Aylesbury Vale District Council has brought in a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz refuse trucks in a bid to step up its waste collection and recycling services.
All 17 new arrivals are 26-tonne Econic 2630 models with rear-steer axles for enhanced manoeuvrability, with Variopress 2 compactor bodies and bin lifts fitted by FAUN Zoeller.
Supplied by Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van, the low-entry Econics are Aylesbury Vale District Council’s first Mercedes-Benz trucks. Compared to the leased vehicles they are replacing, the Econics models offer improved fuel economy, greater safety and enhanced performance, provided by an advanced straight-six engine producing 294bhp through a six-speed, fully automatic Allison gearbox.
The outgoing trucks had split bodies, with a pod at the front used for food waste and the remaining carrying capacity allocated to general waste or recyclables.
However, the Econics will collect one waste stream at a time, allowing the district council to maximise payloads.
Aylesbury Vale District Council looks after the mostly agricultural northern half of Buckinghamshire, which includes the county town of Aylesbury, Buckingham and Winslow.
At 54 per cent, the amount of waste being recycled in the area is already well above the national average, but council chiefs believe a new collection regime will allow them to further increase recycling rates and better equip them to cope with the growth in demand expected as a result of a major housebuilding programme.
Transport manager David Clark, who played a major role in the new trucks’ introduction, said he liked how the chassis and body were neatly styled, as well as the robust but lightweight bin lifter and the easily accessible, air-conditioned cab with its folding, bus-style passenger door.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet member for environment and waste, went on to say that the investment in a new fleet of refuse lorries was intended to make Aylesbury “a cleaner and greener borough”.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, added: “The delivery of these Econics trucks should herald a much-improved recycled and waste services programme for Aylesbury.”