Garbage gets $360,000 saloon ride
THE purchase and fitting-out of a new $360,000 high-tech environmentally-friendly recycling garbage truck will ensure that waste pick-up will be more efficient, says Cowra Shire Council.
The top-of-the-range truck features a new environmental fuel system, dual controls, a satellite navigation system and a self-diagnosing computer.
Right (l-r): Cowra Shire waste operations manager Craig Lynch, infrastructure and operations manager George Ridley and Mayor of Cowra, Bill West, check out the new high-tech garbage truck.
“It’s remotely diagnostic – if there’s a problem, a team of experts is notified in Sydney who then report back to the driver what the problem is and how to fix it,” says council’s waste operations manager Craig Lynch.
“Dennis Eagle” is fitted with an Australian-designed “Superior Pack”, making it the most hi-tech garbage truck in the region, he says.
“It’s a $360,000 purpose-built vehicle (and) it’s the first of this configuration in western NSW,” says Mr Lynch.
Other features of the truck include full-disk brakes; 20-per cent larger capacity; safer, lower entry; and better fuel efficiency
The Cowra Tidy Towns Committee will sell advertisements for the side of the new truck to raise funds for its activities.
Potential advertisers are asked to call Chris Cannard on (02) 6340 2088 or 0428 636 663.
A new council-sponsored recycling promotion will run in conjunction with the purchase of the new truck, highlighting the amount of material placed in bins that can be recycled.
Almost a quarter of all material put into waste bins is recyclable, according to the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Two 240-litre wheelie bins are being fitted-out with special EPA stickers (pictured left)that feature the quantity of rubbish that can be recycled.
The promotion shows that, on average, Australians throw away 40 per cent of food waste in their bins, 23 per cent of material that can be recycled, and 11 per cent green waste.
Much of the green material can be recycled, either in compost bins or by placing it in the recycling bins picked up fortnightly as part of Cowra Council’s roadside service, says the council.
The promotion also calls for residents to place reasonable distances between their bins when placing them on the roadside.
“Residents are reminded that they should place their recycling and their general rubbish bins at least half-a-metre apart,” says council general manager Paul Devery.
“This is to allow ample distance for the hydraulic lifts to be able to get around each bin without damaging them.
“Bins should also be placed outside properties no later than 5am on pick-up day,” Mr Devery says.