The UK’s Lafarge Tarmac has become the first company in its sector to specify an innovative, integrated wash-out system as standard on all new readymix concrete trucks. The system is designed to help boost resource efficiency, minimise waste and improve road safety.
The integrated system, developed by McPhee Mixers, works by separating solids from wastewater and containing the debris within an enclosed trough system at the bottom of the chassis. Hauliers are able to wash down their pan shoots onsite and transport wastewater and excess concrete safely back to one of Lafarge Tarmac’s readymix plants to be recycled.
The spill stopper system and debris collector is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to improving safety and managing finite resources such as water, cement and aggregates in an efficient way. As part of Lafarge Tarmac’s sustainability strategy, it has set a target to reduce water consumption per unit of production by 25% by 2020 and it is focused on reducing waste from every stage of the product life cycle.
Jeremy Greenwood, Managing Director for Lafarge Tarmac Readymix, said: “Delivering customer-focused sustainable solutions is core to our business and this new wash-out technology enables us to further improve site cleanliness and road safety, whilst also supporting our corporate commitment to resource efficiency. The system helps us to manage valuable resources like water and concrete, and re-use them to make new products.”
The wash-out system has already been fitted on to the company’s latest order of 30 new mixers, and will be specified as standard on all new mixers going forward.
In addition, Lafarge Tarmac is exploring a range of alternative retrofit measures to manage and prevent spillage from the existing fleet, such as concrete socks and stoppers that help collect any spillage.
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