Six new hybrid electric refuse collection vehicles will hit the streets of the City of London in the New Year.
The City of London Corporation says they will “play a significant part in the City’s role in managing waste and street cleansing during the 2012 Olympics”.
The RCVs are all Geesinknorba MF 15m split-bodies for multifraction collections and are the first hybrid plug-in electric vehicles to be ordered in the UK.
The corporation says the fleet will have a positive effect on local air quality by reducing carbon emissions. The split compartment design allows greater efficiency by collecting waste and recycling simultaneously.
A spokesman said: “2012 will be a demanding year for London and the introduction of these vehicles demonstrates that the City of London Corporation is right at the forefront of modern waste-management policy.”