Clearaway gets first 16-tonne Ategos for added payload

George Barrow
November 18, 2022

Waste management specialist Clearaway has taken delivery of its first 16-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego skiploaders.

Supplied by Sparshatt Truck & Van and financed through Daimler Truck Financial Services UK the trucks are construction-specification 1524 K variants with short, ClassicSpace S-cabs and Hyva lifting equipment.

They’ve been chosen for their increased capacity which includes a near 7.5-tonne payload. The 15-strong fleet also includes four other Atego trucks from the light- and medium-duty range with two 13.5-tonne skip-loaders and a pair of 7.5-tonners. They also have several Arocs chassis with six 18-tonne skiploaders, two 32-tonne eight-wheelers.

Sister company Wasteaway also operates from the same site and runs a fleet of 40 Mercedes-Benz tractor units that pull walking floor trailers. They collect commercial and domestic waste from transfer stations throughout Essex and Kent. 

Clearway director Paul Whitehair said: “We’re really pleased with our first 16-tonners. They’re no bigger than the 13.5-tonne Atego, but each offers a very useful increase of approximately 2,400kg in body and payload allowance.”

“Our Mercedes-Benz trucks have proved over the last 10 years to be exceptionally strong and reliable, which is crucial given the nature of our operations. Skip-loaders will always get knocked about a bit, yet we still have a couple that are on 15-plates – I was going to let them go a little while back but haven’t done so yet because they’re still good, solid trucks that continue to stand the test of time.”

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George Barrow

George Barrow has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years, starting off his career in the car industry and ending up in commercial vehicles via a brief detour to cover technology, science and start-ups. Often found behind the wheel of a new product, his real interest lies in the business side of the automotive industry. George is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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