Edinburgh-based Hamilton Waste & Recycling is to invest in a fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to provide a more sustainable service in the city.
It said that in addition to the new vehicles reducing emissions, it would also use route planning software and ‘on-demand’ services to minimise vehicle movements.
Hamilton will also develop a new waste transfer facility, where material will be bulked up and taken to its plant in Musselburgh for sorting. Unrecyclable waste will be used in the production of a waste-derived fuel.
Managing director Robin Stevenson said: “We share Edinburgh City Council’s aspiration to create a better environment for people to both live and work.
“We also firmly believe that this ambition should not impact on our ability to recycle effectively, and develop a sustainable city that will remain at the forefront of developing a more circular Scottish economy.”
Several recent trials of electric RCVs have taken place including last summer by FCC Environment, which toured a vehicle from its Madrid R&D facility around the UK.
The City of London Corporation is testing the country’s first fully electric low-entry RCV in the country (pictured). The 26-tonne truck runs on lithium-ion batteries and can complete a full 10-hour shift.