Case Study: Ecogen Enhances Safety and Operational Efficiency with Dofygate Traffic Management Barriers.

Based in Hampshire but offering waste management services to businesses nationwide, Ecogen is one of the UK’s leading providers of sustainable recycling solutions for paper, cardboard, plastics and expanded polystyrene (EPS) waste.

Ecogen demonstrates a strong commitment to health and safety, considering their industry’s inherent risks. Having established a new site, Ecogen’s safety-focused approach encompasses layout, access, pedestrian management, and segregation, resulting in an environment that prioritises both safety and efficiency.

Challenges and Solutions

  • Safety First Philosophy: The company prioritises health and safety due to the high-risk nature of their industry.
  • COVID-19 and Expansion: The company embarked on site development in March 2020, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, growing its operations.
  • Discovering Dofygate: The company directors encountered Dofygate’s solutions at a trade show, aligning perfectly with their need for innovative traffic management solutions.
  • Tailored Implementation: Dofygate’s gates were initially introduced to manage access and egress. Over time, the company found additional applications, optimising traffic flow across the site utilising bespoke development where needed.

Benefits and Achievements

Consulting Health &
Safety Advisors:

The company collaborates with an independent Health, Safety, and HR consultancy, which praised their Dofygate implementation and showcased it as a model for good traffic management.

Enhanced Traffic
Management:

As the company transitioned to multiple entrances and exits on their site, Dofygate’s solutions efficiently managed the increased traffic flow and challenges associated with complex layouts.

Customisation and
Collaboration:

Collaborative efforts with Dofygate’s team resulted in tailored solutions, including barrier placement in tight corners, warning beacons, and noise-sensitive environments.

“We had previous barriers and they are pretty much the same as each other as far as we are aware. One of the big things that is a USP for us, is that clutch – if there is a collision, we are not dealing with large repair costs. Very minimal maintenance issues and if there is an issue, it is easy to fix. We have 7 barriers onsite and if we were to expand, we would have more.”

Toby Mottram, Operations Manager - Ecogen Recycling Ltd

Recommendations and Conclusions

  • Service Exchange Consideration: The company suggests the potential for a service exchange model, which could offer faster solutions in case of breakdowns or maintenance requirements.
  • Continued Reliance on Dofygate: The company emphasises its confidence in Dofygate’s effectiveness and expresses a willingness to continue using and recommending their solutions.
  • Conclusion: Dofygate’s solutions have significantly improved the company’s safety and operational efficiency, earning recognition from both their health and safety advisors and peers in the waste management industry.

This case study showcases how Dofygate’s solutions have enabled a waste management company to achieve high standards of safety and traffic management, while also raising questions about the future sustainability of their partnership in an evolving industry landscape.

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