Refuse VehiclesWaste management is a big deal

We may see refuse collection vehicles everyday, but do we really appreciate the role they play in keeping our communities safe and healthy to live? We delve into the impotence role Refuse Collection Vehicles play in the waste management sector.

Refuse collection vehicles are the unsung heroes of our communities. Their role is essential in maintaining the cleanliness and health of our streets. 

We’ve all seen a refuse collection vehicle at some point in our lives, maybe on our way to work or during an early morning walk if you’re an early riser. But do we give much thought to them and the crucial role they play in our communities?


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Here’s something we think you should know about refuse collection vehicles

How many types of Refuse Collection Vehicles are there? Refuse vehicles come in various shapes and sizes, each tailored to different environments and waste collection needs. The most common types include:

  • Rear loaders
  • Front loaders
  • Side loaders
  • Automated Side Loader (ASL)
  • Roll On-Roll Off Truck (RoRo)
  • Compact Refuse Vehicle
  • Split Body Refuse Vehicle

You can learn more in our other blog about the different types of refuse trucks .

Briefly, rear loaders are prevalent in residential areas, where waste is typically collected from curbside bins, while front loaders are typically used for commercial and industrial settings.

Side loaders are utilised in areas with narrow streets or alleyways.


When do we need refuse collectionvehicles?

At the core of any waste management operation is waste collection. Refuse collection vehicles are specialised trucks designed to collect various types of waste, including household waste, recyclables, green waste, and more. 

Equipped with hydraulic systems, compaction mechanisms, and container lifters, these vehicles streamline the process of waste collection, enabling efficient loading, compaction, and transport to disposal sites or recycling centres.


refuse collection vehicleThe benefits of refuse collection vehicles 

Since we would never have a world without refuse collection vehicles, it is hard to imagine what life would be like without them.

Yet, the job they do is pivotal to keeping us safe and healthy and able to go about our own business. Here are some of the significant features of a refuse collection vehicle:

  • Due to their ability to cover vast areas and collect large volumes of waste in relatively short periods, refuse collection vehicles are indispensable to waste management.
  • They are engineered to optimise collection routes and maximise efficiency. Whether navigating narrow residential streets or servicing commercial areas, very little can hold them back, meaning high operational effectiveness. This, of course, leads to money being saved by businesses and government authorities.
  • By efficiently removing waste from communities, refuse collection helps prevent the spread of diseases, contamination, and pest infestations, thereby protecting our public health and sanitation.

Refuse collection vehicles are essential in supporting a greener, healthier planet. By facilitating the separation and transportation of recyclables, these vehicles support efforts to reduce landfill waste and promote recycling as a viable solution for resource conservation.

These waste management vehicles also contribute to environmental sustainability by embracing technological advancements and alternative fuel options, aligning with the government’s push for electric refuse trucks to reduce carbon emissions.


Refuse VehiclesWhat challenges do refuse collection vehicles face

But it’s not all smooth sailing for refuse collection vehicles; they frequently face short-term and long-term challenges, mainly:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Route optimisation
  • Maintenance costs
  • Sustainability

These issues pose ongoing challenges for waste management authorities and vehicle operators.

Furthermore, with the increasing volume of waste generated nationally, the industry must seek continuous innovation and investment in waste management infrastructure.


refuse collection vehicleThe future of refuse collection vehicles

To tackle the challenges mentioned above, and as our society continues to prioritise sustainability and efficiency in waste management practices, it is critical that refuse collection continues to evolve. 

There is currently a push for zero emission HGV’s (including refuse trucks) by 2035. So, expect to see more electric refuse vehicles roaming the streets, keeping our communities clean, safe and healthy world for us to live in.