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
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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.
In collaboration with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Oberon Fuels, Mack Trucks today has begun a demonstration to test the performance of a Dimethyl Ether (DME)-powered Mack Pinnacle model. DSNY is the first Mack customer to evaluate DME, a non-toxic, clean-burning alternative fuel.
Westport Fuel Systems Inc. has commended the publication of a new study by West Virginia University scientists at the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions ("CAFEE") quantifying methane emissions from heavy-duty natural gas-powered vehicles and refueling stations. CAFEE scientists collaborated on the study with the Environmental Defense Fund ("EDF") and a group of global natural gas industry leaders including the American Gas Association, Chart Industries, Clean Energy, Cummins, Cummins Westport, International Council on Clean Transportation, PepsiCo, Shell, Volvo Group, Waste Management, and Westport Fuel Systems. The study was published online by the journal Environmental Science & Technology and the results greatly expand on the very limited data on methane emissions from natural gas vehicles.
AssetWorks, a leading provider of fleet management software based out of Calgary, announced at the end of 2016 the release of Driver Coaching as part of their Field Service Solutions product line. According to the company, driver coaching provides real-time notifications to the driver to help correct undesired driver behavior, such as harsh braking and acceleration, idling and speeding. The system administrator can configure the undesirable driving behavior parameters, and the in-cab device emits behavior specific tones to the driver, so they know immediately that they are either about to be or are in violation of the company rules. When the vehicle stops, the violation details are displayed on the device in the cab.
Autocar Trucks has announced it has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) to offer Class 7 and 8 chassis to the more than 50,000 NJPA members. Under the contract, NJPA member agencies now have access to purchase Autocar refuse trucks, street sweepers, asphalt trucks, hoists, grapples, salt spreaders, plows, and other utility and maintenance trucks needed in the public works industry. NJPA contracts are solicited across North America and are competitively awarded on behalf of NJPA current and potential government and education member agencies.
Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) has announced the ISB6.7 G, a 6.7 litre mid-range, factory built natural gas engine is now fully available as a production engine for vocational applications as well as shuttle bus and medium duty trucks in North America. The 6.7 litre engine platform has large OEM availability for midrange trucks, vocational trucks and mid size buses and the expansion of applications potentially available for the ISB6.7 G engine more than doubles its addressable market.
Big Truck Rental, LLC. has announced that Zach Martin will take over the role of Vice President of Sales – North America. Martin will lead the development and execution of Big Truck Rental’s go to market sales strategy.
New York City proper covers nearly 800 square kilometres, and has a population of 8.5 million people – people who all generate waste every single day of their lives.
Fairbanks Scales, Inc., the oldest scale company in the U.S. and a world leader in weighing equipment, had their state of the art scales highlighted at this year's Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo, which took place November 9th and 10th, 2016 in Toronto. Fairbanks' distributor Saturn Scale Systems, Inc., in booth #1503, will showcase Fairbanks Scales’ latest groundbreaking innovations in weighing technology and equipment, including the Aegis Drum Scales.
FleetMind is pleased to announce the addition of Randall Soutter as Director of Strategic Accounts for Canada. Randall has more than 15 years of business development experience in multiple industry verticals including software and IT, renewables and the environment. Randall graduated from Concordia University in Montreal.
Wastequip, as part of its exclusive partnership with San Francisco-based Compology, has added an interactive calculator to its website to illustrate the additional revenue waste haulers can realize by using the Compology roll-off container management solution. Compology allows haulers to increase roll-off container turns and boost their revenue through accurate, real-time container monitoring.
Commercial vehicle safety specialist, Sentinel Systems, for the 10th year running is exhibiting at the RWM Exhibition 2016, to be held September 13-15, Birmingham, UK, where it will introduce its new generation of reversing radar systems to the refuse and waste market. The company has exhibited at the show for many years and has displayed its evolving range of systems designed to aid refuse collection vehicle drivers and help protect the lives of vulnerable road users. This year, having worked with a large number of local authorities and private collection companies, Sentinel has launched a new reversing system that benefits drivers, personnel and the operators themselves.
When you’re in the business of hauling recyclables and trash, every pound counts. And, for Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services, lightweight specs are a recipe for success. The latest example is a transfer dump contract the company received in the Phoenix area.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Volvo articulated hauler, and as part of the year long celebration, Volvo held a contest to identify the oldest Volvo articulated hauler still actively working on a North American jobsite. After reviewing the submissions, the winner was identified as Tomy Stenvall of Amswede Corporation in Chula Vista, California, who runs a 1968 Volvo DR860 on almost a daily basis. As a reward for his impressive equipment upkeep, he was sent to participate in the week long celebration of the articulated hauler at Volvo’s Braås, Sweden facility from July 13-18, 2016.