Greater Cambridge Shared Waste, a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils, has just taken delivery of a fully electric Faun Zoeller E-Rotopress.

Through their shared waste service, the councils are working to replace their bin lorries with electric or alternative fuel vehicles as existing diesel trucks come to the end of their working lives.

Cllr Rosy Moore, executive councillor for Environment, Climate Change, and Biodiversity for Cambridge City Council, said: ‘It's great to have our second fully-electric bin lorry which is one more step to help us improve air quality and reduce our carbon emissions whilst maintaining a high-quality service to residents and businesses, collecting waste and recycling.

‘We are committed to replacing our existing diesel vehicles with ultra-low emission versions when each vehicle requires replacement. We are early adopters of this new technology and are pleased to be leading the way as a waste collection service in doing everything we can to achieve our net zero carbon targets.’

Cllr Brian Milnes, lead cabinet member for Environment at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: ‘We were one of the very first waste collection services in the country to introduce a fully electric bin lorry into our fleet and I know residents were pleased to see it out and about.

‘As we continue to reduce carbon emissions from our fleet, it’s excellent news that we are taking delivery of our second such vehicle. Cutting emissions is one of the most significant things that we can do as a Council to meet our zero carbon aspirations for South Cambridgeshire.’

Stewart Gregory, commercial director at Faun Zoeller UK, added: ‘It has been a pleasure assisting Greater Cambridge Shared Waste with their continued transition to alternative fuelled RCVs. Working with like-minded, forward-thinking authorities is something that is of paramount importance to us. The addition of the E-Rotopress will enhance the fleet and will provide long term benefits, not just to the climate, but also in terms of total cost of ownership.’

Cambridgeshire’s first electric bin lorry – a Dennis Eagle eCollect – has been collecting recycling from Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire residents since 2020. Greater Cambridge Shared Waste was one of the first waste collection services nationally to invest in green waste collection vehicles, which have zero emissions and contribute to delivering better air quality when out on the road.