Fife Council is using five BMI trailers as part of an extension of a trial food waste collection and recycling service in the region.
Currently the region generates 100,000 tonnes of waste a year, but the council plans to divert residents’ food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD) plants on the other side of the country in Cumbernaud and Perth.
The council’s five trailers and four DAF tractors can each carry between 20 and 22 tonnes of material, depending on its density, and are being used to help divert waste generated by an extra 26,000 residents, who are being added to the scheme.
Council fleet manager Philip Grubb told MRW: “A percentage of waste is still going to landfill, but more and more is going to AD to produce methane gas. We’re also looking at gas-propelled vehicles and our own AD plant.”
Fife’s trucks have plastic tanks fitted to the rear to collect any leakage from the food waste and a plastic curtain attached to the outer body of the truck to improve aerodynamics.
“We’re testing the aerodynamics of the vehicle with the curtain sides. Big trailers have big sides, which generates big drag. Fife is trying to be the greenest council in Scotland, and any fuel we can save with aerodynamics will save our carbon footprint.”
The council is also considering plans to construct its own AD plant