EnviroServ trials “Africa tough” waste compactor | Infrastructure news

A newly-imported demo waste compactor model, designed especially for developing countries by German equipment manufacturer BOMAG, is being trialled in South African conditions by EnviroServ Waste Management.

The 37.5-ton compactor, with a Cummins engine, is designed for countries such as those in Africa and South America and offers better compaction of waste.  New smart features such as a hydraulically operated engine hood and high air intake make work easier and more efficient.

The machine will spend two months at EnviroServ’s Chloorkop general waste management facility, followed by two months at the Holfontein hazardous waste management facility, to ensure it is trialled under a variety of conditions.

The basis for a landfill’s success is the optimal compaction of various waste materials. BOMAG Area Manager for Southern Africa, Randhir Haripersad, described the new blade version RB and shovel version RS as “a true multitool among compactors, enabling all-in-one compaction, loading and transporting, saving time and costs”.

“The decision to ask EnviroServ to test the new model is because it can be tested across general and hazardous waste conditions, and we know the machine will really be put to test, working eight to 20 hours a day in high temperatures,” Haripersad said.

“We are ecstatic to have been selected by BOMAG for this trial, as it shows that we are recognised as an African leader in waste management. Being associated with a premium brand like BOMAG means quality and reliability, and we have supported the company for many years,” said EnviroServ’s Senior General Manager of Operations, Rhyno Gouws.

“Our operators have been trained on the new waste compactors; the functions are the same, just modernised with touch button functioning. There is improved durability, operator comfort and dashboard information, all designed to suit the harsh African operating environment found on landfills,” Gouws said. The refuse compactor has unique polygonal disc wheels for optimum crushing and BOMAG’s proven compaction concept with scrapers and toothed wheels for versatility and efficiency.

If it passes the trial it will be available for purchase in South Africa through BOMAG’s local supplier, Kanu Equipment, who supply mining earthmoving and mining equipment. “This is an ‘Africa tough’ machine and Kanu will support its servicing and maintenance requirements,” said Stephen Smithyman, Chief Executive Officer of Kanu Equipment South Africa.

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