Cleanaway has been an avid user of ACCO trucks for many years, and recently further committed to the iconic model range with the acquisition of 23 6×4 units, to fill a new City of Wyndham refuse collection contract in Melbourne’s south west.
The trucks are all equipped with Bucher Municipal sideloader compactor bodies comprising 14 22m³ capacity units for waste, three 22m³ units for organics and a further six 35m³ bodies for recyclables.
A 25-year veteran of the logistics industry, Cleanaway Municipal Contracts Manager, Peter Buissink, is responsible for overseeing the new fleet and said that the Euro6 ACCO models provided many benefits for the company.
“The combination of Euro6 emission performance and long list of safety features is very attractive for Cleanaway,” Peter said.
“These features are next level, and as well as ensuring Cleanaway is operating in the safest and most sustainable way possible, having the latest truck fleet also helps generate new business.”
The latest ACCOs are powered by an 8.7l engine producing 310hp and 1,300Nm of torque (higher output 360hp / 1,650Nm also available) while still delivering fuel efficiency benefits over earlier Euro5 models. Emission control is handled by IVECO’s unique Hi-SCR technology which features a single after treatment system with passive diesel particulate filter that doesn’t require regeneration downtime.
Other driveline benefits include the proven Allison Generation Five, six-speed full automatic transmission and Meritor rear axle with driver controlled diff locks.
In the area of safety, the new ACCO is well specified and has all of the latest equipment that customers’ increasingly stringent requirements call for – as standard, this includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Emergency Braking, Electronic Stability Program, front and rear disc brakes and daytime running lamps.
Additional equipment such as Lane Departure Warning (which Cleanaway opted for), Driver Attention Support and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System are also available as an option.
Now in service several weeks, Peter said the trucks had received positive feedback from the drivers.
“The way these trucks drive on the road is beautiful according to the comments we’ve received from our drivers,” Peter said.
“They mention the comfort, how quiet the cabin is and how great the air conditioning works, these are all important factors in creating an attractive working environment for them.
“The trucks are also equipped with nine cameras that provide both live monitoring as well as historical monitoring, this is useful to validate customer complaints of missed bins which form part of contract KPIs.”
For added convenience, Cleanaway’s new E6 ACCOs are being maintained by an IVECO dealership under an ongoing contract maintenance agreement for seven years.
“We do have a workshop but it’s not equipped to handle these large volumes,” Peter said.
“Leaving the maintenance to IVECO allows us to concentrate on our core business and also provides us the scope to service the vehicles afterhours, so that we minimise downtime as much as possible.”