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Is the weight of your recycling accurate?

Nov 11, 2015

Weight is a key factor in many business sectors and the recycling industry is no exception.

In all commercial applications where products are sold by weight it is a legal requirement that weighing equipment must be verified as ‘legal for trade’ or ‘trade approved’.

This means that the equipment in our case ‘the weighbridge’ has undergone a stringent set of tests to ensure it is sufficiently accurate and fit for purpose.

CS Recycling and many of our customers and suppliers rely on accurate weight information, collected or delivered into our facility in Potters Bar.

All vehicles delivering in material or filled containers leaving our site must weigh in or out on our weighbridge.

This is to ensure we know how much material be it, paper, cardboard or plastic is coming in and how much is going out for payment purposes as well as making sure that loaded vehicles leaving us are, road legal, regarding weight.

At CS Recycling we operate one weighbridge for all in and out movements.

In order to continually have accurate information, our weighbridge is calibrated once and serviced twice per year. This is carried out by an independent company Avery Weigh-Tronix.

The calibration is done using know weights supplied to Avery by Essex County Council. It was decided that the same set of weights are shared by a number of councils to reduce costs, previously each authority had its own set.

It is then a process of adding known weight combinations onto the ‘bridge’ and taking readings. Certification can only be given by a weights and measures inspector or an ‘approved qualifier’.

Avery Weigh-Tronix is authorised to provide a certificate on behalf of Trading Standards, a copy of which can be found on our website.

We hope this explanation gives all our customers the knowledge and peace of mind that the weights we supply are always accurate.

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