NAWDC demise opened the door for modern waste sector

THE National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors (NAWDC) was set up in 1968 to represent the UK private sector waste management industry, writes TIMOTHY BYRNE.

The association was eventually rebranded and renamed as the Environmental Services Association (ESA) in the late 1990s, to meet the changes in waste management and recycling attitudes around the time of the millennium.

During this period the NAWDC magazines were a must read publication for those in the sector, and were full of news and reviews on the latest vehicles and equipment available as well as updates regarding acquisitions. For the nostalgists out there like me - who has a complete set of copies - they are a great snapshot today of a bygone era.

Pioneered introduction

NAWDC pioneered the introduction of the Deposit of Poisonous Substances Act 1972 and the Control of Pollution Act in 1974.

Some of the key founding members of NAWDC were Richard Biff a from Biff a Waste Services Ltd, Anthony Shutes from St Albans Sand and Gravel (which latterly became Hales Waste Control Ltd), and Tony Smith from Waste Clearance Ltd (later Waste Management Ltd).

Tony Morgan from Purle Brothers which latterly became

(Cleanaway Ltd), the late David Potts from Humberside Waste Disposal Ltd, Bunny Hart from Hampshire Cleansing Services and Geoff Mousley from TIDIWAYS were also key members in the early years.

These founding members of NAWDC made important contributions to improving the professional standards of the UK private sector waste management industry.

Wastemaster Hire reap JCB benefi ts

WITH a recently ordered fl eet of JCB machines, Coventry-based Wastemasters Hire, part of Tom White Waste (TWW), is satisfying a growing demand for waste and recycling sector specifi c short- term hire.

The order comprises of a 437 Wheeled Loading Shovel, a 457 Wheeled loader, a 560-80WM Loadall, and a JS20MH wheeled material handler (Right).

Established in the waste sector for 40 years, TWW has used several rival brands but with the latest purchase it will be 100% JCB. On their own sites, where they recycle mixed general and commercial wastes, they shovel loads of up to 30 lorries a day, as well as shredders and bins.

Wastemasters Hire now provides a fast, fl exible plant hire business to meet the need for loading shovels and material handling machinery from waste and recycling industry clients across the country.

Since starting in January this year, Wastemasters Hire have been inundated with a high demand for hire machines.

Stockholm technology to automate waste

WASTE collection has joined the likes of other utilities such as water and sewage in Sweden following the City of Stockholm’s decision to gradually take ownership and responsibility of a num- ber of underground automated waste collection systems (AWCS).

The municipality’s wastewater and waste management company, Stockholm Vatten och Avfall, will start to take responsibility for the systems during the coming years.

This means that private housing associations, housing companies, pre-schools and commercial operators no longer need to be responsible for ownership and maintenance of AWCS installed in their property.

Aside from easing the administrative burden of managing and installing AWCS, the move means further installations specifi ed

40 SHWM July, 2018

in the city’s detailed plan will be much more straightforward, and can be managed to coincide with other major excavation works.

The decision is part of a growing wave of international support for AWCS. Earlier this year the Government of Singapore stipulated that all residential developments with 500 dwellings and above must install the technology – a move that is expected to see a surge in demand for the system, which relocates 80 – 90 per cent of the waste collection process underground.

Stockholm now joins other visionary cities around the world including Seoul, Singapore, Helsinki and Bergen in treating waste collection as a utility and ensuring that AWCS features at the initial planning application stages as opposed to traditional bins, which are typically a post-planning consideration.

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