WM Waste Management Services’ new electric truck hits Australian streets this week, with the City of Casey the first local council in Victoria to put 100 per cent electric hard waste collection trucks into its rubbish collection service.
The new trucks are the first of their kind to be designed and manufactured in Australia and WM claim the new truck is a triple win for the economy, the environment and the ratepayer.
“Obviously 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,” said Mark Jeffs, WM Managing Director.
“But the equal winners here are ratepayers in Casey as the trucks will leave them with cleaner air; they are much quieter than diesel or petrol vehicles and they will reduce annual fuel and running costs as they are require less maintenance and last longer than normal trucks.
“It might mean a few extra minutes of shut-eye for residents who are usually woken by the roar of a rubbish truck doing its rounds. I am proud to bring electric trucks to the streets of Melbourne and I congratulate the City of Casey on this significant commitment.”
City of Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon is reported to have said, “This is a terrific breakthrough in technology that will mean locals have a more sustainable hard waste collection with less noise, making their streets more liveable.”
The trucks are the first of their kind to be designed and manufactured in Australia by Superior Pak, in collaboration with Australian automotive technology company, SEA Electric.
This move towards electric vehicles is part of a shift towards further sustainability commitments by WM aimed at cementing its reputation as an industry leader. The company was also the first hard waste business to use hybrid (diesel/electric) trucks in 2008.