A look back at Kefalonia's RCVs in the early 2000s

Written by: Tim Byrne | Published:

In the Ionian Sea is the island of Kefalonia. A popular tourist destination and the largest of the three Ionian islands, It is very popular with English tourists from May to September because of its warm temperatures which reach 40 degrees in July and August, writes Tim Byrne

An increase in tourism means an increase in waste which needs to be collected throughout the island. The management of this is the responsibility of the Kefalonia Intermunicipal Enterprise for Waste Management and Environmental Protection.

I spent my summer holidays in Kefalonia in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and since I work in the waste management industry, I was given the opportunity to spend a great deal of time going out in the island’s fleet of waste collection trucks.

There are seven permanent waste collection rounds which cover the collection of waste for the capital, Argostoli, and the other towns and villages across the island. In the summer, additional vehicles were needed to collect these larger volumes of waste. Collection vehicles were operated mornings and afternoons during the summer months to keep the waste volumes to a minimum.

Each of the seven waste collection rounds as well as the supporting rounds used during the summer, are manned by a driver and two operatives. The waste collection services starting time varies across Kefalonia. In the summer months, the vehicles started work at 4am and in the winter, they started at 5.30am.

Vorsprung durch Technik

On my two week’s annual holiday in Kefalonia in 2000, 2001 and 2002, I went out in all of the island’s fleet of waste collection trucks. The island most commonly bought secondhand 1980s Mercedes Benz SK waste collection vehicles from Germany for the islands’ waste collection service. The island found these secondhand Mercedes Benz SK 1980s waste collection trucks were very reliable because the island’s warm temperatures meant little could go wrong with the vehicles.

The island had only ever bought a small number of new waste collection vehicles. In the 1980s the island bought two new Steyr 91 4x2 two axle 16 tonne chassis fitted with the Kaoussis CRV1600 16m3 rotary drum compaction equipment. Trunnion lifting equipment to handle wheeled containers of DIN 30700 specification were also fitted to the vehicles.

In 1996, the island purchased a new Mercedes Benz SK 2024 4x2 two axle 17 tonne chassis fitted with a 16m3 Faun Varopress body and trunnion lifting equipment built and supplied directly from Faun in Germany. The vehicle had a trunnion lifter fitted to empty wheeled containers to DIN 30700 specification.

In 1999, the island purchased a Mercedes Benz Atego 1523 4x2 two axle 15 tonne chassis fitted with a 12m3 Kaoussis CRV1600 rotary drum compaction body complete with a comb and trunnion bin lifter to handle the DIN 30700 and DIN 30740 specification wheeled containers.

I spent a number of days going out with each waste collection truck on a variety of the seven waste collection rounds operated across the island. I arrived at the island’s central depot in Argostoli at 4am to go out in one of the island’s seven waste collection trucks.

Doing the rounds

The first round I went with was round one, which covers Argostoli, the tourist resorts of Lassi and Fanari, where the island’s picturesque Saint Theodoroi light house sits. This is the largest waste collection round on the island because of the density of waste collected and the number of inhabitants the round covers.

To enhance the efficiency of this waste collection round the Kefalonia Intermunicipal Enterprise for Waste Management and Environmental Protection operated a 1980s Mercedes SK 2224 6X4 three axle 24 tonne chassis fitted with a 22m3 Haller X2 rear loading body complete with trunnion bin lifting equipment to DIN 30700 specification. This vehicle collected all of the waste deposited in the 660 and 1100 litre roll-top containers placed in the main streets of Argostoli and Lassi.

The second round I accompanied was round two which collected waste from the central parts of Argostoli and Lassi e.g. the side streets where the larger 1980s Mercedes SK 2224 6x4 three axle 24 tonne Haller X2 could not reach. To collect the waste in these areas, a 1980s Mercedes SK 1617 4X2 two axle 16m3 Kuka Rotopress complete with DIN 30700 bin lifting equipment was used.

Round three serviced Lixouri. The vehicle used for this was one of the two 1980s Steyr 91 4x2 two axle 16 tonne chassis fitted with the Kaoussis CRV1600 16m3 rotary drum compaction equipment.

Round four serviced the town and port of Sami and the town of Agia Effimia with their surrounding villages. The vehicle used for this was the newer 1996 Mercedes SK 2024 4X2 two axle 17 tonne chassis fitted with a 16m3 Faun Variopress body.

Round five serviced the towns of Poros, Skala and Katelios. The vehicle used was a 1980s Mercedes SK 2222 6x4 three axle chassis fitted with a Faun 22m3 Rotopress complete with the trunnion bin lifting equipment to empty wheeled containers of 660 and 1100 litre capacities.

Round six serviced Fiskardo, the village of Assos as well as some of the villages in Lixouri where the larger 1980s Steyr 91 4x2 two axle 16 tonne 16m3 Kaoussis CRV1600 waste collection vehicle could not reach. The vehicle used to collect the waste was the 1999 Mercedes Atego 1523 4x2 two axle 15 tonne chassis fitted with the 12m3 Kaoussis CRV1600 rotary drum compaction body.

Round seven collected waste in the region of Livathos. This region encompasses a number of villages as well as the island’s airport. The vehicle used in this region was similar to the vehicle used by round two e.g. a 1980s Mercedes SK 1617 4X2 two axle 16m3 Kuka Rotopress waste collection vehicle complete with the DIN 30700 bin lifting equipment. The only difference is that it had a crew cab to facilitate a crew of six people as opposed to the day cab variant used on round two which seats a crew of three.

Discharging loads

All of the waste collection vehicles collected one load of waste a day across Kefalonia. Once finished they travelled to the island’s sanitary landfill site at Pallosti which was in the north of the island.

Once the waste collection vehicles had discharged their loads, they returned to the central depot of Argostoli to be washed out and to fuel up for the next working day before concluding their day’s work. The 1980s Steyr 91 4x2 two axle 16 tonne Kaoussis CRV1600 rotary drum waste collection vehicle which worked on round three would return to Lixouri to park up as this vehicle was out based.

The sister 1980s Steyr 91 4x2 two axle 16 tonne Kaoussis CRV1600 16m3 rotary drum waste collection vehicle and three similar 1980s Mercedes SK 1617 4x2 two axle 16 tonne 16m3 Kuka and Faun Rotopress’s were waiting at the depot in Argostoli to commence operation on the afternoon waste collection shift while I was there.

In conclusion, the Kefalonia Intermunicipal Enterprise for Waste Management and Environmental Protection provided an efficient waste collection system for Kefalonia island using their mixed fleet of 1980s and the more modern 1990s waste collection vehicle’s throughout 2000, 2001 and 2002.


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