“Dennis the Dustcart” Educates And Informs In Pioneering Schools Project Dennis Eagle has teamed up Skips Educational, publisher of fun and innovative books for schools, as part of a pioneering new project to educate Birmingham school children about the benefits of recycling.
The scheme is designed to support Birmingham City Council’s waste collection modernisation programme and will see over 10,000 books distributed to schools across Birmingham, with every 10 year old in the city receiving a free copy.
The unlikely alliance between Dennis Eagle and Skips Educational was formed when the refuse collection vehicle manufacturer was tendering for the contract to supply a new fleet to the Council as part of its ambitious programme of change, which involves a move from black bags and recycling boxes to wheeled domestic waste and recycling bin collections.
“The books will play a vital role in educating the grassroots within the community, ensuring future generations change their perceptions of waste to protect the environment for many years to come”
Both Dennis Eagle and Skips Educational are signatories of the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility and, as part of the tender, they put forward a proposal to develop a children’s book designed to teach the benefits of recycling and the positive impact this has on the environment.
The star of the books is “Dennis the Dustcart”, a character that children can associate with the new vehicles they will see on the streets. Combining learning with fun, they bridge the gap between home and school through enhanced parental engagement and feature a series of crosswords and puzzles to reinforce educational content covered throughout.
Lee Rowland, Sales and Marketing Manager at Dennis Eagle, comments: “The Council was looking for something unique that would provide social value and positive long-term change and, thanks to our innovative partnership with Skips Educational, we have been able to deliver this.
“The books will play a vital role in educating the grassroots within the community, ensuring future generations change their perceptions of waste to protect the environment for many years to come.”
Spring Is Just Around The Drum In Chichester
It is starting to look a lot like spring in Chichester, thanks to their newly wrapped Faun Rotapress garden waste collection vehicles. The striking vehicles, which were delivered earlier in March have been given an eye catching design by vehicle livery experts EPIC Media Group.
Chichester District Council and EPIC Media Group came up with a design that mimics the rotapress in action. Showing blades that look like they are cutting and shredding grass there is no doubt that residents will be able to see the difference their garden waste collections are making to Chichester’s recycling targets.
Following a couple of tweaks to ensure that Chichester achieved a design that will stand the test of the time, the wrap began and in a day the vehicle was complete and ready to hit the round.
Speaking on the first day of collections, John Hoole, Transport Manager at Chichester District Council said “What we have achieved with the help of EPIC Media is nothing short of amazing. From working with the team to come up with a design that captures the essence of the machine to the final completed wrap, EPIC were professional, understanding and quick to adapt.”
Daily Refuse Collection For The Island Of Alderney
Alderney, the third largest and most northerly island of the Channel Isles, has recently taken delivery of another new Heil Farid MiniMatic 7.5t GVW refuse & recycling collection vehicle.
The island, an independent British Crown Protectorate and a constituent part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, governed by its own assembly, the States of Alderney required a compact vehicle that could achieve high legal payloads whilst still being manoeuvrable enough to cope with the geographical constraints that come with island life.
The island is some three and a half miles long (5kms) and one and a half miles wide (2.5kms) with a resident population of around 2,400, increasing during the summer months to peak at around 4,000 during Alderney Week, the island’s annual festival, which occurs during the first week in August.
A spokesperson for The States Works Department stated: “The complete vehicle allows an impressive 2.5t legal payload and the simplicity of the machine coupled with great after-sales training support from Heil Farid enables us to be fully self-sufficient for vehicle repairs & maintenance which is a definite plus for island life”
The States Works Department identified the need for a new mini compaction refuse vehicle that could not only navigate the narrow roads of the island whilst achieving an excellent payload capability, but also required a vehicle that would be suitable for general household waste collections, dry recyclables collections plus green waste & food waste collections.
Following close evaluation of compaction vehicles available in the market place, the Island’s States Works Department decided that the Heil Farid MiniMatic 8 cu m body complete with Heil Farid comb bin lift mounted to a 7t GVW 4×2 Iveco Daily 70C17 chassis was the ideal vehicle for the tasks ahead. Coming from the Heil Farid Satellite Mini Compactor’ range of vehicles, the Heil Farid MiniMatic is a fully sealed, one piece construction body with compaction ratio of 3:1 with guaranteed no leakages, making it ideal for recycling or general waste collection.
A spokesperson for The States Works Department stated: “The Heil Farid MiniMatic mounted to the 7t GVW Iveco Daily chassis is an ideal solution where restricted access is a problem and excellent manoeuvrability is required. The complete vehicle allows an impressive 2.5t legal payload and the simplicity of the machine coupled with great after-sales training support from Heil Farid enables us to be fully self-sufficient for vehicle repairs & maintenance which is a definite plus for island life.”
CMS Supatrak Launches Integrated Crash Reconstruction System
Working with insurance underwriters and fleet operators, vehicle telematics specialist CMS SupaTrak have developed a combined video and telematics system, which delivers real time crash reconstruction.
The solution forms part of CMS SupaTrak’s “Saving Money. Saving Lives.” campaign, which focuses on promoting safer driving and managing road risk and accident prevention.
The combined video and telematics system delivers real time crash reconstruction information to incident management centres, referred to by insurance companies as first notification of loss centres (FNOL centres).
Using this real-time information, the incident centre is able to mitigate claims and ensure the correct medical assistance is made available to the driver, if required.
The system automatically identifies a potential road safety incident and starts sending back video and telematics data 20 seconds before and 10 seconds after the logged alert. In addition to the automated alerts, drivers can manually create an incident by pressing a button inside the vehicle.
When an incident is identified, the system will automatically create an alert, which generates an email with the video footage embedded and a text message, if required.
By combining synchronised live driver, video, vehicle telematics and location data, the CMS SupaTrak Crash Reconstruction System can help save money and save lives.
CMS SupaTrak’s Managing Director Jason Airey explains: “our new Crash Reconstruction System has been conceived through our work with insurance under writers and our existing customers.
“It provides a solution to the challenges faced when an incident does occur and the integration of the captured data enables fleet managers and FNOL centres to handle claims as efficiently as possible.”
SFS Goes Low On Emissions
Northampton-based contract hire and fleet management provider, Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) is reducing its emissions and improving its environmental performance with the addition of two hybrid vehicles to its customer support fleet.
Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS said: “Purchasing these vehicles is very much in line with our Environmental Policy to reduce any negative impact on the environment. We make efforts to reduce the energy usage and carbon emissions from our vehicle fleet by continually investing in more efficient vehicles, and we always aim to purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment.”
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV cars use twin electric motors and highly efficient 2.0 litre petrol engines offering superior fuel efficiency and a combined range of 510 miles. There are three driving modes to choose from.
Bob Sweetland, SFS – “We make efforts to reduce the energy usage and carbon emissions from our vehicle fleet by continually investing in more efficient vehicles, and we always aim to purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment”
The Electric Power or EV mode is perfect for driving in built-up areas and for shorter journeys with a battery that can take the car up to 32 miles without producing any exhaust emissions. In Series Hybrid Mode the petrol engine acts as a generator supplying electricity to the battery, which in turn power the motors and delivers a highly efficient use of fuel. For higher speeds and motorway driving the petrol engine provides most of the power in Parallel Hybrid Mode.
As an additional benefit there’s no congestion charge to pay for driving in central London and with emissions of just 44g/km the vehicles are completely exempt from Road Tax.
A member of the Rothschild Group, with over 20 years experience in delivering successful contract hire, fleet and workshop management solutions to the public and private sector, SFS has an unrivalled combination of financial strength and experience, and the ability to meet the most complex of fleet requirements.