The order comprises 24 Olympus wide-bodied vehicles for domestic rounds fitted with Terberg OmniDEKA bin lifts, and six of the narrow version on Elite 6x2 rear-steer chassis.
All six of the narrow-bodied trucks also have Terberg lifts – three OmniTRADE for commercial collections and three with OmniDEKA lifts.
Council leader Graham Henson says: “The key to the contract was reliability and, by investing in new vehicles, now we’re actually saving a large amount of money through efficiency.
“In the past year we’ve had to bring in spot-hire vehicles to cover us when our older vehicles were off the road requiring maintenance and repairs. But with our new fleet, that’s money we won’t be spending when the fleet is fully rolled out across the borough.”
The new vehicles were unveiled to the public at a launch event (pictured) organised by the council.
Henson adds that reducing emissions was a key factor in the vehicles’ selection, adding: “We’re very keen to have a look at the Dennis Eagle all-electric vehicle when it is ready.”