Erewash Borough Council is looking to replace its ageing refuse fleet over the next few years with more up-to-date and efficient vehicles.

Some of the vehicles in the current fleet date back to 2013, and are now out of warranty and repairs and maintenance costs have increased this year.

The council plans to buy three new refuse trucks in 2020 at an estimated cost of £185,000 per vehicle. A further six replacement freighters are likely to be purchased over the following two years giving a total cost for all nine vehicles of £1.6m.

The remaining fleet of eight refuse vehicles will be replaced at a later date.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“Our refuse freighters and other vehicles in our fleet are out working every day, providing one of the most important services for our residents. That use takes its toll and we need now to look at investing in a new fleet to help provide an efficient and reliable service, bringing significant benefits to the community and the environment.”

Details of the plans to replace the fleet are included in a report going to the council’s budget-setting meeting on Thursday 5 March at Ilkeston Town Hall at 7pm.