Waste collection services in Kingston are set to become fully electric with the roll-out by Veolia and Kingston Council of 27 all-electric waste collection trucks.
The new vehicles will replace the current diesel fleet, helping to improve the borough’s air quality and contribute to the council’s climate targets by significantly reducing carbon emissions generated while collecting waste and recycling. Powering all vehicles from the grid will remove 554 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to taking 270 cars off the road.
Councillor Noel Hadjimichael, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder for assets, commissioning and waste said: “This is a huge milestone for climate action in Kingston. We are committed to finding sustainable solutions to tackle climate change and introducing a fully electric waste collection fleet demonstrates that. We are proud to be one of the first authorities nationally to make such a move.
“By introducing an electric waste fleet, we’ll help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, bringing us closer to achieving net zero by 2030.”
Scott Edgell, general manager for Veolia South London added: “We’re excited to see our partnership with Kingston Council result in a better service for residents, along with reduced air and noise pollution thanks to the introduction of our new electric fleet of recycling and waste collection vehicles.
“By constantly innovating our resources and services we can drive ecological transformation across the borough and support our partner on their net zero carbon journey.”