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Bunbury Harvey Regional Council adds Hidromek to the fleet as part of bulk commercial waste project

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The Hidromek HMK200W is being used to separate waste from recyclable materials.

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Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BRHC) manages waste for the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Harvey in the south west region of Western Australia. The primary purpose of BRHC is waste recovery and disposal rather than waste collection, which is the responsibility of the individual councils in the area.

BHRC owns and manages the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility, which encompasses a waste transfer station, green waste recycling and a Class II landfill site.

As of July 2018, the waste management facility has started a bulk commercial collections project.

"The process involves sorting through waste to divert anything that does not belong in landfill such as steel, wood, tyres, asbestos and oil," explains Tony Battersby, CEO of the waste management facility.

"We have three attachments for the Hidromek HMK200W for three different applications. The Star 110–230V scrap handling magnet with GEID 12 EL-ZM hydraulic DC generator is used to recover metal, a Daemo DRP235 concrete pulveriser is used to break up bulky concrete and an EI Engineering grapple is used to sort material into different piles and to feed the shredder. The shredder is also equipped with a magnet to pick up any remaining metal.

"Our aim is always to keep waste at a minimum by keeping as much material as possible out of landfill. We aim to keep an innovative approach to stay ahead of the industry changes rather than ‘get told what to do’ as a result of a reactive approach."  

Battersby explains that the price was a key factor in deciding to buy the Hidromek HMK200W, along with the specs and the positive feedback from other contractors who own this machine.

 "The feedback from other companies was very positive and the machine we purchased has definitely lived up to the expectations we had. The build quality is excellent, fuel consumption is great and it is very compatible with the different attachments we opted for," Battersby says.

"The operators have previously operated other machine brands and they’re saying that the Hidromek is very comfortable and smooth to operate. One of the key features is the visibility from the cab where the elevation gives the operator a great view of the hopper."

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