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From retro to eco - new, greener refuse vehicles roll out in the Chichester District

The new vehicles are:

·       more eco-friendly - new electric bin lifts at the rear of the vehicles use less power;

·       more efficient - the new vehicles can be used in areas that the old-style vehicles were unable to access due to their manoeuvrability;

·       more economical - they offer a fuel saving of up to 5% a year - the equivalent of a £20,000 a year saving;

·       quieter - electric bin lifts at the rear of the vehicles mean they are quieter; and

·       easier to maintain - this means that maintenance costs will also be considerably lower than on the older fleet.

They will be used on the normal domestic rounds and also to collect trade waste for commercial customers.

The new vehicles will replace the existing vehicles, which have been in use for more than 10 years and were ready to be replaced.

Councillor John Connor, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "These new vehicles offer a number of benefits to us. By investing in these new vehicles we will save money in the long run because they are more efficient and can do a better job. Most important of all the fleet will allow us to continue to provide a great refuse service to Chichester District residents. Our new vehicles represent a significant investment by the council and they are a demonstration of our on-going commitment to making Chichester District cleaner, greener and quieter!"

Photographs of the district's trucks in the 1930s show how much refuse vehicles have changed in the past 75 years. Staff at the council's Westhampnett depot recently came across the black and white photographs.

Meanwhile, the council's Cleansing Manager, Andy Ifould, knows better than most how the vehicles have changed. Mr Ifould's father worked at the depot before him and Andy, who has worked for the council for 34 years, was born at one of the cottages on the site of the depot in Stane Street, Westhampnett. He says: "The vehicles have changed so much. They are far more technologically advanced nowadays. This means we can give residents an even better service including reaching more residents with our large vehicles than we could before, making the rounds more efficient. Four cameras on each new vehicle means the driver has even more instant information about what's happening around the vehicle which increases safety too."

To find out more about waste and recycling in the Chichester District visit the council's website or call 01243 534619.