New bin collection fleet flies inPublished Tuesday 5 April 2016
A fleet of brand new recycling and waste vehicles – all named after historic aeroplanes – will be seen out on the streets from this week.
Harborough District Council’s recycling and waste contractor FCC Environment Services (UK) Ltd introduced 13 new refuse vehicles this week which its teams will be using to collect bins throughout the Harborough district.
The Dennis Eagle vehicles – featuring eye-catching graphics –boast both lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption and will replace outdated collection lorries. They also feature 360 degree cameras for improved safety – particularly for cyclists and pedestrians – and in-cab technology to give drivers real-time information on operational issues as they go about their rounds.
In the lifecycle of the new vehicles it is estimated they will make a total of 14 million bin pick ups.
To reflect the district’s heritage, each lorry has been given individual names synonymous with aircraft that have been based at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome. Names such as Vulcan, Comet, Harrier and Nimrod will now be visible on the vehicles’ cabs as they make their collections.
Last year, Harborough District Council awarded FCC Environment Services (UK) Ltd an extension of seven years to operate their Environmental Services contract, including recycling and waste, grounds maintenance and street cleansing. Under the terms of the contract extension, FCC Environment has taken delivery of the new fleet of refuse collection vehicles and ancillary equipment.
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