Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells councils are set to contribute towards their recycling and waste contractor’s new vehicle fleet in an effort to make collections ‘more reliable and more efficient.’

The councils will each commit £150,000 towards the contractor Urbaser’s new fleet, which will enable the delivery of a dedicated food waste collection service using HVO-fuelled vehicles.

Piers Montague, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s cabinet member for Technical and Waste Services, said: ‘We’re determined to make our waste collection service both more reliable and more efficient. The changes being proposed will mean crews can focus on particular types of collection using modern, cleaner trucks and I’m confident residents we’ll see improvements as a result.’

Luke Everitt, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s cabinet member for Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said: ‘The £150,000 is part of a one-off joint payment with our waste contract partners at TMBC. Both TMBC and TWBC are facilitating this investment in a new fleet of bin lorries to introduce new practices and efficiencies for our waste collection service.

‘The new vehicles allow the opportunity to use HVO fuels that lower emissions and offer new opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of waste collection rounds.’