Working with Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies, Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres, is entering its 30th Year of tyre  supply and service support to the Viridor’s long term waste and recycling contract with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

With over 200 vehicles in the fleet, including 110 lorries, 55 front end loaders, 14 fork lift container handlers and 22 wheeled excavators, Viridor manages over 30 locations. These include household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across the Greater Manchester area, as well as advanced recycling and recovery facilities, some with attached rail head terminals. The waste and recycling of over 1 million households from the nine Greater Manchester districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Trafford and Tameside) is processed within these facilities.

The front end loaders are predominantly JCB- Type 436 & 456- type machines, with the balance being case 821- Type, Case 621-Type and  Cat 950 –  type machines using a combination of 20.5R25 & 23.5R25 Vacu-Lug Process- type (Mortrak) Mtk 5 104s, which are puncture – proof Tyrfil tyres, specifically designed for the waste industry.

The Type of Tyre used within this operation is specified owing to its unique tread design, which is particularly suitable for waste, glass and metal recycling operations. It achieves a long working life and keeps operating costs to a minimum.

At the railhead at Viridor’s Longley Lane facility, where four of its 25 tonne container handling fork lift trucks operate, vehicle down time must be avoided to ensure strict adherence to train timetables and integration with other Viridor facilities.

To ensure this, and the general smooth running of all vehicles in the fleet, Vacu-Lug manage the contract with the supply of new & remould tyres which are inspected on a rolling monthly cycle and rotated through different positions on each vehicle to optimise wear and increase tyre life.

This management process also enables Vacu-Lug to monitor each tyre to the extent were it can be removed from the vehicle early enough to be remoulded for a second and third time, which further reduces costs and contributes to Viridor’s ongoing environmental awareness programme.

As part of the Viridor fully inclusive contract with Vacu-Lug, a significant stock of slave wheels & tyres is held at the main workshop which enables Vacu-Lug to implement a forward tyre replacement programme. This allows tyres to be quickly replaced when needed and avoids costly machine down time. Accordingly, Vacu-Lug provides 24 hour, 365 day support by using its own in-house technicians and its numerous tyre service-provision partners.

When each tyre inspection is completed, the date is logged and should any work need carrying out, the details are forwarded via Vacu-Lug’s online VFM (Vehicle Fleet Management) system to the appropriate service provider who will in turn complete the requisite task and record the details on the system.

Commenting on the 30 year relationship between the two companies, Viridor Asset Maintenance Engineer, Dave Rogerson says, “Waste handling is a continual process which requires uninterrupted mobility of all support vehicles and wheeled equipment. To this end, the Vacu-Lug team works closely with Viridor – often calling on their extensive practical knowledge and experience – to ensure minimum down time and maximum efficiency.”

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