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Bin weighing saves West Midlands recycling giant a tonne

Bin weighing saves West Midlands recycling giant a tonne

JONES Skips, now the largest privately-owned recycling company in the West Midlands, has seen a significant impact on profitability since equipping its fleet with bin-weighing.

Andy Yeomans, sales and development director at Jones Skips, said: “We used to know if bins were light or heavy but we didn’t know by how much. Then, a couple of years ago, we decided to have bin-weighing equipment retro-fitted to three of our vehicles and the difference to our bottom line was immediately apparent.

“Now we weigh every bin and print a ticket off where necessary, so it’s there in black and white. If a customer presents an overweight bin we first give them a warning, but if they continue to overfill bins we invoice them for the additional weight. The bin-weighing has paid for itself and made us a much more profitable business.”

Jones Skips has grown exponentially over the past seven years with its fleet increasing from 12 to 42 vehicles and its team expanding three-fold to over 80 employees. The company has now standardised the ENVIROWEIGH bin-weighing system from Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) on its refuse vehicle fleet.

Andy added: “We are all about providing a good service so reliability is extremely important. The ENVIROWEIGH system is accurate, reliable and already certified for Pay by Weight services if we decide to offer that service in the future. VWS also provides an excellent after-sales service and they are able to calibrate and, if necessary, re-certify the bin weighing equipment at our premises to minimise any vehicle downtime.”

Julian Glasspole, managing director at VWS, added: “We are delighted that Jones Skips have chosen our bin-weighing system for their fleet and that our ENVIROWEIGH technology is helping them to run a more efficient and profitable business.”

Jones Skips is committed to lowering the age profile of its fleet and is currently purchasing three new Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) fitted with ENVIROWEIGH and one new Front End Loader (FEL). Two of the new refuse vehicles have been supplied by Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS), one is directly from Dennis Eagle and the FEL has been supplied by Hillend Engineering.


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