The resource management company Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, is trialling two electric pedal tricycles specially designed for on-street waste collection.
These small electric vehicles are powered by batteries that assist the rider with the additional weight of the tipping body tank, where the waste is loaded.
In comparison to a normal barrow used by a street sweeper, which has a total capacity of 20kg, the e-tricycle can carry a maximum of 150kg, while still being able to easily enter pedestrian areas or other places with limited space for movement.
During the three-month trial, one e-tricycle will be in operation in the Victoria area in Westminster, and a second one in the West End. These e-tricycles are both environmentally friendly and people friendly, offering a safe, efficient and clean air solution for street waste collections.
Julie Angulo, general manager, Veolia Westminster, said: ‘The electric tricycle trial is another testament to Veolia’s ongoing commitment to create greener cities by constantly providing sustainable and innovative waste solutions.
‘We are extremely proud to collaborate with forward thinking local authority partners such as Westminster City Council and to keep trialling alternative fleet solutions. We will continue to support the council in fulfilling their commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.’
Cllr Melvyn Caplan, deputy leader and cabinet member for City Management, commented: ‘Westminster City Council is committed to utilising new technology to keep our streets clean and reduce our carbon footprint.
‘These new vehicles offer an innovative and efficient solution to waste collection, and I am pleased to be working in partnership with Veolia to deliver a cleaner and greener city for all.’