Just 15 minutes off the M1 near Derby, lies a 50-acre hub of recycling on Crompton Road in Ilkeston. The variety of companies here can between them recycle just about anything. At the centre of this hub is Stanton Recycling’s 5-acre site.

Starting out 35 years ago as a skip hire business, the family owned company is today a fully focused waste transfer and treatment plant. The waste is predominantly municipal, from Stanton’s domestic and small commercial waste contracts with local authorities. The volume of waste imported on to the site has grown year-on-year, leading Stanton to develop its infrastructure from a single small building to process it, to three buildings.

“People notice when you do something good and that’s how our waste import has increased. Waste is an industry that will never go away and we are getting busier year-on-year with more business from our existing contracts,” says Operations Manager Mick Clifton. “We have to look after them and provide the service they want.”

“Having machinery running all of the time is the best thing we can wish for,” says Clifton.

Fulfilling this wish is Stanton’s fleet of materials handling machines comprising a JCB JS145 tracked excavator and three JCB 560-80 Wastemaster Loadalls – its newest arrival.

Stanton processes the municipal waste inside its three buildings, which calls for a manoeuvrable materials handling vehicle. “We’ve tried loading shovels but they don’t offer the same manoeuvrability as the Loadalls, which also have a comparable capacity,” says Clifton. “The 560-80s are the best machines for this environment.”

The versatile machines are used for most jobs on site. “One minute it can be a forklift, the next it can be a loader. Some loading shovels, can do this but changing attachments is not as easy,” says Clifton. “They can all do each others’ jobs with their universal attachments. This means that if one of our machines needs servicing, we can swap over to another in a matter of minutes so production never stops.”

Outside the buildings, Stanton uses its JS145 to handle green waste brought in by the local council. Stanton shreds this waste to create compost for selling to commercial companies. Like the Loadalls, the JS145 can be quickly reassigned with a switch of an attachment.

“JCB’s Wastemasters are far in front of any other machine that we’ve had on site because they are built for the waste job,” says Clifton. “Our drivers love them because of the great visibility from the cabs and they get to work in a very comfortable environment.”

Stanton’s site has an impressive health and safety record – reporting over 4600 (and counting) working days without any accidents. “That’s very good for the waste industry,” says Clifton. “During a recent routine inspection, the HSE were impressed with the JCBs’ reversing cameras, visibility and white noise sirens.”

Stanton is maximising the productivity and uptime of its machines using JCB’s LiveLink telematics system. This gives Stanton regular reports via email showing a break down of a machine’s daily operation, including work hours and fuel consumption. Time not running is illustrated in grey while running time is shown in orange.

“There’s no machine that won’t break down eventually, so it’s all about how quickly it can be fixed,” says Clifton. “With JCB, if we do have a problem it will be fixed within 24-48 hours. This is vital for machines operating in a rugged environment such as waste transfer site.”