New Waste Collection Vehicles for Singapore

The words “Don’t trash it, repurpose it” can be read on the new Mercedes-Benz Econic waste collection vehicles in Singapore, which were ordered by the local waste management company, Sembcorp.

Today, around six million people live in the booming Asian metropolis Singapore where they produce just under 5,000 tons of waste – every day. That is why waste disposal is top of the agenda for the city state’s government. A year ago, Sembcorp ordered a three-axle Econic with a steerable rear axle and rear-loader body manufactured by Zenith for test purposes, the German automobile manufacturer reported in August this year.

After the first Econic successfully passed the test phase in South-East Asia, Sembcorp ordered three more Econic 2630 L ENA/6×2. In the main, the trucks collect household waste in Singapore’s city center and on the exclusive island of Sentosa before delivering it to the recycling process.

The Mercedes-Benz truck is equipped with a low DirectVision cab so that the driver is always at eye level with other road users. It is also endowed with state-of-the-art safety assistance systems, the manufacturer informed. Depending on the driving situation, four exterior cameras would make the entire area around the truck visible to the driver on a display. “Blind spots are thus reduced to a minimum. The emergency braking system Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and autonomous intelligent cruise control complete the safety package.” Thanks to the low-entry design, the crew can enter the vehicle simply using two steps. “An advantage that pays off when the job involves climbing in and out of the cab frequently,” the carmaker underlined with regard to the waste collection team. “As a result, older drivers can be employed longer at Sembcorp, and time off due to back and joint problems is reduced significantly.”

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