WIGAN will soon benefit from a new fleet of waste collection vehicles.
As part of a joint tender with four other councils in Greater Manchester, Wigan will see 23 new refuse compaction vehicles rolled out across the borough’s waste depots, throughout the year.
Jointly tendering for 50 vehicles with Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale has made savings of around £684,000.
Sally Wolstencroft, head of Head of Safer Cleaner Greener told a Wigan Council Scrutiny Committee: “We will be getting 23 brand new vehicles as part of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities vehicle procurement.
“Wigan Council has saved money tendering for these vehicles through AGMA than if we had gone alone.
“So there has been a delay in getting them and it has regrettably caused some disruption to services.
“But we will be getting them soon and they will be rolled out over the course of the year.”
As part of Wigan’s ongoing need to save millions of pounds and its plan to eliminate municipal waste growth by 2020 and achieve recycling rates of 45 per cent by 2015, the local authority has revamped its waste policy and how residents access information regarding their recycling methods.
Members at the committee heard that proposed changes to the way waste collections are made will address a number of issues and problems such as efficient operation of the collection service, safeguarding the community, storage of wheeled bins on the public highway, reducing the number of missed collections and reducing the number of replacement wheeled bins issued to householders.
New and accessible information is also available online and in leaflet form to explain to residents the standard of service they can expect from the local authority, what happens if service is disrupted because of severe weather and when the service will not go ahead where a household fails to present waste or recycle correctly.
The new web pages enable residents to find out when their bin is due to be collected, and discover exactly what type of waste can be put in which bin along with tips for efficient waste recycling.
Sally added: “We don’t want to sound like a draconian council.It’s important that we are educational with residents rather than use the enforcement approach and just bombard people with information. Some of this information has been available before but now it’s a lot easier to locate and take in.”
More information can be found at www.wigan.gov.uk/Services/Environment/WasteRecycling.