Leading waste removal company, Cleanaway, has taken delivery of its 500th Dennis Eagle 'Elite' refuse collection vehicle at Westar Truck Centre in Melbourne.
It has been assigned for work in the Geelong region.
Delivered by distributor Penske Commercial Vehicles, who will also provide product familiarisation and training for drivers, plus service and maintenance training for Cleanaway maintenance teams, the truck comes with a five-star direct vision standard (DVS) rating as recognised by Transport for London.
The first Dennis Eagle unit was delivered to Cleanaway at its Tullamarine depot in 2011.
With a 4,850 mm wheelbase and dual controls, the ‘Elite 2’ boasts the latest safety features including a one-step entry and exit cab, tall and wide door openings, true flat floors, walk-through cabin, and a high-visibility mirror package.
The chassis is designed to maximise the protection of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Cleanaway utilises the specialist low-entry Dennis Eagle trucks to provide commercial and municipal waste and recycling collection services.
“Over the last decade, we have had the opportunity to foster a relationship with Cleanaway that is based on a mutual understanding of what Dennis Eagle offers and what Cleanaway requires,” said Shannon Mair, Penske Commercial Vehicles National Fleet Sales Manager.
“A market leader in refuse collection vehicles, Dennis Eagle is one of the safest choices on the market," he said.
“Our vehicles are designed specifically for waste collection duties in an urban environment, and our product offering is well-regarded.”
The driver’s work environment is also of paramount importance to Cleanaway.
“Our experienced team of drivers appreciate the single step ingress and egress as well as the walk-through cabin which allows them to safely exit the vehicle on the kerb side of the road,” said Matthew McKenzie, Cleanaway General Manager Solid Waste Services Victoria.
“Through the trusted relationship Cleanaway has built with the Dennis Eagle brand over the years, the product we receive seamlessly integrates into our fleet," he said.
According to McKenzie, the vehicle for Geelong City Council is also fitted with Cleanaway’s Cleanaview application which reportedly adds even more safety features and comprises seven cameras to optimise visibility of surrounds for the driver.
“Cleanaview can also improve recycling rates by identifying contamination in the bin before it’s tipped," he said.
"This reduces contamination being mixed with good quality recycling and allows us to better educate communities about how to recycle correctly.”
(Image: Matthew McKenzie, General Manager, Solid Waste Services Victoria, Cleanaway and Shannon Mair, Penske Commercial Vehicles National Fleet Sales Manager).