A Leyland butty van could be the greenest in Lancashire.
Owner Col Maloney has not only got rid of plastic and polstyrene cups - but he’s given his van a complete green overhaul.
Col, whose van can be seen next to the Tank roundabout at the junction at Flensburg Way and Penwortham Way, Farington, claims he’s a county eco champ.
The van is back in business again after being gutted in a fire at the end of last year. It suffered an electrical fault and was severely damaged by the blaze it caused, leaving Col facing a difficult time on the run up to Christmas.
He said: “Since the rebuild it gave me the perfect opportunity to turn the van green.
“So I’ve done away with the generator, that noisy petrol thing, that’s gone.
“I now have a huge battery system which is powered by solar. It goes through another which gives me 230 vaults.
“The sun powers that and I plug it into the wall once a week.”
Col has also replaced his plastic and polystyrene cups with “real decent ceramic mugs.”
He said: “It’s fantastic, people are queueing up to provide me with the jugs and making sure I can achieve my green goal.
“I want to be the only green catering van in Lancashire.
“I’ve done quite a bit of research and there’s nobody done what I’ve done.”
Other green improvements he has carried out include LED strip lights and Triple A rated fridges and freezers.
He added: “And for the ultimate hygiene, the van is being kitted out in high grade stainless steel.
“The only thing I use now for heating is propane. So I’ve got rid of the electric bain marie.
“While the van was down I’ve had some really good help from friends.
“I thought I might as well just do the whole thing so it’s now actually the way I want it.
“In the long run it will save me quite a few bob as well.
“I paid £15 a week in petrol to keep the generator going, times that by 50 and it’s nearly £650 a year.
“The van is completely rewired and had all the electrics redone.
Biking enthusiast Col launched the van last year, giving up his job in a call centre and scraping together money by selling a couple of bikes.
Col, 48, lives with his wife and young son off Slater Lane, Leyland.