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Ambitious liquid waste specialist brings five new Mercedes-Benz Arocs tankers on stream


Enforcement of newDirect Vision regulations governing the operation of trucks in Greater London begins on 1 March, butMercedes-Benz operator EnvironmentalWasteManagement can rest easy – irrespective of aftermarket safety aids its latest 6x4 tankers are ‘good to go’ in the capital for the next 10 years.


The fast-growing Essex-based company has purchased five 26-tonne Arocs 2633s fromS & B Commercials. Thanks to their ground- breakingMirrorCamtechnology and ClassicSpaceM-cabs, the trucks have been awarded three-star Direct Vision ratings.


Transport for London’s Direct Vision regime recognises the contribution thatMirrorCam’s camerasmake to safety, by providingmuch improved rear visibility and eliminating the forward-facing blind spots caused by conventional doormirrors.


Seen through the driver’s eyes, the bottom edge of thewindowin aMercedes-Benz Arocs or Actros is lower than in othermakes of truck. At 2.3mthe cabs of Environmental WasteManagement’s six-wheelers are in the narrower of the twowidths available,while their 320mmengine tunnelsmean the floors are relatively low. All of these factors contribute to safety by enabling drivers to seemore ofwhat is going on around them.


EnvironmentalWasteManagement operates froma head office in Epping and has just


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celebrated a highly successful first year in business. Its skilled and experienced team specialises in the disposal of liquidwaste, primarily fromsewers and septic tanks, but also fromindustrial facilities, and including hazardous substances such as oils.


The newArocs have 10.7-litre in-line six- cylinder engines that produce 240 kW(326 hp) and are pairedwith smooth and fuel- efficient 12-speedMercedes PowerShift 3 automatedmanual transmissions.


Their comprehensive safety specifications also include Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking technology,which employs a combination of radar and cameras, and provides dramatically improved responses at speeds of up to 50 kph. The systemcan apply full braking – as opposed to the 50% achieved previously – if it detects a pedestrian crossing the truck’s path.


The Arocs are fittedwith split tank bodies by VJ Engineering, of Rugby, that can carry 13,000 litres ofwaste liquid and 3,500 litres of cleanwater. Each section has its own pump,which is operated via the truck engine’s PTO (power take-off).


EnvironmentalWasteManagement has been working primarily in London, the South-East andMidlands, but is pursuing an ambitious growth strategy and aspires to operate on a genuinely national basis as soon as possible.


Managing Director Steve Strudwickworked | February 2021 | www.draintraderltd.com


in senior positionswith otherwaste management providers before taking up his latest role. He reported: “Our first year of trading could scarcely have gone any better, and the fact thatwe’re very adaptable meanswe can take advantage of different revenue streams.


“In the earlymonths of 2020wewere heavily engaged in flood reliefwork, protecting vulnerable properties by removingwaste- water fromareas inwhich the sewage networkwas struggling to cope.


“Then, as the pandemic took hold,wewere called upon tomeet the surge in demand for non-potablewater removal services from construction sites and other locations, arising directly fromthe increase in hand washing byworkers.We also deliver non- potablewater, aswell as removing it.”


Every truck on the EnvironmentalWaste Management fleetwears a three-pointed star.Mr Strudwick continued: “My shareholderswere already operating Mercedes-Benz products in other businesses and are verywell served by S & B Commercials.We’re nowbenefiting from that relationship too, aswell as fromthe premiumquality of the vehicles themselves.”


The subject of a five-yearMercedes-Benz Complete Service Contract, Environmental WasteManagement’s newArocs are being inspected andmaintained on the operator’s


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