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.