Waste management specialist ETM Recycling has replaced around half of its vehicle fleet with new Volvo trucks in the last three years.
A new 64-plate FH-540 tractor unit initiated the move to Volvo trucks three years ago for the family-run company, which is based in Bristol in the United Kingdom, operates almost 50 trucks and achieves more than 90% recycling rates.
Since then it has taken delivery of a further 24 Volvos from the FMX, FM and FL ranges.
The double drive FH tractor unit hauls a BMI walking floor trailer on longer distance regional movements of bulk recycled materials, while the rigid fleet operates on a more local basis in and around the Bristol area.
ETM managing director Andy McCormack specified Thompsons tipper bodies for his grab equipped, FMX 8x4 tippers, but some Volvo FM 8x4 hook loaders and a group of Volvo FL 18 t skips all come with the respective Hyva equipment.
“Waste, recycling and skip works are a tough environment for trucks to work in,” said Andy.
“There are always going to be issues here, no matter what brand of vehicle is operated. Volvo builds a robust truck, but the key factor for me is back-up.”