Have you ever seen one of these in your community? Perhaps not, but oh, how exciting they can be to use. We use them in our operation in Northern California and in the short of it, we were able to cut out a third truck and route. Talk about being efficient and environmentally friendly. Let’s look a little closer to what it is and how it works for your community.
(Photo: Alliance Refuse Trucks)
It is a split-body side load truck in simple terms. It is a fully automated garbage AND recycling collection vehicle all-in-one. Instead of having two vehicles come to your house, with one collecting the garbage and the other collecting the recycle, we are able to do it in one shot. By doing it this way, both carts are emptied at the same time, there is less travel on the city/county roads and it eliminated our routes from three to two.
As communities strive for efficiency and higher standards for health emissions, we are also striving to do our part to cut back on waste. It can be as simple as fuel waste or tearing up the roads by driving on them more than is necessary but the goal is be conscious of the role you play in how you collect the garbage and recycling. Practice what you preach, right?
Now, I didn’t include any formal road studies or anything other than seeing firsthand how well they have worked in our service area. We have been able to encourage recycling and provide safer and more efficient service for both the environment and the customer.
The problem lies in that as a fully white painted body truck, no one thinks we are separating the material. To them, it is all going in one truck. The divide is so small that unless you are looking for it, it appears that we are dumping both in the same truck. We do our best to educate through flyers, bringing the truck to fairs and parades, so that people can see it firsthand but still it does not always work.
Now we are looking at showing the separate doors and sides of the truck in a different way to let them know on the street that there is a divider,with the garbage going in one compartment and the recycling in the other.
If you gain anything out of this blog post, it is to show you that some trucks are split-body trucks and that we are separating out the garbage and recycling when we empty your cart. It does not all go into one body and mixed but we do keep the recycling out of the landfill.
Do you have collection trucks like this in your neighborhood? Have you noticed any efficiencies by not seeing as many trucks on the roadway? Each community is different so it is interesting to see what they are doing there. Thanks!