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On the road trying to make a living with a full-time job while constantly worrying about my two boys ages 20 and 23 driving refuse and recycling routes. I was a mess thinking about the possibility of them getting injured or even killed by a vehicle while chasing down fly-away litter that didn’t make it into the truck with the automated arm. We had to quickly find a solution. 

 

My oldest son had just graduated from college with a Business Management degree. He asked me what recommendations I had regarding finding a job. He was ambitious, hardworking and smart. I told him to figure out what his passion was and start a company. 

 

Adam only knew the solid waste and recycling industry as he grew up watching his dad sell carts for over 20 years for a large U.S. cart manufacturer and so, Adam decided to get his CDL and start a local hauling company. 

 

While building his business plan, one of our concerns and priorities was driver safety, specifically; since my son and later, both of my sons would be driving. I explained to Adam the importance of automation, not only for efficiency but also the importance of driver safety. Servicing carts with an automated arm keeps the driver in the truck the majority of the time on a route, therefore; preventing the driver from having to get out of the truck possibly slipping and falling or even worse, getting struck by a vehicle. 

 

After long discussion and research Adam decided to purchase dual drive residential front load trucks with curotto cans. The curotto can has an automated arm on the right side and the dual side drive would allow the driver to exit curbside when necessary, adding additional protection from oncoming traffic. 

 

Soon after running routes daily, Adam quickly realized he had a couple major problems. Not only were carts being blown over scattering garbage and recycling across neighborhoods but when servicing carts, not all of the garbage was making it into the curotto can. Not only was litter blowing out shortly after lifting the cart from the curb but also right before entering the curotto can. Recycling was even more of a problem since it fits loosely in carts. Adam found himself spending the majority of his route outside the truck chasing down fly-away garbage and recycling while trying to stay safe from getting injured. He also paid attention and noticed his hauling competitors were experiencing the same problems with their automated trucks. Carts were blowing over and 100% of the garbage and recycling wasn’t making it into the truck bodies when servicing the carts.

 

Adam paid close attention to the complaints by phone and on social media and made sure his business wasn’t littering his beloved community by spending more time chasing down fly-away litter coming from his carts and trucks. He realized he needed to do something about the major problem and wanted to have a positive impact on his small beautiful community. 

 

Adam’s business was quickly growing in the small community and the addition of another driver was needed. So, he hired his younger brother. With both sons driving routes daily, grey hairs were adding up on my head worrying about the safety of my sons who

I loved and adored. A solution had to be found immediately. 

 

After weeks of research, we weren’t successful finding a latch that auto-released without the driver having to physically get out of the truck to unhook. The steel gravity locks available were not cost effective and would corrode over time. 

 

After further research, Adam and I believed we had a solution, the SafeWaste auto-release cart wind latch founded and made in New Zealand. 

 

He quickly made a small purchase and attached SafeWaste latches to some carts. Bam! Finally, a cost-effective way with a non-corrosive product that would keep the lid closed when blown over but also when the cart fully entered the curotto can and the lid released when 2.5-3lbs of garbage or recycling came in contact with the lid. The SafeWaste latch not only solved the problem of Adam and his brother not having to get out of the truck to chase down fly-away litter, their route times decreased immensity witnessing they could service carts much quicker with the lid latched improving efficiency considerably. 

 

Soon, Adam quickly realized the SafeWaste auto-release cart lid wind latch solved many problems for not only him and his brother but kept his dad’s hair from getting grayer!! 

 

SafeWaste Auto-Release Cart Lid Wind Latch benefits for Municipalities, Haulers, and Resident’s:

 

1.     Cart lid stays latched until cart enters collection vehicles body preventing early opening containing fly-away debris resulting driver not having to exit truck. 

2.     Safety – keeps lid closed preventing lid from being blown open injuring homeowner or sanitation worker 

3.     Significantly increases wind stability - resulting in fewer carts blowing onto streets 

4.     Prevents rodents/animals from entering. Two latches on the side of the lid keeps racoons out. 

5.     Controlling fly-away litter helps clean up our waterways and oceans 

6.     Improved resident waste collection expectations 

7.     Resident/customer has a sense of security when setting their cart out on windy days the night before collection day knowing the lid “sail” will not blow open

8.     Health & Safety – controls fly-a-way COVID-19 PPE & other hazardous substances

9.     Lid latch easily releases when 2.5-3 lbs. of force come in contact with the underside of the cart lid

10.  Compatible with manual, semi-automated, and automated collection

11.  Auto-release latch when emptying into collection truck

12.  Reduces blocked storm-water drains and pipes from fly-away litter

13.  Improved environmental outcomes-Reduces carbon footprint

14.  Reduces landfill costs - SafeWaste latch keeps cart contents dry during inclement weather

15.  Driver retention – greater job satisfaction, less injuries

16.  Health & Safety – drivers exiting vehicles less often

17.  Sets a limit on over filling of carts

18.  Reduction in lost litter clean up

19.  Meets specified latching requirements from municipalities

20.  Competitive advantage

21.  Latch will last the lifetime of the cart -20,000 test cycles

22.  Recyclable

23.  Range of latch positions possible

24.  Suitable for all carts

25.  Range of models with varying auto-release characteristics

26.  Reduced waste losses from curb-side collection

27.  Can be retro fitted to existing carts

28.  Most cart manufacturers will install SafeWaste lid latches at their factories prior to shipping your next order

29.  User friendly; ergonomically designed

30.  Extreme Durability

31.  Easily installed

32.  Minimal cost

 

Annual Savings Per Route Using SafeWaste Auto-Release Cart Lid Latches

 Based on 600 average refuse stops for automated rural route:

·       Drivers exit truck 5% of the stops -30 times to pick up either cart tip overs or wind-blown litter that has exited the cart or truck body

·       Average time spent per truck exit is 3 minutes (Some cases much longer) 3 minutes X 30 truck exists =90 minutes per day

·       1.5 hours per day x 5 days per week= 7.5 hours weekly picking up cart tip overs and wind-blown litter that has existed the cart or truck body

·       7.5 hours @ $25.00 per hour (Driver pay rate) =$187.50 in wages per week lost per route

·       600 stops x 1 SafeWaste auto-release cart lid latch @ $3.50= $2,100

·       600 SafeWaste auto-release cart lid latches would be paid for in the first 11.2 weeks 

·       Savings of $7,683.75 per year per route (40.98 weeks left in a year)

Based on 1,000 average refuse stops for automated dense inner-city route:

·       Drivers exit truck 5% of the stops -50 times to pick up either cart tip overs or wind-blown litter that has exited the cart or truck body

·       Average time spent per truck exit is 3 minutes (Some cases much longer) 3 minutes X 50 truck exists=150 minutes per day

·       2.5 hours per day x 5 days per week= 12.5 hours weekly picking up cart tip overs and wind-blown litter that has existed the cart or truck body

·       12.5 hours @ $25.00 per hour=$312.50 in wages per week lost per route

·       1,000 stops x 1 SafeWaste auto-release cart lid latch @ $3.50= $3,500

·       1,000 SafeWaste auto-release cart lid latches would be paid for in the first 11.2 weeks 

·       Savings of $12,806.25 per year per route (40.98 weeks left in a year)

The above annual cost saving will increase substantially when servicing lighter less compactable recyclables.

This data does not address the positive impact and savings regarding Workmen’s Compensation, with drivers not having to exist the truck slipping and falling on snow and ice and the additional injuries resulting from chasing down, brooming and shoveling of wind-blown litter.

This data also does not address the positive impact and savings regarding Driver turnover reduced by happier healthier drivers. 

Insurance companies may offer discounts because drivers are existing trucks less often and staying out of the line of traffic. 

Please click on https://vimeo.com/515563322  or visit www.safewaste.com to see the latch in action.

 

Click on SafeWaste YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGelv_FsXnkfaI-7KPdotzA to see how easy it is to install a SafeWaste auto-release cart lid wind latch. 

 

Visit www.safewaste.global for further information.