Plans for UK’s first fully electric refuse fleet as Veolia signs new tech-driven City waste contract

The City of London Corporation has awarded a pioneering new tech-driven waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services contract to Veolia – with services having begun in early April. The full fleet will come online within a year.

As part of the contract, the City Corporation aims to become the first authority in the UK to run a fully electric fleet of Refuse Collection Vehicles
(RCVs).

Veolia’s RCVs will be equipped with 360-degree cameras and audible warning reversal systems to improve safety.

The vehicles will use on-board weighing equipment to digitally record bin weights at residential properties, enabling recycling performance to be efficiently calculated. And street cleaners will carry hand-held devices for on-the-go reporting and job completion.

All vehicles will be digitally tracked to monitor and auto-allocate cleansing tasks dependant on geographical location and capacity.

The contract will deliver 74 solar auto-compacting BigBelly bins which send notifications to collection crews when they are full, allowing more waste to be collected.

The new portfolio will see Veolia managing the following areas in the Square Mile:

  • Domestic waste collection
  • Commercial waste
  • Recycling collections
  • Street cleansing
  • Winter maintenance
  • Special event preparation and clear up operations
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Gully servicing

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