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Modified telehandler for Biffa’s new ‘Super’ Anaerobic Digestion facility

Biffa’s Cannock based anaerobic digestion facility have taken delivery of a Cat TH407 telehandler with specialist air filtration unit to handle the 120,000 tonnes a year of food waste that comes through their brand new facility. The machine was supplied and modified by Caterpillar dealer, Finning.

Commenting on the deal. Joe Schofield, Business Development Manager for Industrial, Waste & Recycling at Finning said, “After visiting and surveying the new site, we met with Biffa to understand their needs and discussed which machines would be ideally suited to this innovative new facility. We recommended the Cat TH407 Telehandler.”
“The new site is the future of waste. It takes food that could once only be sent to landfill and turns it into energy that goes back into the grid, which is something of great value on a truly industrial scale. The telehandler will be tasked with general duties including loading hoppers and cleaning.”

Commenting on operating the telehandler, Mark Wright, a multi-skilled operator for Biffa said, “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and it does the job extremely well. The attachments, such as the bucket, clamps and lifting forks, are great additions and make our job a lot easier.”

“When the lorries come in and tip the material on the floor against the push walls, we use the Cat TH407 to pick up the waste, then using the extendable boom arm we can tip it into the bunker bins. The ventilation system keeps the air clean and smelling nice inside the cab, when the doors are shut. It is very important as we can be operating the machines for up to two hours at a time.”

“The visibility from the cab is also great. You have a 360° view all around the machine and extra mirrors so you can see the bucket and other important spots around the machine. It’s a great piece of equipment and makes doing the job a lot easier for the operators.”

Contractors_World_UK_Contractors_WorldContractors_World_UKCat TH407 telehandlerReducing material to landfill

Biffa is the leading nationwide integrated waste management business. It provides collection, treatment, recycling and technologically driven energy generation services.

The new facility in Cannock, which is the biggest in the UK, process up to 120,000 tonnes of food waste from homes and businesses every year to produce enough renewable energy to power 6,000 homes and a soil improver that can be used in the same way as compost.

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a treatment process for organic, biodegradable material such as waste food. The process utilises naturally occurring micro-organisms already present in the waste to break it down in the absence of oxygen, producing a fibrous ‘digestate’ similar to compost and a methane rich ‘biogas’ used for the generation of renewable energy.

The Cannock facility is the latest in a long line of commitments from Biffa to handle more of the UK’s food waste. It forms part of Biffa’s expanding network of AD plants and follows on from the launch of its National Food Waste Recycling Service for businesses earlier in the year.

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