The Ipoh City Council (MBI) has started operating two new garbage compactor trucks in an initiative to improve garbage collection operations.
Valued at RM443,000 each, the total allocation of cost for both is RM886,000.
Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said that these new vehicles will help to alleviate the garbage issue around Ipoh City.
He said that the vehicles use chassis made by Hino Motors, and have a capacity of 19 tonnes with payload.
“The body of the compactor was made by Orakçı Makina, a Machinery Industry company in Turkey. It is their ORV 316 model of Rear Loading Hydraulic Pressed Garbage Compactors.
“With a total volume of 16 cubic metres, each truck can accommodate a garbage capacity of up to 10 tonnes per trip, depending on the workers’ skill and working hours.
Each vehicle is equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) which MBI can use to monitor their movements from start to finish of work. The system can also record the distances traveled as well as fuel consumption.
The mayor further explained the various safety features, which comply with the DIN EN 1501-1 European Standards on Refuse Collection Vehicles. He stated that this compliance to the European Standards would help to ensure the safety of not just the operators, but the public as well.
“Among the safety features of this vehicle are its operating speed limiter and public safety fence. The dual-hydraulic system can also be operated automatically or manually.
“There is also an ‘auto-compactor’ system which will save time during garbage collection and a function to let operators dispose of garbage from the truck.
“The vehicles are also reinforced in terms of resistance to acidic wastes and use abrasion resistant steel called Hardox 450, which along with proper care, will extend the lives of these trucks.
By Rosli Mansor