Buckinghamshire’s Aylesbury Vale District Council is improving waste collection and recycling services by investing in a fleet of 17 Mercedes-Benz refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).
Supplied by dealer Intercounty Truck & Van, they are 26-tonne Econic 2630 models with rear-steer axles for enhanced manoeuvrability. Prime contractor Faun Zoeller is fitting Variopress 2 compactor bodies and bin lifts.
The low-entry Econics offer enhanced performance, improved fuel economy and greater safety over the council’s currently leased vehicles. The 2630 is powered by a straight-six engine which transmits its 299hp output to the road via a six- speed, automatic Allison gearbox.
Aylesbury’s transport manager David Clark said: “We tested products by a number of suppliers and invited driver feedback. The Faun Zoeller demonstrator on an Econic was well received.
“The chassis and body were neatly styled and looked right together. We liked the robust but lightweight bin lifter, while the air-conditioned cab, with its folding, bus-style passenger door, is easily accessed and contributes to safety by offering excellent visibility.”
Most of Aylesbury Vale’s new RCVs are being fitted with Rotary XL lifts and will be assigned to residential routes. But three will have heavy-duty Omega trade lifts for commercial waste collections.