The vehicles hit the streets this week as part of Biffa’s contract with Warwick and Stratford district councils.

The councils are introducing a new joint waste and recycling collections approach to deliver the 123+ collections service to both Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick districts, serving 126,000 households.

Twenty-three of the RCVs have 6x2 Rear-Steer Wide chassis with Olympus 21m3 bodies. The other 10 have a 6x2 Rear-Steer Narrow chassis with an Olympus 19m3 bodies.

All 33 vehicles in the refuse collection fleet feature the new Elite+ cab introduced by Dennis Eagle earlier this year.

Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Leisure Cllr Moira-Ann Grainger commented: ‘In order to improve our recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, we’ve set a high bar for our new 123+ service in terms of reliability and efficiency. It was therefore important for us to select vehicles that could fulfil our objectives, particularly as we are covering a much wider area and a number of households than previously. We are therefore delighted to have contracted local Warwick based company Dennis Eagle in whom we are confident will meet this brief.’

Dennis Eagle’s general sales manager Ben Hoadley said: ‘This is a landmark for us. These vehicles were built right here in Warwick. It’s totally fitting that they should be the vehicles providing collection services on their home territory.

‘Of course, that’s not why they were chosen. They were simply the best vehicles to help Stratford and Warwick District Councils achieve their ambitious recycling targets and providing the best possible service for their customers.’