Land and Sea Vehicles Used to Transport Waste Materials

The transportation of waste, it is fair to say, could not be possible without a variety of land and sea vehicles. In the following article, we are going to be taking a look at the different waste collection vehicles that make the transportation of waste possible. First, we are going to start off with land vehicles and then move onto sea vehicles.


Waste Transportation Land-Based Vehicles

A land-based waste collector is commonly known as a dustbin lorry or garbage truck. These trucks are perfect for collecting waste and then transporting it to a landfill or to a place where it can be managed and treated.

When it comes to waste collection there are five common vehicles that you will come across, and we shall take a look at these in a bit of detail right now.

Front Loaders: These trucks are used by industrial services and have large containers that have a plastic lid covering them. There is an automated fork on the front that the driver operates using a joystick - he will pick up the garbage container lift it over his compartment and empty it in the container behind him. Once the garbage is safely in the container, it will be crushed using a Packer blade.

Rear Loaders: These vehicles are often used in residential areas, and at the end there is an opening that allows the waste collector to chuck the rubbish into the loader. These vehicles are often equipped with a lifting mechanism that can be used if a large dustbin has to be emptied. This means that the operator does not have to try and lift the dustbin by hand and cause themselves a bad back injury. When the container is full of waste, the operator will push a button and it will be crushed and compacted to make space for more.

Automated Side Loaders: These are also known as garbage trucks and only collect mobile garbage bins that have a capacity of 80-240 liters. These vehicles are often put to use in residential areas and collect general waste. There is a mechanical arm that can reach 9 feet, meaning that the loader can go beyond obstacles to collect mobile bins. Furthermore, this type of waste collection vehicle only needs one man to operate it, while most others require at least two or three. In times of a pandemic, this can be very useful indeed and help decrease risk of infection.

Pneumatic Collection WCV: These loaders come with a built-in crane and come with a mouthpiece that can fit over the holes that you find under those metal circular plates in the street. This type of waste collector sucks up the waste from underground containers without any hassle at all.

Grapple Trucks: These waste collectors are perfect for picking up waste that is too heavy to be picked up by hand - anything that can be classified as bulky waste should be picked up by a grapple truck. They have a big grapple loader attached to their frame which is operated using a joystick - just think of it as one big claw.

Waste Transportation Sea Vehicles

Now that we have looked at some of the common land-based vehicles used to transport waste, we are going to take a quick look at ways that waste can be transported by sea.


Cargo Ships: One of the more popular ways to transport via sea is by cargo ship. They come in a variety of different sizes, with the biggest being able to hold hundreds of tons of whatever it is that they are transporting. You can always spot a cargo ship due to the large containers that are stacked up high on its deck.

RoRo Ships: Roll-on/Roll-off ships are usually used to transport vehicles and they are a favourite in the shipping industry due to how easy they are to load. Lifting an item onto a ship using a crane can cause a number of issues, with one such issue being damage to the ship or whatever it is being lifted. If a crate of hazardous material gets damaged while it is being loaded onto a ship, it can leak and start to cause a lot of issues. Driving or rolling items onto the ship is a lot quicker and safer. All transported material is strapped down to ensure they do not move about during the trip.

Bulk Carriers: These are very important when it comes to the world of maritime transportation. Unlike container ships and cargo ships, bulk carriers will not have any rigging overhead. This is because these vessels are often used to transport various grains, wood chips, ore, and other types of materials can be poured into a hold instead of being held in a container.

Barges: These are often carried along behind other vessels, but they are a very common mode of sea transport. You will often find cargo container ships with barges being towed behind them so that they can transport more at the same time.