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Sheffield City Council to trial electric bin wagons

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Sheffield City Council is to trial two electric refuse trucks, which will be powered by the household waste they collect.

The used 26-tonners, which were due to be scrapped, have been refitted with battery systems designed, manufactured and fitted by Sheffield-based firm Magtec. They are powered by energy from the city’s Energy Recovery Facility at Bernard Road, generated by processing the city’s black bin waste.

The re-powered trucks, which have zero carbon emissions and no tailpipes, will be powerful enough to naviigate Sheffield’s seven hills, even when full. A total of six partners, including Veolia, will be responsible for operating the vehicles in the city as part of their waste contract with Sheffield City Council.

The project is part of a £2.6m Innovate UK-funded national scheme to accelerate the transition to zero-emission heavy goods vehicles, which also involves Westminster Council trialling two bin lorries. Cllr Mark Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: ‘This is an amazing, innovative project.”