Trommel Screen Upgrades at A303 Materials Recovery Facility

The trommel screens in the main materials recovery building at the A303 have recently been replaced with a larger size mesh, resulting in around a third less material being delivered to the picking line. The increase in screen size has brought about the following benefits:

The 25mm to 60mm material, which previously went onto the Picking Line now falls through the trommel to be processed by the Proflow screener. This results in the workers on the picking line being able to focus on picking the large size material accurately, increasing throughput along the line significantly.

A reduction in labour costs for the business, by reducing the headcount on the picking line by two workers per shift, gives a saving of at least 240 man hours per week.

An improvement in the quality of the RDF/landfill material will be achieved, with a corresponding reduction in weight and disposal costs, because the small items missed by the workers, that previously went for disposal, are now being removed before they reach the picking line.

Have a Christmas Clean out this December

It’s almost December, which means the countdown to Christmas has started. It’s the perfect time of year to have a big clear out, making way for those much wanted Christmas presents and a fresh start to the New Year.

Not everything needs to be thrown away, you can take items to a charity shop, sell them or even recycle and upcycle them.

You can also hire a skip from us as you’ll be pleased to know that brownSkips.com recycles over a staggering 90% of the waste from our sites and we are striving for zero to landfill.

By ordering a skip with us, hardly any of your waste will be thrown away.

If you are having a Christmas clear out, our skip hire service will meet your requirements, our skips range in size from 4 to 40 yards and can all be placed within residential, commercial, industrial and construction sites.

We offer competitive prices, a professional service and guaranteed next day delivery.  Most importantly, you can be confident that your waste is handled in a responsible manner.

You can book online now!

Safety Training Day for Raymond Brown Group’s 17 Safety Representatives

17 Safety Representatives from across the Raymond Brown Group took part in a Safety Training Day earlier this month at the A303 Enviropark.

The Safety Representatives were appointed this year from across each of the group businesses and their role is to raise awareness in health and safety and to help improve safety culture across the sites.

The training day was run by Heather McLintock, Health, Safety & Audit Manager, and its aim was to help recognise and control hazards within all aspects of the workplace environment as well as giving the representatives the opportunity to engage with each other and share feedback.

The course covered responsibility, workplace equipment, site set ups, signage, near misses, incidents and injury types.

The group were also given exercises on site which were focused around hazards and they were joined for lunch by Don Coates, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer.

The feedback received after the event was extremely positive, with representatives stating that it was both enjoyable and a good opportunity to meet other staff and managers and understand safety across the business, not just in their own working environment.

Heather McLintock commented: “The safety reps are all volunteers and their role is much appreciated and vital to continue to promote safety within our sites.  The day was a good opportunity for them to meet each other and discuss safety issues and solutions that may be similar throughout the group.”

Raymond Brown are delighted to welcome Don Coates to the business as Chief Executive Officer

Raymond Brown are delighted to announce Don Coates as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment is a key part of Raymond Brown’s future growth strategy, which will see Don steering the business through its growth and expansion plans.

Don commented: “Raymond Brown is a well-respected business and I am excited to be joining at a key time in the Group’s development when there are many great prospects.  I will ensure that we remain committed to our employees, customers, local communities, health and safety and improving the environment, which underpins our core values.  I look forward to supporting the senior team in leading the group through this next phase.”

Don has 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, working across a variety of sectors, and has led several businesses as CEO in both private and public company environments, including 17 years with DS Smith Plc, where his responsibilities included running the UK’s largest waste paper recycler.

Don will be working closely with Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby, Chief Financial Officer, Wayne Roberts, and the management team.

Steve Clasby commented: “On behalf of the Raymond Brown team, I would like to welcome Don, who we are thrilled to have on board.  I very much look forward to working with Don to make the most of the opportunities ahead as we continue our success into the future.”

Disposing of your Batteries Safely and Responsibly

Each year we throw away over 600 million batteries, but did you know that batteries are a significant risk to our health and the environment?

  • Many batteries contain harmful chemicals (particularly heavy metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium) which can escape into and poison our environment and watercourses.
  • Car batteries contain acids which can cause burns and harm wildlife.
  • Lithium rechargeable batteries contain flammable materials under pressure which can cause fires when the battery becomes damaged. This is a significant risk on waste sites where the battery can become damaged during processing.

Please ensure that you and your family dispose of batteries safely;

  • No batteries should be put into skips, recycling bins or household waste.
  • Most large supermarkets and garages have designated collection points for batteries where you can take old batteries
  • Council household recycling centres may also have collection points for all types of batteries.
  • Some garages will recycle your car battery for you

Not only is recycling your batteries safer, it is also making a difference to the environment.

brownSkips.com partners with AnyJunk to provide new Man and Van Hire Service

brownSkips.com has partnered with the UK’s largest junk removal company, AnyJunk, to be able to offer our customers eco-friendly and efficient man and van rubbish removal.  Like us, AnyJunk currently operate with at least a 90% landfill diversion and have a five star rating on Trustpilot.

Tarun Nayyar from AnyJunk commented: “We’re pleased to be partnering with Raymond Brown who are a very well established provider in the industry.  Our partnership means that we’ll be able to deliver the same great service they currently provide to their customers but through our man & van bulky waste network. I believe our model will complement Raymond Brown’s current offering as we will be able to collect waste in a quick, easy and green way where skips isn’t necessarily the best option.”

You can book online or obtain a quote from them by clicking here.

brownSkips.com Investment in Skips

brownSkips.com has recently invested in a number of brand new skips as well as refurbishing our existing skips to meet recent business demand across Hampshire and Berkshire.

The skips will be branded at our Nursling Recycling Facility and distributed within the local market.

This investment will enable us to meet the increased demand for our skips from domestic, construction, commercial and industrial markets.

Raymond Brown’s Fourth Lorry branded at Cart Marking Ceremony in London

One of Raymond Brown’s newest Grab Lorries was branded yesterday at the traditional Cart Marking Ceremony in the City of London.  The lorry, which was designed by Foxhills Junior School in Southampton was driven by Mark Attwood and is the fourth Raymond Brown lorry to have been branded in the annual ceremony.

This year the Carmen will celebrated their 501st anniversary and the annual Cart Marking Ceremony took place in Guildhall Yard commencing at 10.35am on Wednesday 18th July 2018. Vehicles were marked between the Master Carmen, Patrick Marsland-Roberts TD, The Rt.Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman and the Master Glover, Alvin Seth-Smith.

The ancient tradition of cart marking dates back to the 16th century when all carts operating in the City of London were required to pay five shillings for the right to ply for hire in the City and have their axles branded – an early form of vehicle licensing.

brownSkips.com attends Thruxton Truxx Factor 2018

Driver, Mark Gale attended the 2018 Truxx Factor Truck Show on 7 and 8 July 2018.

The Truxx Factor Truck Show is an established family friendly weekend festival which takes place at Thruxton Motorsport Centre.

Mark represents the company at the show each year and took his Roman Way Primary School lorry with him, one of the newest and most colourful lorries in the fleet.

brownSkips.com attends South Coast Smile Wheels Show

Driver, Mark Gale attended the 2018 South Coast Smile Wheels Show on 23 and 24 June this year.

The show takes place at at Highbridge Farm in Otterbourne and is a large family event with a range of cars, bikes, trucks and stalls.  The show fundraises money for the children at Southampton General Hospital and the neonatal unit at Princess Anne by raising gifts and money.

Mark, who frequently attends wheel shows, took the Roman Way Primary School lorry with him this year which is one of the newest and most colourful lorries in the fleet.