Plans for UK’s first fully electric refuse fleet

The City of London Corporation has awarded a new tech-driven waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services contract to Veolia – with services beginning April 6.

As part of the contract, the City Corporation aims to become the first authority in the UK to run a fully electric fleet of Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs). Veolia’s RCVs will be equipped with 360-degree cameras and audible warning reversal systems to improve safety.

The vehicles will use on-board weighing equipment to digitally record bin weights at residential properties, enabling recycling performance to be efficiently calculated. And street cleaners will carry hand-held devices for on-the-go reporting and job completion. All vehicles will be digitally tracked to monitor and auto-allocate cleansing tasks dependant on geographical location and capacity.

The contract will deliver 74 solar auto-compacting BigBelly bins which send notifications to collection crews when they are full, allowing more waste to be collected.

The new portfolio will see Veolia managing the following areas in the Square Mile:

  • Domestic waste collection
  • Commercial waste
  • Recycling collections
  • Street cleansing
  • Winter maintenance
  • Special event preparation and clear up operations
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Gully servicing

Jeremy Simons, Chair of the City Corporation’s Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, said: “This pioneering technology-driven contract aims to exceed the high standards people expect of our waste and cleansing services whether they work, visit or live in the City. The Square Mile is a world-leading international financial centre with over half a million daily workers, 7,500 residents and 18.4 million visitors a year. They rightly expect the best and I’m delighted that Veolia has been appointed to deliver this contract.”

Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President for Veolia UK & Ireland said: “We are excited to bring industry leading knowledge to the City of London, and to deliver innovative and sustainable technologies to this unique part of the capital. The new tech-driven service will bring significant benefits to the community and the environment. The new fleet of electric vehicles will play a significant role in improving local air quality, with real-time data technologies delivering greater synergies between collections and street cleansing operations. We look forward to working with the City Corporation to provide an efficient and reliable service, that enhances the lives of those living and working in the area, while providing a design for a more sustainable future.”


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