Wastecycle, a leading recycling company based in the East Midlands, has chosen remanufacturing over buying new vehicles to refresh its fleet and save on replacement costs.
Wastecycle processes more than 400,000 tonnes of waste and material through its recycling facilities, with over 90% recycled and recovered. The company operates a fleet of over 50 vehicles, and usually purchases a proportion of new vehicles every year to keep its fleet up to standard.
Steve Duly, Commercial Manager explains: “Following the recession we wanted to reduce our capital spend so we investigated the options to remanufacture the bodies of some of our RCV’s. We know the history of our vehicles and that the chassis have been well looked after so we are confident they still have a good few operational years left.”
Steve contacted specialist remanufacturing company Refuse Vehicle Solutions who have a 7-bay workshop manned by specialist engineers with over 50 years combined expertise in building and maintaining every make and model of refuse vehicle. The RVS team remanufactured two Phoenix 2 RCV bodies for Wastecycle and mounted them back onto the company’s existing Mercedes Econic 2006 & 2008 chassis’. Each vehicle took approximately 8 weeks to complete, which is significantly less than most manufacturers lead times.
Steve continued: “We’ve spent about half the amount we usually would have but our fleet is up to date and of the same high standard as ever.”
RVS’ scope of works is very comprehensive beginning with a complete decontamination of the bodies and a steam clean; replacing the body and hopper floors; replacing all hydraulic hoses, ancillary wiring looms, control boxes and switches; overhauling the packer assembly and hydraulic cylinders; shot blasting the chassis and body where required; and painting the cab, chassis and body in Wastecycle’s livery before the bodywork is professionally polished. RVS also fitted strobe-warning beacons, upgraded the lighting to the latest LED technology, and reupholstered worn seats in the cab.
Spencer Law, Managing Director said: “We work in a very flexible way to suit our customer’s needs and budget. Such is the ability of our engineers that we can perform all and any manner of modifications and adjustments to refuse vehicle bodies and bin-lifts, no matter how complex.”
As part of the job RVS also extended the chassis of both vehicles to suit the bodies and had two brand new Terberg OmniTrade bin lifts fitted.
Steve added: “Such is the standard of workmanship from RVS that the remanufactured bodies are immaculate, so if we need to we can mount them onto new chassis in a year or two. Remanufacturing has provided us with a flexible, cost effective and sustainable way to renew our fleet that enables us to stand by the principles of recycling that are the foundation of our business. With some current new vehicle lead times anything between 6 & 12 months, the remanufactured option allows us to respond very quickly to demand for our services. Next time we will go straight to RVS.”
RVS specialises in revitalising used refuse vehicles, stripping them down and replacing or repairing defective parts to provide high quality ‘as new’ vehicles that cost a fraction of the expense of a new vehicle. The company has the engineering capabilities to adapt, modernise or remanufacture any make or model of refuse vehicle to match each client’s individual needs and budget.