A MORE efficient and environmentally-friendly fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles will come into service in East Lindsey in April 2013.
East Lindsey District Council is set to replace 16 of its 22 refuse and recycling vehicles that have reached the end of their lease agreement. The Council will buy the new vehicles at a cost of £2.6m. Buying outright will save the Council around £370,000 per year in revenue and provide more flexibility as to the life of the fleet.
In procuring the vehicles, through Procurement Lincolnshire, East Lindsey District Council teamed up with other councils in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire to use joint buying power to drive down costs.
Each year the Council's refuse and recycling fleet travels 400,000 miles, emptying over 4,500,000 wheeled bins amounting to 52,000 tonnes of waste. The vehicles being replaced have been in operation since 2006.
Portfolio Holder for the Environment, who is responsible for waste collection, Councillor Tony Bridges, said: "We're working hard to make our services more efficient, both financially and environmentally, and buying the vehicles outright is an important decision for us.
"The saving will go along way towards protecting services to local people in a time of deep cuts to our funding. We will be using new 'in cab' technology to support crews in achieving the most efficient collection rounds possible, resulting in better value for money to the taxpayers of East Lindsey."