04/05/2010

Garbage to the moon



by Karin Wik, Volvo Group Newsdesk

The people on Earth produce 2096 million tonnes of garbage every year, and just a few days without refuse collection would be catastrophic for cities and suburban areas. Only in New York City, refuse trucks from the Volvo Group collect 11 000 tonnes of garbage each day.

Every day, Mack trucks collect tonnes of refuse all over the USA. The demands imposed on these trucks are rigorous. They have to get through in every situation and they must not break down.  It wouldn’t take long for cities and suburban areas to become inundated by waste, should the garbage collection stop.
The Mack refuse trucks collect 2 million tonnes of garbage every week in the USA.

Is the number hard to grasp?
Try this: With the garbage that Mack Trucks garbage vehicles transport every week in the USA, it would be possible to build a column of filled garbage cans and reach all the way to the moon.

Mack has dominated the US market for refuse collection for more than 30 years. The company’s operations are most extensive on the east coast, with huge cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia. In all, Mack has 50 per cent of the refuse vehicle market in the USA and its success is continuing.

According to Curtis Dorwart at Mack Trucks, this success is due to the fact that the trucks deliver what they promise.

“Customers must be able to rely on refuse trucks to get through everywhere and in every situation. These trucks have to be able to negotiate narrow inner-city streets and hilly roads in the country. Most importantly, however, they must not break down!” he says.

Customers range from private family-owned companies with just one refuse truck to local authorities and large cities, such as New York City, operating around 2,500 Mack refuse trucks which haul more than 11,000 tonnes of trash every day. 

Mack collaborates closely with customers to customise trucks that match their specific requirements. In New York, for example, a number of refuse trucks are also able to help with snow clearance using a specially designed plough that is fitted on the front of the vehicle.

Other customers are involved in collecting refuse and transporting it to landfills and they need the appropriate trucks.

All Mack trucks are built at the plant in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The Mack TerraPro model is primarily used as a refuse truck. At the plant, the trucks are also adapted to match customer requirements.

The next step in the development process involves alternative fuels. Both hybrids and natural gas driven vehicles are important, and many customers in different parts of the USA are interested in extending their fleets to include more environmentally sound vehicles.

 

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