Bin there, driven that

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Ahern Waste Management & Recycling Services, which has depots in West Thurrock and Basildon, is running its first 26-tonne Antos Mercedes-Benz truck

RWW takes a look at what private and public sector clients are choosing in the way of refuse collection vehicles

FCC Environment has been awarded contract extensions by Harborough District Council and Herefordshire Council, with both local authorities opting to renew existing seven-year arrangements with the recycling and waste management company until 2023.

As a result, FCC Environment has invested in a number of new and refurbished Dennis Eagle vehicles to assist with the provision of services across both areas.

Thirteen new vehicles have been deployed to Harborough as part of an entire fleet replacement. These include a mix of Olympus 27 8x4, Olympus 21 6x2 and Olympus 10 4x2 narrow, all with Elite 6 chassis and a combination of Terberg OmniDEL and Beta 2 bin lifts.

FCC Environment has also ordered one new complete vehicle and 12 Elite 6 chassis fitted with refurbished bodies for Herefordshire. Around half of the vehicles are already in service, with the remainder due for delivery over the coming months.

David Simpson, head of fleet and plant for FCC Environment, says: “Dennis Eagle products make up the majority of our fleet across the country. We were already operating Dennis Eagle refuse fleets for both councils, so these latest orders provide us with continuity, as well as benefits such as the low-entry cab.

“Our existing Harborough fleet had reached the end of its lifecycle. However, when we evaluated the vehicle bodies in our Hereford fleet we felt that they were still in good condition, so it made sense to have these refurbished by Dennis Eagle. By doing so, it is estimated that we have extended the lifespan of the bodies by around seven years. We are pleased with the result, and the products have been finished to such a high standard that one of our team members was unable to distinguish between the new and refurbished bodies when placed alongside each other,” adds Simpson.

Sefton opts for FAUN Zoeller

The Borough of Sefton is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside and its local authority is Sefton Council. Sefton was formed by the amalgamation of the former county boroughs of Bootle and Southport, the urban districts of Formby and Litherland and part of the Rural District of West Lancashire. The borough covers an area of 59 square miles and is home to just under 275,000 people.

According to FAUN Zoeller, the company enjoys a strong relationship with Sefton Council going back over 10 years,
when the local authority first purchased lifts for its existing fleet. In 2012, FAUN Zoeller secured an order for 25 VARIOPRESS with rotary lifters.

The four new vehicles ordered to join the fleet are the VARIOPRESS mounted on a Mercedes Chassis with a rotary 3 XL lifter, and this is the first delivery of an ongoing repeat order. The council is reported to have now taken its recycling contract back in-house to run it more effectively and the new vehicles have been designed to maximise the body volume and thus increase the payload, with the intention of making each round more cost-effective.

Ben Lord, regional account manager for FAUN Zoeller, says: “This equipment adds to the equipment not only at Sefton Council, but also Knowsley MBC, St Helens Council and Liverpool City Council.”

Ahern goes greener with Mercedes-Benz Antos

Nearly 70 years after it began trading, Ahern Waste Management & Recycling Services, which has depots in West Thurrock and Basildon, is running its first Mercedes-Benz truck. The Essex-based operator is said to have commissioned the 26-tonne Antos after hearing and reading positive reports about its fuel-efficiency and reliability.

Supplied by Dealer S & B Commercials, the Antos 2530 has an M ClassicSpace cab and is powered by an advanced 220 kW (299 hp) engine that drives through a 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated transmission.

Its Heil compactor body, meanwhile, was removed from a previous truck, refurbished and fitted to the Mercedes-Benz chassis by Gloucestershire specialist Refuse Vehicle Solutions. It is capable of lifting trade waste bins with capacities of up to 1,100 litres.

The family-owned waste specialist’s resources co-ordinator Tony Anderson says: “The new generation of Mercedes-Benz trucks have been receiving a lot of positive publicity, while the Antos was also recommended by RVS so we thought we’d give it a go.

“These are still early days, of course, but the mpg returns are very encouraging, and the driver loves his new Mercedes-Benz. I’ve taken the wheel myself and it’s a very nice, driver-friendly truck, well laid out and comfortable, with a really good ride. I particularly like the automated transmission, which has a creep mode, but can also be switched off if the driver prefers for low-speed manoeuvring.”

The truck is being inspected and serviced under a seven-year Mercedes-Benz repair and maintenance contract by the workshop team at S & B Commercials’ Thurrock branch.

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