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FLEET MANAGEMENT

// TFC Recycling's maintenance team provides
each truck with preventive maintenance every
150 to 250 hours of operation.

Brown maintains. The company also
picks up trash for some municipalities
in trucks separate from those dedicated
to recycling.
Each truck is driven by one person
who operates an automated arm called
an actuated side loader to lift and dump
carts of products for recycling into
the truck. TFC Recycling also uses
front-loaders for large containers of
recyclables and rear loaders.
The company has 152 drivers, many of
whom are recruited along with mechanics from a program TFC runs in the technical schools called "Grow Your Own."
Students are trained and mentored with
the hope that they will be interested in
and qualified for full-time employment.
"The human resource vice president put
the program in place, and it seems to be
working rather well," Brown says.
TFC Recycling is one of the earliest
proponents of single-stream recycling.

Even though some countries such as
Germany separate their recyclables
into a multitude of separate containers,
single-stream recycling - putting any
recyclable product into a single bin -
increases recycling rates in the United
States. Plastic, metal, glass and paper are
separated from each other economically
by TFC Recycling using ingenious, highspeed automated methods in the plant at
its headquarters in Chesapeake, Va.
Truck Renovation
An average life expectancy for one of
TFC Recycling's trucks is 12 to 15 years
- depending on which routes it is driven
- because they do not undergo severe
duty. "A lot of that is because we do a
heck of a maintenance program," Brown
declares. This includes daily checks
through the company's safety lane and
preventive maintenance every 150 to
250 hours of operation.

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closely with the local community to help reduce emissions and improve the environment. Chevron is proud to work with TFC
Recycling and supply Delo branded products to support their goal of Total Vehicle Reliability and sustainability initiatives. TFC
Recycling operates a business that is hard on its 135 waste vehicles due to the constant stop-and-go operating conditions in
various ambient conditions during the year. Delo 400 NG SAE 15W-40 and Delo ELC Antifreeze/Coolant are a critical part of
them maintaining excellent reliability in their CNG engines and ensuring minimal downtown of their vehicles. In this business
reliability and uptime are vital to a successful operation and Delo can help you go further. Thank you TFC Recycling for being a
valued partner - together we can continue to go further.

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"Keeping communication open between the driver and a mechanic always
helps through the safety lane to make
sure the truck is up and safe and ready
to go every day," Brown emphasizes. The
safety lane is a lane in which the trucks
come through when the trucks come
back to the shop or TFC for the day.
While in this lane, the trucks are checked
for all aspects of safety including fluids,
lights, tires, windshield wipers and any
other safety aspect on the particular
truck. "We pride ourselves on having
some of the safest trucks in the area. Our
DOT safety scores are much better than
most of our competition. We continually
beat them out by 50 percent."
TFC Recycling's trucks might pick
up 900 carts per day, 21 days monthly,
for 362 days a year. So every three years,
each truck in the company's 174-truck
fleet is totally renovated from front to
back. This includes all brakes, automatic
transmission and hydraulic fluids, filters, body parts, air conditioning, glass,
windshields, lighting and GPS systems.
"At that time, it gets another wrap or
new paint job, and it will be good for a
good long time," Brown declares.
The company has two maintenance
facilities, one at its headquarters in
Chesapeake, Va., and the other in Chester, Va. Mechanics number 28 at Chesapeake with 12 bays, and five mechanics
work in Chester with six bays. Both
shops have three shifts. "We're open all
night long - like a 7-Eleven - and it never stops," Brown quips. Each mechanic
services approximately 10 vehicles and
is cross-trained on trucks that use all
fuel types.
Cheaper Fuel
TFC Recycling's main business helps
the environment, but so do 45 of its vehicles that are powered by compressed
natural gas (CNG). "It's so affordable
that you basically are missing the boat if


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