New fleet of ‘bin lorries’ for council

Thursday, 11th February 2016

Tamworth and Lichfield Joint Waste Service welcomed the arrival of its new fleet of vehicles on Tuesday 9 February.

Lichfield & Tamworth Joint Waste Service has taken delivery of 22 new trucks that will start collecting recycling and waste from 76,000 homes across Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough.

The delivery of the vehicles followed a competitive tendering process which saw Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) chosen as the service’s vehicle provider.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Waste Management at Lichfield District Council, commented:

It’s great to see the new fleet of waste, recycling and street cleansing vehicles arrive. The trucks are more compact, making them easier to manoeuvre, as well as being more fuel efficient due to their latest clean burn Euro 6 engines. They also have the latest safety packages, including cycle awareness, a 360 degree camera system, and various other driver aids. We will put them to good use over the next six years, taking away waste and recycling, helping to keep Lichfield and Tamworth tidy.

Councillor Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Waste Management at Tamworth Borough Council, added:

I am delighted to see these new vehicles have been delivered and I look forward to seeing them on our streets. These are essential bits of kit and along with the teams responsible, do an amazing job at keeping Tamworth and Lichfield looking lovely.

The new vehicles will comprise 18 x 26- tonne Mercedes/Faun Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCV), three DAF/NTM and one Mitsubishi/Faun 7.5 RCV. The Authority is hoping for better fuel efficiency and is using a shorter wheel based vehicle for easier access to new housing estates. SFS will also be carrying out maintenance on the Councils’ vehicles via its existing site workshops.

Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS said:

“This is the first time that we have worked with both Councils and we are delighted to have won the contract.  We will do our utmost to ensure that the new fleet delivers service improvements and efficiencies.”