Spe­cial Fea­ture: Save costs with ALLU Trans­former bucket

With waste dis­posal costs set to rise, an ALLU Trans­former bucket could save you both money and time

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Dis­pos­ing of your waste is just about to be­come a lot more ex­pen­sive. As of March 2019, Qld will be im­ple­ment­ing a waste levy of $70 per tonne, in­creas­ing by $5 p/t ev­ery Jan­uary un­til at least 2022.

This will im­pact not only the 90% of Queens­lan­ders who live in the af­fected ar­eas, but also NSW as well. NSW trans­ported 912,000 tonnes of waste per year to Qld in 2016–17, with that amount ris­ing since then. This is be­cause the waste levy in Syd­ney is $141.70 per tonne, so while the Qld levy re­mains less than the

NSW one, it is likely that the rub­bish flow will con­tinue. Just us­ing the above fig­ures means NSW waste costs will in­crease by over $60 mil­lion. A large por­tion of this is con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste.

So what can you do about it? Fol­low Bob the Builder’s mantra: re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle.

There are now prod­ucts that can help make your project more ef­fi­cient and rather than al­low­ing waste to be­come a cost, turn it into a profit stream in­stead.

One ex­am­ple is the ALLU Trans­former bucket. With a range to suit ev­ery­thing from skid steers to load­ers and ex­ca­va­tors, the ALLU can process and re­use de­mo­li­tion waste on site. The ALLU Trans­former bucket is a screen­ing, blend­ing, mix­ing, sort­ing and sieve bucket that in the right ap­pli­ca­tion can also be used for light crush­ing. It utilises a patented sys­tem of ro­tat­ing shafts with blades, giv­ing it unique fea­tures, says ALLU, such as be­ing able to han­dle wet prod­uct and re­duce par­ti­cle size.

The ALLU also does not re­quire shak­ing of the ma­chine (like a screen­ing bucket), and hence has much greater con­trol and is much safer for your ma­chine, op­er­a­tor and sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment, says the com­pany. It is com­mon prac­tice to re­move fill from site, then to bring clean ma­te­rial back to achieve re­quired com­paction etc. This means you are pay­ing $70/tonne in dis­posal costs, $2–$3/kilo­me­tre to run your truck to the waste fa­cil­ity, then you buy clean fill and again pay $2–$3/kilo­me­tre to bring prod­uct back to your site. This also in­volves con­sid­er­able use of valu­able time on your project.

By us­ing an ALLU Trans­former bucket, you can process your ex­ist­ing fill on site, thereby elim­i­nat­ing most of the above costs. There are en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits too, from re­duced emis­sions and less waste prod­ucts. Think of how many truck loads you can save if the prod­uct could be more com­pact, re­duc­ing the air space in each load?

If you con­sider that, you can pos­si­bly re­duce the amount of trucks you have in your fleet. There­fore, by in­vest­ing in an ALLU can have sub­stan­tial re­wards.

Levies have to be paid by some­body. There is no re­li­able es­ti­mate on the cost for Queens­lan­ders, but ex­trap­o­lat­ing data in­di­cates the state’s res­i­dents will be pay­ing be­tween $200–300 mil­lion. Some busi­nesses might see this as a cost they sim­ply pass on to their cus­tomers. Oth­ers will see this as an op­por­tu­nity to re-think how they can run their busi­ness more ef­fi­ciently, thereby con­tain­ing costs, be­com­ing more com­pet­i­tive to win more jobs, and in­creas­ing their prof­its.

An ALLU Trans­former bucket can process your ex­ist­ing fill on site.

For more info on ALLU Trans­form­ers and what it can do for you, con­tact the dealer in your state, or visit www.rdw.com.au.

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