Versatile waste vehicles first of their kind in UK

14 December 2023

Versatility of fleet vehicles is increasingly important in Refuse Collection for both the Public and Private Sector. The Zoeller HG range of vehicles, meets these requirements.

Using the PCR2015 compliant TPPL NEPO HGV & Specialist Vehicle framework, TPPL were able to advise and assist Southampton City Council with their requirements for these specialist Faun Zoeller Micro HG refuse vehicles. The Micro HG has been operating in Europe for several years, however these are the first to have been supplied in the UK and we are proud TPPL were chosen as the first Public Sector framework to supply these vehicles from Faun Zoeller.

Stewart Gregory, Commercial Director – Faun Zoeller UK, commented; “Versatility really is the best word to describe the Zoeller Micro HG. Our clients need vehicles that are able to perform a number of tasks. These are great for collecting in public spaces such as parks, they can collect missed bins whatever the waste type due to the compaction system. Plated below 7500kg, they offer even more flexibility on who can operate them, too”.

The steel constructed robust bodies are available in volumes from 2.5-6m3, so it can be configured for a client’s specific requirements. It has a hydraulic compaction and ejection plate maximising the payload on this compact vehicle. The unique Zoeller Micro HG vehicles for Southampton City Council have a body volume of 4m3 and are mounted on Mercedes Sprinter Chassis with a Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500kg. The overall vehicle length is just 5430mm.

Waste is loaded into the body from the sides. It has a near side bin lifter capable of lifting EN840-1 compliant containers up to 360 litres, which when operated, actuates a roof hatch to tip the material in, when the lifter is in its stowed position the roof panel automatically closed securing the waste inside.

Further versatility is provided by two additional side loading hatches. One on each side. This is ideal for loading smaller items of recyclable / waste material. Southampton also chose the Toolbox Option, which gives another versatile compartment for crew storage.

“We were delighted the council chose to work with TPPL to support the procurement of these specialist vehicles. I would like to thank Southampton City Council for their continued support since becoming members in 2018 and I look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.” Pete Vickers, TPPL Business Development Manager – South, commented.

“The flexibility of the vehicles will help us deliver valued street cleansing services with increased efficiency, particularly our street litter bin collections. We will be able to reduce fuel usage and emissions with lighter vehicles running new euro 6 engines with start stop technology. We are demonstrating our ongoing commitment to reducing emissions wherever possible whilst striving to make our city cleaner, greener and a great place to live and work.” – Councillor Eammon Keogh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Southampton City Council.