Nine new Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) with significantly reduced emissions have been delivered to Southampton City Council in line with the goals of its Green City Charter.
The city ordered seven Elite 6x2 rear-steer vehicles with Olympus 21m3 bodies fitted with Terberg OmniTRADE bin lifts and two Elite 4x2 narrow vehicles with Olympus 10m3 bodies and Terberg OmniDEL Electric bin lifts as part of its rolling programme to replace older vehicles.
The new RCVs conform to the Euro 6 emission standards and their engines produce around 80% less nitrogen oxide gases than their predecessors in Southampton. This, coupled with a 50% reduction in microparticle emissions, is in line with the city’s green ambitions.
Launched in 2019, Southampton’s Green City Charter aims to reduce emissions to meet World Health Organisation air quality standards, improve healthy life expectancy and make Southampton carbon neutral by 2030.
The nine vehicles have also been decked out in an eye-catching livery to remind Southampton residents of what can and cannot go in to blue-lidded recycling bins.
Cabinet member for Green City & Place, Cllr Steve Leggett, said: ‘As we upgrade our fleet of Refuse Collection Vehicles it’s important that we do so in a way that’s not only economical but also environmentally sustainable.
‘As we decommission older fleet vehicles that are coming to the end of their working lives, we are replacing them with vehicles that have the latest green technology, in line with our Green City commitments.
‘These new waste collection vehicles will offer renewed performance reliability, with reduced off-road downtime due to faults or breakdowns, alongside greatly improved levels of emissions.’
Dennis Eagle’s regional sales manager Ben Hoadley commented: ‘Advances in engine technology have helped us produce much cleaner trucks in recent years while also improving their efficiency.
‘The reduction in nitrogen oxide gases and particulates emitted by these engines will play a significant role on improving air quality in the city. And two of the vehicles means are able to use our Terberg electric bin lifts which not only reduce fuel consumption but also reduce emissions.’