Museum Classics: 1964 And 1968 DAF Garbage Trucks – Nobody Ever Heard Of Selective Waste Collection

In the not-so-distant past, all types of household waste were simply thrown into the gaping mouth of a garbage truck by two fit & healthy guys, riding on the truck’s rear steps. The only exceptions were paper and cardboard, everything else went straight to a landfill site.

Two classic, non-selective waste collectors are on display in the DAF Museum, both of them date back to the sixties. Are you ready for a load of rubbish?

Starting in 1964 with this DAF G 1300 and a Geesink roltrommel (rolling drum). The DAF is powered by the truck maker’s DA 475 engine, that’s a naturally aspirated, 4.77 liter inline-6 diesel engine. Maximum power output 100 SAE-hp.

On the drum’s sides it says Do not throw garbage on the street.

The Geesink body can contain up to 17 m³ (600 ft³) of garbage, which roughly weighs 6 metric tons (13,000 lbs).

DAF’s G-chassis was introduced in 1952. For better maneuverability and a tighter turning radius, it had a set-back front axle. Set back substantially, I must add, resulting in more front overhang than on a usual Euro-cabover.

The cab was developed in cooperation with Van Dijk’s Carrosseriefabriek, the company also built these cabs. The compartment with the big doors and roll-down shutters was filled with larger items, left on the curb.

This is why it was called a rolling drum; compacting garbage by gravity, thus making room for more load while the truck was on the job. For unloading, the drum’s back part -pivoting at the top- opened and the garbage was dumped. According to Geesink’s website, their rolling drum was introduced in the late thirties.

The standard, zinc garbage bins as used throughout the country back then.

The bins were hung on a bracket, after which they could be easily tipped for emptying.

Parked next to the G 1300 was this 1968 DAF A 1900 with a much bigger and more modern Faun body. The 1900 was the heaviest of the venerable “Frog-DAF” series. Many of them are still around, owned and driven by classic DAF truck collectors and enthusiasts.

The truck is rated at a maximum gross weight of 15,200 kg (33,510 lbs). Its power unit is a 120 SAE-hp, DD 575 diesel engine. An inline-6, naturally aspirated, with a displacement of 5.76 liter.

At the landfill site, the garbage was pressed out of the cargo area. This fully restored garbage truck was owned by the Van Gansewinkel company.

The zinc bins era ended around 1970. Henceforward, all household waste was put in plastic bags, tied up with any piece of rope. The fit & healthy guys grabbed as many bags as they could and slang them into the truck in one fluid motion.

This really looks like a black hole…

…which it is, in a way. Throw something in and you’ll never see it again.

The Faun equipment was powered by this PTO at the front.

Fast forward to 2020. Selective waste collection has been the norm for quite some time now. And meanwhile, full-EV garbage trucks have also arrived. Like this recently introduced DAF CF Electric 6×2 with VDL E-Power. Electric trucks and tractor units for city work will become the new norm, let there be no doubt about that.

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