O’Donovan Waste sets a new standard for skiploader operation

London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal Limited has become the UK’s first waste management and recycling specialist to introduce a skiploader based on a Scania L-series chassis into service.  

Benefiting from a Transport for London five star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating, the vehicle sets a new standard for skiploader operation in terms of the level of protection it provides to vulnerable road users.  Supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Limited’s Purfleet depot, the truck is part of an order for four Scania skiploaders.  

“The whole purpose of adding the Scania L-series vehicle is about taking innovative steps and encouraging the sector to be forward-thinking as we work to reduce road danger for all users.”  says Jacqueline O’Donovan, Managing Director, O’Donovan Waste.  

“We have had Scania trucks on our fleet for many years and their ongoing technical advances and commitment to sustainability match our own priorities.  As a dynamic company known for progressive decisions, we are keen to ensure we are making the best choices to help further protect vulnerable road users as well as the environment.  We continue to make significant ongoing investments in our fleet and drivers to ensure that we are in the best possible position to do this.”

For Scania, UK Sales Director Vincente Connolly says, “Since its launch, the Scania L-series has been utilised nationwide in a range of applications spanning local distribution to refuse collection.  We are delighted O’Donovan Waste Disposal has now become the country’s first waste management specialist to specify the chassis for a skiploader.  

“With its low driving position and excellent all-round visibility, the cab is ideally suited to intensive urban operations, such as those undertaken by O’Donovan in and around the capital.  We wish the company’s team every success with the vehicle and look forward to continuing to develop the long-standing relationship between our two organisations.”

O’Donovan Waste’s Scania L-series skiploader is based on an L 250 4×2 chassis equipped with Scania’s seven-litre 250 horsepower engine for economic and efficient urban operation. The vehicle’s low height, low roof cab features automatic lowering when stationary to provide easy access via its 790mm wide entry step.  A further L-series cab benefit for drivers on urban multi-drop operations is that movement around the interior is assisted by a passageway in front of the engine tunnel.  

The vehicle’s safety in operation has been enhanced by the addition of Scania’s City Safe window in the passenger door.  To provide further protection for vulnerable road users, O’Donovan has also added additional safety features including a side scan system, side under-run protection, left hand turn audible alarms and all-round CCTV.

Boughton’s Power-Reach 18 (PR18) skiploader equipment is fitted to the vehicle.  Proven over many years of service, the PR18 features independent telescopic lift arms which enables skips to be dropped off and retrieved from otherwise inaccessible spaces.  Loads in transit are secured by way of Boughton’s Intacova auto-sheeting system.

About O’Donovan Waste Disposal

O’Donovan Waste Disposal is one of London’s leading independent waste managementcompanies with a turnover of £20m, a fleet of 100 HGVs and employing a workforce of 185.  A dynamic business specialising in construction and demolition waste, O’Donovan has earned an excellent reputation as a trusted company that crosses over a number of different sectors, offering total waste management and recycling solutions.  

The family-run, award-winning company champions a range of ongoing innovative initiatives that prioritises staff wellbeing, health and safety, training and environmental excellence, demonstrating a top-down commitment to best practice and is widely regarded within the sector as an industry leader.

O’Donovan is passionate about the waste industry and about working as safely and sustainably as possible and has an array of impressive accreditations demonstrating their competent and ethical practices.  The company is a Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) Champion and Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold operator (held for over ten consecutive years).   

O’Donovan has invested heavily in waste processing and ensures the maximum is recycled or re-used. Recycled aggregates are produced using state-of-the-art equipment, as per the WRAP quality protocol before going on to be reused in construction and infrastructure projects. All of its recycled materials come with a British Standard quality certification demonstrating excellence and commitment to the circular economy and achieving zero waste to landfill.

O’Donovan is fervent advocate of road safety and best practice, delivering training modules in house as the HQ is a certified training centre, approved by JAUPT (DCPC) and British Safety Council (BSC).


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