Campbell Arnott's waste management upgrade

Monday, 03 April, 2006

Campbell Arnott's has completed a $19 million upgrade to its Arnott's Biscuit bakery in New South Wales.

The upgrade included the Dolav bulk bin which is used inside and outside the factory. Colour-coded bins provide a clear distinction for any worker to identify the contents of each bin and where it belongs, avoiding cross contamination and improving work practices.

Specifically, the Dolav bulk bin was selected for its versatility: easily rotated; wide space for forklift entry; and UV protected.

The Arnott's bakery at Huntingwood in NSW employs more than 500 workers and needed a bin with good handling so that any worker can quickly move or empty a bulk bin. With reinforced walls and base, the Dolav bin can withstand heavy dense products even when rotated and can be easily handled with a forklift and clamp rotator.

The team at Arnott's Huntingwood recognised the benefit of investing in a bin with a long life and minimal maintenance replacing the need for hiring bins. The Arnott's Huntingwood team adopted Dolav as its chosen bin because of its durable yet flexible characteristics.

Arnott's spend a lot of time planning the most efficient operation possible and have set up a system where any biscuits that are not consistent with Arnott's quality standards are identified and then removed from further processing.

The bin ensures this waste management is carried out in a cost-effective way. In particular, each bin is loaded with up to 700 kg of biscuits and then quickly emptied by rotator clamp into a skipper. This reduces the number of people involved, the equipment used and risk of any spills.

After the success of this site, more sites are in the process of adopting the Dolav bulk bin. This ensures internal operations and any products travelling between sites are standardised to create efficiency and consistency every day for Campbell Arnott's.

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