Page 1. Shelvoke & Drewry Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter - Spring 2017.
THE CHANGING FACE OF REFUSE COLLECTION.
When Stuart Allen posted this photo on the SD Enthusiasts’ Club Facebook Group in January it created a great deal of comment from those who know a lot more about today’s methods of refuse collection than your editor does.
The photo appears in a brochure from the 1970’s and Stuart identified it as being taken in Oldham market. Clearly those were the days when summer really was summer!
The number in the crew and their clothing attracted James O’Rourke’s attention. One operator has no shirt on, no safety boots and no high viz jacket, but he does have a pair of gloves. A four man crew to collect one Paladin container? Trade waste today sometimes operates with just the driver. And look at him! Just sitting there in his cab. Tony Cauchi suggested that perhaps the hand brake was dodgy, and he needed his foot on the brake. More likely, I think, that in those days if you were a driver you drove the truck. Full stop.
With regard to the crew number, Trevor Wood pointed out that that there would not have been a specific trade waste collection in the 1970's. Normal household waste would be collected and emptied into the two side doors fitted beside the bin lift on the rear of the Revopak, hence the need of three loaders.
The Paladin bin was a pre-World War II innovation and in the 1970’s were still made of sturdy galvanised steel. Plastic containers were still in the future. James also noted how the Paladin bin contained re-cycleable plastic and cardboard. I doubt whether anyone even knew the word ‘recycleable’.
Then Kevin Murphy-Steele observed that today no manufacturer would use such as well worn vehicle in an advert in the 21st century. But SD’s were built to last!
I know I’ll upset you, but I suggest that many of these changes spotted by the Facebook Group members are due to privatisation of refuse collection. Tissues are available for your tears!
The photo appears in 'On the Dust' (Page 75) the excellent bookazine edited by SD's former Publicity Manager, Malcolm Bates. The caption tells us that this was a specially arranged photo taken in 1976. An NY Revopak with bulk loader equipment is featured. For deails of 'On the Dust' go toKelsey Publishing http://shop.kelsey.co.uk/product/BKRHA5 (and usual disclaimer - no I don't get commission.)