29 May 2008
Having been awarded the waste management, recycling and street cleansing contract for St Albans City & District Council for a further seven years, Enterprise - one of the UK's leading providers of environmental services - and Warwick-based specialist vehicle provider, Dennis Eagle, are once again working in partnership to help deliver an enhanced service to residents.
Coinciding with the February 4th contract start date, Dennis Eagle has supplied a total of nine new complete RCVs, together with an additional five Elite 4 x 2 chassis that have been equipped with Terberg Kerbsider recycling bodies. Serving to supplement Enterprise's existing RCV fleet already in operation within St Albans, the fleet newcomers are initially being used to provide an interim waste and recycling collection service, before being deployed to roll out an alternate weekly collection that will be introduced later in the year.
Having operated the St Albans contract since 1992, Enterprise is also once again calling on the services of Dennis Eagle to coordinate fleet servicing, repair and maintenance. In addition to extending purely to the RCV fleet, the contract renewal this time round sees Dennis Eagle assume responsibility for the council's remaining street cleansing and recycling vehicles.
Comments Dave McGill, Operations Director at Enterprise: "We are understandably delighted to have secured the St Albans contract for an additional seven years, and we are equally pleased to be in a position where we can continue working in real partnership with Dennis Eagle when it comes not only to the supply of new vehicles, but in tasking them with the job of maintaining the overall effectiveness of the entire St Albans fleet.
"Our decision to choose Dennis Eagle's RCVs this time around comes as a result of the excellent payloads that they provide, which will be particularly critical when we roll out the alternate weekly collection scheme at St Albans. We have also enjoyed very high levels of reliability from their RCVs in the past," he added.
The new vehicle provision specified by Enterprise for this latest contract renewal centres on eight Dennis Eagle Phoenix 2 20 general compaction bodies equipped with the Elite 6 x 4 chassis and a P2 15 narrow bodied RCV fitted to the equivalent narrow variant Elite 6 x 2 chassis. Joining a frontline RCV fleet that covers some 55,000 domestic households within St Albans, and supplied with driver plus three Elite 2 cabs, with the bodies featuring Terberg Omni-Del bin lifts, the narrow bodied P2 15 are being used within rural and restricted access areas.
Additionally, Enterprise is deploying the five Kerbsiders to support a waste collection initiative that centres on the collection of dry recyclables, currently in the form of mixed plastics, cans, newspapers and pamphlets. Mixed glass will also be introduced to coincide with the switch to alternate weekly collection rounds. In order to maximise payloads of the Kerbsider bodies, which in effect are non-compaction vehicles, Enterprise has specified them with a semi-compacting MVR (material volume reduction) system.