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Coventry council hires private contractor amid bin strikes

27/01/2022

Coventry City Council today announced that it is set to bring in a private contractor to help collect waste as strike action by bin lorry drivers continues.

Combined authority agrees £2.7m to fund eRCV solar farm

26/01/2022

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to put £2.7m of funding towards a new solar farm that will be used to power electric bin lorries.

RAC launches all-electric patrol van

26/01/2022

The RAC is the first major roadside assistance company in the UK to begin using an electric patrol vehicle to attend breakdowns.

Electric car owners face different regional costs when using council-owned chargers

26/01/2022

Drivers in the South are being charged over a quarter (28%) more to charge their electric cars using council-owned chargers than those in the North, new research has revealed.

Aberdeenshire Council set to move to three-weekly collection cycle

26/01/2022

Aberdeenshire Council will move to a three-weekly household collection cycle after the Scottish government awarded the local authority £3.4m to improve household waste collections.

County welcomes Government backing for Blyth's gigafactory

21/01/2022

The Government has backed the creation of the UK's first full-scale gigaplant in Blyth Northumberland.

FCC Environment purchases world’s first high-drive electric drive dozer

20/01/2022

Waste and resource management company FCC Environment has purchased the Cat® D6 XE, the world’s first high-drive electric drive dozer.

Morgan Sindall Construction appointed for £12m waste services depot

20/01/2022

Birmingham City Council has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver a £12m waste services depot.

Keenan Recycling announces key acquisition

19/01/2022

Scottish food waste collection firm Keenan Recycling has announced an acquisition aimed at strengthening its presence in England.

Coventry set to welcome 130 zero-emission double decker buses

19/01/2022

A fleet of 130 zero-emission double decker buses will be introduced next year as part of a £140m project to make Coventry the UK’s first all-electric bus city.

Bolton Council opts for 19 new Mercedes-Benz Econics

18/01/2022

Bolton Council’s latest refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) are fitted with two types of FAUN Zoeller body but all are based on well proven Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis.

eBikes come to Manchester as city-wide scheme launches

17/01/2022

A fleet of electric cargo bikes and trailers is to be launched in Manchester offering residents a green alternative to cars.

Councils welcome coffee pod recycling collections

14/01/2022

People in Exeter and Ipswich can take advantage of a new kerbside recycling service for plastic and aluminium coffee pods.

Veolia announces its first electric vehicle battery recycling plant in UK

14/01/2022

Resource management company Veolia has announced its first electric vehicle battery recycling facility in the UK, which will have the capacity to process 20% of the UK’s end of life electric vehicle batteries by 2024.

Greater Manchester leaders told to consider clean air zone pause

14/01/2022

Greater Manchester leaders will be asked to request permission to put the second phase of Clean Air Zone (CAZ) funding on hold due to cleaner vehicle concerns.

Pothole breakdowns hit record high

14/01/2022

RAC’s patrols attended over 10,000 pothole-related breakdowns last year – the equivalent of 27 every single day and the highest annual total since 2018.

BCP Council takes delivery of four new electric RCVs

10/01/2022

Residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are benefitting from cleaner air, as four new electric refuse vehicles are now collecting waste across the conurbation.

Refuse workers due ‘significant’ pay rises, union says

07/01/2022

Refuse workers are due ‘significant’ pay rises, the union GMB says as councils across the UK face bin strikes.

LondonEnergy awarded FORS Gold

07/01/2022

Resource management company LondonEnergy Ltd has once again been awarded a FORS Gold award for maintaining a high level of quality within its fleet operations.

EV loans let Durham businesses try before they buy

06/01/2022

Small businesses in County Durham are being invited by the council to borrow an electric van, to experience for themselves the benefits of going green.

LCV market shows signs of recovery

06/01/2022

The new van market has grown by a fifth and battery electric demand has increased as light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations show improvement.

Dudley Council opts for Swingo sweepers after top mark tender

05/01/2022

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has added eight Swingos from Aebi Schmidt to its fleet of street cleaning vehicles following a thorough and extensive tender process at which the compact sweeper scored top marks.

Plymouth council agrees pay uplift for HGV drivers

05/01/2022

The union Unite have welcomed a decision by Plymouth council to give HGV drivers a pay increase by regrading their jobs.

Bradford council delays launch of clean air zone

24/12/2021

Bradford City Council has said that the launch of its clean air zone (CAZ) has been delayed until spring 2022.

Regulator to progress Veolia and Suez investigation

22/12/2021

The competition regulator has announced that it will progress its investigation of the proposed merger between Veolia and Suez to the next stage.

CIWM and WAMITAB complete merger

21/12/2021

CIWM has confirmed the successful completion of its merger with WAMITAB, a move designed to strengthen the provision of fit-for-purpose qualifications in the resources and waste management sector.

London councils well-stocked with salt

21/12/2021

London council leaders have reassured the capital’s residents that boroughs have enough salt to get them through the winter months.

Council worker ‘hero’ after sweeper burst into flames

20/12/2021

An East Devon District Council (EDDC) worker had a narrow escape over the weekend after his road sweeper went up in flames on Sunday morning.

Barnet to install 500 EV charge points

16/12/2021

Barnet Council has secured over £3.5m in grant funding to deliver 500 on-street electric vehicle charge points by November 2022.

Government criticised for plug-in grant cut

16/12/2021

The Government is facing criticism for its decision to cut the plug-in car and van grant by up to £1,000 and change the eligibility criteria.

Council adds another Mercedes-Benz Econic to its fleet

15/12/2021

Dudley Council has added another Mercedes-Benz Econic to its fleet.

Coventry bin lorry drivers strike proposal ‘impractical’

15/12/2021

Coventry City Council has rejected a union proposal that bin lorry drivers work for one hour and then go on strike for another hour.

Council wraps new RCVs with beach scenes

14/12/2021

North East Lincolnshire Council has wrapped its new fleet of recycling vehicles with epic scenes that celebrate the borough’s beaches, parks, and green spaces.

Vale of Glamorgan Council installs new fleet safety equipment

14/12/2021

Vale of Glamorgan Council is installing the latest safety equipment to its fleet to protect the public, cyclists, and crews.

Leeds council puts aside extra £5m to deal with household waste

13/12/2021

Leeds City Council has been forced to set aside an extra £5m to deal with the increase in household waste requiring collection and disposal during the pandemic.

Kirklees Council set to approve over £6m fleet revamp

13/12/2021

Kirklees Council’s cabinet is set to approve an investment of £6.25m to bring in new high-tech fleet vehicles and take a significant step towards the greening of the council’s fleet.

Dawsongroup sweepers goes green with electric fleet

09/12/2021

The rental supplier of industrial and municipal cleaning vehicles, Dawsongroup sweepers, is set to launch its first range of zero emission electric road sweepers, following a multi-million pound investment.

Councils dealing with record amount of fly-tipping

09/12/2021

A charity has called for a review of the licensing scheme for waste carriers after new figures showed fly-tipping has reached an all-time high.

Veolia and Suez merger criticised by competition authority

08/12/2021

The merger of Veolia and Suez could lead to a loss of competition in the supply of several waste and water management services in the UK, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Isle of Wight announces £1.4m fleet ‘refresh’

07/12/2021

The Isle of Wight Council has taken delivery of a new fleet of state-of-the-art refuse lorries in an effort to make its waste services cleaner and greener.

Coventry RCV drivers vote to strike

07/12/2021

Bin lorry drivers in Coventry have voted to take strike action in a dispute over pay and Christmas working arrangements.

Coventry council awarded £700,000 in charge point funding

07/12/2021

Coventry City Council has been awarded over £700,000 by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to fund the installation of 155 on-street electric vehicle charge points.

Lighter vehicles contribute to ‘climate goals’

07/12/2021

Life-cycle analysis shows lighter vehicles can enhance contribution of electrification to climate goals, a new study shows.

Council introduces digital map to track Snovid-19 and Gritter Thunberg

07/12/2021

South Lanarkshire Council has started to use a dedicated gritter tracking map so that residents can follow the progress of Snovid-19, Gritter Thunberg and the council’s other gritters.

Scottish councils awarded £13m to boost recycling

06/12/2021

The Scottish government today announced a multi-million-pound investment into local authorities to help boost the quantity and quality of recycling.

Square Mile welcomes 42% drop in NO2 levels

03/12/2021

The banning of new diesel vehicles from its fleet has helped the City of London Corporation dramatically reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in its area.

Argyll and Bute Council launches electric charger consultation

03/12/2021

Argyll and Bute Council has launched a consultation which seeks the views of residents on where to position future electric vehicle chargers.

Council sets up ‘arms-length’ business to deliver key services

03/12/2021

East Suffolk Council is to create a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCo) to help it deliver key council services.

Council to cut its vehicle emissions by up to 90%

03/12/2021

Eastleigh Borough Council is switching all of its diesel lorries, vans and cars over to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel as it transitions to net zero carbon emissions.

Combined authority launches £18m fund to boost EV investment

01/12/2021

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has joined with an infrastructure investment group to launch an £18m Green New Deal Fund (GNDF).

Charge point deployment struggling to keep up with EV sales

30/11/2021

The ratio of vehicle charge points to plug-in cars deteriorated by nearly a third in 2020, new data shows.

Pothole-ridden roads in ‘perilous state’

29/11/2021

Little progress has been made over the last year when it comes to improving road surfaces, the RAC says as it records the worst third quarter for pothole breakdowns in 15 years.

Work starts on UK’s largest charging hub

29/11/2021

Work started last week on the UK’s largest public electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Redbridge Park & Ride, which will see the installation of fast and ultra-rapid EV chargers for drivers.

Hull and Oxford councils shortlisted for Green Fleet Awards

29/11/2021

Hull and Oxford city councils have both been shortlisted in the prestigious national Green Fleet Awards 2021.

District council opens new £5m depot

26/11/2021

West Lindsey District Council today officially opened its new multi-million-pound, purpose built central depot, which has been two decades in the making.

Bus operators warn of £5bn funding gap

26/11/2021

Bus operators have warned of a multi-billion-pound funding gap between plans by local authorities and bus operators to improve services and the funding promised by the Government.

Veolia launches StreetKind campaign to protect its teams

25/11/2021

The environmental solutions company Veolia is taking a stand after reports of abuse from frontline staff more than doubled over the last year.

HGV drivers threaten Christmas strikes

24/11/2021

Drivers of heavy goods vehicles who work for Coventry City Council’s waste services are threatening to go on strike over the Christmas period as part of a pay dispute.

Council chiefs warn HGV driver shortage could hit gritting services

23/11/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that the HGV driver shortage might hit gritting services this winter.

Havant introduces two new electric cleaning machines

23/11/2021

Havant Borough Council and Norse South East have introduced two new electric cleaning machines that will be used for sweeping and cleaning pavements.

New building regulations to deliver 145,000 charge points a year

22/11/2021

New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, the Government has announced.

Sherbourne Recycling takes delivery of five new electric forklifts

17/11/2021

Council-owned Sherbourne Recycling has taken delivery of five new X20-X35 electric forklifts.

London’s ULEZ resulted in ‘only small improvements in air quality’

17/11/2021

London’s ULEZ has had little impact on air quality and is only effective as part of a wider approach to reducing carbon emissions, researchers say.

Council goes green with electric mopeds

16/11/2021

A Hampshire County Council scheme, which enables young people to hire mopeds at an affordable rate, is going green with the addition of five electric mopeds to its fleet of conventionally powered bikes.

HGV registrations decline in Q3 of 2021

16/11/2021

New heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations declined in the third quarter of 2021, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Council unveils ambitious plan to convert fleet to electric power

15/11/2021

Buckinghamshire Council has announced it will be working to convert its vehicle fleet to zero emission, electric power in partnership with Silverstone-based company Lunaz.

Birmingham agrees 12-year electric vehicle strategy

11/11/2021

A 12-year electric vehicle strategy has been agreed by Birmingham City Council to deliver more than 3,000 electric vehicle charge-points.

Councils warn investment in bus services is vital to meet climate targets

10/11/2021

The Government must fully fund the concessionary bus fares scheme if councils are to decarbonise fleets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Council to launch fleet of electric cargo bikes

09/11/2021

Salford City Council has announced plans for a fleet of electric cargo bikes next year to encourage more green deliveries across the city.

Greater Manchester plans carbon neutral transport network

09/11/2021

Greater Manchester has set out its ambition to become the first city-region with a carbon neutral transport network.

Counties warn of a 'chasm' in electric vehicle chargers

08/11/2021

There are more publicly available charging points in London than in England's counties combined, new analysis has shown.

Derry to have zero-emission bus fleet by 2023

05/11/2021

Derry will become one of the first cities in the UK and Ireland to have a fully zero emission bus fleet after receiving a £30m funding boost.

Two thirds of local authorities have no EV charging plans, research finds

04/11/2021

Two thirds of local authorities have no plans in place to install electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs), research has revealed.

Waste sector 'overlooked ' at COP26

03/11/2021

The waste and resources industry has been 'overlooked and left with no seat at the table' at COP26 this week, the president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has warned.

Veolia takes over waste contract in south Buckinghamshire

02/11/2021

Veolia has taken on the waste contract for the south Buckinghamshire area from former provider Biffa.

Council plans to have fully electric bus fleet by 2030

01/11/2021

Leicester City Council has set out how it plans to have an entirely electric fleet of buses by 2030.

Over 50% of councils spent nothing on EV chargers in 2021

29/10/2021

Over half of the UK’s local authorities spent nothing on electric vehicle charge points in the last 12 months, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Chancellor confirms £9.5m funding to electrify Kent CC’s Fastrack fleet

28/10/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday confirmed as part of the spending review that £9.5m will be awarded to Kent County Council from the Department for Transport’s ZEBRA fund.

RVS provides first fully electrified RCV conversion in Wales

27/10/2021

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) have provided the first fully refurbished electric-conversion refuse collection vehicle in Wales.

Regulator issues safety notice on the use of wheeled loading shovels

27/10/2021

Britain’s safety regulator has issued a safety notice on the use of wheeled loading shovels, widely used in the waste and recycling sector.

Go-Ahead Group calls for bus decarbonisation roadmap

27/10/2021

One of Britain’s largest bus operators has welcomed news of funding for transport schemes in the Autumn Budget but urges a clear roadmap for decarbonisation of the national bus fleet.

Councils join forces to install 600 new charging points

26/10/2021

Kent County Council is working with other local authorities in Kent to bring one of the largest networks of consistent charging points for electric vehicles to the county.

Fleet maintenance workers threaten strike in pay dispute

26/10/2021

Waste management and fleet maintenance workers may strike across 11 local authorities in Scotland next month over pay, trade unions have warned.

Council makes switch to green diesel for a cleaner collection

25/10/2021

Portsmouth City Council's waste collection vehicles will be using a cleaner fuel created from vegetable oil in order to comply with the city’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

Government ‘must step in’ to deliver on 4,000 zero-emission buses promise

25/10/2021

A transport charity is calling for more to be done to deliver a zero-emission bus fleet as figures reveal only a tiny proportion of buses on the road are currently electric.

ULEZ expansion 'a lifeline for Londoners'

25/10/2021

As London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sees a massive expansion, a think tank has called on mayor Sadiq Khan to go further and introduce a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme.

‘Carbon Battle Bus’ rolls into Tees Valley

22/10/2021

A 100% electric ‘Carbon Battle Bus’ rolled into the Tees Valley this week, just 24 hours after the region was selected by the Government to lead the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Refuse workers strike against ‘ongoing attacks’ on pay and conditions

21/10/2021

Union members at Veolia Sheffield have voted to strike over pay and what they characterise as ‘ongoing attacks’ to their terms and conditions.

Extend red diesel support for waste sector, says renewable energy group

20/10/2021

The UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy has urged the Government to delay the removal of the entitlement to use red diesel in the waste sector for one year.

Government criticised for ‘slow progress’ in zero-emissions buses rollout

20/10/2021

The UK’s three bus manufacturers today joined forces to urge the Government to speed up its rollout of 4,000 UK-made zero-emissions buses, ‘parking the bus’ in Westminster to drive home the point.

Grundon commits £600,000 to electric collection vehicles after successful trials

20/10/2021

Grundon Waste Management is set to invest over half a million pounds in converting two of its existing fleet from diesel to electric after the conclusion of successful trials of an electric waste collection vehicle.

Government announces extra £350m for EV transition

20/10/2021

The Government has announced that an extra £350m will be made available to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains.

Apprenticeship programme earmarking £100,000 for automotive industry re-launched

19/10/2021

An apprenticeship programme offering training opportunities to those currently working within the automotive industry has been relaunched.

RVS delivers first-ever twin pack electric conversion to Islington Council

19/10/2021

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) has delivered the world's first-ever refurbished and repowered twin pack refuse vehicle to Islington Council, marking a revolutionising breakthrough in the waste industry.

Brighton council and union reaches deal to end bin strike

19/10/2021

Brighton residents will soon once again see their streets cleared of bin bags as the council reaches a deal with striking refuse collection workers to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute.

East Staffordshire reinforces vehicle availability with new maintenance contract

18/10/2021

East Staffordshire Borough Council has awarded Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) a 5-year contract to maintain its new fleet, which commences on 1 November.

Ringway heads towards target of 40% reduction in carbon emissions

18/10/2021

Ringway, the specialist highway services company, has been fast tracking its way towards its target of 40% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2030.

Refuse collector pay drops by over £1,500

14/10/2021

A refuse collector has seen their pay drop by £1,519 in real terms since 2010, according to the TUC.

Wiltshire Council approves EV charging infrastructure scheme

13/10/2021

Wiltshire Council's cabinet yesterday agreed to approve a new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure plan that will see more chargers delivered in the local area.

West Lothian Council joins green scheme

13/10/2021

West Lothian Council has joined the ECO Stars scheme as part of its efforts to make its fleet of cars greener.

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