Rainbow Waste is a family-owned business that was established in 1998 with a single refuse truck and 40 second-hand bins. Today it operates a waste transfer station in Swadlincote with recycling services for commercial and domestic customers.
Both refuse trucks and skips come into the waste transfer station. As much as possible is recycled to avoid paying for waste to go to landfill. The trucks tip general waste into a trommel and it then goes through the picking line. The skips are initially sorted by hand.
To speed recycling, Rainbow Waste has bought a Remu EP3150 screening bucket from Worsley Plant to use on its Bobcat to screen construction and demolition (C&D) waste, separating hardcore from soils. The clean hardcore is re-sold and the soils are recycled.
At the end of the picking line process the Remu bucket is also used to reduce the weight of any remaining waste by taking out leftover fines before the residue goes to landfill. More than 90% of skip waste is now recycled.
Chris Hill of Rainbow Waste says: “The Remu bucket will have paid for itself within the first 12 months of operation, so was well worth the investment. I’ve now reorganised the company’s working methods and introduced a nightshift. The Remu screening bucket is part and parcel of that reorganisation. Now, a large pile of skip waste built up during the day can be processed overnight. It has allowed us to recycle over 90% of all skip waste and generate additional revenue streams. All this is working towards our ultimate aim of eliminating any waste going to landfill.”