Did you spot this unusual looking wagon collecting your bins recently?
It’s an all-electric refuse collection wagon, which was being put through its paces by St Helens Borough Council, as they look at ways to meet their climate change targets by 2040.
It is the first time a vehicle like this has been trialled in service in St Helens, and it joined the fleet for one week to see how it performed.
What kind of vehicle is it?
The wagon is a Dennis Eagle eCollect, a fully integrated electric refuse collection wagon powered with an electric drive system instead of diesel to collect 20 tonnes of waste on an 8-hour shift before recharging is needed, typically overnight for 6–7 hours.
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “As a council we have committed to achieving zero carbon status by 2040 – doing our bit to address the climate emergency through green innovation, and building on that work collaboratively with partner agencies, businesses and voluntary organisations across the borough through our local Climate Change Commission.
“The council is trialling and investigating a range of new collection vehicles over the next the next few months including efficient modern diesel, electric and hydrogen vehicles, all of which present exciting opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. The trials all form part of the council’s emerging new fleet management strategy. Hopefully as electric and hydrogen refuse vehicles become more affordable and tried and tested across the sector we will be able to see them on our streets more regularly.
“We’re eager to see these vehicles in action to gain a much better understanding of their capabilities and how well they might fit into our future service delivery plans.”
What do you think?
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