7 Feb 2018
Photo: Chairman of Aylesbury Vale District Council, Councillor Sue Renshell cutting the ribbon at the launch for the new recycling and waste vehicles, accompanied by AVDC Senior Officers.
Residents and businesses across the Vale can look forward to improved waste collection and recycling services following a £3.2m investment in a new fleet of 17 Mercedes-Benz Econics state-of-the-art refuse vehicles.
The new vehicles offer enhanced performance, improved fuel economy and greater safety, compared to the leased vehicles they are replacing. The vehicles will be maintained in-house which will ensure that they are kept in the best condition and ready for the roads.
The outgoing trucks had split bodies, with a pod at the front used for food waste, and the remaining carrying capacity allocated to general waste or recyclables. Under the new regime, these vehicles collect one waste stream at a time in order to maximise payloads. The job of picking up food waste will now be undertaken by a fleet of nine different vehicles.
As well as providing an opportunity to increase recycling rates the new fleet are also best-placed to cope with the increase in demand which will inevitably result from the increase in new homes across the Vale. The investment is part of a long-term strategy which includes a bigger depot and new workshop with Authorised Testing Facility that will see construction commence in the summer.
Crew Driver, Paul Harris, was one of the first to drive the new vehicles and confirmed, although it took time to get used to the rear steering, that the safety features including telematics and concertina bus doors will ensure safer operation for the crew.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said, “Our residents are some of the best recyclers and we really appreciate how important waste services are to our residents and businesses and how much effort they put into recycling, well above the national average. However, I am confident that with our new fleet and support from our residents and business customers that we can improve on that rate.
“The leased trucks were coming to the end of their life and a decision was taken to invest in a new fleet. Now they are here we are confident that these vehicles will add real value to our waste collection services and will add an outstanding service level to our operations. They were tried and tested by officers and our own drivers, before the decision to purchase was made. Both officers and collection crews are delighted with the new vehicles.
“The delivery of these vehicles marks the start of a programme of improvements to our waste services that will ultimately deliver improved waste and recycling services for Aylesbury’s residents and businesses.”
Residents and businesses can stay informed about waste and recycling via the council’s website, including arranging bulky waste collections, reporting missed bins and signing up for garden waste collection.