NEW eco-friendly refuse trucks are taking to the roads around Chichester.
Chichester District Council has invested in a 12-strong fleet of vehicles that use the latest green technologies.
Features include new electric bin lifts at the back of the vehicles that use less power.
The trucks are more manoeuvrable and can access areas the old-style vehicles could not.
They use five per cent less fuel – the equivalent of a £20,000 a year saving.
Most residents will be pleased to know the new trucks are quieter than the old ones, which had been in use for a decade.
Councillor John Connor, who is in charge of environment in Chichester district, said: ‘These new vehicles offer a number of benefits to us.
‘By investing in these new vehicles we will save money in the long run because they are more efficient and can do a better job.
‘Most important of all the fleet will allow us to continue to provide a great refuse service to Chichester district residents.
‘Our new vehicles represent a significant investment by the council and they are a demonstration of our on-going commitment to making Chichester district cleaner, greener and quieter.’
The council’s cleansing manager Andy Ifould added: ‘They are far more technologically advanced nowadays.
‘This means we can give residents an even better service including reaching more residents with our large vehicles than we could before.
‘Four cameras on each new vehicle means the driver has even more instant information about what’s happening around the vehicle which increases safety too.’