Because every community is different, the process for specifying refuse collection vehicles should start with an evaluation of your municipality's needs. Information to consider includes street layouts, population density, services provided, distance to disposal site, and number of workers per vehicle.
When evaluating rear loaders, there are three components to bear in mind: tailgate, body, and chassis. When considering automated side loaders, there are also three components to think about: the automated arm, compacting body, and truck chassis. Automated side loader productivity is often measured in terms of how many homes per hour or day the vehicle can collect.
Equipment that is well-suited to the environment in which it's used will enhance productivity. A few rules are universal for equipment selection:
— Photos and text courtesy of Heil Environmental.