As we manage a number of strategically placed waste sites all of which are permitted to receive household rubbish our vehicles play a vital role in moving materials to the right places in order to increase its usability and value. We are running a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz eight-wheelers vehicles, fitted with Hyva hook-loading equipment, they will be based at the Edmonton EcoPark, one of the capital’s largest facilities of its type.
The vehicles access Reuse & Recycling Centres in and around the North and East London area and will collect and deliver a range of materials (cardboard, wood, hardcore, green waste, hard plastics paper) for recycling and furniture and other household items such as beds, wardrobes even bicycles for Reuse. We are a conscious fleet operator working within the Capital and its Low Emission Zone (LEZ), so it was important that these vehicles meet the latest standard for exhaust emission regulations; Euro VI. This standard further reduces nitrous oxides, (NOx), which are a significant greenhouse gas and air pollutant. The daily container exchanges made with these vehicles will help to make the most of the items residents have put aside for recycling. For example
• Mixed rigid plastics are delivered to the EcoPark Bulky Recycling Centre for further storage and then are delivered off site to a plastics recycling business where they can be shredded, granulated or made into new products
• Cardboard and paper is delivered to the EcoPark Bulky Recycling Centre for further storage, it is then delivered off site to a paper reprocessing plant where it is then recycled into paper and card.
• Wood is stored at the EcoPark then it is transferred to a wood recycling centre and used in remanufacturing other wood based products such as chipboard, mdf and for fuel pellets.
• Hardcore is delivered to a recycling plant close to the EcoPark where it is screened, sorted and reused in the building and road construction industries.
• General household waste is delivered to the EcoPark where it is sorted and any recyclable material removed for recycling whilst the remaining general waste is used to produce electricity
Our vehicles are also fitted with Fleetboard which is a web-based on-board telematics data capture system accessed and stored on-line. It allows us to collect vehicle-use data on a regular basis, review driver performance, track fuel consumption and will also record other relevant information such as harsh braking, driver speeds, engine revving and location. With this information we are able to identify trends, training requirements and reward excellence. “We foster a culture of commitment to health and safety which includes working with employees and other parties to reduce risk and increase safe working practices,” said Julian Appleby, Head of Operations. Driver feedback has been positive, these vehicles provide a secure and smooth drive, seating is greatly improved, as is the dashboard design which wraps round the driver, and therefore improves driver control.
Serving the capital city we work in some tight spaces so access is essential to our efficient and responsible operation, and compared to our previous trucks these Mercedes-Benz vehicles offer a vast improvement in terms of their manoeuvrability and control. They provide a secure and smooth drive; seating is much better, as is the design of the dashboard, which wraps around the driver.
Our greatest asset is our loyal workforce and we are committed to their health, safety and welfare. We foster a culture of commitment to health and safety which includes working with employees and other parties to reduce risk and increase safe working practises. By trialling vehicle it allows the team to get fully involved in the decision making process and feedback on features. Safety is all important; the driver’s cab is higher than our previous vehicles however the front class six mirror position improves driver vision and we have added a blind spot warning systems and our usual camera safety system. The cameras will record from four points on the vehicle; both sides, rear and front facing. This gives drivers all-round visibility and with corresponding sensor points all around the vehicle increases driver awareness of pedestrians, cyclists and obstacles.