The 12 new refuse lorries have more fuel efficient engines, saving on fuel costs and making them cheaper and greener to run. Because the vehicles are more robust, they are able to go out on two shifts per day, meaning better value for money. The vehicles replace the older fleet, which was nine years old and due for replacement. Maintenance costs will also be considerably lower than on the older fleet.
Ten new Schmidt street sweeping machines have also been taken on to replace the older models. These are more durable and have more features than their predecessors. The allow a greater area to be cleaned in a quicker time, saving money and leading to cleaner streets.
Cllr Mick McCarthy, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This new fleet of vehicles demonstrates our commitment to cleaner streets and a high quality refuse collection service.
“Our fleet of environment vehicles is on the roads most days, and because of wear and tear it’s necessary to replace the fleet from time to time.
“By investing in these new vehicles we will save money in the long run because they are more efficient and can do a better job. Most important of all the fleet will allow us to continue to provide a good service to residents.”