New fleet hits the street

Cllr Judith Guthrie with new fleet
Cllr Judith Guthrie trying out one of the new waste collection vehicles with David Boyer, director of transport and environment (left) and David Smith, fleet and facilities service manager (right).
Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2019

A new fleet of eco-friendly vehicles is set to take over waste collection in Warrington.

Warrington Borough Council has invested around £4million of capital funding in 24 new waste collection vehicles to replace most of the current fleet.

The new, sparkling white fleet will collect general household rubbish, recycling and green waste from around 94,000 properties and 560 trade clients across the borough.

The hi-tech vehicles provide improved safety for the driver, crew and members of the public. Each vehicle features low entry cabs, 360 degree CCTV cameras, LED and audible warning system for cyclists and an in-cab screen for drivers to monitor any potential hazards in the blind spot.

The initial wave of six Dennis Eagle vehicles, of the Council’s fully owned fleet arrived in December 2018, with the rest to follow, in groups of six, until the entire fleet is in operation by April 2020.

Cllr Judith Guthrie, executive board member for environment and public protection, said: “This is a significant investment in front line services, demonstrating the Council’s ambition to hit key recycling targets which will make Warrington a cleaner and greener borough.

“Having a brand new, fit-for-purpose fleet that is fuel efficient, safer, and more economically friendly will mean our waste collection teams can hit the streets, confident that they will be able to provide residents with a reliable, consistent service.”

Three of the current vehicles will be retained, meaning the Council will have a 32 strong fleet in total to ensure capacity to meet service and back-up requirements.

For more information about the Council’s waste services, visit warrington.gov.uk/recycling.

To subscribe to the green waste collection service, due to start in March 2019, visit warrington.gov.uk/greenbins