New bin lorries set to take to county's roads
The first in Northumberland County Council's new fleet of greener and cleaner refuse wagons have rolled off the production line.
The council is investing £8.6million to replace its 50 strong fleet of refuse vehicles in a rolling programme over the next three years, while also adding two extra vehicles to its fleet to meet the growing demands on waste services in the county.
The initial batch of 24 wagons are arriving this year, with the first vehicles now being liveried and prepared at the council’s depots.
They are £165,000 each and come with a number of improvements compared to the old models. These include: Increased waste capacity; rear-wheel steering to help manouverability around smaller streets; full 360 degree cameras, increasing safety for staff and the public; reduced exhaust emissions; and better fuel economy.
The trucks also come with hardware which monitors driving style to encourage more efficient driving.
Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “Our existing fleet of vehicles have served us well, but are now in need of replacement and these new vehicles which are coming into service are cleaner, more efficient, safer and have a greater capacity than the old models – they are state-of-the-art in every aspect and a valuable addition to our fleet.”
He added: “Providing an efficient and reliable regular bin collection service is a cornerstone of what councils do and it’s vital we invest in the right equipment to be able to do this.
“Our refuse wagons and crews cover tens of thousands of miles each year in all sorts of weather and it is very rare they are unable to make a collection.”