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A scheme set to save £1.2 million pounds over the next 5 years is already part way to reaching the promised savings.

Wyre Forest District Council chose to refurbish the council’s fleet of 17 refuse vehicles instead of replacing them for new at the end of their predicted life span. Normally each truck will have a seven year life span but choosing to refurbish them not only doubles this but saves £70,000 on the new purchase price of £150,000.

Two refuse trucks were sent off earlier this year for refurbishing and have been returned saving around £70,000 per vehicle.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Cabinet Member for Operational Services said:

“This great new initiative has already saved the council thousands of pounds and will continue to increase savings to over £1 million in the next 5 years. The refuse trucks that have been refurbished are of great quality and are now back with the fleet and returning to collection duties. It is essential that we use tax payer’s money as wisely and efficiently as possible and we will continue to do so.”

Martin Phipps, Waste and Fleet Manager added:

“The work carried out to refurbish the vehicles involved all the body work being replaced. The cab also had a full refurbishment. All lighting was changed to LED lighting, saving fuel and an electric bin lift added to each vehicle. The vehicles able to carry around 10 tonnes of waste each.”

Wyre Forest District Council