Municipal: Cost Comparisons

How do the costs of the Curotto-Can system compare to those of ASLs and rear loaders?

A Direct Comparison on Capital Costs

There is sometimes the perception that automated equipment is significantly more expensive than a comparable manual system.

 

But how do the costs actually break down?

The cost to purchase a fleet of front loaders factory-equipped with Curotto-Can systems is directly comparable to the cost to purchase a fleet of automated side loaders (ASLs).

 

When compared to rear loaders, the cost to purchase a new front loader equipped with a Curotto-Can is approximately 30% more.

 

While capital costs are an important consideration, of greater importance are the operating and maintenance costs.

 

See below.

The Scoop on Operating Costs

While the initial capital costs are higher when compared to rear loaders and similar when compared ASLs, any initial cost advantage is quickly negated by the higher operating costs.

 

The big advantage of adding a Curotto-Can to your front loader is the high productivity, which more than offsets the higher initial costs.

 

Curotto: 1200 homes per day, 2% contamination rate, 1 worker ASL: 950 homes per day, 25% contamination rate, 1 worker Rear Loader: 800 homes per day, 25% contamination rate, 2-3 workers
Curotto: 1200 homes per day, 2% contamination rate, 1 worker ASL: 950 homes per day, 25% contamination rate, 1 worker Rear Loader: 800 homes per day, 25% contamination rate, 2-3 workers

 

Although there are regional variations, a front loader equipped with a Curotto-Can on a typical residential route averages 1200 homes per day. This is about 40% more homes per day than a rear loader (at 800 homes per day) and about 25% more homes per day than an ASL (at 950 homes per day).

 

The much higher productivity of the Curotto-Can system allows you to earn significantly more income than the other two systems.

 

Secondly, labor costs for the Curotto-Can system are lower than either of the other two systems. Rear loaders use 2-3 workers per unit while a front loader with a Curotto-Can requires only one. And, while an ASL requires one operator, the higher productivity of the Curotto-Can system enables you to finish the same route much more quickly providing additional fuel savings.

 

A third factor is the cost of contaminants. Both ASLs and rear loaders can have a contamination rate as high as 25%. The Curotto-Can system enables an operator to reduce contaminants to as low as 4%. This enables you to avoid having to pay for sorting and contaminant disposal at the landfill, further reducing your annual operating costs.

 

Productivity Comparison Chart  Easy to see, easy to remove contaminants with the Curotto Can.
Easy to see, easy to remove contaminants with the Curotto-Can.

 

When you combine all the factors: initial cost, operating cost, labor cost and cost of contaminants, a front loader equipped with a Curotto-Can has a significantly lower cost per processed ton of material when compared either to an ASL or a rear loader. The Curotto-Can system completes the route in less time, uses less fuel, and with fewer trucks.

 

Simply put, the Curotto-Can system services more homes in less time at a lower cost than either of the two other systems.

Add Flexibility for More Cost Savings

The Curotto Can mounts to the forks of a front loader and it takes about a minute to connect the electrical and hydraulic systems.

The Curotto Can mounts to the forks of a front loader and it takes about a minute to connect the electrical and hydraulic systems.

 

While the initial cost to purchase an ASL is about the same as the cost to purchase a front loader equipped with a Curotto-Can, the ASL can only collect one type of route – residential. In contracts, front loaders equipped with a Curotto-Can can pick up both residential and commercial routes. Front loaders can be used for commercial routes at night and for residential during the day.

 

For a large hauler or municipality this kind of fleet flexibility can reduce capital costs significantly. 

 

It’s simple, use a smaller number of multi-purpose trucks rather than a higher number of single-purpose trucks.

Lower Maintenance Costs

All the lubrication points on the Curotto Can are easily accessible. Operators can complete the daily inspection and maintenance routine in about 5 minutes.

All the lubrication points on the Curotto Can are easily accessible.
Operators can complete the daily inspection and maintenance routine in about 5 minutes.

 

Some in the waste industry believe that automated systems are high maintenance and thus require maintenance staff to upgrade their skills. While this is true for computer-controlled ASLs, this is not the case with the Curotto-Can system. Because the Curotto-Can system uses no high-maintenance electronic components, the same maintenance staff who maintain rear loaders and front loaders can maintain the automated carry cans. No upgrading of skills is required.

 

The Curotto-Can has evolved from 15 years of on-the-route development. Four of the product’s five major design considerations specifically reduce maintenance costs:

 

  • 1. High Productivity
  • 2. Ruggedness of Construction
  • 3. Use of Long-Life Components
  • 4. Ease of Maintenance
  • 5. Ease of Replacing Wear Parts

 

By following factory-specific maintenance intervals, the maintenance costs for a front loader with a Curotto-Can system are significantly lower than comparable ASLs and about the same as those for rear loaders.

Cost of Spares

Cost of Spares: The Can by Itself

 

Another cost that is significantly lowered by using the Curotto-Can system is the cost for spares. With either ASLs or rear loaders, having a spare available means purchasing, licensing, and maintaining an entire collection vehicle.

 

By choosing a front loader with the Curotto-Can system, you only have to have an extra automated carry can on hand to have a spare.

 

The cost of one Curotto-Can is a small fraction of the cost of an entire truck. Again, your cost savings can be significant.

WCB Costs

Driver looks forward at all times thus avoiding the neck and back strain associated with constantly turning to look backwards.

Driver looks forward at all times thus avoiding the neck and back strain associated with constantly turning to look backwards.

 

Worker’s Compensation Benefit (WCB) costs are becoming a major consideration for haulers and municipalities.

 

In general, WCB costs are highest for rear loaders mostly because of the constant heavy lifting and turning movements a worker must perform. ASLs also record significant WCB costs due to the repetitive motions operators must make to reach for the controls with one hand while turning the head to the right to monitor cart pickup and dumping.

 

But with the Curotto-Can system the cart pickup-dump-return cycle is right in front of the operator. No lifting or turning is necessary.

 

WCB costs for the Curotto-Can is the lowest of the three systems.

Safety Benefits

View from the streetside operator's station. The complete pickup-dump-return cycle is right in front of the driver.

View from the streetside operator's station. The complete pickup-dump-return cycle is right in front of the driver.

 

The grippers on an ASL are large and located eight feet behind the driver. If the operator moves forward without the grippers being fully retracted could damage cars, mailboxes, etc. The grippers on a Curotto-Can are small and right in view of the driver, virtually eliminating concerns about accidentally leaving them extended and causing damage.

 

Also, because ASL operators must look to the right at each pickup, they might not be aware if a child, pet, or vehicle moves directly in front of the unit while their head is turned. With the Curotto-Can system, the operator is looking forward at all times, reducing the potential risk for accidents.

 

Using the Curotto-Can system can significantly enhance the safety of both operators and community residents.

Additional Benefits

A Curotto equipped front loader can work in a narrow backalleys and sidestreets.

A Curotto equipped front loader can work in a narrow backalleys and sidestreets.
The Curotto Can can pickup and return a cart within the space between the mirrors.
In comparison, all ASLs have to pickup and return the cart outside the mirrors.

 

The Curotto-Can system easily facilitates collection in alleys and narrow streets. The space needed for the automated carry can to pick up and dump a trash cart is as wide as the space between the mirrors on the truck’s cab. In comparison, an ASL must pick up and return carts outside the front mirrors often making them a poor solution for narrow streets and alleys and requiring a second specialized unit to follow behind – increasing operating costs.

 

Simply put, the Curotto-Can system provides the best service to residents at the lowest price to the public.