The Department of Environmental Health will see its fleet of garbage trucks bolstered in the coming weeks, with the arrival of $4 million worth of new garbage trucks on island.

Arriving on Saturday were the first three of 11 trucks, two roll-on roll-off and a grapple truck. An additional five rear-end loader, one side loader and two front-end loader trucks are on order.

The multi-million-dollar fleet of trucks was purchased in November, after months of constant machinery failure that crippled the DEH’s residential waste-collection services between 2018 and 2019. Initially, the trucks were expected to arrive sometime between December 2019 and the first quarter of this year. However, that timeline has now been extended until potentially mid-June.

“In the past, we have struggled with our collection,” said DEH Director Richard Simms. “We have had to be constantly creative and innovative to keep up.”

“The addition of these trucks will play a major role as we go forward, improving both our commercial and residential collections,” said Simms. “The new trucks are equipped with new technologies, such as onboard cameras inside and out, added safety features that will offer comfort, safety, maneuverability and visibility to our drivers.”

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