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Dennis Eagle set to complete first volume order

for kitchen waste duo recycling body. As councils continue to refine the way they collect different recyclable waste streams, the UK's leading RCV manufacturer, Dennis Eagle, is set to fulfil its first volume order for its twin compartment Duo kitchen waste recycling unit.

Specified by South Wales council, Rhondda Cynon Taff after extensive evaluation based on an in-the-field trial period, a total of eight specialist Duos are set to enter service with effect from early October. Showcased at the RWM exhibition, the Duos are set to join two new high capacity Twin Pack RCVs featuring Dennis Eagle's 70/30-body compartment split.

Commenting on the purchasing decision, Paul Uren, Operations Manager for Rhondda Cynon Taff said: “Having targeted areas where we recognised participation in trialling a kitchen waste recycling scheme would be most accepted, we understandably needed to source the correct vehicle for the job. We believe the new Dennis Eagle Duos will fulfil our requirements and help us take our recycling programme to a new level.

“The results of the trial period proved that the vehicle was ideally suited to our needs both in terms of how material is collected and the payloads that we will be able to achieve. And despite the geography of some of the regions we cover presenting us issues in relation to accessibility, we are confident that we will be able to use the Duos in almost all areas,” he added.

With the new Duos deployed, Rhondda Cynon Taff will look to roll out its kitchen waste programme from the 3,500 households covered currently to in excess of 20,000 by the year-end. Kitchen waste will be collected in biodegradable bags for households to deposit in 47-litre lockable waste bins. The tied bags will be then loaded kerbside into the Duo's 270-litre collection trough, before being top loaded into the purpose-designed four cubic metre recycling pod that is located immediately behind the cab.

Operating on a weekly basis, the main Phoenix 2-12 general compaction body of the Duos will be simultaneously used to collect remaining residual domestic waste in wheeled bins. “In essence, by using the new Duos we are effectively collecting the same waste but for the first time separating it into different factions,” re-enforces Paul.

Completing the new vehicle intake are two Twin Pack 70/30s that are set to be used for the collection of trade waste in the form of either card and green waste or garden and additional recyclable waste. Like the Duos, they feature Dennis Eagle's Elite 6 x 4 chassis and are being equipped with Zoeller Rotary bin lifts.

Serving a total of 110,000 properties, Rhondda Cynon Taff operates a combined fleet some 56 recycling and standard RCVs; the latter being 100% Dennis Eagle.


Based on the configuration of Dennis Eagle's original Duo recycling RCV, the specialist kitchen model is the result of a joint development programme between Dennis Eagle and Terberg Matec UK Limited.

In order to maximise payloads whilst withstanding the corrosive properties associated with kitchen waste, the recycling pod has been constructed from lightweight aluminium. It is fully sealed and comes suspended in a robust steel framework. The fully sealed feature means that the unit could carry pure liquids without danger of leakage.

Designed to discharge its load into containers such as roll-on-off vessels, loading occurs to the vehicle's nearside. Kitchen waste can be discharged into the recycling pod using either the purpose-designed 270 litre collection trough that sits alongside the main body compartment, or into wheeled bins up to 240 litres that are then hoisted by the bin clamp feature fitted to the trough unit prior to top-loading.

To facilitate the ease with which waste is then transferred to additional collection containers at the point of discharge, offloading occurs to the vehicle's offside. Indeed the recycling pod container has been innovatively designed to pivot about an offset point that serves to create both a high and wide discharge arc.

As well as being designed to specifically accommodate kitchen waste, Dennis Eagle and Terberg have paid equal attention to ensuring that the combined RCV operates to maximum effect in terms of both efficiency and payload. With this in mind, and based on calculations made in relation to the anticipated fill rates of the recycling pod, the new Duo comes equipped with Dennis Eagle's Phoenix 2 12 general compaction bodywork. By combining the P2 12 body with the 4 cubic metre recycling unit, the rate with which body compartments are expected to fill are anticipated to be closely aligned. Equipped with the Elite 6 X 4 chassis featuring driver plus three cab, the Duo is powered by the Volvo D7E, 7 litre, 290/213 hp/kW in-line six diesel engine.

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