Fire destroys fleet of waste trucks used by council in Northamptonshire

The burnt out waste trucks following a fire at Kier Environmental Services in Chelveston
The burnt out waste trucks following a fire at Kier Environmental Services in Chelveston

A fleet of waste trucks used by East Northamptonshire Council was destroyed in a fire at a depot in Chelveston.

The fire ruined six vehicles owned by Kier Environmental Services, which Northamptonshire Police believes was a result of ‘accidental ignition.’

The burnt out waste trucks following the fire

The burnt out waste trucks following the fire

Kier have organised replacement vehicles to collect residents’ refuse, recycling and food waste, and the council has said it is business as usual for the collections crew.

Residents are being asked to put out their bins as normal at 7am on collection day, and refuse/recycling and food waste will be collected separately.

It means that collections of food waste will be at a different time to (but on the same day as) the wheeled bins.

People are being asked not to report a missed bin until after 3pm on your collection day.

We’re trying our best to ensure that the collection service continues

Cllr Steven North

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, 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 appreciate your understanding and confirm that any minor changes to the service will be temporary.”

Please visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/waste or the ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle with East Northamptonshire Council’ Facebook page for any updates on the service or call 01832 742026 for more information.