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Plans for the UK's First Electric Refuse Fleet

Plans for the UK's First Electric Refuse Fleet

A pioneering new tech-driven waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services contract was awarded by the City of London Corporation to Veolia in an attempt 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. They will also 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. Moreover, 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; and Gully servicing.

“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,” said Jeremy Simons, Chair of the City Corporation’s Port Health and Environmental Services Committee.

Veolia is a leading resource management company with extensive experience and expertise, delivering contracts throughout Europe. The company was appointed following a competitive tender process, with the electric fleet to be mobilised within the first year of contract.

In delivering the service the firm will look after 63km of the City’s public roads and 15km of public footpaths, covering signposts to fountains and paving to street lighting, working to make the City’s streets clean, safe and well-managed.

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