The Vultures of Camden

In the last post I mentioned the Vulture compactors that made up the majority of the waste collection fleet in Camden, where I worked for Onyx(UK) from 1991 to 1995.

Under the  contract, the London Borough of Camden retained ownership and maintenance of the fleet, with the collection team from Onyx.

Anyway, in this picture we can see the rear of the loader, with 3 blokes who didnt actually work for Onyx, but Danny on the left may have been an employee of Max in the shorts who worked for the employment agency that supplied temporary labour when it was needed.

The Camden contract had 3 depots initially. there was Cressy Road in the north, and Jamestown Road in the Centre of Camden and Cockpitt Yard to the south.

Apparently the Jamestown Road site is now residential homes. i think the same thing happened to Cressy Road.

To collect all the waste in Camden we had 2 trucks running from Cockpitt Yard, 8 collection team trucks (rear loader crews) plus 4 bulk bin trucks plus vacuum truck plus 2 bulky waste items crews, plus 2 afternoon shifts and a night shift running out of Jamestwon Road, and at Cressy Road a further 2 bulk bin trucks and 8 collection teams plus another couple of crews that specialised in house clearances etc.

Truck 166