Randalls has supplied four Simpak 1800 compactors to the newly refurbished Seaton Street community recycling centre at Maybole in South Ayrshire.
The Seaton Street site re-opened on December 20th 2010 after a £265,000 investment to improve and expand facilities. The four compactors have been installed on the split level site on a steel platform, accessed by a walkway. They are under cover so that users are protected from unpleasant weather. One of the containers is reserved exclusively for garden waste, the others will be used to compact paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and food and drinks cans.
Compaction reduces the bulk of the contents so that the containers need to be emptied less often, with consequent savings to the council in transport costs.Other new services include facilities for recycling TVs, videos and computer monitors.
Last year South Ayrshire council recycled 44% of waste collected, the third highest percentage in Scotland and is working towards achieving 70% in the next 15 years. The council estimates that the improvements to the Maybole site will prevent 560 tonnes of waste per year from going to landfill and will also reduce the council's CO2 emissions by 5,600 tonnes per year.Randalls Simpak 1800 has a 1.7 cubic metre charge box and a 7.5kW motor driving up to a nominal 128 cubic metres an hour, at a compaction force of approximately 25,650Kgf. Cycle time is 45 seconds.