£2.8m investment in “green” vehicles puts Grundon in the driving seat

A major investment of more than £2.8 million in a fleet of 22 new environmentally-friendly vehicles has put Grundon Waste Management well on the road to further improving efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Featuring the latest proven fuel saving technology and with specially-designed eco-friendly tyres and energy efficient gearboxes, the new vehicles are being deployed at Grundon’s operations throughout the Thames Valley and southern region.

The new fleet comprises of 16 DAF FAG CF75 310hp 26 tonne Waste Wheeler Refuse Collection Vehicles, each with a Power Link body manufactured by Heil; five DAF CF85-FAD 360hp 32 tonne Rolonofs, and one DAF FTG CF85 460hp 44 tonne tanker/trailer tractor unit.

The investment marks the latest round in the company’s ongoing fleet replacement programme, and fleet engineer Mike Skull said: “Ensuring our vehicle fleet is as environmentally-friendly as possible is really important to us, which is why we have specified the latest fuel efficient enhancements to help achieve that goal.

“This substantial investment demonstrates that we are determined to stay ahead in the vehicle stakes, building on our reputation as a quality provider which cares about the environment.”

Key benefits of the new fleet include:

  • all the Waste Wheelers and Rolonofs have Euro V EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) power units, helping to reduce Co2 emissions and increase fuel efficiency
  • all vehicles are fitted with an automatic engine idle shutdown after five minutes
  • the Waste Wheelers have been fitted with a new Intelligent Power Take-Off (PTO) system and six speed automation transmission to improve fuel economy, as well as a 6×2 midsteer axle configuration to reduce tyre wear and increase manoeuvrability
  • all Waste Wheelers are fitted with six safety cameras, which includes an 8 channel recording unit

Four of the Rolonofs, typically used for picking up compactors and other large containers, have manual gearboxes. A fifth is fitted with an AS-tronic transmission which is being evaluated for future fuel efficiency alongside a Volvo FMX 420 32 tonne Rolonof, which has been fitted with an l-shift transmission.

In addition, through its tyre partner Tructyre (Fleet Management), Grundon has invested in a tyre recycling programme, which means all new or replacement tyres on its vehicles have the latest premium eco tyre technology and a full three-life cycle.

This saves an estimated 68,000 litres of oil, 44,000 kg of rubber compound and more than 182,000kg of Co2 over the course of a year and once at the end of their lifespan, used tyres are ground down and recycled.

Eight of the Waste Wheelers have already been delivered, while a further eight are currently on order.

The new Rolonofs are now in operation at Bishops Cleeve, Ewelme, Banbury, Beenham, and Stansted and the tractor unit is already based at Grundon’s Bishop’s Cleeve site in Gloucestershire.

Further underlining its commitment to the environment, Grundon is currently sponsoring the Green Progress category in the Thames Valley Business Awards, looking for those organisations which have taken major strides towards improving recycling and environmental performance throughout the business.

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