Dunn, l, & Lumley, J&B Recycling (3)

(From left) J&B Recycling transport manager Peter Dunn and driver Chris Lumley with one of the company's new Mercedes-Benz Econics

North-East independent waste management company J&B Recycling has commissioned three of the UK’s first low-entry Econics to be equipped with Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ latest accident prevention technology.

The Hartlepool-based operator will also take delivery of another two identical 26-tonners in May via Bell Truck and Van. All five will be inspected and maintained under Mercedes-Benz Complete Service contracts at the dealer’s Billingham workshop.

This is the first time the firm has commissioned Mercedes Benz trucks as part of a fleet renewal programme which is anticipating a rapid increase in demand as the UK emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Econic 2630 L comes with rear-steer axles. Its 7.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine produces 220 kW (299 hp) and is paired with six-speed automatic Allison gearboxes.

The trucks are fitted with refuse bodies by Dennis Eagle and Terberg Matec UK trade lifts. Dynamic weighing systems relay data on vehicle loadings in real time to J&B Recycling’s head office.

The vehicles also have the emergency braking Active Brake Assist 5 system, fitted as standard.

Other optional safety features specified by J&B Recycling include Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ own Blind Spot Camera System and Rearguard Assist.

J&B Recycling processes more than 200,000 tonnes of commercial and general waste each year, 99% of which is recycled. The company operates from four sites across the North-East, and runs a fleet of 21 vehicles – six of which are assigned to trade waste collections – as well as five trailers.

Operations director Matt Tyrie commented: “Our fleet replacement programme is designed to avoid service disruption to our clients, while also protecting our business against the risk of spiralling costs.

“This investment in Mercedes-Benz vehicles will put us in a strong position when lockdown eases and business waste starts to increase, especially in the hospitality sector.”

He added: “J&B Recycling is committed to investing in the latest technology. We have chosen the Econic because we believe it to be the market’s finest refuse vehicle chassis, one that enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and reliability.

“The very high safety specification of these new trucks means they align perfectly with our policy commitments, and their spacious, air-conditioned cabs also provide our staff with an extremely comfortable working environment.”