New recycling fleet for the Isle of Wight

11 August 2016
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Leading public services provider Amey today announced that seven state-of-the-art recycling collection vehicles have arrived on the Isle of Wight and are now collecting recycling from over 70,000 households across the Island.

The new recycling fleet have both reduced fuel use with lower emissions and will replace the outgoing fleet. They are packed with innovative technology to help improve recycling collection services and the safety of residents, pedestrians, road users and the collection crew. They also feature a ‘split’ rear compartment to ensure paper/card and other recycling are kept separated; and have separate sections for food waste and textiles.

Advanced 360 degree recording digital cameras give the driver a full view of their surroundings. This includes a Cycle Safety Shield detection camera on the left side of each vehicle, which recognises pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. When the camera detects movement of the left hand side of the vehicle, an audible warning is sounded in the driver cab. Additionally, each vehicle has numerous LED flashing lights to warn motorists, and in cab computers that let the crew live report incidents back to Amey and the council to help improve the customer experience.

Councillor Paul Fuller, Executive member for environment, said: “It’s exciting to see the new fleet of recycling vehicles delivered and I look forward to seeing them on our roads. It will enable us to provide a more efficient and safe service for residents.

“Not only will it mean we can take more recycling but also that the emissions are more environmentally friendly and will help towards making the Island a cleaner, greener place to be.”

Paul Southall, director for Amey on the Isle of Wight, said; “These vehicles are very high quality and will make a big improvement to the way recycling is collected on the Isle of Wight.

“It is important that the public are aware they feature split compartments in the back to separate recycling. It can appear that all recycling is put into the back of the lorry and some people understandably think it is all mixed, but it is being separated for recycling.

“I also want to thank the public for the way they have embraced the new way recycling and waste is collected.”
Amey began a new, long-term partnership with Isle of Wight Council, worth £225 million over the next 25 years, in 2015. The contract sees Amey delivering waste and environmental services for the council, including managing kerbside collections, Household Waste Recycling Centres and waste treatment facilities. The new vehicles will only collect recycling, while Amey’s existing fleet will be used solely for collecting black bin waste.