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Q: What is your product?
The Polybody is a refuse collection body made of tough, durable, polypropylene.
Q: Where would it ideally be used?
Food waste collection, clinical waste, garden/forest waste, general waste and for missed bins. The smaller vehicles are perfect for rural or hard-to- access areas.
Q: How is it different?
Polybody trucks are 100% UK manufactured by hand in the NTM LinkTip factory in the West Midlands. NTM-LinkTip is the only UK manufacturer to use this PP.
Q: What benefits does it offer?
Long life span; higher payload than a steel equivalent; many variations and body options; smaller vehicles available such as a 3.5-tonne; easy to clean; no rusting.
Q: Where it has been used?
Biffa operates a fleet of 18 plastic trucks, including six for Vale of White Horse District Council. Denbighshire County Council currently operates three 7.5-tonne plastic RCVs and has five vehicles on order.
A basic body, not including the chassis, is from £14,000.
Q: Any savings?
Figures based on the first model built show a 120% increase in available payload compared with a conventional steel body of a similar type on the same chassis. So operators can potentially more than double the load each vehicle can carry, meaning fewer journeys and better collection efficiency.
Q: What about maintenance?
The Polybody is made from plastic that has a high heat resistance, is UV-stable, non-corrosive, lightweight , non-staining and practically maintenance-free.
The material, which has been used in the fire and rescue services for years, also benefits from high impact strength, while damaged sections can be replaced easily.
Q: What is its life span?
The plastic body is fully recyclable. Its life span is around 14 years, so it will outlive the vehicle on which it is mounted.
Q: How many have you sold and where?
More than 100 units now in the UK, with more on order.
Q: Anything else?
A bespoke design service is available and can incorporate, roof- or side-loading bin lifts; hinged or sliding doors to either or both sides; and split compartments with fixed or variable position partition.
Tim Prince, NTM LinkTip UK sales manager, says of the doubled payload: “If a truck does 20mpg, that is a saving of one gallon of fuel per day on a 60-mile round trip - or £33 a week based on £1.45 a litre.
“During the course of a year, you could save more than £1,584. Over the vehicle life, which averages seven years, the figure rises to more than £11,088. Multiply that by the number of vehicles in your fleet.”
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