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New RCV aimed at multiple transport modes to trial

A multi-modal refuse collection vehicle (MMRCV) operational trial is due to start in Hackney next week as part of Transport for Londons (TfL) London Freight Plan (LFP).

The LFP aims to shift freight, including the transport of waste, from road to more sustainable transport modes such as rail and water in the capital. Its purpose is to bring greater efficiency and environmental benefit to the distribution of goods.

A MMRCV aims to collect waste no less efficiently than a conventional RCV, using a single container that can be transferred to different modes of transport such as road, rail and waterway. The TfL prototype has been built in Germany as no MMRCV in manufacture was said to be suitable for the London waste collection operation.

Speaking at a local authority network meeting organised by London Remade, TfL waste freight co-ordinator Paul Dumble said: By treating waste logistically significant reductions in collection costs and CO2 can be made for London. Developing the canal along London is one of the biggest opportunities at the moment and one of the biggest single projects that can reduce C02 impact.

Around £0.5 million has been invested by TfL in the pilot vehicle and its wider use assessment, but the potential for modal change will be dependent on uptake from the London boroughs.

The LFP ended its consultation period last month and a final draft is now being prepared. TfL also plans to trial the use of waterways for transporting waste in west London and Park Royal.

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