A nice shiny vehicle does not guarantee a good quality used vehicle. The world of second hand refuse vehicles can be a precarious one and some vehicle suppliers do little more than repaint a vehicle before selling it on.
We follow a rigorous 4 stage process to make sure every one of our vehicles is as good as it looks and worthy of the RVS Quality Assured standard.
Full Vehicle Decontamination & Steam Clean including removing the previous owners livery
Complete Vehicle Audit to identify, categorise and correct all defects from those that make the vehicle unserviceable or may prove to be an issue in the future to cosmetic defects that require correction before repainting
Full Service, 12 months MOT and LOLER Certification for bin-lifts
Final Vehicle Finishing and Delivery
This week in the workshop…
This week there are around 15 vehicles going through our workshop, some Quality Used, and others requiring partial or complete remanufacturing. Two Quality Used vehicles - Mercedes Econic with Geesink bodies – are currently being finished before being delivered to one of the South East’s largest recycling and resource management companies. We are remanufacturing two bin lifts for one South West customer, two Phoenix 2 bodies for another Nottinghamshire based customer and a Heil Powerlink onto Mercedes chassis for one of our construction clients.
When one of our long standing customers Devon Contract Waste (DCW) asked us to rebuild a refuse truck to send over to Kibera in Kenya to increase waste collections in one of Africa’s largest slums we were delighted to help.
Simon Almond, Managing Director, DCW: “I was watching a video about Kibera on Comic Relief in 2011 and was shocked by the total lack of waste collection. With over 1 million people living in an area covering just 618 acres it was causing huge sanitation issues and health risks.”
I thought to myself there’s no point in having such strict environmental laws in Europe protecting our environment and ultimately the planet, if we don’t help developing countries deal with their waste. I was determined to use my knowledge and experience to help.”
Riziki Safi Services (RSS) was born in 2012 and in the past two years RSS has built up collections to include over 7,000 residents.
DCW decided to send over a refuse vehicle to further increase collections and gave us a used 7.5 tonne Isuzu chassis, which we modified, and a used NTM body and bin lift that we rebuilt to make it fit for purpose.
After being re-sprayed, the vehicle looks and operates as good as new. Vehicle Weighing Solutions ltd (VWS) kindly donated new sets of heavy wear tyres and helped with shipping costs, South Hams District Council generously provided 177 wheelie bins and NTM donated a large number of spare parts to assist with rebuilding the bin-lift.
The five-year plan is to have a fully self-sufficient waste management service, to cater for all 1 million Kibera residents.
The project still needs funding, equipment and more vehicles. To find out how to get involved or to make a donation contact Simon Almond on tel: 01392 361300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a vehicle to cover any shortfall in capacity, purchasing a re-manufactured or quality used vehicle can be a much more cost efficient solution. Call us to find out if we have any suitable vehicles in stock.
Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) is the leading provider of high quality re-manufactured refuse vehicles to local authorities and the private sector. From full or partial body re-manufacturing to the provision of a complete vehicle, RVS can source any make or model of refuse vehicle. RVS stocks a comprehensive range of new and quality used spare parts, lighting and on-board weighing systems.