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Plastic RCV is long lived

MRW’s weekly kit pages feature the latest product news, case studies on new equipment, regular buyer’s guides and tech news

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. 

Q: Cost?

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. 

Cost savings

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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