Special-build lightweight B-double skels pulled by immaculately presented Scania R620 NTG prime movers are making a difference for national recycling company, Recycal.
The company, which has a preference for European trucks, has recently installed machinery specifically designed to separate and remove materials from E-waste, which includes LED and plasma computer and television screens.
Melbourne-based, Recycal, operates a ‘clean and green’ fleet of Scanias, among the best presented of any truck fleet – period.
There’s no logical reason why it should be deemed acceptable that any truck – including those carrying freight destined to be transformed into pristine raw materials to make new products – should be allowed to remain dirty on the outside for extended periods of time.
The fact is during normal operation every truck quickly gets grubby, whether plying the highways, moving around the cities or at a construction or demolition site.
The only way to remedy this is regular washing and maintenance in order to keep them in the most presentable state possible, thus upholding the image of the company to which they belong.
Fleets with trucks that are consistently kept clean also tend to attract a better class of driver which, in turn, is more likely to take pride in their ride and deliver a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. Put simply, regardless of what type of work is involved, keeping trucks clean and presentable makes good business sense.
National family-owned business, Recycal, subscribes to this modus operandi. It operates across a broad spectrum of the diverse recycling industry with a presence in each of the mainland states and Tasmania.
According to Recycal Operations Manager, Jason Zorzut the business was established ten years ago in Ringwood running a group of old trucks and equipment, all that it could afford at the time.
“As the business grew and we started expanding interstate, we realised that the repairs and downtime due to the old vehicles was killing us," he said.
"In fact, we worked out that the combined cost of keeping the old vehicles on the road was actually more than the cost of leasing new vehicles, so it was a no-brainer to phase them out in favour of new gear,” said Zorzut.
Zorzut said he set about investigating the different options and thanks to a positive endorsement from close friends who operate a bus company, his attention turned to Scania.
“Our friends had a lot of good things to say about the Scania products, so we took a closer look and liked what we saw,” he said.
“The value for money of the Scania trucks was something that really stood out to us, along with the creature comforts and the company’s comprehensive Repair and Maintenance (R&M) contract that enables us to forecast our whole-of-life costs.”
The company has a policy to spend money on new equipment that improves efficiencies in the operations and in this regard the Scania trucks are no exception.
Having good gear, according to Zorzut, attracts a better class of driver, providing a flow-on effect that adds value to the business.
“It’s an image thing – we’re always keen to stand out from the crowd, so to speak, and the bright green Scanias certainly do that for us out on the roads and highways,” he says.
The company’s first Scania order was for six G 500 8x4 rigid units that found homes in pairs at each of the Melbourne, Brisbane and Launceston facilities.
The Scania Tally currently stands at 27 with 20 of these being G500 8x4 rigid units along with seven prime movers including G500 and R620 units. Some of the fleet comprises examples of the latest New Truck Generation (NTG) series which feature a heavy-duty drivetrain and reduction hubs.
In the trailer department, Jason says the company has a good relationship with Tefco Trailers, which has provided five 82 cubic metre tippers that run in Tasmania and Victoria behind the R 620 prime movers.
MaxiTRANS is another trailer brand of choice, with the company having supplied a pair of specialised Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approved four-axle dog trailers towed by the 8x4 rigid units.
“This gives us the ability to run different combinations across our range of 8x4 hook-lifts and tray trucks,” Jason relates.
All of the hook-lifts and truck-mounted cranes are supplied by Palfinger, with Jason saying these units are highly reliable and trouble-free, making them an ideal match with the Scania trucks.
Zorzut said he is particularly impressed with Scania’s onboard monitoring system, with which his drivers now strive to achieve the highest possible score.
“We have been utilising the Scania tracking and reporting system to help improve our drivers’ skills and habits,” he said.
“The drivers know we’re tracking them, and although some bad habits die hard, with the right training and knowledge of the trucks and their technology we are seeing massive improvements across the fleet. They also know that if they are doing it right, their score goes up accordingly, and this helps us with fuel economy and longevity of the vehicles.”
Recycal is running all its Scanias on a full R&M contract, meaning there’s full transparency of running costs over the life of the vehicles.
He also appreciates the fact that as driver scores improve, the company benefits through improved contract terms. The servicing work is carried out at Scania’s branches throughout the mainland states and at its authorised service agents in Tasmania.