Changeworks trials electric van
Edinburgh-based Changeworks Recycling has unveiled its first electric van in the hopes of cleaning up the city’s business waste collections.
The vehicle will be trialled for six months before the introduction of a £1 million programme to replace Changework’s entire fleet of 26 vehicles, which currently run on bio-diesel.
Waste and recyclable materials will be collected from businesses in the Essential Edinburgh BID area.
Mike McConnell, Fleet Manager at Changeworks Recycling, said: “It was important to us that we use a vehicle that is suitable for the narrow streets of Edinburgh yet large enough for us to minimise the number of return trips to our depot.
“It has taken over 18 months from design to delivery but it will be worth the wait.”
Veolia rolls out electric vans in Brent
Two electric ‘eco-vans’ have replaced diesel vehicles in the London borough of Brent, preventing 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to taking ten petrol cars off the road, the council says.
The new vans have been introduced by Veolia and will support the delivery of a greener waste collection and maintenance service.
Marcin Ladynski, Fleet Manager for Veolia Brent, said: “Veolia’s fleet innovation team are actively involved in trials of new vehicle technologies, including street cleansing and refuse collection vehicles that have lower emissions outputs.
“We’re delighted to work with Brent Council on clean air solutions and look forward to delivering more in the future.”
The vans will work alongside three hybrid cage vehicles that are used to maintain Brent’s parks.
Cambridgeshire councils investigate move to zero-emission fleet
Eight million bins in Cambridgeshire could soon be collected by a fleet of zero-emissions electric lorries.
The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service – a partnership between South Cambridgeshire district council and Cambridge city council – met with leading electric bin lorry provider Geesinknorba at its Waterbeach depot to investigate when the area can make the switch to electric vehicles.
Cllr Bill Handley, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Licensing, said: “We want to be green to our core at the council and we will look seriously at anything that helps us to achieve our goals.
“Innovative firms such as Geesinknorba are already introducing green energy powered bin lorries on shorter city rounds such as in Manchester and I am sure that vehicles suited to our rural environment are only a few years away.”
Geesinknorba estimates that conventionally powered bin lorry consumes around 70 litres of diesel a day, leading to the annual emission of 52 tonnes of CO2, 160kg of CO and 380kg of NOX gases.
J&J Services announces launch of electric wheeled bin emptying vehicle
J&J Services of Bedford has become the first UK importer and distributor of an electric wheeled-bin emptying vehicle.
The company says the vehicle is cost efficient as well as environmentally friendly, with fully electric side loading and rear unloading.
The body, lifting structure and waste hopper cover all use high HSLA steel, which is designed to ensure there is no rust or deformation over a long period of time.
The large loading capacity uses standard wheelie bins of 240 and 360 litres and the vehicle retains waste in the fully enclosed hopper during the loading and transporting process, so debris does not get blown away or litter the road.