WM Waste Management introduces electric waste trucks

A new waste contract with WM Waste Management has seen the introduction of several electric waste collection vehicles in the City of Casey in Melbourne.

The trucks, produced by Superior Pak in collaboration with SEA Electric, are the first of their kind to be designed and manufactured in Australia.

City of Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon said the vehicles represent a move towards carbon neutral hard-waste collection, less noise and more liveable streets.

Each waste truckload is estimated to save 180 kilograms of carbon dioxide, when compared with an equivalent diesel truck.

The vehicles are solely battery powered and have a charge life of five hours.

WM Waste Management Managing Director Mark Jeffs said it was vital for essential services to lead the way in going carbon neutral.

“Electric trucks are a key demonstration of our support for renewable energy as they significantly reduce our environmental footprint, and improve the sustainability of residential hard waste collection,” Mr Jeffs said.

“It’s massively important. We need to be doing this for our grandkids and for the next generation to continue living on this planet.”

Mr Jeffs said WM Waste Management hope to introduce more battery powered vehicles in the future, after evaluating their success in the City of Casey.

One truck has started collections, with two more to follow in the coming weeks.

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Cleanaway trials electric waste collection vehicles

The first of two fully electric Cleanaway waste collections vehicles have begun kerbside collections in Victoria as part of a three-month trial.

The first vehicle began servicing household collections in Hobsons Bay. City of Greater Geelong and Moonee Valley will also host the vehicle to ensure it is tested across a variety of terrain and in different municipal settings.

Cleanaway CEO Vik Bansal said the vehicles are among the first in Australia to service kerbside collections, and will be under pressure to carry full loads and complete scheduled runs every day.

“With almost 5000 vehicles on the road each day, servicing homes and businesses all over Australia, we are looking for ways to do that more sustainably while continuing to deliver consistent service,” Mr Bansal said.

“Sustainability is about more than removing emissions at all costs. If service levels drop or waste collection costs increase significantly for ratepayers – that isn’t sustainable.”

Cleanaway Head of Fleet Paul Young said the company is optimistic about proving the reliability of the technology.

“The trial is designed to encourage fast learning so the electric vehicles can continue operating once the trial has ended, allowing Cleanaway to introduce more electric and combination fuel vehicles to the permanent fleet,” Mr Young said.

“With zero emissions, the vehicles are expected to run for 180-200 kilometres before needing to recharge. The brakes also regenerate – reducing repair and maintenance costs and the consumption of other parts like brake pads.”

According to Mr Young, the vehicles significantly reduce noise, making early morning or late-night collections possible for some waste streams.

Hobsons Bay Mayor Jonathon Marsden said the trial complements the great work already happening in the sustainable transport realm.

“These initiatives support our key priorities in the Hobsons Bay 2030 Community Vision of exploring sustainable practices and growth through innovation, technology, job creation and education,” Mr Marsden said.

“It’s also a step in the right direction of council’s draft Waste and Litter Management Strategy 2025 to trial alternative fuels in the waste, recycling and litter collection fleet.”

The vehicles were commissioned by Cleanaway in conjunction with SEA Electric and Superior Pak and are not yet in mass production.

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