Liverpool to receive £3.4m bin lorry fleet

Liverpool will receive its first fully owned fleet of bin lorries in a bid to help the city reach its refuse and recycling targets.

Council bosses have approved a £3.4 million loan to acquire 20 refuse vehicles and 10 new vehicle bin lifts to improve the collection and recycling of household waste across the city.

More than three tonnes of waste will be able to be collected in the new vehicles, which will also be fitted with rear wheel drive and a faster and safer operating mechanisms.

It is estimated that the new fleet will free up more than two hours a day for waste collections and allowing each vehicle to do 20 per cent more lifts than presently.

The first of the new fuel efficient are set to arrive in April with the second tranche to begin operations in October as the city looks to reach its carbon footprint target.

Liverpool City Council aims to recycle more than 55% of its waste by 2020 and insist that its annual budget will not be affected by the granted loan.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This investment in a new fleet of refuse vehicles is a great statement of intent in our goal to make Liverpool a cleaner and greener city.

“The council inherited a tired and run down fleet which was inefficient, unreliable and costly.

“Having a brand new refuse fleet that is bigger, faster and safer will give the collection teams the right tools to ensure residents receive a more reliable service.

“However, we still need residents to take action by reducing, reusing and recycling their waste enable us to hit our targets and reduce the costs to them.”