Veolia’s new £6 million fleet of 36 waste and recycling collection vehicles (RCVs), fitted with 360 degree onboard cameras as well as GPS tracking technology, has entered service in the London Borough of Bromley.
The vehicles, built-in Warwick, have been procured by Veolia following the successful award of a new waste management contract in April for an initial 8 years.
Veolia’s new RCVs also allow for a range of new materials to be added to the Council’s recycling services, with batteries, clothes and textiles and small electrical items being introduced to weekly recycling services. They are also said to be more environmentally friendly and produce fewer emissions.
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said:
“We already have one of the top recycling rates in London, but we are not resting on our laurels and are aiming still higher, with only a handful of local authorities able to offer such a comprehensive range of recycling services from residents’ curtilage.
“There remain very strong environmental and financial reasons to help residents recycle as much as possible. As well as encouraging each and every resident to play their part, I also want to thank residents for their extra recycling, patience and support as we all get used to these new collection patterns over the coming weeks.”
Scott Edgell, General Manager for Veolia Bromley added:
“The new collection vehicles will allow more people in Bromley to recycle. They have narrower bodies, allowing us to provide recycling services to smaller streets that could not be accessed before.
“The new vehicles also have storage cages that allow us to collect textiles, batteries and small electrical items from the doorstep. It’s been great to see so many residents doing the right thing for the environment by already making use of these new services.”
Since introducing the new recycling services, a total of 480kg of batteries, 640kg of textiles, and 560kg of small electrical items have been recycled.
The new vehicles have allowed 1000 additional residents to receive food waste collections each week, where previously the refuse vehicle was too wide to manoeuvre in very narrow streets.
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