Veolia trials electric recycling truck in Brent

20 February 2020

two women and veolia recycling vehicle operative standing in front of the electric recycling truck

This week, Veolia have begun trialling a prototype Electric Recycling Collection Vehicle on select routes in Brent.

As part of a two-week trial, the vehicle has been to two other London boroughs, Lambeth and Westminster, and is finishing up in Brent from 18-21 February.

The initiative is an important part of a joint push by Veolia and Brent Council to improve local air quality, reduce emissions and provide more sustainable recycling and waste collections.

The prototype is not yet on the market, but is being used to explore future options for greening waste and recycling operations.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said:

"We're committed to finding new and innovative solutions to the climate crisis in Brent, so I'm thrilled that we're among the first to test out these prototype electric waste trucks. I'm grateful to Veolia for working with us to seek out and trial new technologies."

Gavin Graveson, Veolia's Executive Vice President for UK and Ireland said:

"Veolia is committed to reducing emissions and improving local air quality with trials on alternative fuel solutions being carried out on our vehicles since 2012. We are supporting our customer needs to meet the low emission zone targets that are being rolled out in more areas across London, including Brent, Westminster and Lambeth."