Hyndburn council invest in new eco-friendly refuse trucks

The council has invested in four new eco-friendly refuse trucks to add to its fleet. Hyndburn Borough Council's investment will see the 'clean green lifting machines' collecting rubbish around Accrington, Lancashire - with the council committed to having a total of 10 by Autumn this year. It is part of the council's plan to make all their activities net-carbon zero by 2030.

The replacement refuse and recycling vehicles are fitted with zero carbon emission electric lifters, which carry the waste and recycling bins into the collection vehicle. Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, leader of Hyndburn Borough Council said: "Our refuse vehicles are replaced on a rolling programme and our new additions mean we are on track to have all 10 of the fleet green by Autumn 2021. "Feedback from drivers and residents has been really positive so far, with people noticing the reduction in noise as the loaders are much quieter when being used."

Council leader Miles Parkinson inside one of the new trucks.

Cllr Paul Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, added: "We take our responsibility to reduce environmental impact very seriously and know this is also important to Hyndburn's residents.

"We are committed to investing in green energy and it is great to see the refuse fleet achieving this. "Long-term this investment will save us money and benefit the community, with 12% fuel savings and significant reduction in Co2 emissions, compared to previous vehicle models." As well as the environmental benefits, the trucks also have added safety features.

Michael Ainsworth, transport manager at Hyndburn Borough Council, said: "With these new vehicles, drivers get a personal device that is electronically linked to the truck. "It means if they have to leave the vehicle for any reason it cannot be operated by someone else, which is a great additional safety feature. "There are also trackers fitted with cameras and many diagnostic tools, for example we can monitor fuel levels and check how worn the brakes are remotely."

The new state-of-the-art vehicles have been supplied and delivered by Go Plant Fleet Services, following a tender process.

Darren Taylor, contracts manager Go Plant Fleet Services said: "It has been a pleasure to deal with Hyndburn Borough Council throughout this process, they run an excellent operation and workshop on site.

"Our Company is extremely proud to be working with Hyndburn Borough Council and we are looking forward to supporting them over the next four years."