Australia’s waste management industry is set for a shake-up, with leading specialised equipment manufacturer STG Global announcing its entrance into the market with the release of its tech-savvy garbage trucks, and exclusive rights to bring world-class Aebi Schmidt sweepers to Australia.
South Australia’s first electric-powered kerbside collection truck has taken to the streets of metropolitan Adelaide this week.
The new truck is owned and operated by waste and resource management company East Waste, a subsidiary of seven metropolitan Adelaide councils.
East Waste General Manager Rob Gregory said the new truck replaces a diesel-powered truck and, with zero emissions, will remove the equivalent of 20 vehicles generating 63 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year from Adelaide’s suburban streets.
The truck, supplied by Australian company Superior Pak with drivetrain technology from SEA Electric, is the first in a fleet replacement program.
“It will deliver financial gain to better manage the cost of kerbside collections of recyclable resources and waste,” Mr Gregory said.
“We conservatively project that our new electric vehicle will save more than $220,000 over the seven-year life of its diesel predecessor.”
According to Mr Gregory, East Waste has installed a 30 kilowatt solar system at its Ottaway depot to produce renewable energy for the truck’s batteries.
“Residents will fall in love with our new truck without realising it,” he said.
“With reduced air pollution comes the removal of noise pollution as the truck travels from house to house on bin collection day. It is almost silent.”
More than 67 per cent of Australians live in a capital city, which brings unique challenges to the transport task.
One of the biggest challenges is how to deliver goods and services safely, efficiently and with the least impact to the environment.
According to Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President Tony O’Connell, Volvo is attempting to meet this challenge with the launch of the Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC).
“Providing excellent ergonomics for the driver as well as superior all-round visibility, the low vantage point of the FE LEC also helps keep vulnerable road users and pedestrians safe,” Mr O’Connell said.
“The Volvo FE LEC is literally a walk up start for applications where the driver leaves the cab multiple times during a shift.”
Mr O’Connell said the lower step minimises the chance of a driver tripping or missing a step when entering or exiting the vehicle.
“A versatile cab configuration means that the FE LEC can be specified with up to four seats and flat cross cab access, or a more traditional two seat layout with an internal instep,” Mr O’Connell said.
“This new truck has class leading driver visibility and improved driver ergonomics, and most importantly, the FE LEC features Volvo Trucks world-class safety and technological innovations, including emergency braking as standard.”
Mr O’Connell said the flexible platform targets the waste sector, however its low profile also makes it useful for multi-drop urban distribution.
“Volvo Trucks has placed urban emissions high on the agenda, and the FE LEC utilises a Euro 6 compliant eight-litre up to 350hp diesel engine to deliver clean, frugal power to the road,” Mr O’Connell said.
“This truck is also equipped with Volvo’s class leading I-Shift automated transmission or a traditional automatic 6-speed with torque converter.”
Commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania has teamed up with Swedish waste company Renova to develop a fuel cell powered refuse truck with a fully electrified power train and compactor.
The two companies aim to reduce emissions and noise to make the electrified vehicles an attractive alternative when working in residential areas at early hours of the morning.
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Renova and other waste handling companies have previously carried out trials with electric refuse trucks, however this will be the first with fuel cells.
Scania Electric Powertrain Technology Project Manager Marita Nilsson said the company is highly interested in gaining more experience of fuel cells in actual customer operations.
“Fuel cells constitute a promising technology in the needed decarbonisation of transports,” Ms Nilsson said.
Renova Head of Development Hans Zackrisson said electrification using fuel cells fuelled by hydrogen is a highly appealing alternative for heavy commercial vehicles such as refuse trucks.
“The trucks benefit from all the advantages of electrification while maintaining some of the best aspects of fossil-fuel operations, namely range, hours in service and payload,” Mr Zackrisson said.
Scania has also previously partnered with Norwegian food wholesaler Asko to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology for its production plant.
The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency and Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology. The fuel cell refuse truck is expected to be delivered in the end of 2019 or by the beginning of 2020.
With a push towards greater efficiencies, the City of Swan needed a safe and economical fleet to support rapidly changing waste collection conditions.
IVECO has announced the next generation ACCO model that will be manufactured at IVECO’s Melbourne production facility, sharing the architecture with the Stralis X-Way.
Commercial vehicle manufacturer IVECO recently launched a Euro 6-rated Stralis X-Way as part of a new range specifically developed for vocational and construction applications. The range is suited to operations in which on-road work may also require a level of off-road mobility IVECO announced this week.
In terms of the next ACCO, the company is consulting with the waste industry to develop a variety of body mounting and chassis layout to suit a variety of bodies.
For waste collection applications, IVECO will continue to offer a dual control system.
IVECO Australia Business Director Bruce Healy said the ACCO was an Australian transport industry legend, and that given its status in the market, IVECO was working tirelessly to ensure a new ACCO would do the iconic nameplate proud.
“Developed for the Australian army in the years following World War II, the ACCO is Australia’s first locally-designed and manufactured truck,” Mr Healy said.
“Following its inception, the model quickly made the transition from army to civilian life and found a home in all manner of applications, from vocational work to line-haul and everything in between.
“In developing the new ACCO, IVECO has combined many of the much-loved attributes of the previous model with cutting-edge technology borrowed from the Stralis X-Way platform – it’s been a joint effort between our local engineering department and the design team at IVECO’s European headquarters,” he said.
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ACCO models will feature SCR Euro 6, Cursor 9 engines with between 310 and 360 horsepower and 1300 and 1650 newton metres of torque with emission control handled via IVECO’s Hi-eSCR system. The engines will be matched to the Allison Generation Five 3200 Series, 6-speed full automatic transmission.
Aside from the adoption of new cleaner, more efficient Euro 6-rated Cursor engines, the new ACCO range has also made significant gains in the area of safety, which will position the model as one of the safest available in the heavy duty truck market.
Included as standard is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Braking System (EBS), Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), axle load indicator, electronic battery cut-out and L.E.D daytime running lamps and rear L.E.D lights.
Operators will also benefit from a new cabin design that offers additional visibility and comfort combined with the easy access the previous generation ACCOs were well regarded for.
Another familiar feature includes the three-piece steel front bumper with headlight mesh protection providing added durability and lower maintenance costs if these components are damaged in the field.
Inside the cabin, the operator is treated to an ergonomically-designed work space with modern instrument cluster and intuitive dashboard layout.
Creature comforts include a variety of standard and optional equipment including automatic climate control, ISRI air suspension seat for driver and passenger and heated and motorised mirrors.
But staying true to its heritage, the new ACCO has retained its simple interior design with the use of tough, hardwearing plastics and easy-clean trim for easier upkeep in dirty environments to provide the best of both worlds.
Pictured: The Euro 6-rated Stralis X-Way was launched at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in October.
When Cleanaway needed an efficient collection fleet to service its expansive City of Mandurah contract, it turned to a familiar favourite in IVECO.
Isuzu Australia (IAL) is exhibiting its latest waste management heavy lifter at the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE), which will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, 29-30 August 2018.
According to IAL, AWRE brings together the “latest thinking around waste and recycling, and the products that are employed in the waste collection, processing recovery and recycling processes”.
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IAL will present a truck developed by waste equipment company, Superior-PAK, in the AWRESOME product showcase.
The FVY, rated at 24,000kg gross vehicle mass and 36,000kg gross combination mass, is reportedly an ideal platform for waste applications with its “brawny” turbo-charged and intercooled diesel engine rated at 221 kw at 2,400 RPM and 981 nM at 1,450 RPM. The emission control system comprises cooled EGR with Exhaust Diesel Particulate Diffuser and is ADR 80/03 (Euro V) and EEV compliant.
“Offsetting the harsh stop-start nature of waste applications is the Allison 3500 automatic transmission and Hendrickson HAS460 rear airbag suspension both contributing to smooth and predictable operational behaviour,” IAL said in a statement.
“In addition to the Allison auto and Hendrickson rear airbag suspension, the Isuzu FVY benefits from industry-standard components, such as Meritor axles with cross-locks, Meritor ‘Q-Plus brakes with ABS, and in the cab, the ISRI 6860 air-suspended seat.”
IAL National Truck Sales Manager, Les Spaltman said Isuzu was pleased to be supporting AWRE in 2018.
“One key to Isuzu’s success lies in developing reliable and efficient trucks that can be adapted to broad range of applications and specifications including waste and recycling, and events like this help get the product in front of the right people.
“We’re continually striving to improve our offering and partnering and mixing with like-minded business and industry leaders ensures that we are exposed to the latest thinking and ideas.
“Isuzu and AWRE go back a long way and we want to continue to offer our services and support in their endeavours to facilitate better waste and recycling management,” he said.
The SA Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has begun a targeted operation on truck drivers who aren’t properly covering their waste in transport.
Operation Cover-Up has observed 25 travelling on Port Wakefield Road on the first day of action, all of which were found to be compliant.
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SA EPA Acting Manager Investigations and Waste Tania Kiley said it is promising that these transporters are adhering to the law.
“This is a positive sign that truck drivers and waste companies are getting the message. Failing to properly cover waste while transporting material to waste management facilities poses a health and safety risk to the community,” Ms Kiley said.
“The type of waste found in waste vehicles includes demolition material amongst other waste items.”
“This can create a hazard for other road uses, the community, and can also lead to waste ending up in our stormwater and local waterways,” she said.
The maximum penalty for the offence is $30,000 or an expiation fee of $160.
“The EPA will be continuing Operation Cover-Up in coming weeks and those that do not comply with their obligations under the Environment Protection Act will be issued an expiation notice,” Ms Kiley said.
“We began our operation on Port Wakefield Road this year in response to numerous community complaints about litter on public roadways,” she said.
“Other areas across metropolitan Adelaide will also be targeted to ensure compliance with general waste transport provisions of the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010,” she said.
The SA EPA has encouraged anyone who sees transporters failing to cover their load while travelling, to call the EPA Hotline on 08 8204 2004.