Horsham District Council recently took delivery of a brand new fleet of 19 waste collection vehicles, to coincide with the roll out of its new bin collection service.
The new fleet consists of 18 26 tonne, rear end loading, refuse trucks and one smaller 16 tonne truck, which will be used to access isolated properties and narrow lanes.
The new trucks all meet the most up to date European emission standards and will deliver significant environmental benefits as well as substantial savings in fuel consumption.
The old fleet, which has outlived its expected lifespan, will be sold off and the proceeds will contribute to the cost of the new fleet.
As the new vehicles are now rear loading, to help with the collection process, residents and businesses are asked to position their bins with their handles facing towards the road and not away from the road.
Additionally, the actual times of collection may change from previous collections times, so it will be necessary for everyone to ensure that bins are in place for collection by 6.00am on the allocated collection day.
The Council has stated that bins can be collected from their usual collection points, however, if space is limited, residents are asked to place them out safely and as close to the normal collection point as possible.
Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, Cllr Philip Circus, commented on the new fleet and collection procedures: “It is good that our ageing and expensive to maintain fleet of vehicles has been replaced by these new and much more economical and environmentally friendly refuse trucks.
“The team have worked very hard throughout the procurement process to ensure we have obtained the best value for our residents and businesses.
“We have put in place all we can to ensure that the new collections go smoothly, but we recognise that there may be some difficulties in a few areas. Should there be any teething troubles, we will work as swiftly as possible to resolve them and our new rear end loading vehicles will help us to achieve this.”
The changes to household bin collections are being rolled out across the District over a 10 week period, which started this week (5 February).
The new service will still be a weekly collection service – recycling will be collected one week, and residual household waste collected the same day the following week. The garden waste collection service will continue on a fortnightly basis for those subscribed to this service.
Residents who need to check their new collection dates can visit their online personalised collections calendar at www.horsham.gov.uk/bincalendar