Food waste collections in Lewes have become more environmentally friendly this week with the trial of new all-electric collection vehicles.

Under the pilot by Lewes District Council, refuse crews are collecting food waste using the electric vehicles on selected rounds. This first stage of the scheme is providing important insights on recharging requirements and waste tonnage that will inform the district-wide roll out of the scheme from September.

Cllr Wendy Maples, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Wellbeing, said: ‘Using electric vehicles to collect food waste – and then composting it – is an important step in our ambition of becoming carbon net zero and fully climate resilient in Lewes district by 2030.

‘As a council we are committed to making the fundamental changes needed to prevent climate change, and using ultra-low emission vehicles for food waste collections is a significant part of our plans.’

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