New collection vehicles help improve recycling

Published Friday, 27 September 2019

New bespoke waste collection vehicles are now in use as part of the improved recycling and waste services which launched on 16 September.

The new £6 million fleet, composed of 36 collection vehicles, is fitted with 360 degree on-board cameras as well as GPS tracking technology.

The vehicles, built in Warwick, have been procured by Veolia following the successful award of a new waste management contract in April for an initial 8 years. The vehicles also allow for a range of new materials to be added to the Council’s recycling services, with batteries, clothes and textiles and small electrical items being introduced to weekly recycling services.  They are also more environmentally friendly and produce fewer emissions.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “We already have one of the top recycling rates in London, but we are not resting on our laurels and are aiming still higher, with only a handful of local authorities able to offer such a comprehensive range of recycling services from residents’ curtilage. There remain very strong environmental and financial reasons to help residents recycle as much as possible. As well as encouraging each and every resident to play their part, I also want to thank residents for their extra recycling, patience and support as we all get used to these new collection patterns over the coming weeks.”

Scott Edgell, General Manager for Veolia Bromley said, “The new collection vehicles will allow more people in Bromley to recycle. They have narrower bodies, allowing us to provide recycling services to smaller streets that could not be accessed before. The new vehicles also have storage cages that allow us to collect textiles, batteries and small electrical items from the doorstep. It’s been great to see so many residents doing the right thing for the environment by already making use of these new services.”

Since introducing the new recycling services, a total of 480kg of batteries, 640kg of textiles, and 560kg of small electrical items have been recycled.

The new vehicles have allowed 1000 additional residents to receive food waste collections each week, where previously the refuse vehicle was too wide to manoeuvre in very narrow streets.

Street cleaning schedules have also been aligned to the new recycling and waste collection days and alongside the improved recycling services, are the biggest overall change in waste and street cleaning services in over a decade.

As part of the new contract, more waste is being diverted away from expensive landfill disposal, with Veolia ensuring virtually zero waste will be sent to landfill after the first year of the new style operations.


Editor’s notes:

As far as possible, street cleaning schedules are aligned with recycling and waste collection schedules to ensure that streets are cleaned after collections.  Around 70% of roads are cleaned after waste collections according to the identified schedule, depending on the location.

The new vehicles only collect one material at a time, improving on the efficiency of collections. Before the service change, collection vehicles had split compartments, meaning that crews had to return to empty their loads when only one chamber was full.

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