Recycled truck

Out With the Old and In With the… New Recycled Truck

May 4, 2021 5:24 pm Published by

PMG are committed to providing an environmentally friendly business and making sure that everything we do has sustainability at the forefront, from our own waste recycling facility at our Bristol plant to offering a zero to landfill service. In our commitment to creating a circular economy, we are proud to present the latest addition to our fleet. It is an old 2006 truck that undoubtedly needed a little bit of TLC and has been recycled into a new Euro VI vehicle.  

Why Has the Truck Been Recycled? 

The truck which had been sitting unused in our fleet for over three years was looking a little sorry for itself. With scratches, scrapes and generally in need of a fresh new paint job, it was a no brainer for us to give this truck a new lease of life. Not only this but the old engine created high emissions, contributing to smog, acid rain and air pollution – something else which did not sit well with us. 

‘On average, 1.9 tonnes of CO2 are emitted for every tonne of steel produced. According to the International Energy Agency, the iron and steel industry accounts for approximately 4-5% of total world CO2 emissions.World Steel Association

CO2 Cloud fact

By recycling our old truck rather than manufacturing a brand new one we have saved 4.56 tonnes of CO2 in the production process alone, not to mention saving the raw materials! 

As PMG operate mainly across the South West of England including Bristol and Bath, with the new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) already in place in Bath and soon to be coming into Bristol, our older Euro IV and Euro V diesel vehicles will be subject to new charges. Our Euro VI diesel vehicles (from approximately 2015 onwards) have cleaner engines and therefore we will be able to service our inner-city customers easily.

CO2 world graphic

Recycling the Truck 

We have been established since 1990 and we are experts in our field, but when it came to the recycling of this vehicle, we left this to our friends at Stock Sweepers. The hard work took around 230 hours to complete over the course of six weeks.

Amazingly, 85% of the road sweeping body of the old truck has managed to be recycled into the new one, or to put that into a bigger context, a massive 2.4 tonnes of steel from the truck has been reused and made into our shiny new vehicle meaning that this is another step forward for PMG and creating a circular economy and a greener business.  

This is one of the first trucks that was bought in 2006 and has now been recycled, but as we speak, the ‘twin’ of the current recycled truck is busy getting their road sweeping makeover.

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