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03 avr. 2017 Marie Musielak 0 Comments

Malcolm Bates has just come back from Denmark where he’s driven a new 26 tonne zero-emissions Refuse Collection Vehicle from PVI.

Quiet please, let's have some "hush"! Malcolm Bates has just come back from Denmark where he’s driven a new 26 tonne zero-emissions Refuse Collection Vehicle. Is this the future of urban refuse collection? Could be. Except the PVI is available right now ...

 

The city of Frederiksberg in Denmark is home to around 103,000 people and is situated close
to Copenhagen on the island of Zealand. By any standards, it’s a pleasant place to be. The people of Denmark have one of the highest standards of living and rate amongst the most environmentally responsible on the planet. You want proof? It takes social commitment to separate up to ten waste factions every week.

In practical terms, this means that every street in the city is visited by a refuse collection vehicle (RCV) not once a week, but once a day as each different faction is collected on designated days. There’s another factor to consider. Aside from fire appliances, Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) are probably the largest vehicles to visit each and every domestic street. When you spell it out, it’s blindingly obvious. But how often do we take that into account? You only get to see a fire appliance when there’s a fire. But an RCV? It’s always there - just when traffic congestion is making life difficult. There are other ingredients to stir into our story. Denmark has liberal employment laws. It takes the health and safety of workers very seriously.

And encourages cycling as a way of cutting down on greenhouse gases and noise pollution in urban areas. All very
worthwhile policies. Except ... Except Frederiksberg city authorities run a fleet of twenty two 26-tonne diesel RCVs which, as we were just discussing, are out on the streets every day. True, increasingly, they are Euro-6 Dennis ‘Elite’ chassis featuring low-entry cabs for greater crew safety and equipped with some of the latest CCTV and cycle awareness warning systems available. But is that enough?

 

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