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WASTE MANAGEMENT: Cape Leads In Recycling


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Pilot Crushtec has experienced a sharp increase in sales of equipment to waste management businesses in the Western Cape during the past three years.

The Western Cape is leading the country in terms of recycling waste material,” explains Ebrahim Astree, a sales engineer for Pilot Crushtec, South Africa’s leading supplier of crushing, screening and materials handling equipment to the recycling, quarrying, construction, civil engineering and mining industries. “This has been forced by tight space constraints and very limited access to dumping sites close to Cape Town.

The most popular crushers are Pilot Crushtec’s RubbleBuster as well as its Pilot Modular TM0605 and BR0605 machines. All three use a horizontal impact crushing unit, but the RubbleBuster is a fully mobile, track-mounted diesel-driven unit, with a built-in discharge conveyor and feed hopper, while the diesel-driven TM0605 and electrically-driven BR0605, require separate conveyors.

The advantage of horizontal impact crushers for recycling is that they can take a big feed size, and can also act as primary, secondary or tertiary crushers,” says Astree. “They are excellent for crushing construction and demolition waste, including concrete with reinforced steel, as well as asphalt.”

Hentie Kotze, who heads the purchasing of plant and machinery for JLK Projects & Construction, a major construction company in the Western Cape, says the TM0605 crusher bought by the company towards the end of 2008, has proved ideal. “We’re crushing the waste on our sites to create fine sand, since we mainly use it as fill material,” explains Kotze, “though sometimes we produce larger material – a 19 mm stone – for use in non-structural concrete, filling and drainage.”

On the other hand, Adri Vosloo, the general manager of National Scrap Metals in the Cape, has gone for bigger machinery to crush and screen slag material that the company buys in. He recently bought a Pilot Modular MJ1252 granulator jaw crusher that acts as a secondary crusher, and a Terex Finlay 663 double deck mobile screen.

We bought a modular screening plant from Pilot Crushtec in 2003, and when we needed more equipment we went straight back to them,” says Vosloo. “That says everything about how happy we’ve been with the company.” He was particularly impressed with the range of parts stocked at the company’s Johannesburg factory. “Whenever we’ve needed to replace one of our wearing parts, the back-up service offered by Pilot Crushtec’s SupportLink division has been excellent. The initial technical set-up of the machinery by their InstalLink team was also extremely professional.”

Confident that the waste management business is set to grow significantly, Pilot Crushtec recently became the southern African dealer for the world-renowned Rubble Master range of equipment. “We are aiming to sell these larger machines to demolition, construction and civil contracting companies,” concludes Astree, “since we believe this market has great potential.”


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