Hinckley and Bosworth Council waste vehicle rollout a success

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has rolled out its new fleet of waste and recycling vehicles provided by Specialist Fleet Services (SFS).

The new fleet of 20 vehicles comprises a combination of refuse collection vehicles, recycling collection vehicles, street sweepers, box vans and a hook lift. The council awarded a new seven-year contract hire agreement to SFS earlier this year, having already worked with the company for more than 14 years, following a comprehensive tender procurement process that compared the benefits of contract hire with outright purchase. It was decided that contract hire was the most cost-effective option with the lowest risk.

Earlier this year, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council took the decision to bring its dry recycling services back in house and has been operating a co-mingled service for households since 1 April 2018. SFS’ municipal vehicle hire division, CTS, provided five temporary recycling vehicles to deliver the new service between the start of the service and the beginning of the vehicle hire contract on 1 September 2018.

Commenting on the beginning of the new contract, Caroline Roffey, Head of Street Scene Services, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council said: “There has been a smooth transition, thanks to our service provider, which has meant there has been no disruption to services.

“We have been working with SFS for over 14 years so we are delighted to continue our excellent working relationship. The team at SFS have provided continual support and advice to ensure that every vehicle specification meets both our requirements and budget.”

Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS: “We are delighted the vehicle switch over has gone smoothly and to have retained Hinckley & Bosworth as one of our most long-standing customers. Minimising any disruption to frontline services is a key priority for us, not just at the start but for the entire duration of the contract.”

Cllr Mark Nickerson, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, added: “Our youngest vehicles were seven years old and older vehicles were unreliable and becoming expensive to maintain. The new fleet provided by SFS will decrease our maintenance costs and increase the reliability of our services. All the vehicles are on contract hire, which proved to be the most cost and risk effective solution. As well as improving efficiency, our Refuse trucks now all have Euro 6 engines and extra protection for cyclists, reducing our emissions and making them safer for other road users.

“The new fleet is the latest in a series of improvements we’ve made to bin collections this year. In the spring we reorganised the collection rounds to improve the overall efficiency of the waste and recycling collection service, with rounds redrawn to reflect new homes built around the borough since the last time rounds were reviewed nine years ago. Thanks to the team, this huge change affecting some 49,000 households, was planned and completed with the minimum of fuss and disruption to our residents.”