In the latest research and development in self-driving vehicles, Volvo Group, together with Swedish waste and recycling specialists Renova, is testing a pioneering autonomous refuse truck that has the potential to be used across the urban environment. The project explores how automation can contribute to enhanced traffic safety, improved working conditions and lower environmental impact.
Fleets & Technology News
Announced to the industry at Waste Expo, May 9-11 in New Orleans, Air-Weigh is taking their proven on-board bin scale to the cloud with their updated BinMaxx XL. Scheduled for release in August of this year, BinMaxx XL powered by the cloud is a cost-effective, hassle-free solution for the refuse industry to better manage productivity and profitability. This front-end loader arm scale is the next generation BinMaxx XL that now uses cloud based storage for all recorded lift data. The scale captures every lift, and downloads data automatically to an office PC through Bluetooth. Upgrading to cloud based data storage now allows automated collection of data that can be easily accessed from anywhere at any time.
Geotab has announced support for compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel level and temperature on all Momentum Fuel Technologies’ CNG fueling tanks and systems. A breakthrough for the industry, fleets with CNG vehicles can now have the powerful visibility into their fuel usage and driver behavior that is already offered to other vehicles using Geotab’s fleet management solution.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems debuted the Brawler HPS Soft Ride, a new solid tire designed and developed specifically for the waste management and recycling industries, to the North American market at Waste EXPO in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 9-11, 2017.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc., has announced the strengthening of its strategic alliance with natural gas industry leader Agility Fuel Solutions at WasteExpo 2017, taking place this week through May 11 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Momentum Fuel Technologies made several major announcements this week at Waste Expo 2017. The company has added a 115 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) tailgate system to its lineup of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system solutions for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks, with the largest fuel capacity available on the market, as well as a new Fuel Management Module (FMM) Drop-In Replacement, and the availability of live CNG vehicle data and fuel usage reports through a partnership with Geotab.
Mack Trucks’ low-entry refuse cabover, the Mack® LR model, is now available in a 4x2 configuration, giving customers a lighter, more maneuverable option for refuse collection. Mack made the announcement Tuesday May 9 at WasteExpo 2017.
Peterbilt has introduced three new cab configurations for the rugged Model 520. The innovative vocational model is now available in Left-Hand Drive, Right-Hand Drive and Right-Hand Stand-Up Drive in addition to the existing Dual Seated Drive configuration, the company announced. Peterbilt introduced the Model 520 in the Dual Seated Drive configuration in 2016 providing drivers the ability to operate the vehicle from either the left or right position to optimize ergonomics, efficiency and safety.
Mack Trucks has announced that Mack Over The Air (OTA) will be available on refuse and recycling vehicles including the Mack 2018 Granite, TerraPro and LR models equipped with Mack 2017 GHG engines. Mack OTA allows customers to update software without disrupting their schedules, improving efficiency and increasing uptime. Mack made the announcement Tuesday May 9 at WasteExpo 2017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. is bringing its best in refuse vehicle innovations, along with expanded aftermarket options and technology, to WasteExpo 2017. The company is also highlighting its longtime support of valuable industry organizations with donations to the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) charity auction, taking place throughout the convention.
Cummins Westport Inc. ("CWI") has announced May 1, at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California, its model year 2018 dedicated natural gas engines for regional haul truck / tractor, vocational and transit, school bus, and refuse applications. The new lineup comes with a change in names, following Cummins tradition of using B, L, and X series letters, followed by engine displacement. The letter "N" denotes engines that are fueled by natural gas.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industr, will hold ISRI2017, the association’s annual convention and exposition April 22-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This annual event brings together thousands of scrap recycling professionals, industry experts, manufacturers, and consumers from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. There they will discuss the latest in the global scrap recycling business and evaluate the state-of-the-art equipment, products, and services used by the industry.
April 20, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced the release of an updated version of ISRI Mobile with enhanced communication features. Users of the iPhone and Android apps will now have the ability to receive customized notifications and more detailed alerts pertaining to the recycling industry.
Pioneer, a leading North American automated tarping systems supplier for the waste, recycling and construction industries, has launched the HR2500 PowerGlide tarping system. The PowerGlide rounds out Pioneer’s product line by providing a versatile and extremely durable solution for medium-duty applications.
Autocar Trucks has announced that it is the world’s first truck manufacturer to provide a new technology from Allison Transmission proven to reduce fuel consumption up to 6%. The announcement was made Tuesday at the Green Truck Summit and NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis
Haulers in the solid waste and recycling sector are on the forefront of alternative fuel development – no surprise, considering the vast mileage put on collecting garbage and recyclables in cities large and small.
As part of on-going efforts to get solid waste workers off the “Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs” list, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will resume distributing Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) decals to its members, free, upon request, starting March 14, 2017. SWANA’s SDTGA program, brought to members in part through a generous sponsorship by Heil Environmental and 3rd Eye—part of the Environmental Solutions Group family, is a national safety campaign aimed at reminding motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles. The campaign, initially created by Larry Stone while he served as Safety Director at Rumpke, has resulted in legislation under the same name in nearly a dozen U.S. states.
Solid waste management continues to change rapidly, but one constant remains: garbage, organics and recycled materials need to get from point A to point B. So, while the industry changes, the haulers that move material make changes as well.
In September 2016, the City of Lake Worth, Florida initiated a unique recycling awareness contest. Lake Worth’s Refuse Division invited all four elementary schools in the region to participate in the city’s recycling awareness project, in which the winning artist’s design would be ‘wrapped’ onto two new refuse and recyclable collection trucks that were acquired from Scranton, Iowa-based manufacturer New Way.