‘Pioneering’ zero-emission waste collection trucks unveiled

By Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter

A “pioneering” fleet of zero-emission waste collection trucks – powered by the waste they collect – has been unveiled by Westminster council.

The collection of 45 trucks will be introduced over the coming weeks, with the Labour-run authority saying they will reduce vehicle noise, cut air pollution and lower the borough’s carbon emissions.

“By replacing diesel-powered refuse trucks with a £20m investment in UK-built electric vehicles, Westminster City council is voting with its fleet,” said Paul Dimoldenberg, the authority’s cabinet member for city management and air quality.

The new zero-emission waste collection trucks (Picture: Mediamixer New Media for Westminster City Council)

He added that the fleet will be “pioneering” innovation that “creates a local loop of energy, using local resources to run local services”.

The new fleet will be housed at a fully-electric depot at Landmann Way, near Bermondsey. The vehicles, operated by the company Veolia, will charge their batteries by drawing electric power from an adjacent energy recovery facility that uses the waste collected from Westminster’s homes and businesses.

The trucks will be the mainstay of a wider zero-emission refuse fleet which also includes 90 electric street cleaning vehicles ranging from e-bikes to e-sweepers.

The project was partially paid for using a loan from the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund, a £500million investment fund intended to deliver sustainable schemes and infrastructure across the capital.

Pictured top: The new zero-emission waste collection trucks (Picture: Mediamixer New Media for Westminster City council)

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.

Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing:


If you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to bring stories to you, both in print and online. Or please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.