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
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
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.”