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Electric waste trucks for the Square Mile

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.”

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