Douglas has become the Island’s first local authority to invest in an all-electric bin lift system for its new refuse collection vehicle (RCV).
The new 25-tonne narrow-width body vehicle, which accommodates a three-man crew offers greater flexibility for restricted access areas, without compromising its payload capabilities.
Environmental Services Committee Chair and champion of energy-saving measures Councillor Ritchie McNicholl said: ‘This is yet another first for Douglas Borough Council. The bin lifting system relies solely on 24-volt chassis electrical power to operate the bin lifter, so not only offers fuel savings but also reduces CO2 emissions. In addition, being electrically powered means it’s much quieter than a similar hydraulic unit.
‘As for the new RCV, its slimmer width and exceptional manoeuvrability means it is especially suited to negotiating the many narrow thoroughfares and confined spaces in Douglas, so is safer for our operatives.
‘The Council is always looking at ways of reducing its carbon footprint and harnessing the benefits of energy-saving technology. The solutions we have adopted, such as this new bin lifter and converting the Borough’s street lighting lanterns to LED, are not only good for the environment, but also means savings achieved will ultimately be advantageous to the ratepayers of Douglas. This latest initiative is also a practical example of how the Council is delivering on its Corporate Plan in which it pledges to, and I quote: “embrace technology that reduces its energy consumption and will commit to making positive changes that will result in savings of benefit to its ratepayers.”’