Dustcart Collection Services
A dustcart, rubbish truck, bin wagon or refuse collection vehicle is a heavy duty vehicle that is used specifically for collecting solid waste from homes and offices and delivering it to waste handling facilities. Most households and businesses will have various recycling boxes for rubbish such as paper and plastic as well as a main bin for all the general waste which doesn’t fit into any particular recycling category.
These bins are normally collected on a weekly, fortnightly and, in some instances, a monthly basis. The dustcart is the traditional vehicle that we think of when we consider rubbish collection and has been around in one form or another for over the last 100 years.
History of the Dustcart Collection Service
The dustcart has been with us for quite a while. It is a purpose built vehicle that usually has a compartment for accepting waste, has the facility for compacting it and is used for transporting large amounts of household rubbish to waste management plants. The first dustcart was used in Chiswick, London, towards the end of the 19th Century and these vehicles have been a staple of our streets ever since. Dustcart collection services have evolved over the years. The first models were simple open crates that waste had to be lifted onto. This caused a fair amount of strain on the bin men who were charged with collecting general waste from homes and businesses.
It wasn’t until 1937 that the dumpster was invented where the waste bin itself was put onto a hook system and mechanically lifted and emptied into the truck. A year later, compactors were introduced which meant that bin men could collect far more before returning to the waste depot. Nowadays we have a range of dustcarts that can handle all sorts of waste.
Types of Dustcart
Front Loaders: These are usually larger than your normal rear loading dustcart and have a big compartment into which to load the waste. The loading mechanism is at the front of the truck and this kind of vehicle is more often used for commercial and industrial waste which is produced in greater quantities with containers that are heavier than your average domestic bin. As with most dustcarts nowadays, the waste is compacted once it is loaded to enable more to be transported at one time. These vehicles may not only handle general waste but more specific recyclable waste such as paper, plastics and WEEE.
Rear Loaders: As far as dustcart collection services go, we are all more familiar with the traditional rear loaders. These are more often used for street collections but are also employed in commercial and industrial sectors as well. Most waste containers nowadays are designed so that they can be easily lifted by the mechanism and empty out into the refuse tank.
Side Loaders: These are less often used for domestic refuse removal because of the space they take up loading whilst on the street which can effect traffic. They are used for commercial and industrial refuse collection where large loads have to be handled.
Compactors: There are two main types of compactors, namely the sweep and slide system and the swing link mechanism which works on a kind of pendulum. The compacting mechanism is operated by the driver – the days of continuous compacting that happened automatically have gone by the wayside because of the amount of fuel they tend to use and because of safety concerns. Compactors essentially allow waste management companies to carry more rubbish in one go, improving carrier efficiency.
Council Dustcart Collection Services
Council dustcart collection services operate for domestic properties on a regular basis. These services are starting to be reduced from weekly services to fortnightly or even monthly ones because of the amount of waste that we are now recycling. Councils usually run a fleet of different vehicles including traditional dustcarts for general waste as well as specialist recycling vans that contain different compartments for bottles, paper and card and glass.
Commercial and industrial operations normally have to arrange their waste collection with a private contractor rather than the council and much will depend on the type of rubbish they have to dispose of. Businesses have a much bigger legal responsibility today to reduce the amount of solid, non-recyclable waste that they produce. That includes choosing contractors who will dispose of their waste responsibly and provide a clear audit trail for that disposal.
You can find dustcart collection services in your local area on our dedicated contractor database.