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Butty van gears up to be the greenest in Lancashire

Col Maloney with his new Butty Van which has replaced the one which was gutted by fire just before Christmas. Friends and customers have rallied round to help get Col's business back at the Tank roundabout Flensberg Way, Leyland. Picture by Paul Heyes, Friday February 16, 2018.
Col Maloney with his new Butty Van which has replaced the one which was gutted by fire just before Christmas. Friends and customers have rallied round to help get Col's business back at the Tank roundabout Flensberg Way, Leyland. Picture by Paul Heyes, Friday February 16, 2018.
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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.