Clean bill of health for Cleanaway’s Scania fleet

Waste management firm charts efficiency gains one year on

Clean bill of health for Cleanaway’s Scania fleet
Cleanaway's Shannon Gorman and Ben Arthur


A fleet of 18 Scanias has been proving its worth in testing conditions at Cleanaway Waste Management’s Queensland operations.

In 2018, Cleanaway was engaged by the Brisbane City Council to transport non-recoverable general waste from four resource recovery stations to landfill sites, with an aim of reducing environmental impact.

The new Scanias comprised 12 R 560 V8 and six G 480 six-cylinder diesel-powered prime movers, pulling bespoke bulk tippers or rear ejector loaders.

The G 480s were made to haul 22-tonne payloads in the single-trailer rear ejectors, and 33 tonnes in the high-volume side tipper B-double trailers.

"Brisbane’s waste transport task is best described as a high-volume complex spoke and hub reverse logistics chain with an equally complex operating rhythm," Cleanaway landfill and logistics manager at the Brisbane City Council Resource Recovery and Innovation Alliance Shannon Gorman says.

"We have safely and efficiently transported 500 kilotonnes of waste over 1.2 million km throughout capital city traffic in just one year.

"The bespoke Scania high productivity multi-combination bulk waste transport vehicles have had a profound influence on the productivity, efficiency, safety and ultimate success of the essential waste services delivered to the city of Brisbane.

"Operating at Higher Mass Limits (HML) the fleet moves more waste in fewer trips, equating to less congestion, reduced emissions and overall lower impact on Brisbane’s road network.

"The fleet also boasts a world-class, industry-leading, integrated in-cabin telematics system providing the highest possible standards of safety compliance, route efficiency, vehicle management and reliability."

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The safety features include in-cab driver telematics, advanced emergency braking, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a smart camera system.

"We are committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees and contractors," Gorman says

"Scania’s offering met our necessary specifications, but the real value proposition was leveraged with Scania’s tailored whole-of-life connected partnership solution.

"This smart and safe connected service platform offered powerful on-road insights based on real-time telematics and vehicle performance with predictable maintenance, based on actual usage."

Scania provided driver training and Cleanaway was able to observe a decrease in fuel consumption coupled with improved truck scoring. This scoring was used as an incentivised contract maintenance metric.

"One of the key attractions of the Scania offer was the Driver Support System that scores the drivers on their driving smoothness and anticipation, as well as the Scania Communicator and vehicle monitoring system which allows our customer to analyse how the vehicles are being used and how well the drivers are performing," Scania national fleet manager Steven Alberse says.

Alberse notes a key consideration was that the trucks needed to undertake a wide variety of tasks, and allow for future increased payload as waste amounts increase in line with population growth.

The partnership received a thumbs up from Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

"Council is committed to creating a clean and green Brisbane for residents to enjoy, while ensuring our suburbs have the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations."


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