A NEW fleet of waste collection trucks will drastically improve waste collection in the City. The fleet of 90 specialised fleet and heavy plant vehicles that will be used for waste collection and landfill disposal were unveiled on 6 October at Centrum Park. The fleet includes 29 waste collection trucks, 10 articulated dump trucks, three articulated hooklifts, three articulated water tanks, seven front end loaders and 38 light duty vehicles. EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda said the acquisition of the specialised fleet will support the City to provide a more responsive waste service. It will also improve the level of service provided to ratepayers.
“The procurement of the fleet cost around R500 million which will be spread over four years. But it is money well spent. We are very excited to unveil the new fleet as some areas experience continous waste collection challenges,” he said. He added: “We are constructing new landfill sites as part of cleaning the City. The new fleet will respond to the collection of waste and enhance the level of cleanliness.”
Mayor Kaunda said R185 million has been used to procure the fleet so far. Speaking on the City’s recycling plans, he said they are looking at renewable energy and converting waste into energy and gas. “Residents are encouraged to recycle waste which can generate money,” he said.