Clean & Green Or­gan­ics’ new Hyundai R210LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Contents - Words and images: Ran­dall John­ston

Clean & Green Or­gan­ics (CGO) is all about en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal coun­cils, busi­nesses and con­trac­tors to di­vert or­ganic waste they pro­duce from land­fill into their re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity where it can be con­verted into rich, nu­tri­ent full com­post and landscaping prod­ucts.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion cur­rently has seven staff and are in the process of up­grad­ing their fa­cil­ity which will al­low the team to ex­pand their pro­cess­ing area, as well as the breadth of ser­vices it’s able to of­fer.

“We were run­ning an op­er­a­tion sim­i­lar to this many years ago, col­lect­ing or­ganic waste from 130 Woolworths stores, com­post­ing with worms, bag­ging and sell­ing back to Wool­lies through Big W,” op­er­a­tions direc­tor Emilia Mas­troianni says. “It was a closed loop sys­tem that Wool­lies loved and so did their cus­tomers!”

For the or­gan­i­sa­tion, the goal is to di­vert or­ganic waste from land­fill, im­prove life­less soils and en­abling the growth of healthy plants and most im­por­tantly ed­u­cated the com­mu­nity & busi­nesses about re­cy­cling and healthy soils. “It is im­por­tant for peo­ple to un­der­stand that putting plas­tic bags or rub­bish in the green re­cy­cling bin may not seem like a big deal but the costs that adds to coun­cils to sort and re­cy­clers like us to clean are huge”.

Clean Green Or­gan­ics pro­duces Aus­tralian Stan­dard soil con­di­tion­ers, gar­den mixes, turf un­der­lay and an earth blend, which is great for wa­ter re­ten­tion in gar­den beds.

“Our com­post is mixed and mon­i­tored daily to strin­gent stan­dards. Our com­pany is ISO ac­cred­ited AS/NZS 4801, ISO

9901 and ISO 14001 which in­volves high stan­dards of work prac­tice and equip­ment which is why we bought the Hyundai R210LC-9. “It means all the re­quired stan­dards and some.”

“In­com­ing ma­te­ri­als are pro­cessed daily us­ing our new Hyundai ex­ca­va­tor to

Clean & Green Or­gan­ics is an or­ganic com­post­ing and worm farm­ing fa­cil­ity in Syd­ney’s western sub­urbs kick­ing all sorts of clean green goals with the help of a brand-new Hyundai R210LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor, which is be­ing used pri­mar­ily to load and feed a waste grinder. It’s a job that re­quires con­stant sta­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity and the new in­vest­ment is prov­ing a god­send for the team. Our new pad will dou­ble our phys­i­cal size and ef­fec­tively triple our pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity

feed the grinder, among other things. Our com­peti­tor’s com­post still have plas­tics in them and you can see it in the fi­nal prod­uct, we pride our­selves on hav­ing the best look­ing and nu­tri­ent dense com­mer­cial com­post in Syd­ney.”

“We deal with lots of peo­ple: from in­di­vid­ual land­sca­pers; to gar­den­ers; con­struc­tion com­pa­nies; de­vel­op­ers; lo­cal coun­cils and waste com­pa­nies.”

Emilia and her hus­band’s in­ter­est in re­cy­cling has grown or­gan­i­cally over the last 20 years.

“We started worm farm­ing in the late 1990s. We al­ways thought this method would be the fu­ture, we can’t keep putting ev­ery­thing into land­fills for­ever, and we need to bring life back to our over used soils”.

“Worms can com­post the most dif­fi­cult or­ganic ma­te­rial and we keep learn­ing and im­prov­ing our sys­tems every day.”

“There are a lot of com­pa­nies in this space that don’t have thor­ough waste-screen­ing pro­cesses. You can see plas­tic in their com­post and you’re putting that in your vegetable gar­den.”

En­cour­ag­ingly, mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils in western Syd­ney are start­ing to look to send their waste to re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties, rather than send­ing it all straight to land­fill.

“We are cur­rently ten­der­ing to Coun­cils whereby we process their kerb­side and sup­ply them with bagged Soil Con­di­tioner they can give to their ratepay­ers. Ratepay­ers

re­ceive two bags a year that is ef­fec­tively pro­duced from house­hold waste col­lected in their area.”

This is known in the in­dus­try as a ‘closed loop’ sys­tem and it is ini­tia­tives such as this that coun­cils around Aus­tralia are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly will­ing to try out.

Clean & Green Or­gan­ics’ staff and fleet count is sure to grow in com­ing years. In ad­di­tion to their brand-new 23.3-tonne Hyundai R210LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor, they have sev­eral other heavy duty ma­chines such as Wheel Load­ers and Screens.

This ex­ca­va­tor comes strapped with a Cum­ming QSB6.7 en­gine and has been de­signed to al­low more ef­fi­cient air­flow while smoothly al­lo­cat­ing fuel, re­sult­ing in more power, a bet­ter tran­sient re­sponse, and low fuel con­sump­tion.

Key fea­tures of the Tier 3 R210LC-9 in­clude the Power Boost Con­trol Sys­tem that gives 10 per cent more dig­ging force; and an Auto De­cel­er­a­tion Sys­tem that re­duces en­gine speed when the re­mote con­trol valves are in neu­tral for more than four sec­onds. Af­ter 60 sec­onds, en­gine speed is re­duced to a low idle, which saves on diesel.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to have a new ex­ca­va­tor of our own; we have been hir­ing equip­ment for the last 10 months and some of it has not been great, with not all of the func­tions work­ing as they should or be­ing there at all. Ma­chine down time costs a busi­ness like ours a lot of money and cred­i­bil­ity, we need to keep prod­uct flow­ing in and out.” Emilia says.

This is the first piece of Hyundai gear that Clean & Green Or­gan­ics has pur­chased via Porter Group. Their new Hyundai R210LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor even has heated seats, which the team says they’ll ap­pre­ci­ate very much this win­ter.

Site man­ager Mitch Rix op­er­ates the ex­ca­va­tor on a daily ba­sis and is suitably im­pressed.

“There were cer­tain things we were look­ing for in an ex­ca­va­tor, cer­tain fea­tures,” Mitch ex­plains. “You can see this is a big site, so it needs to be multi-pur­posed. We are con­struct­ing a new pad and this ex­ca­va­tor will be do­ing a lot of ground work for the ex­pan­sion as well as the com­post and grind­ing work.”

Mitch likes the fact that it is very sta­ble when op­er­at­ing on a mound or any­where else; the me­chan­ics never seem to be strain­ing dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

“This is my first time us­ing a Hyundai ex­ca­va­tor and it’s been great,” he says. “We looked at get­ting a slightly big­ger ex­ca­va­tor but that didn’t re­ally give us any ben­e­fit and we didn’t re­ally need the ex­tra power.

“As op­er­a­tors we love it.”

Site ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager Brooke Grech has been im­pressed with the pre- and af­ter­sales ser­vice pro­vided by the Syd­ney branch of Porter Group.

“The af­ter­sales ser­vice from Porter has been fan­tas­tic; the com­mu­ni­ca­tion that you get is su­perb and that’s re­ally im­por­tant for us,” Brooke con­cludes.

The com­post work is very par­tic­u­lar; the machinery you’re us­ing needs to be not too large and very flex­i­ble and ma­noeu­vrable

Far left: The Clean & Green Or­gan­ics team with their new ex­ca­va­tor Left: CGO is rapt with the lat­est ad­di­tion to its machinery fleet

Far Left: The Clean & Green Or­gan­ics team with their new ex­ca­va­tor Left: The over­all sta­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of the Hyundai 210LC-9 makes it ideal for CGO

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