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Collection fleet destroyed

East Northamptonshire Council’s fleet of waste trucks has been destroyed in a fire at a Kier Environmental Services depot in Chelveston.

Northants Police believe the fire on 25 July, which ruined six of Kier’s vehicles (pictured), was a result of ‘accidental ignition’.

Kier has organised replacement vehicles to collect residents’ refuse, mixed recycling and food waste.

Food waste will be collected at a different time but on the same day as the wheeled bins.

Council leader Steven North said: “It was very disappointing to hear about this weekend’s fire, but we’re trying our best to ensure that the collection service continues. The waste team appreciates residents’ understanding and confirms that any minor changes to the service will be temporary.”

The council asked residents to put out their bins as normal at 7am on collection day and not to report a missed bin until after 3pm.

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