French waste collection and recycling group OURRY S.A.has a specialist operation for salvage and disposal of tyre casings on its site at Champdeuil, near Melun. From the start OURRY has been using Teletruks. M Hubert Husson, the site manager, quickly realised that the Teletruk was going to be the perfect machine for this activity because the site has specific characteristics.
M Husson: " We are involved in collection from diverse tyres distributors, our main client being Centres Autos Leclerc. With these big clients we organise collection using 33 m³ skips which we collect as soon as they are full."
For clients producing a smaller volume OURRY collect with a covered trailer.
Each month 500 tonnes of tyres, all categories, are produced just from the Parisian Region and are taken to the 10 000 m² Champdeuil centre which operates with only six staff. Sorting is done for dispatch as serviceable secondhand casings exported to Africa, South America, and the West Indies mainly, or for recycling. The Teletruk is the only forklift on the premises.
20% of the tyres that arrive at Champdeuil are still in good condition and can be sold as secondhand. These are sorted by size into made-to-measure metal cages. There is a 1000 m² hall dedicated to sorting. As the operation developed OURRY changed their original 3 tonnes capacity machine for one with 3.5 tonnes capacity to deal with the heavier loads like Génie Civil tyres.
Teletruk is used continually purely because attachments are changed quickly and easily. These include bale clamp, shovel, forks, and tyre-pole spike.
Tyres destined for recycling are pushed into a pile by the bale clamp. Either the shovel or the bale clamp is then used to load semi-trailers which deliver to specialist recyclers to be used as compounds in road asphalt, floor coverings for play areas, wall soundproofing and maybe even anti-landslide barriers on mountains.
With the forks the Teletruk handles the metal cages where the re-usable tyres are sorted by size. For the larger diameter casings such as BTP, Agricultural and Génie Civil tyres, OURRY use the tyre-pole spike.
M Husson : "The easy change of attachments gives us versatility and therefore a very highly worked machine which proves very profitable to us. Besides this profitability, we appreciate the sturdiness of the Teletruk, also its ergonomics, the comfort, and the visibility due to the absence of a mast."