Waste site heavies
Nine new heavy-duty excavators will help keep the wheels turning at Buckinghamshire County Council’s household recycling centres.
And five new roll-on-roll-off transporters will make sure waste and recycled materials from the centres reach the right destination.
Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said the excavators – one for each recycling centre – are used to compact waste in containers, allowing residents to use them for longer without change-over delays.
The five roll-on-roll-off transporters will speed the process of getting full skips to compost and recycling destinations, or the Greatmoor Energy from Waste centre, and bringing back empty skips.
Mr Chapple said the county council had decided to buy the vehicles at a cost of £1.8 million, instead of entering a more expensive leasing arrangement. This, he said, would help towards annual savings of £1.2m across the waste management service.
The new vehicles have latest engines with Adblue exhaust systems to make them more efficient and reduce emissions. They are fitted with real-time monitoring systems that allow the council to track and improve fuel efficiency.
Heavy equipment: Bill Chapple and James Reseigh, Contract Manager for FCC, which handles all the council’s waste and recycling.