Going greener with new electric bin lifts
Council has taken delivery of electric lifts for its refuse trucks - as one of
the first steps it is taking to cut vehicle emissions and tackle climate
Council has made a firm commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030, and is
developing a Climate Emergency Action Plan, that includes utilising the latest
technologies to support its goal.
part of the initiative it is gradually replacing its older refuse collection
vehicles, with more environmentally friendly vehicles. Two new refuse vehicles
have been purchased which have come fitted with electric lifts to empty bins,
and a further 11 of these vehicles will join the fleet over the next 12 months.
technology means there’s no longer a need to power the lifts directly from the
vehicles’ engines when the bins are lifted up to be emptied.
will save money by cutting fuel consumption by 14 percent, will be kinder to
the environment through reducing emissions, and contribute to carbon savings.
Jack Hemingwa, (pictured), Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council and Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “We are fully
committed to playing our part in tackling climate change and protecting the
environment for future generations.
taking a series of actions, such as introducing these new electric bin lifts,
we can make progress towards achieving our goal of becoming carbon neutral.”
bin lift system will also reduce noise from when the bin is being lifted,
benefiting residents and businesses with early morning collections.
Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan was launched last year in response to a
United Nations report warning of dire consequences if global warming is not
Council plan aims to help protect the planet and support the wider district to
reduce its carbon emissions. It includes improving energy efficiency in
Council buildings, changing vehicles to alternative fuels and planting more
trees to achieve the carbon neutral goal.
To find out more about our plans to tackle climate change
and how you can help visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/climate