Watford Borough Council has invested in five new vans to collect litter from the town’s parks to ensure they remain as clean and green as possible while saving taxpayers money.
The caged vehicles replace older models that had reached the end of their life. On an average week, they collect around 31 tonnes of rubbish from Watford’s parks and streets – the equivalent weight of more than two-and-a-half double decker buses. As well as collecting litter from bins, they will be used to transport lawnmowers, hedge-cutting equipment, fertiliser, bedding plants, tree branches and more.
The total number of vans in the fleet is now 10. This has been reduced from 12 as part of a package of measures aimed at saving Watford taxpayers £730,000 a year in service costs.
Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “These new vehicles will make our parks and open spaces team work more efficiently to help save taxpayers money as well as maintain the clean and green town that we all love. We have already achieved six green flags this year for our parks and will be working to achieve more next year.”
Matthew Crane, Senior Contract Manager for Veolia in Watford, said: “The parks we support are at the heart of the Watford community and we are proud to maintain them to such a high level. The new vehicles have been designed specifically for parks activities and have excellent storage capability. We think they will be a great addition to our existing fleet.”