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Joint waste partnership trial electric vehicles

back of truck with crew

We’re trialling a new electric refuse vehicle in Wycombe and Chiltern districts this week. You might spot it doing the rounds.

The Electra lorry, produced by UK-based Electra Commercial Vehicles, offers many potential benefits for the waste collection services delivered by both councils. Electric vehicles have lower emissions and are less noisy than traditional refuse vehicles.

Electric power is readily available at a reasonable cost, making electric refuse vehicles not only better for the environment, but potentially more economical to run.

Cllr Julia Adey, Cabinet Member for Environment at Wycombe District Council, said: “The joint waste team has a fleet of 39 collection vehicles which clocks up over 50,000 miles every month – over 600,000 miles in a year. Each one travels around 1,300 miles a month and collects 264 tonnes of refuse, recycling, green waste and food across the areas served by Wycombe and Chiltern District Councils. Moving over to electric vehicles could seriously reduce our carbon footprint and have an enormous impact on air quality in our local area. We are a frontrunner to look at using electric vehicles for our joint waste service.  We’re a long way off from making the change, but it’s an important first step in looking at practical ways we can lead from the front and use our fleet to make a difference to protect our local environment and improve our service.”

The Electra will be trialled in certain locations which will test the electric vehicle in terms of whether it can handle local hills, tonnages and amount of time spent operating each day across both Chiltern and Wycombe districts by a number of different waste crews.