Waste & Recycling


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All full-size Heil Environmental refuse collection and recycle vehicles are now equipped with the industry's most efficient in-tank hydraulic oil filter. This 3-micron filter captures up to 85 per cen...

All full-size Heil Environmental refuse collection and recycle vehicles are now equipped with the industry’s most efficient in-tank hydraulic oil filter. This 3-micron filter captures up to 85 per cent more 4-micron contaminants and 50 per cent more 6-micron contaminants than Heil’s previous filter. As a result, the hydraulic oil passing through the filter becomes much cleaner than even new oil, helping to extend the life of the vehicle’s hydraulic pump, valves and cylinders.

Hydraulic oil cleanliness is measured by counting the number of contaminant particles that are 4 microns, 6 microns and 14 microns in size. Although tiny, (by comparison, the diameter of a human hair is 40 to 90 microns) these particles can damage the hydraulic system, causing an entire vehicle to be out of commission pending repairs. Particle counts are compared to an ISO chart to get a standardized three-number cleanliness rating. The lower the numbers, the cleaner the fluid. New hydraulic oil has an average cleanliness rating of 20-17-14 right out of the container. Heil’s previous filter had a rating of 19-13-9. The new 3-micron filter has an average cleanliness of 17-12-9.

A refuse collection vehicle’s hydraulic system provides the power to lift, pack and eject trash. For the system to operate properly, it’s critical that the hydraulic fluid be kept clean. An average of 70 percent of hydraulic system failures result from fluid contamination by particles of dirt and dust.

Heil’s new 3-micron filters have the same dimensions as the company’s previous 5-micron filters, making it easy for customers to upgrade existing vehicles. Those older vehicles that still use 6-micron or 10-micron filters can be retrofitted with simple conversion kits. The filters and conversion kits are available through Parts Central, a Heil company.

Vimar named Heil Refuse distributor

Heil Environmental has named Vimar Equipment, Ltd., of Burnaby, British Columbia, its authorized distributor for British Columbia and the Yukon, Canada. As a Heil distributor, Vimar now offers refuse haulers in the region a full line of Heil front loader, rear loader, recycling and automated refuse collection vehicles, as well as replacement parts from Parts Central, a Heil company. The firm also carries a wide range of other trucks and equipment, including sewer cleaners, street sweepers, ice resurfacers, TV inspection equipment and asphalt equipment. Vimar is a family-owned company established in 1975. In addition to new and used equipment, Vimar carries an extensive inventory of OEM replacement parts.

For more information about Vimar Equipment, visit www.vimarequipment.com Heil Environmental info is available at www.heil.com or Parts Central at www.partscentral.biz

Canada’s Energy-from-Waste Opportunity

On January 31, 2007, Mark Lyons, Project Vice-President for Wheelabrator Technologies, addressed a luncheon audience at the Economic Club of Toronto and provided an overview of the environmental and economic benefits of recovering energy from waste and the future of the technology and its role in Canada.

Wheelabrator is a division Waste Management Inc., sponsors of the luncheon. Lyons joined Wheelabrator in 1990 and is responsible for managing select new waste-to-energy facility development projects in the U.S. and Canada for the company. He also manages several revenue generating activities at Wheelabrator’s existing waste-to-energy facilities, including the company’s scrap metal recycling and special waste/assured destruction businesses. He also manages Wheelabrator’s ash treatment and beneficial use activities, which include marketing the company’s patented ash stabilization technology — known as the WES-PHix Process — to waste-to-energy plants and ash recycling facilities in North America and Asia.

Lyons treated the audience to a whirlwind history of modern waste-to-energy, explaining why it made sense in the 1980s to build more capacity, but how the industry went through a retrenchment in the 1990s due to economic and logistical factors. He summarized why there’s renewed interest in the technology nowadays, especially in Southern Ontario where several waste-to-energy proposals are in various stages of development.

The April/May edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine will feature an in-depth look at waste-to-energy and gasification, edited for a Canadian perspective.

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