New fleet of refuse vehicles for district

A more efficient and environmentally friendly fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles will come into service in East Lindsey in April 2013.

Councillors from East Lindsey District Council voted to approve plans to spend £2.7million on the new 16-strong fleet at last week’s full council meeting.

The authority has negotiated to buy the fleet outright, saving £370,000 a year in revenue and providing ‘more flexibility’.

Coun Tony Howard said he feared that the raft of new technology being fitted in the cabs of the new vehicles would soon be out of date due to the ‘rapid rate’ of modernisation.

But Coun Tony Bridges, portfolio holder for the environment, reassured Coun Howard that the council’s strategy was ‘robust’ and that they would not be left behind.

“We’re working hard to make our services more efficient, both financially and environmentally, and buying the vehicles outright is an important decision for us,” said Coun Bridges.

“The saving will go along way towards protecting services to local people in a time of deep cuts to our funding.

“We will be using new in cab technology to support crews in achieving the most efficient collection rounds possible, resulting in better value for money to the taxpayers of East Lindsey.”

Each year the council’s refuse and recycling fleet travels 400,000 miles, emptying over 4,500,000 wheeled bins - 52,000 tonnes of waste.

The vehicles being replaced have been in constant operation since 2006.