Electric refuse collection saves over 100 tonnes of carbon

Monday May 6th 2024

Edinburgh EV Refuse Collections

Edinburgh Council electric refuse vehicles.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

In an effort to reach net zero by 2030, the City of Edinburgh Council has successfully deployed five electric refuse collection vehicles.

The vehicles, procured with funding from Zero Waste Scotland, were introduced in exchange for traditional diesel refuse trucks.

Since their introduction in June 2023, they’ve led to reductions in fuel, servicing, and maintenance costs as well as a significant fall in carbon emissions.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Scott Arthur, said:

“I’m delighted that our electric refuse collection vehicles have been such a success, already saving over 100 tonnes of carbon emissions. They’re making a real difference to our residents, operating a quieter service, and improving air quality.

“We’re absolutely committed to tackling climate change here in Edinburgh and reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. Electrifying our fleet, amongst other commitments, will help make our city a more sustainable and people-friendly place to live, work and visit. We’ve still got work to do but we’ll continue to do everything in our power to reach these goals.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycling Improvement Fund Manager David Gunn said:

“These vehicles will help the City of Edinburgh Council cut carbon and other emissions in the city, which is a key step in the journey to net zero.

“I’m pleased to see the difference they’re already making, with Edinburgh being one of the many local authorities to benefit from the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund.

“Thanks to the fund and other initiatives, councils are able to enhance and improve their recycling and waste services, fostering a circular economy for the benefit of everyone.”

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