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Next Generation Refuse Collection Trials

Bedford Borough Council is currently trialling a next generation refuse collection vehicle from British manufacturer Heil-Europe as part of an ongoing commitment to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.

 

The vehicle is fitted with an electric hydraulic system which means it is quieter, more efficient, uses less fuel and therefore produces fewer carbon emissions.

 

The Council currently has a fleet of 10 refuse and 8 recycling collection vehicles. They collect from 63,000 households in the borough each week. It is therefore important the Council investigates the most efficient technologies available and seeks to improve the fleet wherever possible.

 

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Our refuse and collection lorries play a vital role, covering hundreds of miles every week, to collect our refuse and recycling.

 

It is therefore important that we investigate the latest technology so when the time comes to replace our vehicles we have assessed a number of options and can make the best possible choice for local residents and the environment.

 

We hope to carry out further trials later this year as we continue to modernise the service we provide.”

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