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Hull finds a greener way to recycle

A fuel efficient, carbon saving electric bin lift is being trialled by Hull City Council to provide a greener waste collection system for its residents. Hull City Council is trialling the bin as part of drive to improve its efficiency and environmental performance. Results from a five month pre-trial of the bin showed significant improvements in carbon emissions, fuel efficiency and waste collection, equating to a carbon saving of 5.51 tonnes of CO2 per year on the trial vehicle. The electric bin lift was attached to the councils refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and has been estimated to save the council over £1,000 in annual fuel costs. Hull City Council specialist engineering and corporate fleet manager Garry Middleton said: The trial proved the Isbjörn lifts ability to meet with our key objectives: fast, efficient and quiet operations, with proven fuel savings potential at a level to offset the required capital investment, together with the minimisation of environmental damage through reduced carbon emissions. Middleton added: Reducing the carbon impact of collection operations is best achieved through a holisitic approach, looking at reductions across the life of every vehicle. We operate around 40 domestic RCVs throughout Hull, so the Isbjörn lift has the potential to assist in contributing toward fuel and carbon savings.

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