Edinburgh Council has unveiled its new Electric Refuse Collection Vehicles

Thursday June 15th 2023

Edinburgh Council electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCVs)

Cllr Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Convener, and colleagues, with one of the new eRCVs.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The introduction of the eRCVs to their fleet is the first major step to decarbonising the Council’s approximately 200 trucks. These are the first fully electric refuse collection vehicles and will drive forward the Council’s vision for services.

Stopping at Station Square in Granton, Transport and Environment Convener Scott Arthur, alongside colleagues from waste and cleansing, got a first-hand look at one of the five new eRCVs that will soon be doing the rounds across the city. They also got the chance to inspect an electric mechanical sweeper and electric pedestrian sweeper.

In total the Council already have more than 150 electric vehicles within the fleet, including a large mechanical sweeper, three welfare buses, and over 140 cars and vans.

Councillor Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Convener said:

“I was delighted to be here today to see the new eRCVs, procured with generous funding from Zero Waste Scotland.

“By introducing these vehicles in exchange for traditional diesel refuse trucks we will see a significant fall in carbon dioxide emissions across our waste services alongside reductions in fuel, servicing, and maintenance costs. These will also be quieter as they carry out services. We also have ambitious plans to electrify our entire fleet of over 400 cars and vans before the end of 2024.

“Unveiling these new eRCVs at Station Square, in the heart of our £1.3 billion Granton Waterfront regeneration, is particularly fitting as this will be the blueprint for sustainable urban development and regeneration for Scotland with around 3,500 new net zero carbon homes.

“Changes like these all feed into our wider commitment to becoming a net zero city by 2030, and achieving our other key goals set out in our 2030 Climate Strategy.

“With tomorrow marking Clean Air Day it’s more important than ever that we all play our part in making our city as sustainable as possible and I am proud that as a Council we are taking steps to do so.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s Head of Resource Management, Waste and Recycling, Jane Beasley, said:

“I’m pleased to see the City of Edinburgh Council take delivery of these new electric refuse collection vehicles, which will help the council cut carbon while delivering its expanded recycling service.

“The Recycling Improvement Fund exists to help councils improve and invest in their recycling and reuse services, helping citizens up and down the country move towards a circular economy, where materials and products are kept in use as long as possible.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them in action across the city.”

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