A £1.98million investment in South Northants Council bin lorries is expected to save the district £118,000 in the first year.
The money from the Department for Communities and Local Government will pay for seven new lorries which are being rolled outacross the district this month.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services said: “It has enabled us to purchase the best equipment and thus provide the best possible service to residents.
“Not only is this a better service for everyone, but also it is environmentally better, as more is being recycled and less going to land fill, and it further helps us to reduce the council’s costs.
“This year we anticipate that this scheme will save £118,000, with even bigger savings next year.”
The seven vehicles, which replace eight old ones, comprise five Dennis Eagle Duo trucks, for food and general waste and recycling collections, and two smaller DAF vehicles, for food waste collections, mainly in Brackley and Towcester.
The Dennis trucks have pods mounted behind the cab for food waste and the main compactor bodies will be used on alternate weeks for general waste (black bin) and comingled recyclates (blue bin). The collection of garden waste continues unchanged and will take place the same day as the blue bin collection.
Recyclable materials will sorted in the district from where the food waste will be sent to a site neaer Oxford, where it is processed to create electricity and compost, and the rest to Chester, where the other materials are processed for re-use.
Visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.htm for more details.