The introduction of the converted vehicles, that are powered solely by waste oil not used by supermarkets and other suppliers, comes as part of the authority’s Carbon Clever project and Environmental priority.

Twenty one frontline vehicles are making the switch to HVO power with a further roll out to some of the smaller vehicles in the overall fleet of 60 across the Council’s waste and Streetwise functions also set to take place.

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: ‘It has been great to see the successful initial introduction of the new HVO bin lorries as we continue to implement strategies to help reduce their impact on the environment.

‘This is an integral part of our journey to become net zero in our own operations by 2030, as HVO offers a good, reliable transitional arrangement that has not affected the day to day running of our vehicles.

‘We are continuing to explore electric vehicles and other alternatives as the technology develops, but further work is needed on charging infrastructure and suitability of electric vehicles due to the cost, range and rural nature of parts of our Borough.

‘Our refuse teams are enjoying using the new vehicles and playing their part in creating a better environment across Rushcliffe.’

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