Slough Borough Council is celebrating this morning as it welcomes the environmental services team back home.
More than 15 years ago, environmental services – including bin collections, street cleaning, grounds and highway maintenance – was contracted out to a private company, but now, in a rarely seen move, the council has brought them back in house.
And this morning, with X-Factor-style special effects, the new fleet of bin lorries hit the streets of Slough complete with their new livery featuring the town crest.
Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, saluted the crews as they left the depot as dawn broke.
He said: “We are very excited that this is a new dawn breaking for this vital council service.
“It was a genuine pleasure to see brand new modern vehicles leaving at first light, fully staffed by our new teams of council workers.
“I am sure people will soon see a difference out on the streets now we have greater control, the ability to be more responsive to local needs and more accountable to residents.”