On Friday 6 December a contract was signed between St Helena Government and Solomons for the procurement of 2 new Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs), expected to arrive on St Helena in April 2014.
The RVCs are Nissan models, each with a rear loading 12 cubic metre rubbish compactor and each fitted with a high level bin lifter. This mechanical bin lifter aids the emptying of a range of standard wheelie bins.
Additional funding has also been identified for the procurement of 1600 x 240 litre wheelie bins for provision to households this financial year.
With the total costing of the two RCVs at £179,660 and £72,500 for the 1600 x 240 litre wheelie bins (compatible with the bin lift equipment) – the total capital spend is £252,160.
Councillor Ian Rummery, Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee, commented:
“For anyone who thinks that buying a garbage truck for the Island is a simple process, I can assure you that it is not. For a long time it has been recognised that the current fleet is no longer fit for purpose and the public are all too aware of the problems that frequent breakdowns cause.
“It is fantastic news that two trucks have been procured and this, along with the redevelopment of Horse Point Landfill, will result in significant improvements to the management of solid waste and environmental health on St Helena.”
Project Manager Mike Durnford Manager of Environmental Risk Management, working with Environmental Health, will devise a strategy with stakeholders for distribution of the new wheelie bins and the introduction of the new vehicles into the domestic waste collection and disposal service.
Senior Environmental Health Officer, Georgina Young, added:
“We look forward to operating the refuse collection service with the two new vehicles. Not only will they contribute to a better service, but they also will aid better occupational health and safety standards for the workforce.”
10 December 2013