Look out for the new branded vehicles featuring a number of recycling messages coming to a street near you.
Four new Mercedes waste lorries are now operational on the streets of Aylesbury. These are the first of 22 new vehicles that will be arriving over the next two months, providing residents and businesses with a state-of-the-art refuse fleet. The new vehicles will deliver a range of improvements, including enhanced performance, better fuel efficiency and safer operation.
A key benefit is the ability to collect one waste stream at a time, meaning all food waste for recycling will be collected in a separate food vehicle. This change in operation, due to commence early 2018, will allow for future growth across the district and for more recycling to be collected on a larger vehicle.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “The investment in a new fleet of refuse lorries is evidence of our goal to make Aylesbury a cleaner and greener borough. 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.
“The Recycling and Waste Team led a very competitive procurement process to ensure AVDC obtained the best value for our residents and purchased equipment fit for purpose.
“Aylesbury citizens are some of the best in England and currently recycle 54% of all collected waste, above the national average of 43%. Our green waste produces a high-quality fertiliser, whereas food waste produces energy to fuel homes, and dry recycling goes on to produce new products. Having said that, we still need residents to take action by reducing, reusing and recycling their waste. It’s a joint effort and the more everyone recycles, the more everyone saves.”