Four new Dennis Eagle e-Collect electric refuse vehicles powered by 100% green electricity have joined BCP Council’s fleet as part of the council’s aim to make its operations carbon-neutral by 2030.
Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Waste, BCP Council, said: ‘We made a clear commitment to our residents to make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole cleaner, greener and safer for everyone. These four new zero-emission vehicles really are making a positive difference to our air quality, whilst also serving our residents in ensuring waste collections are timely and efficient.’
Green energy message
To draw attention to the new zero-emissions fleet, the council asked Creative Vehicle Wrapping (CVW) to wrap the vehicles to let residents know they are powered by sustainable energy.
Each electric RCV expects to save between 30-40 tonnes of CO2 annually. This carbon reduction aligns with the council’s more comprehensive sustainable fleet replacement strategy, which looks to replace 104 diesel-powered vehicles over the next three years.
Conveying carbon emissions savings
Jon Siviter, Director, Creative Vehicle Wrapping, added: ‘BCP Council’s commitment to addressing the climate emergency is commendable and wrapping this new electric fleet is a great way to convey the carbon emission savings to residents.’
CVW also fitted intelligent wheel and tyre safety systems from Wheely-Safe to the vehicles.
Jon continued: ‘Not only do the vehicles reduce noise and air pollution, but we have also enhanced their safety with tyre pressure monitoring and wheel loss safety systems. We look forward to working with BCP Council in the future and support their efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.’
Tackling climate change – truck by truck
Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader, BCP Council, added: ‘We are the first council in the south of England to purchase four refuse vehicles of this high specification, which demonstrates this council’s ongoing commitment and determination to tackle climate change. Our area is fast becoming one of the most forward-thinking city-regions, which is driving innovation and change. I’m proud that we have taken such positive and bold steps that have a positive environmental impact.
‘As sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-saving as these amazing vehicles are – there is one downside, however. As these vehicles are so much quieter, residents will have to make an extra effort to remember their bin collection days. No more dressing gown dashes with the bins when you hear the diesel trucks rumbling up the street.’