Reducing the impact of collecting South Northants rubbish

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The cost of running South Northamptonshire Councilís (SNC) fleet of refuse and recycling collection vehicles is being reduced, as SNC nears the end of a vehicle replacement programme.

The new refuse and recycling collection vehicles have the highest environmental ratings (Euro 6) which reduce potentially harmful emissions such as Nitrous Oxides (NOx) by 80 per cent compared to the old vehicles they replaced.

And despite the £165,000 price tag, they will cost less to run than the older vehicles operated under a lease agreement. That means a saving to the council tax payer.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC's portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "Before SNC went into partnership with Cherwell District Council (CDC) we had nowhere to maintain our fleet of vehicles, so leasing with a service agreement was our only real option.

"Today SNC's 12 collection vehicles are serviced at the Thorpe Lane Depot alongside CDC's fleet of 20 trucks, and with a new workshop and MOT bay under construction at Towcester's Tove Depot, we can maintain the vehicles there. This will decrease the amount of time vehicles are out of action by avoiding journeys to and from Banbury.Ē

Nine of the 12 SNC collection vehicles are now owned by the council rather than leased, and the final three on lease will be replaced next year.

Vehicle lease costs vary according to the size of vehicle, but on average SNC was spending around £39,000 a year per vehicle over a seven year agreement.

Purchasing the vehicles gives the council more flexibility and the ability to determine the lowest whole life costs of a vehicle.