Pay by weight has for many years been a practical reality in an increasing number of countries in Europe, North America and Asia in both the residential and commercial sectors. In the UK, however, there has been much more resistance to a variable-based waste charging method, particularly in the domestic sector, despite the fact that in many other countries it has proved to be an effective way of reducing waste volumes.
This however, is set to change very quickly and according to MOBA, Europe’s leading provider of bin weighing and identification technology, there are now encouraging signs that a ‘pay as you throw’ model is now gaining significant appeal in both the public and private sector.
Ian Lewis, Managing Director of MOBA UK, commented: “Waste contractors and Local Councils and now looking for more transparency about the waste they collect. Pay as you throw not only delivers more meaningful management data but it also directly incentivises businesses and individuals to reduce the amount of waste they produce and, in turn, also encourages them to recycle more”.
There is now a groundswell of leading waste management contractors, and a number of local authorities, rushing to roll out what they, and their customers see, as much fairer charging mechanism but crucial to the implementation of any PAYT scheme is the deployment of reliable and accurate bin weighing and identification technology.
Leading the charge is MOBA, who has been a recognised expert in the field of identification and weighing technologies for the waste disposal sector for more than 40 years and is currently the leading player in PAYT systems within Europe. And with three production sites in Germany, eight subsidiaries, including the UK, the USA, China and India, and a growing dealer network, MOBA are uniquely positioned and with an unparalleled footprint across the globe.
Core to the company’s success in the waste sector is its MAWIS (MOBA Automatic Waste Bin Identification System) technology and the multiple benefits it brings both to the waste management company its customer; the waste producer. To begin with the sophisticated vibrating-wire technology delivers extremely accurate weighing measurements with complete immunity from interference and electronic signal processing. This is far superior to a conventional strain gauge load cells as it not only delivers improved weighing accuracy but, significantly, also means the bin lifter no longer needs to be operated at slow speeds in order to achieve a stable weighing signal; one on the biggest drawbacks faced by earlier systems.
Once lifted, MAWIS automatically reads the transponder, fitted into the bin, and the weight is then calculated. The data is displayed on the on-board computer of the vehicle and then saved for subsequent further processing. Thanks to the data transmission via telematics, data can be exchanged between office and vehicle at all times. MAWIS then not only enables more accurate invoicing, but also allows the waste contractor to collate more relevant management data which they can then, if relevant, share with their customers.
The possibilities that this technology can bring is now at long last exciting the waste management industry in the UK. One of the key factors that are driving the adoption of bin weighing and identification technology in the UK is the greater transparency it brings to collections and the rich management data that will help waste producers reduce and segregate their waste streams better. But there are a number of companies who are already thinking beyond simply better data to a point where they could be automatically billed depending on the weight of the bin. For example, those customers with multiple sites, such as retailers or pub chains, an average weight could be levied across all bins collected but the transparency will bring into sharp focus those sites are creating excessive amounts of waste or not doing enough to segregate that which can be recycled.
A number of visionary waste management companies are also excited about being able to introduce a step-shift in the way it levies fees. One such company is ASH Waste Services, which, over the last two years, has been equipping MOBA’s technology to its fleet of trucks knowing that a more variable approach to pricing will encourage customers to rethink their business model. In fact, many of its customers have adopted PAYT as they see the huge advantages and cost savings it brings.
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Operating from its base in Wrexham, ASH Waste covers the whole of North Wales, the North West and the West Midlands and services a wide variety of clients including multi-nationals, large UK companies, local authorities as well as a host of SMEs.
Neil Hassall, Managing Director of ASH Waste says: “Carte blanche pricing no longer works for either us or our customers. What we need is accurately weighed bins and an equitable charging method that provides our customers the opportunity to manage their waste more effectively”.
“Since we introduced bin weighing and reporting, not only have we been able to offer our customers a greater level of service, but we’ve also been able to increase both our turnover and profitability.”
“Whatsmore, we’ve also gained a significant amount of new business, , that we perhaps would not have won if it wasn’t for this extra level of transparency that we’re now able to provide. Consequently, the investment in the technology will pay for itself within a short period of time”, added Neil.
The likelihood is that PAYT will become an increasingly powerful topic of conversation during the course of this year as businesses and municipalities face the joint tasks of cutting costs and reducing waste. As more waste producers come round to the idea, there will then need to be a huge investment in equipment to make PAYT a reality.
Ian Lewis, MOBA UK’s Managing Director commented, “Waste contractors have now begun to experience how bin identification and weighing technology can actually help increase their overall profitability. Consequently, the demand we are seeing means our order book is now fivefold over that of last year leading me to believe that 2015 really will be the year that PAYT takes off”.
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