One man’s trash…
… Is our rubbish trucks’ treasure. And like Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love, our waste management vehicles (they liked to be called by their full titles, thank you very much) have seriously good pick-up game. Here’s how:
Front lift trucks
These bad boys are equipped with powered forks on the front which the driver carefully aligns with sleeves on the bin. The waste container is then lifted over the truck. Once it gets to the top the container is flipped upside down and the waste or recyclable material is emptied into the truck’s belly. Once dumped, the waste is compacted by a hydraulically powered moving wall that oscillates backwards and forwards to push the waste to the back of the vehicle.
Rear lift trucks
Rear loaders have an opening at the rear that a waste collector can throw waste bags or empty the contents of bins into. Often in many areas they have a lifting mechanism to automatically empty large carts without the operator having to lift the waste by hand.
The modern rear loader usually compacts the waste using a hydraulically powered mechanism that employs a moving plate or shovel to scoop the waste out from the loading hopper and compress it against a moving wall. In most compactor designs, the plate has a pointed edge (hence giving it the industry standard name packer blade) which is designed to apply point pressure to the waste to break down bulky items in the hopper before being drawn into the main body of the truck.
Hydraulic hooklift hoists are mounted on heavy duty trucks to enable lift, lower and swap over skip bins. It’s generally designed for the transportation of materials in the waste, recycling, scrap and demolition industries. The system employs a series of hydraulic pump to hook, lift and hoist the container onto the chassis of the truck. There are several configuration options, plus of course strict guidelines which must be followed to ensure that the container is secured on the truck in transit. None of which you need to worry about, because we’ve got this.