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CONTRACTS Barnet Council and the seven gluttons

A fleet of seven environmentally-friendly, mechanised street cleansing machines has been rolled out across town centres in Barnet. An additional machine will target hotspot areas in the borough. The bright orange Glutton machines from ePower Trucks are part of Barnet’s £600,000 investment in newgeneration equipment. With their low noise output and powerful dust-capture technology, the machines can be used in busy periods without causing noise or air pollution. They are also smaller and more compact than conventionally-fuelled vehicles. The battery-powered Glutton is an alternative to ride-on street cleaners and powered barrows. Its powerful vacuum sucks up any waste that can pass through its 12.5cm tube, including paper, cardboard, cans and glass, plastic and metal bottles, dog faeces, dead leaves, and waste trapped in tree grills. The battery provides 12 hours of operation between charges, and an intelligent, integrated charger enables recharging from any mains electricity supply. Councillor Dean Cohen, chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, said: ‘Our residents expect our streets to be cleansed and maintained to excellent standards and this new equipment will help us achieve this. The orange Glutton machines will make it quicker for our teams to clean large areas, with the street vacuums able to clear smaller pieces of litter much better. The machines are also electric, environmentally-friendly, and can operate quietly without causing noise pollution.’

Bedford improves transport efficiency with QRoutes

Urbaser rolls out new waste contract for North and East Hertfordshire

A new waste collection and street cleansing contract for North and East Hertfordshire has been rolled out by Urbaser. The contract includes the provision of a new fleet of vehicles including RCVs and specialist food waste vehicles, sweepers, cages tippers, box vans, and pavement sweepers. The joint seven-year contract between North Hertfordshire District Council and East Herts Council started in May and has the option for a seven-year extension. It covers refuse and recycling bin collection, weekly food waste collection, kerbside battery collection, opt-in garden waste collection, clinical and bulky waste, and street cleansing. The new vehicles will be fitted with the latest in-cab technology for a more streamlined service delivery, improved route efficiency, and the ability to respond quickly to issues reported by residents. Urbaser MD Javier Peiro said that the company plans to improve route efficiency going forward. ‘Although this may involve changing some people’s collection days later in the year, the frequency of collections will remain the same and residents will be given plenty of notice about any planned changes.’

Six electric mowers for Thanet DC

The latest route-planning software from QRoutes has transformed Bedford City Council’s school transport network and helped the council save more than £200,000 in transport costs. When policy changes meant that the school transport network had to be reorganised, the council used QRoutes to assess route efficiency and maximise vehicle usage. The cloud-based service plans transport for 3,000 school children as well as 1,700 special educational needs and social care users. The council operates a fleet of 50 in-house vehicles for vulnerable passenger transport and contracts out most school transport. ‘With council budget restrictions and policy changes we knew we had to review the council’s client transport network significantly,’ said Chris Pettifer, chief officer for transport at Bedford Borough Council. ‘We needed software that could support this process of the best routes and vehicle suitability in view of all the complexities of school, special-needs and social-care transport. QRoutes has been fantastic in providing an easy to use interface that not only re-plans our network in minutes but is also available as an affordable solution over the web.’ Bedford has been able to reduce the number of routes, removing eight large buses from the network due to improved vehicle utilisation. It helped the council exceed its target of a £150K reduction in transport costs in response to budget cuts with a total of £215K saved.

Six electric mowers will be used to maintain green spaces in Thanet District Council as the local authority becomes the first in the UK to replace its diesel mowers with electric versions. The council has purchased two commercial ride-on mowers, two walk-behind mowers, and two commercial stand-on mowers, all of which run on lithium-ion batteries for cleaner, quieter grounds maintenance. They will be used at Ramsgate Cemetery and Margate Crematorium. The investment is part of Thanet’s commitment to creating a clean and welcoming environment. The emissions-free mowers can perform a full day’s work with horsepower exceeding most commercial diesel mowers. They also reduce operating costs, with overnight charging at only 6p per hour. The new electric mowers also offer additional benefits including improved health and safety for staff thanks to lower reduced vibrations, less noise and background disruption, and easier and cheaper maintenance. Cllr Fairbrass, deputy leader of Thanet District Council, said: ‘Electric mowers are vastly preferable to diesel models because they generate no carbon monoxide emissions and are low noise. The mowers don’t just offer public health and environmental benefits, they also reduce risk to our staff. What’s more, they enjoy low running and maintenance costs which is part of the council’s ongoing efficiency drive.’

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