Thursday, July 8, 2021

New fleet of greener Refuse Collection Vehicles now out on Borough's streets


  • New waste collection fleet hits the streets of the Borough
  • Green credentials will make the fleet more environment friendly
  • Children's designs will feature on vehicles

West Lancashire Borough Council is delighted to officially launch its new fleet of waste collection vehicles, now out on the streets providing the on-going essential services our residents rely on, with some important additional benefits.

21 brand-new Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) are now in operation collecting waste across the Borough - seven new 26-tonne split-body RCVs are collecting recycling, while 10 new 26-tonne RCVs are collecting general and trade waste. Four smaller 16-tonne RCVs are also collecting waste from farms and outlying rural routes.

All RCVs will deliver the following benefits:

  • 360-degree cameras, giving the driver clear vision around the vehicle, increasing visibility and reducing accidents
  • electric Terberg bin-lifts that will reduce noise generated by bin collections by over 20% in addition to reducing diesel usage
  • reduction in greenhouse gases (80% reduction in NOx emissions and a 66% reduction in particulate emissions)

Michelle Williams, Head of Environmental Services, said: "Procuring a new fleet of specialist vehicles has by no means been straightforward. Despite suffering significant setbacks resulting from COVID-19 manufacturing delays, Brexit import issues and tight restrictions on face-to-face training available in lockdown, the complete Refuse Collection fleet is now fully operational.

 "This is a really positive development and will result in significant improvements for our staff and customers, with the new fleet bringing state-of-the-art technology, greater fuel efficiency, increased reliability and reductions in harmful emissions."

Councillor Kevin Wilkie, portfolio holder for Street Scene, added: "The advanced features of our new fleet are great news for both the environment, our residents and the staff operating them. As a council, we’re committed to finding more ways to be sustainably greener and this fleet will be incredibly important in informing us about how new technology can help us do that."

"We're also delighted to be working with local suppliers Riverside Truck Rental, further helping us to achieve our priority of supporting the local economy."

The new fleet will also feature advertising boards displaying key recycling messages, including the winning designs from our primary school 'recycling superheroes' competition. The competition was launched in response to the public's lauding of key workers during the pandemic, which included waste and recycling teams, as superheroes of the community for powering on despite all the difficulties COVID-19 presented.

Local schoolchildren were asked to create designs on the theme of 'recycling superheroes' to inspire residents in West Lancashire to make a difference to the environment from their own homes. Two winners have now been chosen and the designs will be revealed soon!