Torridge District Council hopes the new waste collection vehicles will make unloading recycling from the district more efficient.

Torridge District Council will be trialling a new dry recycling vehicle this month.

The ‘Romaquip’ will be on the streets from tomorrow (Thursday) until May 12.

It allows the sorting of recycling materials as they are loaded onto the vehicle, making more a more efficient unloading process.

The trial period will allow the council to assess the vehicles performance and capabilities in both urban and rural parts of the district, but will not impact on collections.

Richard Haste, TDC waste and recycling manager , said: “The trial is part of the council’s dry recycling vehicle fleet review which is aimed at delivering an improved, more efficient and sustainable service to our residents.

“More trials of other recycling vehicles will be scheduled for 2017 before any fleet renewal decisions are taken.

“It is vital that we assess all vehicle options to ensure we obtain not only the best value for money but also that the benefits of any system can be accurately gauged and measured in a real life situation.

“We want any changes to not only provide us with the most efficient service but also encourage improved levels of recycling and improvements in the variety and quality of the materials collected.

“The trials will help in showing us which options are best suited to helping us achieve these goals.”