Why are garbage trucks so weak

Less empty trips with the garbage truck

Velbert. So far there are only two waste handling stations in the local area, mainly for household and bulky waste: one on the Langenfeld-Immigrath landfill and another on the premises of the R & R company in Mettmann. Now a third is to be added in the north of the district.

The exact location “in the greater Velbert area” has not yet been officially identified and really ready for a decision, but the Technischen Betriebe Velbert (TBV), which made a corresponding advance for the first time in 2002, have now made a decisive step forward. On the way to the goal of making many time-consuming, expensive and, last but not least, environmentally harmful empty journeys superfluous and significantly reducing transport effort and costs.

Because, according to TBV information, a total of around 18,400 tons of residual and bulky waste were driven from the castle town to the waste incineration plant (MVA) in Wuppertal in 2008 alone. All in all, makes 3130 complex tours. “That costs kilometers, time and also tolls,” says Rolf Hermanni. The TBV fleet currently includes five normal garbage trucks and an extra vehicle for bulky waste. According to the division manager, the garbage trucks hold around ten tons each. However, since they are not always full to the brim due to the collection times and the wagons cannot be parked half full overnight at the Am Lindenkamp depot for safety reasons, a trip to Wuppertal is due after each completed pick-up tour in the city area. The driver and two loaders are always on board - usually twice a day. These three employees are on the road for a full one and a half hours each for back and forth including unloading at the waste incineration plant.

In the event that the transshipment station came to Velbert-Mitte and residual and bulky waste were to be reloaded onto large, closed articulated lorries with a capacity of up to 25 tons, the TBV have already calculated the tangible advantages precisely. Rolf Hermanni: "With the new logistics we save around 35,000 liters of diesel per year, save the environment 96 tons of carbon dioxide, and need 2,300 fewer trips." On balance, you can do without a garbage truck. The TBV man puts the financial effect at net savings of 280,000 euros per year, from which every fee payer will ultimately benefit.

The Mettmann district must tender the construction of the transshipment station throughout the EU; The location must meet the emission protection regulations and have the necessary permits. About the practical procedure: According to Hermanni, a loading ramp is possible under which the large container semitrailers can drive, or the garbage collected is first dumped out, piled up and the trucks loaded by wheel loaders. The station will be designed in such a way that the neighboring cities of Heiligenhaus and Wülfrath can also be added.

In the field of waste management, the TBV are among the leaders in benchmarking with comparable city dwellers. The only weak point is the logistical effort involved in the journeys, reports Rolf Hermanni and confirms: "We definitely want this thing!" In January 2011, according to the current objective of the TBV, the waste transfer station should go into operation.

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