On the Case: new loaders prove their worth at composting facility

CASE has revealed its wheel loaders are helping one English council’s environmental efforts by eliminating waste being sent to landfill.

Biowise Limited, operating as Wastewise, opened its composting facility in January this year. The site offers a composting service to the local council, taking household waste and converting it into product-grade soil improver.

Three new Case G-series wheel loaders lie at the heart of the operations.

Case explained the in-vessel composting (IVC) facility utilises the Dutch GICOM technology. It is a two-stage pasteurisation and maturation process, initially heating the waste using forced aeration to kill harmful pathogens and then maturing it over a period of several weeks to produce a PAS-100 certified compost and soil improver. It is then screened and separated to complete the transformation from waste to product in six weeks.

Part of the process involves the loading of compost into concrete IVC tunnels and the movement of materials for further stabilisation and screening. These activities are carried out by the newly delivered Case 721G, 821G and 821GXR models.

“We already had four Case F-series wheel loaders in operation at our Willerby IVC facility,” said Steve Wardell, finance director at Wastewise. “So we were already confident that these machines were up to the job. When we saw the specification of the G-series models it was an easy decision to make. We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Warwick Ward, our local Case dealer and we knew that we would continue to receive a good service to support the new machines.”

The 721G loader is situated within the IVC reception hall and loads the tunnels with up to 350 tonnes of waste. The 821G and 721GXR are outside, emptying the tunnels and shifting the materials for shredding and screening.

“The design of the Case wheel loader is what sets it apart for this application,” added Ashley Ward, MD of Warwick Ward. “By using the engine as the counter-balance, the weight of the machine is reduced and this lowers fuel consumption. Naturally, our customers benefit from competitive machine pricing but it is the low total cost of ownership that makes the difference in the long term, and it’s hard to beat a Case wheel loader on operating costs.”

Wastewise has also signed a service and maintenance contract with Warwick Ward that includes authentic Case parts.

“The relationship that our dealers have with customers is so important and has been a key factor in our growth in the UK market,” said Joseph O’Grady, business director northern Europe at Case Construction Equipment.

“Our wheel loaders are a flagship product for us in the UK and across Europe. They are unsurpassed in waste applications thanks to the combination of power and efficiency.”