Professional journal praises Borders binmen’s teamwork

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A TRADE journal has praised the professionalism of two crews of binmen from the Borders.

Last month, by arrangement with Scottish Borders Council’s fleet manager, John Martin, specialist writer John Henderson spent a day with the crews as he road-tested two state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Econic refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) for Transport News.

The magazine, recognised in the trade as a market-leader is aimed at transport buyers in Scotland and the north of England and regularly publishes test reports on new vehicles.

Mr Henderson was given leave to drive the recent acquisitions on collection runs in Tweedbank and Darnick, linking up with two SBC crews Jaydee Sharkey and Wullie Hay from Galashiels and Martin Turnbull from Selkirk and Dougie Arberry, also from Galashiels .

Mr Henderson’s report offers a detailed technical assessment of the vehicles, describing, for example, one of the Econics as “probably the greenest RCV north of the border as its bin lifts, compaction and tipping mechanisms are all powered by a special rechargeable battery mounted behind the cab”.

But aside from the technical merits of the vehicles, Mr Henderson offers an insight into a day in the life of the bin men in a separate section, reprinted below.

At the last full council meeting, vice-convener Ron Smith described the article as “a superb endorsement of the work our refuse collection staff carry out day in day out in our communities.”