New bin col­lec­tion wag­ons roll

Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views -

A TRIO of new bin wag­ons are be­ing mo­bilised on the streets of Rossendale.

The refuse col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles have been in­tro­duced by Rossendale coun­cil as part of a rolling five- year pro­gramme to start re­plac­ing its age­ing fleet of ve­hi­cles and im­prove the ser­vice given to res­i­dents.

The two 26- tonne and one 12- tonne wag­ons cost £ 456,550 and will help boost re­cy­cling tar­gets, as well as cut down on main­te­nance costs, ve­hi­cle down­time and im­prove ca­pac­ity for staff at the coun­cil’s Hen­ri­etta Street de­pot in Bacup.

Coun­cil­lor Jackie Oakes, port­fo­lio holder for op­er­a­tions, said: “I’m ex­cited to see the roll- out of these new bin wag­ons which will im­prove the col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling of house­hold waste across the bor­ough.

“We are look­ing to re­place all of our refuse col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles as part of this pro­gramme to strike a bal­ance be­tween man­ag­ing re­sources and main­tain­ing an ex­cel­lent stan­dard of front­line ser­vices for our res­i­dents.”

Each 26- tonne ve­hi­cle can re­move over 20 tonnes of house­hold waste a day.

The 12- tonne ve­hi­cle spe­cialises in ru­ral col­lec­tions and has a 300 per cent in­creased car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity com­pared to the smaller 7.5 tonne wagon pre­vi­ously used for the same job.

Coun­cil­lor Jackie Oakes with ser­vice man­agers and the new bin wag­ons.

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