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German district takes refuse collection in-house, starting from scratch, and with help from Allison and DAF


In July 2011, the district of Aurich, in Germany, took over waste collection for nearly 200,000 inhabitants. Since then, the municipality hired 16 new drivers and invested in 11 new DAF trucks with Allison fully-automatic transmissions.

AURICH, Germany – The Aurich district is a popular North Sea destination, with fresh breezes, windmills and cow-filled pastures dotting the almost 1,290 km² region located in the northwestern-most part of Germany. Since mid-2011, the municipality has been responsible for collecting its own paper, residual and organic waste. This change resulted from a study which showed that the cost to handle refuse collection directly from the municipality would be less expensive, more consistent with the costs of a private company. By doing this work itself, the district of Aurich has been able to reduce garbage fees by about 9.5 percent in 2011 and an additional 2.6 percent more in 2012, for a total decrease of just over 12 percent for the 100,000 homes in popular seaside cities like Norddeich, Neßmersiel and Greetsiel, as well as the East Frisian Island of Norderney.

For this refuse collection effort, Aurich hired 19 people – 16 of them drivers – and invested about 2.1 million euro in 11 new DAF vehicles with Allison 3000 Series fully-automatic transmissions. The fleet’s technical director, Carsten Appelhoff, had two important criteria during the tender: a really robust transmission and proximity to the workshop. “Every truck empties an average of 800 refuse bins daily. Therefore, we need robust vehicle drivetrains, capable of enduring 1000 stops per day, even with a trailer. Additionally, quick reachability and a good cost-benefit ratio for routine maintenance are crucial so vehicle downtime and costs are as minimal as possible,” he said.

With DAF Truck Sales & Service Dealer™ Rudolf Bohlje Kraftfahrzeuge from Hesel, Appelhoff found the perfect partner. The dealer offered him vehicles which met the tender’s demands exactly, and the workshop is only 15 km away from his depot.

Ten DAF CF 75s with 228 kW (310 PS) and side-loader bodywork from HS Fahrzeugbau now service the mainland in one-man operation. Seven trucks feature a loader with a permanent mounted container, and three are equipped with “CWS,” a container loading system. Each vehicle has covered about 48,000 km with 1,700 operating hours on average, the numbers varying slightly depending on operating area.

For Norderney, a DAF LF 55 with 165 kW (220 PS) and rear-loader bodywork was purchased, since a smaller vehicle was needed for the island’s narrow alleyways. The waste is loaded in bulk containers and shipped on a container ship to Norddeich on the mainland and afterwards transported to the treatment plant of MKW GmbH & Co. KG.

We are very satisfied with the vehicles, and there have been no objections or huge repairs to date,” said Appelhoff. “Our drivers especially like the trucks with fully-automatic transmissions, because they don’t have to worry about the clutch and can have both hands on the wheel. That’s an enormous relief,” he concluded.

Vehicles equipped with Allison fully-automatic transmissions are ideally suited for refuse collection because they ensure an efficient operation cycle and reduced maintenance cost. Allison’s Continuous Power Technology™ features a patented torque converter and uninterrupted shifts for superior vehicle productivity. The torque converter offers not only excellent vehicle startability, but also eliminates costly starting clutch repair and provides drivetrain protection against torque shock and vibrations. Since clutch replacements aren’t necessary, fully-automatic transmissions save operators money, while reducing vehicle maintenance downtime.


Waste collection vehicles on the East Frisian mainland

Chassis

DAF CF 75

Engine

Paccar PR228 9,2 liters

Engine rating

228 kW (310 HP)

Transmission

Allison Transmission, 3200 model

Exhaust emission standard

Euro 5

Gross vehicle weight

26,000 kg

Wheelbase

3900 mm solid container, 4200 mmm changing container

Bodywork

7 vehicles with sideloader „HS Speedline“ and solid container from HS Fahrzeugbau

3 vehicles with sideloader CWS and container changing system by HS Fahrzeugbau

 

Waste collection vehicle on the island Norderney

Chassis

DAF LF 55

Engine

Paccar GR165 6,7 liters

Engine rating

165 kW (220 HP)

Transmission

Allison Transmission, 3200 model

Exhaus emission standard

Euro 5

Gross vehicle weight

15,000 kg

Wheelbase

3800 mm

Bodywork

Rear loader HS Olympus by HS Fahrzeugbau

14 May, 2013

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