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Rubbish powered rubbish collection

by David Masters
February 5, 2009
Sustainability Transport Energy

A new breed of dustbin lorry has been spotted in West Yorkshire.

Kirklees Council’s latest rubbish collection vehicle runs on power generated using the rubbish it collects.

The 3.5-tonne transit van is powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery, with a top speed of 50mph and a 100 mile range.

The battery has a lifetime of five years, and is fully recyclable.

Charge time is 6-8 hours, and the electricity used comes direct from the local incinerator that burns the rubbish collected by van.

The van has been commissioned to collect waste and recycling from 25 new ‘split bins’ in Huddersfield town centre.

The blue bins feature two slots: one for cans, paper, and plastic, and one for any other rubbish.

Kirklees councillor David Sheard said: “We are advised by the manufacturer that this will be the first vehicle worldwide that will be powered by the waste it collects and which then gets recycled as electricity.

“The new electric vehicle has zero emissions, low ‘fuel’ costs (electricity is cheaper than diesel), low maintenance costs and benefits from zero-fee road tax.”

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