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Getting to grips with Italian waste

A new Bobcat TL43.80HF Waste Expert telescopic handler has proved to be the ideal solution for Matera-based Decom Srl, for its intensive role in handling waste and recycling on behalf of the 500,000 inhabitants of the Lucania and Apulia municipalities in the south of Italy.

Decom is one of the first companies in Italy to achieve ‘End of Waste’ certification, specialising in the recycling of plastic, paper, aluminium, glass, cans and many other materials from waste collection in these communities. The company’s goal is to recycle 98 percent of the material that is processed in its Matera plant.

The company is keen to promote the culture of recycling and every year, Decom follows the ‘Openrecycling’ initiative promoted by Comieco (National Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Cellulose-based Packaging). This involves opening the doors of the company’s paper and cardboard recycling plants to school pupils to demonstrate the process and to show what happens to the paper and cardboard the company collects.

Founded in 1997, Decom began life operating in the freight transport industry, before evolving and specializing in the transport of special waste. In 2008, Decom moved into recycling community and industrial materials, culminating in the opening in 2015 of the first plant in the “La Martella” industrial area in Matera.

To carry out the transport and management of recycled materials, Decom uses Bobcat telescopic handlers which, thanks to their robustness, efficiency, versatility and ease of use, have proved to offer the essential characteristics needed for intensive industrial applications typical of the waste industry.

The latest addition to the fleet of Bobcat telescopic handlers is a TL43.80HF Waste Expert model, the toughest machine of its type on the market, equipped with a package of features aimed specifically at handling materials in the waste and recycling industry.

Giuseppe Labbate, Plant Manager at the Decom plant comments: “Over the years, to improve the quality of work and to speed up the production cycle, we first purchased a Bobcat TL26.60 telescopic handler, which continues to be used inside our shed area, and then added a Bobcat TL38.70HF model, which operates externally, for the loading of materials on to trucks.”

He continues: We have recently further expanded the telescopic handler fleet with the Bobcat TL43.80HF Waste Expert, which is even tougher and higher performing. Designed with reinforcements and protection such as the strong chassis and cab and light grids, this machine is perfectly suited to our work, where the materials we handle are often at risk of falling on to the machine.

“Furthermore, the agility provided by the 4-wheel steering, the compactness and the lifting capacity of over 4 tonne, has made the handling and loading of materials for recycling a much simpler process, with a consequent increase in productivity. The TL43.80HF Waste Expert works in a continuous cycle, 24 hours a day, and is particularly suitable for handling and loading paper and glass which have high densities from 2400 kg/m3 to a maximum of 2800 kg/m3.”

The TL43.80HF is part of the Waste Expert range of telescopic loaders from Bobcat, introducing a dedicated material handling solution for the waste and recycling markets. Bobcat is now offering four of the company’s current productivity and high-flow telescopic loaders, namely the TL35.70, TL34.65HF and TL38.70HF as well as the TL43.80HF, as Waste Expert machines, all powered by Bobcat Stage IV 74.5 or 97 kW engines. These Waste Expert models offer lifting capacities from 3.4 to 4.3 tonne and lifting heights from 6.5 to 8 metres.

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