Waste management contractor Verdant has ordered eight plastic-bodied street cleansing vehicles for two of its collection rounds.
Produced by Linktip, the tipping rear bodied vehicles are made of polypropylene, and offer an increased payload of 400kgs on bodies made of traditional materials such as metal or glass reinforced plastic.
Linktip believe the use of plastic-bodied vehicles weighing less than 7.5 tonnes will save users around £2,500 a year in fuel costs, as well as potentially offering double the carrying capacity of a standard vehicle and saving 11 tonnes of carbon per vehicle a year.
Two of the 3.5 tonne vehicles, which are based on either Mitsubishi Canter or Mercedes Sprinter chassis are already employed on Verdant’s Melton Borough Council collection round. The other six have been ordered for the forthcoming Vale of White Horse District Council contract, which is due to commence in October.
Verdant group fleet manager Ian Coxhill said: “We reviewed Linktip’s plastic bodies and were quickly convinced of the significant benefit that they can deliver in terms of productivity gains, cost savings and environmental impact.”
Linktip has supplied 20 of its plastic bodies to the recycling and waste management industry.