Kerbside Waste Collection in Australia Using EVs
Cleanaway, Australian waste management company, is introducing electric waste collection trucks to Melbourne.
The first Cleanaway EV began operating at Hobsons Bay early in May with plans for expansion into the City of Greater Geelong and Moonee Valley. The trials are being conducted across different terrains to ensure their successful operation.
Melbourne Metro Municipal Regional Manager, Hugh Cotton said, “Electric vehicles have the potential for zero greenhouse gas emissions and significant on-road noise reductions, delivering better outcomes to councils and residents.
“If the trial is successful, we would look to introduce this option into local government waste collections wherever possible.”
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for Cleanaway, Vik Bansal said, “With almost 5000 vehicles on the road each day servicing homes and businesses all over Australia, we are looking for ways to do that more sustainably.”
The electric trucks are among the first in Australia to be undertaking kerbside waste removal. They have 180-200km battery range and braking regeneration which helps to top-up the batteries.
The Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Jonathon Marsden, said, “We were part of a hydrogen fuel cell electric car trial with Toyota and now join this trial of an electric waste collection vehicle with Cleanaway.”
The EVs arrived in Melbourne earlier in May and were assembled in Bundaberg. They are currently being used for training and testing before their first waste collection runs.
22 May 2019