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BYGONE TIMES – BY TIMOTHY BYRNE


Norba Ltd or Incomol. Front end loaders were either bought from Jack Allen’s, T.P. Aspinall and Sons Ltd, Shelvoke and Dempster or Farid Municipal Vehicles Ltd. Liquid waste vacuum tankers were either bought from Whale Tankers Ltd, Buckinghams of Kenilworth Ltd or Vallely Tankers.


He retired in the early 2000’s, when the good old days of the waste industry were coming to an end


The vehicle chassis which Vaughan purchased were Volvo and were supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Manchester. The range of chassis which Volvo Truck and Bus Manchester supplied to Leigh were from their FL6, FL7 and FL10, FL12, rigid range and F10, F12 and FH12 vehicles from their tractor unit range.


As in all business sectors, however, our industry rarely stands still for long, and Leigh Environmental was eventually


 A Volvo FL7 6x4 26 tonne chassis fi tted with a 22m3 Jack Allen Heil Powerlink rear loading unit and Eurohoist series bin lifting equipment - photographed in 1997


bought by Compagnie Générale des Eaux ONYX in 1997, being initially renamed as ONYX Leigh. By the early 2000’s, the Leigh name had disappeared and the company rebranded as ONYX Total Waste Management.


Vaughan continued to work for ONYX as its National Fleet Engineer purchasing vehicles for its commercial and industrial waste collection fleet as well


 Vaughan Griffi ths (Left) receiving the keys to a new Volvo FL10 8x4 30 tonne Shelvoke and Dempster XHD Series DP 80-38 front end loader in the early 1990’s


as ONYX’s national municipal waste collection contracts such as the city of Westminster, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Camdem and the City of Liverpool, etc.


He retired in the early 2000’s, when the good old days of the waste industry were coming to an end and some of his counterparts were also beginning to retire.


 A Volvo F10 38 tonne sleeper cabbed 4x2 tractor unit pulling a triaxle Whale 5000 gallon vacuum tanker


Trucking down memory lane


 Mercedes 3025 8x4 30 tonne chassis fi tted with a 27m3 Jack Allen ‘Big Bite’ industrial rear end loader equipment and the mark three series skip lifting arms. The vehicle was acquired by Cleanaway Ltd’s Fleet Engineer Ted Dobie in the mid 1980’s and operated from Cleanaway’s dry waste collection depot in Manchester.


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