20
February
2013
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Latest addition to green fleet hits the street



















Picture caption: Cllr Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member for the environment with refuse truck driver Andy Morris.



The council’s green fleet has been boosted with the delivery of its latest eco-friendly vehicle.



These biomethane mix fuelled bin wagons are now collecting recycled waste from green bins across the city.



It’s the first of four environmentally friendly trucks recently purchased to join the 70-strong fleet of recycling and rubbish collection vehicles.



The 26 tonne bin wagon will be on the streets six days a week, collecting thousands of bins each day.



With bin wagons covering tens of thousands of miles each year, the switch from diesel to gas powered vehicles means the council can provide a cleaner, greener, more reliable waste service.



An earlier trial by the council demonstrated that biomethane mix fuelled vehicles offer big reductions in emissions – the council’s first eco-friendly truck notched up an impressive 60% reduction – and better fuel economy.



With approval to buy up to eight biomethane and gas powered trucks in place, the council will take delivery of another three vehicles by the end of this year.



The quieter, more efficient wagons are part of the council’s commitment to revolutionise bin collections and pioneer green transport; the new wagons will be used to collect recycling from green bins when fortnightly bin collections are introduced across the City, starting with phase 1, this spring.



Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:



“As we improve services to increase recycling in Leeds, we want to achieve this in a sustainable way.



“We’ve already done a lot to ensure the refuse collection fleet is as efficient as it can be, but this alone won’t be enough to meet tough environmental targets. If we want to cut emissions in the city by 40% by 2020, then we need to be at the forefront of green fleet management and switch to eco-friendly fuels.



“Having gas-powered vehicles collecting kerbside recycling more often, these more efficient routes will not only reduce our overall environmental impact but help create the demand for greener vehicles more widely.”



As well as cutting carbon emissions, bringing more biomethane mix vehicles into the fleet will save the council money. The Biomethane mix costs significantly less than diesel and will help protect the council from ever increasing fuel prices.



All four new vehicles will be making good use of the council’s own award-winning gas refuelling station.



The new wagons are part of the council’s vehicle replacement programme. They are replacing older vehicles but in keeping with the council’s reuse ethos, the older vehicles are being kept as standby vehicles to be used while others are off the road. This offers the council even more savings and is part of its ‘spending money wisely’ ethos, by avoiding costly hire charges for replacement vehicles while essential maintenance is carried out.



For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk