A new fleet of narrower and more environmentally-friendly waste collection trucks is taking to the streets of Reading this Spring. The 13 new waste collection vehicles replace Reading’s old fleet, which were at the end of their working life and had been in operation for nearly 10 years.
The new vehicles are narrower than the old trucks – particularly important in a densely populated town like Reading where waste trucks can sometimes struggle to manoeuvre around narrow terraced streets. The fleet is coloured white as this was the lowest cost option available. They are also better for the environment and comply with the latest European diesel emissions legislation. Reading Borough Council recently announced it had cut its carbon footprint by nearly one-third in just five years and the new vehicles will contribute to the Council’s 50% carbon reduction target by 2020.
Each of the vehicles can carry approximately 11 tonnes of waste and weigh in at 26 tonnes when fully loaded. They will all carry key messages on the importance of recycling more and reducing the amount of waste people put in their bins.