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Preston City Council adds new Faun refuse vehicles to its fleet

Preston City Council has selected waste management systems manufacturer FAUN Zoeller for a contract to supply three brand new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).

The council has invested in the vehicles – one 26-tonne and two 32-tonne capacity rear-loaders from the company’s Variopress range – to make its waste collection rounds quieter and more environmentally friendly.

The trucks being replaced are around 9 years old and have begun to show significant signs of wear. The new trucks will deliver improved fuel efficiency and the increased payload they offer will reduce the number of journeys needed to complete the round.

The Variopress is one of the most technologically advanced RCVs on the market, including auto-brake, auto-reverse, and an innovative weighing system to ensure that drivers are aware of the exact weight of the waste they are transporting.

Marshall Fleming, UK sales director from FAUN Zoeller, said: "The Variopress RCV is one of our most popular vehicles as it is versatile enough to be used for both waste and recycling collection rounds.

"The increased capacity they provide makes them one of the most economical RCVs on the market, making it the perfect solution for local authorities looking to save time and money on their waste collection."

Mark Taylor, Head of Clean Environment at Preston City Council, said: "After a competitive tender for the vehicles last year, we chose FAUN Zoeller’s Variopress vehicles because they are the best value for money for our requirements.

"They will be replacing our current vehicles which are and around nine years old. There will be benefits to residents as the Variopress vehicles are quieter and emit less pollution, and benefits to the environment as the new vehicles are more fuel-efficient, meaning our drivers will have to take less trips to the waste disposal plant."

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