New waste fleet rolls in

A new vehicle fleet for general rubbish and food collections is ready to roll.

This week, new kerbside collection vehicles (pictured) will be appearing on roads in the Chiltern area and Wycombe area. Delayed from September 2020 due to the impacts of coronavirus, the arrival of the new vehicles aims to improve residents’ general rubbish and food collection service.

The new vehicles are said to offer enhanced performance and manoeuvrability, reduced emissions, improved fuel economy and greater safety, compared to the ones they are replacing.

They are smaller than the old fleet, which enables them to better navigate both busy urban streets and narrow country lanes, providing a more efficient service.

Modern in-cab technology will enable crews to receive reports of missed bins as they happen.

All vehicles will be displaying the ‘Greener Together’ livery which reflects Buckinghamshire Council’s and Veolia’s commitment to the job.

The outgoing vehicles had split bodies, with a pod at the front used for food waste, and the remaining carrying capacity allocated to recycling or rubbish.

Under the new regime, these vehicles collect one waste slot at a time to maximise payloads, meaning fewer trips throughout the day to empty vehicles.

Food waste collected on residents’ general rubbish week will now be undertaken by a separate smaller vehicle, meaning residents in the Chiltern area and Wycombe area may notice their general rubbish bin and food bin are emptied on the same day, but at different times.

These additions to the fleet follow on from the launch of the new kerbside collection and street cleansing service, by contractor Veolia, back in September 2020.

Six months into the new service, there is already been more of a community focus to street cleansing, with crews each being assigned their own local area to create a stronger link between crews and the communities.

Since the beginning of Veolia’s contract in September 2020:

  1. The workforce has increased by over 10%.
  2. The new vehicles allow for round capacity to increase by 10 rounds, meaning a more efficient service for residents.
  3. 21,000 tonnes of recycling have been collected (including dry mixed recycling, paper, card, garden waste, food waste and batteries).
  4. 591 fly-tips that had been reported to Buckinghamshire Council have been collected.
  5. 17,691 miles have been covered in sweeper vehicles, helping to keep Bucks cleaner and greener.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: ‘It’s been six months since we launched a new waste service with our contractors Veolia.

‘Veolia were given the contract because of the improved service they can provide to the residents in these areas and we look forward to extending this to the South Bucks area in November 2021.

‘I would like to reassure residents that their food and general rubbish collections will still be collected on the same day, but may be collected at different times.’

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘It was great to see the new vehicles and learn about the very real improvement they will make to our waste collection service.

‘They look great and are more energy and fuel efficient. With greater vehicle reliability I’m confident that residents will really notice the difference.’

Andrew Reidy, General Manager at Veolia, said: ‘The new vehicles have improved fuel efficiency as well as being fitted with electric bin lifts which make them more environmentally friendly.’