North Devon Council's first new bin lorries arrive
01 October 2021
The first of a new fleet of bin and recycling vehicles have arrived at North Devon Council to help improve the efficiency of the collections and reduce its impact on the environment.
NDC has teamed up with Somerset West & Taunton Council and national provider Specialist Fleet Services LTD (SFS) to secure a new contract for their vehicles for the next seven years.
The two authorities have worked together to provide the service with SFS which means neither councils will need to purchase vehicles outright or face unpredictable maintenance costs moving forwards. SFS will be responsible for the management of the vehicles and will run the council's workshop facility.
Service Manager for Refuse and Recycling, Paul Burton says: "Our existing fleet is old and not as reliable as we would like it to be, which has led to an increase in missed bin collections. The new contract with SFS will replace our old vehicles with approximately 70 new ones over the seven year period, featuring the latest low emissions technology. As a result, we can provide a more reliable service to our customers and reduce our carbon emissions.
“Increased vehicle availability will create savings as we reduce overtime payments and the reliance on the spot hire vehicles, as well as lessen wear and tear on vehicles. We also anticipate using SFS’ expertise regarding the addition of electric refuse vehicles to our fleet once the technology is able to cater for our kind of terrain and travelling distances.”
Lead Member for the Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "I am really pleased we have been able to secure this contract. Not only have we been able to work collaboratively with a neighbouring council but we have also taken the leap into using vehicles that produce lower emissions. Air pollution is a worry for everyone and I believe this is a great first step in making a positive difference to our environment."
Customers can expect to see the new vehicles on the roads over the next couple of weeks.
Pictured from left to right - Simon Martin (SFS), Netti Pearson, Paul Burton