The trucks are all being supplied to recycle-more-glass on full contract hire agreements by Trio Hire Direct, the Milton Keynes-based hire firm which is part of the Lucas Flett Group. The recycle-more-glass vehicles are based on Scania rigid chassis and are fitted with Telehoist RO3 recycling equipment.
In standard configuration (pictured below) the RO3 is a three-compartment body but as the recycle-more-glass scheme is a mixed glass collection service the two internal bulkheads have been removed. However, the vehicles are still equipped with three bin-lifters, two on the nearside and one at the rear, to allow maximum flexibility and speed of operation.
“As many types of containers are involved in the scheme, the rear-lifter is geared for picking up 1,100-litre containers while the side-lifters are set for 240- and 360-litre bins,” explained Trio Hire Direct's general manager, Colin Lejeune. “This saves a large amount of time as most bins can be lifted without the need for any re-adjustment of the equipment.”
The Telehoist RO3 recycling bodies are mounted on 220hp Scania P94 truck chassis. These have been converted from four-wheel rigids into six-wheelers by the addition of a Hendrickson narrow-track centre-axle. With a gross vehicle weight of 24 tonnes, the vehicles have a payload of 11.5 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 25 cubic metres.
The recycle-more-glass initiative was developed by Valpak in response to the packaging waste regulations. Across the UK, more than 2,000 licensed premises are using the recycle-more-glass service, which collects their glass waste for free.
Rosalind Dorning from the recycle-more-glass team said: “In addition to providing glass for recycling into new bottles and jars, the glass collected will support a new recycling process. The glass is ground down and used for a number of applications in the aggregates and construction industry, for example in road building or as a replacement for sand.”