Biffa Turns To SFS For New Fleet On Isle of Wight

2012-08-01 10:19:36


To facilitate the roll out of a new refuse and recycling collection service on the Isle of Wight, waste management company Island Waste (a subsidiary of Biffa), turned to contract hire and fleet management experts Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) to provide a new fleet of purpose built vehicles.

The five-year contract is worth £1.4m and comprises seven RCV’s, all Dennis Elite 6x2 with Olympus 16 Duo bodies, fitted with Terberg Omni-Del bin lifts and kitchen waste pods.

In February 2012 Island Waste launched a new refuse and recycling collection service on the Island. The new service has involved the distribution of over 50,000 green wheelie bins to residents to replace black bin bags and the introduction of alternate weekly collections of refuse and dry mixed recyclables. Kitchen and food waste is now collected every week.

Mike Thair, General Manager, Biffa West Sussex Ltd & Island Waste Services Ltd said: “With the introduction of green wheelie bins for the first time on the Island and regular food waste collections, it was absolutely crucial to get the correct specification of vehicles to get the service up and running as quickly as possible.  SFS provided us with the right vehicles on time, despite very short lead times, and helped us make sure the new service operated smoothly and efficiently.  Their expertise and professionalism was faultless.”

Northampton-based SFS is a member of the Rothschild Banking Group and one of the most experienced contract hire and fleet management companies in the UK.  SFS runs its own vehicle workshops as well as on behalf of local authorities, and provides specialist vehicle hire and fleet management services to the public and private sector.

Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS said: “Biffa is a valued customer and we are delighted that they have chosen to use our services again.  We trust that the new vehicle specification will facilitate an efficient collection service on the island.”

Jodie Scott , Category Manager , Biffa Group Procurement said:  “This is a classic example of the benefits that can be delivered to all parties  through close cooperation up and down the supply chain and keeping a focus on the wider delivery of total cost, value creation and service provisions.”

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ENDS.                                                                                     August 2012