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Friday, 21 November 2014

Fleet put on hold so need can be assessed

By Richard MachinNEW bin lorries will not make an appearance in South Lakeland until recycling trials are finished, council bosses have agreed.

A number of waste collection vehicles were due to be replaced by South Lakeland District Council this year.

But councillors have decided to stall the process while they collate the results of a recent scheme to introduce cardboard and plastic kerbside recycling in parts of the area.

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, SLDC’s sustainability head, told a meeting of the cabinet committee that the delay would ensure the most suitable vehicles were purchased to meet the authority’s future needs.

She said: “We are starting the process of discussing the new collections with residents and how they feel it’s going with cardboard and plastic recycling. Once we have all this information we will be better able to assess our needs for the longer term. We are currently in the midst of a huge process of change so there’s lots of new factors that need to be taken into consideration when we are looking at which vehicles best fit our criteria.”

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