Out With The Old, In With The New

Equinox Recycling is pleased to announce that it has acquired a dustcart from leading refuse vehicle re-manufacturing company Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd.

old-waste-truck

RVS specializes in revitalising used refuse vehicles, stripping them down and replacing or repairing defective parts to provide high quality ‘as new’ vehicles. Their engineering capabilities have allowed them to adapt, modernise and remanufacture this particular vehicle to our exact needs, budget and specification.

Though this investment is a welcome addition to the fleet, it does mean we have had to say farewell to our old faithful Scania, the only dustcart that has been with us since our humble beginning in 2012.

However, as a growing company Equinox Recycling needs to move forward with the times and the new Leyland Daf CF75 will enable us to do this, while continuing to provide an efficient, reliable and cost-effective service to our customers.

Not only does the new truck have enhanced safety features, including state-of-the-art 360 cameras and an on-board weighing system, but it’s extremely fuel efficient, making it much more environmentally-friendly too.

As a “green” company, we have the environment at the heart of everything we do and this latest addition will go a long way to ensuring that all of our services continue to be carried out in a safe and responsible manner.

The 26t Leyland Daf CF75 is fresh out of the paint shop, having been transformed into Equinox Recycling’s iconic purple and will be hitting the roads later this month, servicing customers across Kent. It will enable us to increase the number of wheeled bin and REL container collections we are able to process on a single day.

new-waste-truck

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: “The company began in March 2012 with just two vehicles and the fleet has grown steadily in line with customer demand. Whilst we are sad to say goodbye to the first and oldest member of our fleet, the latest addition is a welcome investment. It is much more fuel efficient and will ensure our operations continue to be carried out in a green and environmentally-friendly way”.

“Part of our business plan for this year was to enhance the safety and efficiency of our fleet and the new dustcart will go a long way in helping us to achieve that.”

“Having purchased a hook-lift and dustcart from RVS previously, they were the obvious choice when it came to expanding the fleet this time around too. We are committed to using re-manufactured vehicles in line with our ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ ethos and were impressed by the level and speed of service that RVS had given us before.”

“Their business model enables us to increase operational capacity without the huge capital cost of purchasing new vehicles and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Equinox Provides Waste Management For Big Day Out Festival

 

Big Day Out Festival

Last month saw the launch of Big Day Out Festival at Maidstone, Kent and Equinox Recycling were on hand to provide full waste management coverage for the event.

Big Day Out is an exciting new family-friendly festival showcasing chart topping artists, bands and x-factor stars set in the beautiful grounds of Mote Park. It also plays host to a “foods of the world” festival, “beer, cider & ale” festival, interactive workshops, children’s fun zone, fairground, arts & crafts and more. The organisers placed an acute emphasis on sourcing locally produced food and drinks on site and involving nearby companies to cover other areas of the festival so we were thrilled to have our services requested.

Under their instructions we supplied 100 x 240 litre general waste wheeled containers to cover the event on 25th-26th June 2016 and these were then collected and disposed of at a local energy-from-waste plant. Equinox operates a strict zero waste to landfill policy so in order to maximise recycling, the waste was incinerated and converted into energy.

A festival wouldn’t be a festival without some rain and it would seem that our bins came in just as handy for supporting make-shift shelters as they did with collecting rubbish!

ARE YOU ORGANISING AN EVENT IN KENT? DO YOU REQUIRE A WASTE MANAGEMENT CONTRACTOR?

Equinox Recycling offers a comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions in Kent including zero waste to landfill. We are committed to collecting and treating our customers waste in the most practicable and efficient way to maximise recycling opportunities.

We operate with a number of wheeled container options, which are ideal for events and festivals where space is limited but regular amounts of light compactable waste are being produced.

Sizes vary from 240litre containers, which hold approximately 2-3 bags of waste up to 1100litre containers, which hold approximately 12-15 bags of waste.

No matter the size of the event, we are able to provided wheeled containers for the following waste streams:

  • General Waste
  • Dry Mixed Recycling
  • Glass
  • Food

If you are holding an event or festival in Kent and would be interested in our waste management and recycling services then please call us on 01732 355865 or use the contact form on our website.

One of our experienced advisors will be happy to conduct a free waste audit and identify how and where we can save you money. If you already have plans in place, we can suggest where improvements to your waste management strategy can be made and how to reduce the impact your event may have on the environment.

Ropac Food Waste Recycling Contract Win For Kent’s Equinox Recycling

Ropac

Equinox Recycling is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by Ropac as the waste management provider for their depot in Rochester, widely acknowledged as one of the best facility in Europe for the handling of table grapes.

Ropac and is one of the UK’s leading specialist service providers, packing, storing and managing produce on behalf of growers. It was formed to meet the needs of major supermarkets that required an expert in the supply chain. The company’s business is based on the use of the most modern packing equipment (both electromagnetic heat sealers and ultra-high speed flow wrappers) as well as by storing and caring for product at its optimum temperature, working with the UK’s best supermarkets.

As part of the contract, Equinox Recycling is supplying Ropac with a compactor bin and wheeled bins for dry mixed recyclables (cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and cans) and 1100ltr wheeled bins for general waste. The waste and recyclable materials will be collected by Equinox’s own fleet of vehicles and transported to various treatment and disposal sites for recycling and recovery.

Our aim is always to collect and dispose of waste in the most economical and environmentally friendly way. We are firmly focussed on diverting waste that can be recycled away from landfill so all residual waste will be disposed of at destinations such as Energy from Waste to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: We are very pleased to be awarded the contract by Ropac. We are also very much looking forward to working together with them and achieving the most economical and environmentally friendly way to dispose of there waste.

Sean Slee, Operations Director at Ropac said: “I have worked with Andy before and always found his work ethic to be excellent and Andy and his team always pull out all the stops to get the job done”.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS

We are able to provide a fully comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions for all businesses. Using a range of vehicles including trade waste (rubbish sacks & wheeled containers), rear end loaders, skip and Roll On Roll Off, Equinox Recycling operate throughout the South East of England.

For more information please visit our commercial services page or call 01732 355 865 to speak with a member of our friendly and experienced sales team.

Equinox Christmas & New Year Operations

OFFICE OPENING TIMES 

Please note that our offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening hours will also be reduced on all other days over the festive period.

Thursday 24th December 2015 8.30am-2pm
Friday 25th December 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 26th December 2015 CLOSED
Sunday 27th December 2015 CLOSED
Monday 28th December 2015 CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 2015 8.30AM-3PM
Wednesday 30th December 2015 8.30AM-3PM
Thursday 31st December 2015 8.30AM-2PM
Friday 1st January 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 2ND January 2016 CLOSED

TRADE WASTE COLLECTIONS

Scheduled dustcart rounds will be running as usual on all days except bank holidays. Any collections that fall on a day when we are closed will be collected on the next available day.

Thursday 24th December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Friday 25th December 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 26th December 2015 CLOSED
Sunday 27th December 2015 CLOSED
Monday 28th December 2015 SATURDAY & MONDAY COLLECTIONS
Tuesday 29th December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Wednesday 30th December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Thursday 31st December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Friday 1st January 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 2ND January 2016 FRIDAY & SATURDAY COLLECTIONS

SKIPS AND ROLL ONS

Normal service will be operating on all days except bank holidays. Customers are kindly asked to place any delivery, exchange or collection bookings for skips and Roll On Roll Offs (including compactors) with us as far in advance as possible, as we cannot guarantee availability for bookings made with less than 14 days notice.

Thursday 24th December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Friday 25th December 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 26th December 2015 CLOSED
Sunday 27th December 2015 CLOSED
Monday 28th December 2015 CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Wednesday 30th December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Thursday 31st December 2015 NORMAL SERVICE
Friday 1st January 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 2ND January 2016 CLOSED

BUSINESSES THAT CLOSE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

If your business is scheduled to be closed over the festive season and you do not need any collections, then to avoid being charged for us attending your site, you must notify us by contacting our Transport Team on 0845 520 21 21 or email customers@equinox-recycling.co.uk

We would encourage all our customers to book ad-hoc services as soon as possible as capacity is limited. Services on bank holidays can be arranged but require a minimum 14 working days’ notice.

From all of us at Equinox Recycling, we would like to wish our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2016.

Equinox Christmas Truck

New Support Vehicle Added To Fleet

Support Vehicle

Over the last 12 months Equinox Recycling has enjoyed a period of remarkable growth, which has led to a growing number of vehicles. As always, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service, so in order to maintain our current high standards we have recently invested in a support vehicle to provide roadside assistance to our existing fleet.

The Ford Transit fleet support vehicle is fully equipped to respond to breakdowns, carry out repairs and provide roadside assistance to our trucks, minimising the length of downtime and any negative impact that may have on customer collections.

The support vehicle has been sign written to blend in with the rest of the fleet and we are really pleased with the eye-catching design.

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director of Equinox Recycling said “Keeping our trucks and other vehicles moving is crucial to the success of our business and the happiness of our customers”.

He added: “Equinox Recycling are focused on providing an excellent service to our customers and we rely heavily on our fleet in order to do that. It’s vital that we consistently exceed our customers’ expectations and that we continue to maintain and service our vehicles to the highest possible standard. This new support vehicle will enable us to do just that. It is fully equipped and ready to respond to any breakdowns immediately, reducing downtime and any service disruption to our customers.”

Equinox Appointed As Waste Management Provider For Turkey Mill

 

Turkey Mill

Equinox Recycling is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by Turkey Mill Investments as the waste management provider for their estate in Maidstone, Kent.

Once a world-renowned paper mill, Turkey Mill is now a sought after business park. The 20 acre estate is ideally situated half a mile east of Maidstone Town Centre and straddles the River Len. The former mill buildings have been converted to offices, which together with two purpose built office buildings comprise a space of nearly 100,000 sq ft. and provide accommodation for approximately 75 companies employing over 600 people.

The estate is also home to The Orangery, one of Kent’s premier wedding and corporate events venues. Nestled within nine acres of beautifully landscaped garden, with a tranquil lake and tumbling waterfall, it’s an exclusive-use venue.

As part of the contract, Equinox Recycling is supplying the estate with a general waste service and a mixed recycling service for cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and cans. The waste and recyclable materials will be collected by Equinox’s own fleet of vehicles and transported to various treatment and disposal sites for recycling and recovery.

Our aim is always to collect and dispose of waste in the most economical and environmentally friendly way. We are firmly focussed on diverting waste that can be recycled away from landfill so all residual waste will be disposed of at destinations such as Energy from Waste to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: “Equinox Recycling is proud be appointed by Turkey Mill Investments. Equinox Recycling is also looking forward to a long lasting working relationship helping Turkey Mill Investments to fulfil all there recycling and waste collection needs in the future. As a small company our team strives provide the best customer service”.

John Hawkins at Turkey Mill Investments said: “We are looking forward to the smooth running of the comprehensive re-cycling service offered by Equinox Recycling.”

HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS

We are able to provide a fully comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions for all businesses. Using a range of vehicles including trade waste (rubbish sacks & wheeled containers), rear end loaders, skip and Roll On Roll Off, Equinox Recycling operate throughout the South East of England.

For more information please visit our commercial services page or call 0845 520 21 21 to speak with a member of our friendly and experienced sales team.

Petition Demands Action Against ‘Bin Raiders’

More than 1500 residents have signed a petition demanding action from Medway Council and Kent Police to stop ‘bin raiders’ in Chatham, Kent.

Residents are angry after discovering an increasing number of people going through rubbish bags left out for local authority collection, looking for scrap metal to sell and for documents in order to commit identity theft.

Sally Briggs, a nurse manager from Chatham, set up the petition after witnessing shocking behaviour in her neighbourhood.

She said; “I can’t believe what I’m actually seeing. Two weeks ago I saw a man walking down our road with a bike on his pram that still had a lock on it. On another occasion, i saw a woman carrying her shopping inside and when she came back out, there were men going through the rest of the carrier bags”

She added: “ I have seen people using knives and screwdrivers to go through the rubbish and fear someone could get hurt in a confrontation”.

A spokesperson for Medway Neighbourhood Watch Association said it did seem to be a growing problem and areas frequently targeted included Barnsole Road in Gillingham as well as Luton and Wayfield in Chatham.

Medway Council and Kent Police have agreed a series of measures to deter the ‘bin raiders’ including high-visibility patrols. They have also advised residents to take the following steps:

  • Wait to put your bins out for collection as late as possible.
  • Make sure all documentation is shredded or not in the bins.
  • Recycle or Upcycle all metal and electrical waste.

Have you had a problem with ‘bin raiders’ in your neighbourhood? We can help! 

Although based in Tonbridge, Equinox Recycling covers most areas of Kent including Chatham and Gillingham.

Equinox Bin Truck

We have wheelie bins available in a range of sizes for the collection of both general waste and recyclable materials. Optional lockable lids are available on all sizes. They are easy to move around and ideal for premises where space is limited but regular amounts of light compactible waste are produced.

This service is available for both residential and commercial customers.

Call us today on 0845 520 21 21 or use the contact form on our website.

Why Recycle Your Business Waste?

RecyclingBusinesses can gain a number of benefits from recovering and recycling their waste. Having good practices in place will enable you to:

Comply with waste regulations

Businesses now face increased legal obligations for their waste. Adopting better waste practices now makes it easier to comply with existing regulations and enables you to be better prepared for any future legislation that may come in to place.

Enhance company image and public relations

Ilegal dumping, fly-tipping or evading waste compliance could lead to prosecution and public disclosure of fines and/or prison sentence that could ruin your business’ reputation, so engaging in workplace recycling can do wonders for your company’s image.

The nation are becoming much more aware of environmental issues and corporate responsibility, so complying with recycling and proper waste disposal regulations can make your organisation more competitive and improve its standing with customers who seek assurance that their suppliers are operating on a sound environmental basis.

Boost morale among employees

Most of your employees will be recycling at home. Fact. Studies have show that recycling is important to people who want to protect the environment so employees are increasingly looking to their employers to promote recycling within the workplace.

Specific benefits to employees include:

* Improved working conditions

* Cost savings

* ‘Feel-good factor’ in the organisation

* Improved recruitment and retention of staff

Save money

All waste sent to landfill is subject to landfill tax but you can avoid paying this by sending more of your waste for recycling. This tax is in addition to your standard collection costs. Additionally, a recent study found that waste management can cost businesses of all sizes up to 4.5% of their annual turnover, so recycling really is a much more cost effective and sustainable method of dealing with waste.

Environmental benefits

By reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill you are reducing your carbon footprint and the production of powerful greenhouse gases created when biodegradable material is landfilled.

Recycling conserves raw materials and energy.

Roll On Roll Off Container Hire Kent

With our many years experience in the industry, Equinox Recycling prides itself on offering a comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions.  We are able to provide efficient, reliable and affordable options for our customers and our roll on roll off container hire in Kent is just one of such effective services.  We operate a series of open and enclosed high capacity Roll on Roll off containers in Kent for large retail operations, manufacturing plants, constructions sites, property refurbishments and other areas where low density waste is produced on a huge scale.

Roll on Roll off container hire is ideal for the following:

* Heavy construction and demolition waste

* General waste

* Dry mixed recyclables (paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, wood)

* Wood waste

* Dry non-hazardous waste

* Industrial and commercial waste

* Large volume non-compactable bulky waste

The RoRo containers are an economical alternative to standard skips and we have them available to hire in two sizes:

20 yard RoRo

40 yard RoRo

Delivered as and when required, or on a regular contract basis, the containers are the ultimate long-term, high-capacity waste containment solution. Call us today on 0845 520 21 21 for a free no-obligation quote! One of our experienced advisors will be happy to discuss your project and the most efficient, cost effective and environmentally-friendly way to handle your waste disposal.

As well as Roll on Roll off container hire in Kent, we also offer many other services including  builders skips, trade waste collections and rear end loaders. Check out our services page for more information.

New Waste Truck Take To The Road

Equinox Recycling received a very welcome addition to its fleet last week in the form of a new Leyland Daf CF85. The 26t dustcart was acquired from Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd and arrived with us late one evening following a 3 hour journey from Dursley in Gloucester.

Equinox Recycling Bin Truck

RVS specialises in revitalising used refuse vehicles, stripping them down and replacing or repairing defective parts to provide high quality ‘as new’ vehicles. Their engineering capabilities have allowed them to adapt, modernise and remanufacture this particular vehicle to our exact needs, budget and specification.

Equinox Recycling Refuse Vehicle

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director, Equinox Recycling said “We are big fans of second hand vehicles and having purchased from Refuse Vehicle Solutions in the past, we knew we could rely on their service and expertise again. Replacing the fleet with quality used vehicles is a more cost effective and sustainable option for us than purchasing new, and reusing vehicles in this way compliments our mission to achieve zero waste for our business as well as our customers.”

He added “This latest investment is in immaculate condition and looks as good as new. RVS managed to source the vehicle, put it through a meticulous check to remove all defects and have it ready for us within a matter of weeks, which is much quicker than most manufacturer’s lead times”.

Bin Lorry On The Road

The new 26t dustcart took to the road for the first time earlier this week and is currently being used for both wheeled and REL container collections.

Equinox Recycling operates with a number of wheeled or rear end loader container options. For more information on either of these services, please visit the services section of our website or call 0845 520 21 21 to discuss your requirements with one of our sales team.

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