Volvo’s growing fleet for tackling waste and recycling collection is proving popular in the United Kingdom.
Fresh from the global manufacturer launching its first all electric truck for commercial use in the waste management field, the company has sold two of its new Volvo FM 8×4 Tridem rigids, which will join a fleet that specialises in collection of recycling of hazardous workshop waste, along with drainage and interceptor maintenance services.
The two trucks have been delivered to a Worcestershire-based company called Slicker Recycling Ltd, joining a fleet of 130 commercial vehicles.
Volvo’s FM rigids have been fitted with the manufacturer’s Globetrotter LXL Cab, D11K engines which produce 410hp and 12 speed I-Shift automated transmission systems.
Andy Cross, who is Transport Solutions Executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia has supplied the FM rigids to Slicker Recycling Ltd, which includes a nine-tonne axle up front of a 27-tonne rear bogie design – something unique to the Tridem truck layout.
Mark Olpin is the Managing Director at Slicker Recycling Ltd. He explained why Volvo’s trucks are so vital for the company’s operations.
He said: “We will use the new FM Tridems for collecting waste sludges and sediment from oil and water separators. The capacity and weight capability of Volvo’s chassis makes it ideal for interceptor cleaning.”
Forecourt operators including Asda, Euro Garages and Motor Fuel Group are part of the company’s client base, and these trucks from Volvo will expand the offering to these customers, helping to keep petrol station forecourts and motorway services clean, with recycled material removed from site.
It is yet another example of the importance of commercial vehicles for companies and local authorities, which was highlighted at the Commercial Vehicle Show that revealed waste collection vehicles provide a significant service for residents of the UK’s towns and cities.
With more offerings in the commercial vehicle range, councils will be encouraged to outsource services such as recycling, which is possible thanks to Volvo’s new fleet.