24 February 2021 by James Langley

Caerphilly acquires 11 Dennis Eagle RCVs

Caerphilly county borough council took delivery of 11 Dennis Eagle 26 tonne 6×2 rear steer refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) from Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) this month.

Fitted with 360° camera recording systems, the diesel RCVs are among some 315 vehicles of which the council has taken delivery since SFS won a seven-year fleet replacement contract with the authority in 2017.

(L-R) Mark Howe, SFS contract manager, and Robert Mitcham, fleet manager at Caerpilly county borough council, with the new RCVs

SFS has provided a wide range of vehicles since taking over the contract, including tippers, road sweepers, gully machines, mini-buses, transit vans and cars.

Robert Mitcham, fleet and vehicle maintenance manager at Caerphilly county borough council, said: “The team at SFS are great to work with, both as a supplier and a customer with regards to the maintenance of the vehicles.

“They continue to assist us with improvements in our maintenance systems, and health and safety standards.

“They also ensure that the replacement vehicles are the right specification and fit for purpose in terms of operation, interior design and safety.”

The council uses SFS’s back-office support to control and monitor the vehicles. The contract also includes maintenance of the vehicles, which SFS has subcontracted back to the council.


SFS employs a dedicated contract manager located on site at one of the council’s depots to ensure the contract runs smoothly and can use the services of its own municipal vehicle hire division, CTS Hire, for the provision of any short-term vehicles.

Caerphilly’s RCV fleet in formation

Bob Sweetland, managing director of SFS, said: “The contract is running very well, and we enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Caerphilly team. We are particularly delighted that we have been able to continue delivering replacement vehicles, on schedule, throughout the pandemic.

“Our extensive experience in the provision of complex fleets has enabled us to improve the efficiency of the council’s fleet operation and, with the assistance of our municipal vehicle hire division, we can provide any short-term hire vehicles as and when required.”


Caerphilly county borough council’s recycling rate fell to 62.5% in 2019/20 from 65% in 2018/19.

It was among four local authorities alongside Cardiff, Neath Port Talbot, and Powys to fall short of Wales’s 64% statuary recycling target (see letsrecycle.com story).


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