Allerdale Council buys all-new Dennis fleet
Seventeen new Dennis Eagle RCVs have been bought by Allerdale Council in Cumbria and put to work collecting domestic waste and recycling.
Sixteen of the vehicles are Elite 6 6x2 narrow rear steer chassis with Olympus 16 bodies and Terberg OmniDEL bin lifts. And one is a smaller 4x2 Olympus 10, making them all highly suitable for efficient collections in the tight urban streets and twisting country lanes associated with one of Britain’s most scenic areas.
But as Allerdale spokesperson Charles Holmes Head of Community Services pointed out, the vehicles will be operating in a far more diverse range of environments.
“We’ve plenty of villages and houses on the edge of lanes that may spring to mind when people think of the Lake District but there’s much more to Allerdale than that,” he said.
“Workington is an industrial town, Maryport is a port, Cockermouth is Georgian, Wigton is a market town and Keswick is a bustling tourist centre. They each have their own characteristics and different challenges and the new vehicles will also have to travel long distances between towns and villages along winding roads.
“But the one thing all these places have in common is that the environment is at the heart of everything we do.
“We’ve 94,000 people in 40,000 properties, for whom we recycle domestic waste weekly with glass, cans and plastic fortnightly – and there’s garden waste too. But the challenge for us with our new fleet, is doing it all without plastic bags, so we’ve provided more bins for our householders.
“These new vehicles were judged to be versatile enough to meet our varied needs and ultimately the most suitable for Allerdale.”
Allerdale Borough Council’s waste and recycling partner, FCC Environment, will be running the fleet on behalf of the council. Regional Director Kristian Dales said “the new vehicles will help to deliver significant reductions in emissions compared to the current service, delivering cleaner, greener recycling services in the Borough from the outset. The vehicles will be capable of carrying residual waste, mixed recycling, garden waste or paper & card to maximise efficiencies allowing residents to recycle more than ever which is ultimately the result we want.”
Regional Sales Manager Tom Fullerton said the new vehicles replaced an existing Dennis Eagle fleet and were all ready to start work on schedule.
“We had a very short lead-in time on this contract but we managed to get all the vehicles built, delivered and ready to roll on time.
“I went along on the first day with a couple of colleagues from the local Dennis Eagle Service Centre to make sure everything went smoothly and it did – and the new fleet looked terrific.”