it to purchase a Dig A Crusher 900, a 0.75 m3 capacity unit that is suitable for excavators in the 21 to 30 tonne operating weight class. “Construction and demolition waste makes up a large part of our waste inputs and we needed something that could process it quickly and effectively,” Bradfield continues. “Dedicated mobile crushers are fine but they’re very expensive to buy and to run and they also require a loading machine and a separate rehandling machine. With the Dig A Crusher, we can handle everything with just a single machine.”

Bradfield’s comments are echoed by machine operator, Dennis Aherne. “The Dig A Crusher just eats everything we throw at it. Even steel reinforcing bar doesn’t slow it down,” he says. “Best of all, jams and crusher bridging is now a thing of the past. On the rare occasions we do experience a blockage, we simply turn the bucket upside-down and the materials just fall out.”

On the subject of maintenance, company fitter Howard Moss is also a huge fan of the Dig A Crusher machines. “In a year of operation, we went through one belt and one set of jaws. Considering what we put through it, that really is remarkable,” he contends. “But the new 1200 is an even more amazing tool. It eats everything, including concrete telegraph poles.”

But the final word on the new 1200 is rightly from Denis Aherne, the man directly responsible for maintaining optimum productivity through the new Dig A Crusher 1200.

“We have no worries about what we put through it, it will crush anything we can put in it including concrete and rebar. Brick rubble is so easy, it doesn’t even slow it down,” he concludes. It really is a cracking good tool.”

Further information from:
Sean Heron,
Worsley Plant Ltd.
Tel: 01606 835544

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