The popularity of refuse collection vehicles in local authorities has once again been highlighted after a fleet of nine were purchased to take over waste collections.
These have been bought by Avenue Recycling, an organisation that is undertaking general and garden waste collections for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Bought from Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd, the new refuse collection vehicles will serve the Legacy Newtownabbey Council area and is the first time in the local authority’s history where a third party has served the residual waste bins of residents.
Perhaps this is an avenue that others will go down; there is certainly a need, given that the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham highlighted how important residents deem waste collection to be in their respective areas.
It is something that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are delivering in a different way than the historical precedent for councils.
Michael McKee of Avenue Recycling explained why the new fleet of nine were bought to service the council’s needs.
He said: “We urgently needed new vehicles to replace older trucks on our fleet that were costing a lot to maintain.
“Prior to awarding the contract, we researched numerous companies and came across Refuse Vehicle Solutions, and they have been fantastic. They have bent over backwards to meet our requirements and are the only supplier who could provide us with nine brand new ready-for-work vehicles in such a short timescale.
“Three of the vehicles have already delivered and the remaining six trucks will be with us in July and August.”
This contract, which starts in May 2018, shows that local authorities are looking more and more at the services other organisations can provide in servicing their waste collection needs.
Not only that, it shows a need for specialist refuse collection vehicles – a trend that has seen councils search for the latest technology in waste collection.