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£4.2m new refuse fleet is launched

Released: Friday, 21 July 2017

A new £4.2 million fleet of bin lorries has been welcomed into service by Adur & Worthing Councils.

The Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Alex Harman, and the Chairman of Adur District Council, Councillor Peter Metcalfe, performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.

The 24 new state-of-the-art bin lorries signify a clear commitment by the Councils to maintain weekly household collections at a time when other local authorities are cutting back to save money.

Made by UK manufacturer Dennis Eagle, the 26-tonne new lorries are already hard at work collecting waste from businesses and 77,000 homes across Adur and Worthing.

Councillor Metcalfe said:

“It's really impressive to see all of the new lorries here today. The team works hard to deliver a first class bin collection service for the people of Adur and Worthing and the new fleet will enable us to continue doing so.”

Councillor Harman said: “We've made a significant investment in the future of waste collection in Adur and Worthing and I'm proud of the level of service we continue to achieve. I hope the new fleet will serve us well for years to come.”

The lorries will replace the Councils' old fleet, which has outlived its expected seven-year lifespan by three years.

For Head of Waste and Cleansing Tony Patching, the new fleet is his fourth. He said:

“The arrival of the next generation of vehicles shows our continuing commitment to providing an efficient and cost-effective in-house service. This also enables us to be flexible and responsive to local needs and circumstances.”

Procurement of the last fleet was the catalyst for a 10-year pioneering partnership between Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council in which some services were amalgamated under the banner of Adur & Worthing Councils.

The Councils have saved about £17 million since then, with the refuse service the first to be merged as Adur & Worthing Councils Services (AWCS).

Councillor Metcalfe added:

“It's great to see a massive amount of tax payers' money saved by Adur and Worthing working together. There may be a lesson here for central government to learn from for the benefit of the whole country.”

Photo: Worthing Mayor Alex Harman (l) and Adur Chairman Peter Metcalfe launch the new refuse fleet

PR17-100 - Worthing Mayor Alex Harman (l) and Adur Chairman Peter Metcalfe launch the new refuse fleet

Photo: Tony Patching, head of waste & cleansing, at Adur & Worthing Councils with the new fleet

PR17-100 - Tony Patching, head of waste & cleansing, at Adur & Worthing Councils with the new fleet

Photo: Some of Adur & Worthing Councils refuse staff with the new fleet

PR17-100 - Some of Adur & Worthing Councils refuse staff with the new fleet

Video of the new refuse fleet:

(PR17-100)

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