CRS have just completed a C&D Waste Transfer Station for Lunnon Waste in Essex, UK. We spoke with owners Michael and Dave Lunnon, to find out their thoughts on working with CRS and how their installation is performing.
Q: Tell us a little about the business
A: Lunnon Group was founded by David Lunnon and later joined by son Michael and have been providing waste management services since 1972. Plant Hire and Bulk Earthmoving were a large division of the company until 1991 when the focus changed to concentrate on the waste management aspects of the company. In 1991 the company opened the Waste Transfer Station at its base in Ongar and have steadily expanded operations including the acquisition of neighbouring industrial premises to aid expansion. They operate a fleet of Skip and Hook Loader vehicles serving Commercial and Domestic clients throughout Essex with the Waste transfer station also being open to 3rd party clients.
Q: Why you chose Earth Equipment & CRS?
A: CRS was recommended to us by a competitor, my initial conversation with Sean of CRS led to an introduction with Peter of Earth Equipment. Earth Equipment visited our facility and quickly gained an understanding of our requirements.
Q: What was your challenge before your new C&D Waste Transfer Station including material and application?
A: The principal challenge was designing a plant that would fit within our existing infrastructure given the space available. Four alternative designs were prepared before the final decision was made. The material being handled was typical C&D waste having been pre-sorted to remove oversize. Prior to the installation of the plant we were removing the oversize material using mechanical grab, the smaller fractions were being floor picked by hand using machinery to spread the waste which resulted in handling the same material multiple times before final destination.
Q: What was your tonnage before and after your installation?
A: The Waste transfer station is licensed for 233,000 tonnes of Solid non-hazardous commercial and domestic waste per annum. Current throughputs would represent 40% of available capacity. The processing speed of the plant would give the ability to increase tonnage through the facility.
Q: How has the new C&D Waste Transfer Station solved your problem?
A: Whilst the waste still requires a pre –sort to remove the oversize, the material once entering the feed hopper is processed immediately without the need to handle the same material multiple times.
Q: Have you noticed any other benefits since the C&D Waste Transfer Station?
A: Processing speed and efficiency has greatly increased, which has improved vehicle turn-around times on-site. Quality of end products has also improved.
Q: Have you noticed any improvements in regards to safety?
A: Ground staff picking within the cabin away from mobile plant has greatly improved Health & Safety on site. Vehicle movements on-site are also safer as the waste streams are more contained giving more room to manoeuvre.
Q: Has the general moral in the company improved since the installation due to employees feeling safer in a cabin as opposed to picking on the ground?
A: Staff are more content in a clean safe environment and appreciate the efficiency the plant has brought to the site operation.
Q: How would you describe the overall C&D Waste Transfer Station quality and performance?
A: We had encountered some teething problems as expected with any installation, however both Earth and CRS have been pro-active in resolving any matters that have occurred. Overall I am very pleased with the performance of the plant.
Q: What would you say to any other company thinking of using our services and products?
A: Good product, well designed and efficient.
Q: Would you recommend CRS & Earth Equipment and would you use us in the future?
Thanks to Lunnon Plant & Waste Services for choosing to work with CRS