New fleet of refuse vehicles to carry Boston's rubbish away
Boston's rubbish will be getting first-class transportation next week when the council's new fleet of dustcarts takes to the roads.
The new and shiny-white fleet of seven vehicles from vehicle manufacturers Dennis, who also build fire engines and buses, is being commissioned by Boston Borough Council, but some will begin service next week collecting recycled material.
The new vehicles completely replace the old fleet, which is now ten-and-a-half years old. Some of the old lorries have covered 180,000 miles and collected three million bins.
The new lorries, costing £137,000 each, will be much more economic to run and can carry ten per cent more that the ones they replace – around 12 tons each.
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Being slimmer, they will also will be able to access narrow roads that the wider-bodied old fleet could not.
New features include the ability to capture any liquids running out of waste collected and an automatic fuel and tyre-saving function in which two of the eight wheels only lower to make contact with the road when the load reaches a pre-determined weight. They also have fuel-efficient engines and advanced health and safety functions for the security of crew.
Buyers are now being sought for the old vehicles, which will be put to lighter duties after years of hard work on the borough's roads.