Econic empties underground containers safely and efficiently – relieving the strain on refuse collectors.
The town of Freiburg in the Breisgau region of Germany stands for green innovations and great quality of life – comprehensive goals which are pursued in all areas of public life. This also applies to municipal waste management where the council's refuse collection and town cleaning authority, Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Freiburg GmbH (ASF) is always on the lookout for new solutions on behalf of the town's inhabitants. That is why the town recently introduced underground refuse containers which are emptied by an Econic 3750 8x4/4 with a steered trailing axle.
Urban traffic – a challenge.
Refuse collection vehicles are often on the road at rush-hour and must manoeuvre through narrow and congested streets to complete their routes. On top of that the drivers must be aware of other road users in every situation, particularly in towns like Freiburg which is extremely popular with cyclists.
ASF has been relying on the Econic to ensure a high degree of safety for 15 years now. In the meantime all waste disposal operations are carried out using Econic trucks. A total of 36 Mercedes-Benz special trucks are available for this service in the fleet. The latest model is a four-axle vehicle which has been equipped specifically for emptying the new underground containers.
As far as Michael Broglin, the Managing Director of ASF, is concerned the Econic is his first choice in urban traffic with regard to safety, "In particular, it is the low cab which makes the all-round view from the Econic so much better than in a classic truck." The large windscreen and glazed folding door on the co-driver's side provide the driver with a direct view of traffic. Furthermore, modern safety assistance systems such as the Blind Spot Assist camera system, Safeguard Assist and the emergency brake system Active Brake Assist perfectly complement the DirectVision cab.