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Council orders kept local

Almost £20m of orders for refuse collection vehicles and related equipment have been placed by Birmingham City Council in the past 18 months, with 86% of the spend going to companies with a presence in the region.

Dennis Eagle, whose production line and fabrication base is in Warwick, is supplying up to 117 refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) by the winter of 2015, of which up to 74 will be fitted with lifts for the collection of wheelie bins, manufactured and assembled in Redditch by Faun Zoeller (FZ).

The council reports that it has used its Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility to extract social value from the deals – with funding for apprenticeships and cyclist awareness training for RCV drivers among the extras secured from suppliers.

Stewart Stacey, cabinet member for commissioning, contracting and improvement, said: “For too long the purchasing power of councils has been under-utilised.

“Through our charter for social responsibility, we are committed to doing everything we can to add social value to the local economy, creating and protecting jobs wherever practical and possible.”

At least 135 vehicles are being purchased as part of the wheelie bin scheme, including some that will be used for commercial waste services. Apart from Dennis Eagle, 18 are from Willenhall-based dealer Greenhous DAF, providing chassis and cab which are manufactured in Lancashire.

FZ and Warrington-based Terberg Matec UK will provide the bin lifting equipment, with Netherlands- based GeesinkNorba providing body and lifts.

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