To improve the service we provide, the Council have invested in vehicles which are improving both collections and their impact on the environment.
We operate three new types of collection vehicles:
The Twinpack RCVs, for recycling collections. These vehicles are bigger and therefore much more efficient when collecting recycling because more materials can be collected in one vehicle meaning there’s fewer tips.
The new dedicated Food Waste Vehicle enables a larger number of food caddies to be collected without the collection vehicle having to manoeuvre smaller residential roads. This increases safety for all and less disruption for residents.
The new Rotapress vehicles, used to collect both garden and domestic waste, bring with them a whole host of advantages over the traditional bin wagons that mean the service delivered is more fuel efficient and there’s less risk of breakdowns. Ultimately the service is more reliable and consistent for residents of Cheshire West and Chester.
In addition, three new Big Bite 32tonne food waste transport vehicles have joined the fleet so we can transport our own food waste and recycling to our re-processors.
Improvements so far, such as the electric bin lifts and hydraulics, have already contributed to significantly reducing fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions.
Furthermore, with the planned phasing in of Hydrogenised Vegetable Oil (HVO), as a replacement for traditional diesel, carbon emissions will be reduced even further.
All new vehicles are also being fitted with defibrillators ensuring access to this lifesaving equipment is available in an emergency on the streets of west Cheshire. If used within the first four minutes of a cardiac arrest defibrillators can give the casualty an 80% chance of survival.