local authorities

Councils get £295m boost for food waste collections


Local authorities in England will share up to £295m in funding to help them introduce weekly food waste collections, Recycling Minister Robbie Moore has announced.

Crawley welcomes 15 new trucks


Fifteen new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) are all set to take on the waste and recycling rounds in Crawley, the borough council has announced.

Birmingham CC renews Veolia contract


Birmingham City Council has appointed Veolia UK to treat the city's waste and recycling and operate the recycling centres.

Hyndburn BC and SFS celebrate 14-year partnership


Hyndburn Borough Council has entered its fourteenth year with vehicle partner Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS), having just awarded a new contract for the provision of five new refuse collection vehicles.

Leeds modernises fleet operations to protect vehicles


Leeds City Council, which operates the second largest refuse and recycling collection fleet outside of London, is modernising its fleet management system with Fleetclear.

National Pothole Day: What’s behind Multevo’s unique repair methodology?


With National Pothole Day upon us, Multevo discuss their versatile, compact and road legal Multihog machine and explain why it is the ideal road maintenance solution for local authorities.

Councils renew ‘most successful’ contract with Biffa


South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have agreed to keep their joint contract with Biffa until June 2026.

Adapting to climate change


Rob Bailey, APSE Principal Advisor, looks at the impact of climate change on local authority fleet services.

Transport planners take on 'hotly contested' parking debate


A new report from the Transport Planning Society (TPS) argues that current parking practice promotes car use and outlines 18 policy recommendations to encourage lower carbon travel.

Snowy Ball has her 15-minutes of fame


Hertfordshire County Council’s gritters have found fame with a guest spot on BBC Radio 2.

Forest of Dean District Council trials their first fully electric vehicle


The Forest of Dean District Council has taken a significant step in its fleet decarbonisation journey with a trial of its first fully electric vehicle.

Simpler Recycling: The implications for local authorities


Lee Marshall, policy and external affairs director, CIWM looks at the Government’s recycling reforms and what they mean for local authorities.

Wales passes workplace recycling law


New Workplace Recycling Regulations have been passed in Wales, which will require all businesses to separate recyclable materials.

£150k charging investment to support Hull’s EV transition


Hull City Council has announced that it will invest £150,000 in new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Salisbury adds four new electric vans to fleet


Salisbury City Council has announced that they have added four new electric vans to their fleet of vehicles.

£8bn of HS2 savings to be spent on ending pothole ‘blight’


Transport secretary Mark Harper has confirmed the allocations of an £8.3bn plan to resurface England’s pothole-marked road system, set out in the wake of HS2 cuts.

Sheffield food waste collections delayed by 15 years


A plan for weekly food waste collections from homes in Sheffield could be delayed by up to 15 years.

Norfolk invests over £3m in new gritter fleet


Norfolk County Council has purchased 27 new gritters as part of its efforts to keep Norfolk moving safely during the winter months.

Costain and Swindon BC work together to decarbonise depot


Infrastructure solutions company, Costain, will use its expertise in sustainability to create a blueprint for the decarbonisation of operations at Swindon Borough Council’s largest facility, the Waterside Park depot.

Surrey council announces 38 new gritting vehicles


A total of 38 brand new gritting vehicles are now available to help keep Surrey moving during the colder months, the county council has announced.

Cumberland launches HVO trial


Carbon-cutting steps are being taken by Cumberland Council to make more of their vehicles greener and cleaner.

Middlesbrough takes delivery of new Dennis Eagle trucks


Five brand-new Dennis Eagle trucks have arrived at Middlesbrough Council’s Resolution House depot and will be joined by three more in the coming weeks.

Hull takes delivery of eight electric cars


The acquisition of eight new electric cars will help Hull City Council reduce its carbon footprint, the local authority has said.

Dennis Eagle wins third Procurement Lincolnshire framework


Dennis Eagle has won the tender for a four-year framework to provide waste collection vehicles in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire for the third consecutive time.

Council warns against binning batteries after RCV fire


Cotswold District Council has warned residents of the risks of binning lithium-ion batteries after a fire broke out this week in one of its refuse collection vehicles (RCV).

West Lindsey children invited to name bin lorries


Primary school children in West Lindsey have been invited to name the council’s refuse collection vehicles.

£5.5m for EV charging in West Sussex


West Sussex County Council has received £5.5m to pay for the installation of up to 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

County areas behind on EV charging


The number of publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charge points in England’s county and rural areas lags ‘far behind’ major towns and cities, according to a report.

Somerset council invests in eight electric vans


Bath & North East Somerset Council has invested in eight electric vans as part of its new fleet of vehicles used for highway maintenance.

Grid capacity and the EV journey


Rob Bailey, APSE Principal Advisor, looks at how local grid capacity will impact local authority fleet electrification.

Westminster’s electric dreams


Westminster City Council and Veolia have launched the UK’s largest electric refuse collection fleet. LAPV visited the local authority’s new depot to find out more.

Fleetclear enhances safety of new Milton Keynes fleet


Fleet solution provider Fleetclear has equipped Milton Keynes City Council’s new fleet with live camera recording systems to track and enhance the safety of the vehicles and consolidate vehicle and driver data using its Fleetclear Connect software.

Walsall Council gets on board with new weed control solution


Walsall Council has taken its fight against weeds to the next level with the purchase of a vehicle mounted spray unit and an electric quad bike.

First electric trucks for Peterborough City Council


Peterborough City Council has taken delivery of its first electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).

Elmbridge boosts community EV charging


A Surrey authority is installing 25 electric vehicle (EV) charge points across eight council-owned sites.

Rutland to spend £2m on diesel RCVs


Rutland County Council plans to spend up to £2.069m on 15 diesel vehicles for its refuse and recycling fleet following several breakdowns.

Vehicle emission schemes raise £418m


More than £400m in fees and penalties has been generated from vehicle emission schemes in England, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

Gloucestershire to roll out 1,000 EV chargers


Gloucestershire County Council is set to begin the rollout of 1,000 electric vehicle charging points at the end of this month.

Penzance Council moves to electric fleet


Penzance Council has adopted a range of electric vehicles (EVs) to help it deliver street weeding services and playground maintenance.

Orkney requests help replacing £800m ferry fleet


The leader of Orkney Islands Council has called on the Government to help fund the replacement of Orkney's ferry fleet, which could cost up to £800m.

Northumberland launches state-of-the-art solar car port array


Northumberland County Council has launched a new state-of-the-art?solar car port array – one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.

More than 70% of councils do not have EV charging strategy


More than 70% of local authorities do not have a published strategy in place for residential on-street charging for electric vehicles (EV), a freedom of information request has revealed.

Telford & Wrekin introduces EV library van


Telford & Wrekin Libraries has launched a new electric book delivery van.

Depot reopens as ‘low carbon’ site following £8m refit


A council depot has officially reopened as a ‘low carbon’ site following an £8.3m makeover.

Horsham adds two electric sweepers to fleet


Horsham District Council has updated its street cleansing fleet with two electric sweepers, which replace diesel versions.

Basildon Council and NRG Riverside roll out first fully electric food waste collection fleet


NRG Riverside has delivered seven fully electric food waste trucks to Basildon Borough Council as part of an innovative contract hire agreement.

Durham expands electric vehicle fleet


Durham County Council has added 29 new electric vehicles to its fleet as part of its vehicle replacement programme.

Cardiff Council to consider new diesel recycling fleet


Cardiff Council is considering purchasing 41 new diesel vehicles for its recycling collection fleet as part of its plans to improve its recycling strategy.

First Buckinghamshire bin lorry set to go fully electric


The first Buckinghamshire bin lorry to become fully electric will begin its up-cycling and electrification process as part of a new partnership between Buckinghamshire Council and Lunaz.

Reading council launches competition to name eRCVs


Residents of Reading are being offered the opportunity to name the council’s first five electric bin lorries in a competition launched to coincide with the town’s Climate Change Festival.

Milton Keynes orders 65 Dennis Eagle RCVs


A full fleet of Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) has been ordered by Milton Keynes City Council as part of its roll-out of a new waste and recycling contract.

Fleetclear wins Kirklees Council contract


Fleetclear has been awarded a 3-year (+ 1 year) contract to provide tracking and telematics equipment for Kirklees Council’s fleet, comprising over 800 vehicles.

Wrexham becomes first Welsh council to trial CTS eRCV


Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) has taken delivery of an all-electric refuse collection vehicle (eRCV) to assess how it performs against that of a conventional diesel engine, whilst collecting waste from households across the Borough over the coming weeks.

Suffolk residents offered chance to name new fire engines


Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will launch its ‘Name the Fire Engine’ competition at next week’s Suffolk Show.

Pioneering scheme to develop hydrogen powered fire engines awarded £3.9m


A project aimed at developing emergency vehicles powered by hydrogen instead of fossil fuels has moved a step forward after receiving a boost of nearly £4m.

Dundee opens accessible EV charging hub


Dundee Council has opened its fourth public electric vehicle (EV) charging hub, which places a particular emphasis on making charging more accessible for drivers with a disability.

Birmingham opens new ‘super depot’


Birmingham City Council has opened a new state-of-the-art ‘super depot’ for its waste management service, replacing two outdated yards.

Councils face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to net zero


Local authorities face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to achieving net zero goals, a new report backed by the Government’s net zero tsar Chris Skidmore MP has concluded.

Bedford picks up 16 new EVs


Bedford Borough Council has added 16 new electric vehicles (EVs) to its fleet as part of its plans to reduce its carbon emissions.

Wigan cuts engine idling by nearly 30%


Wigan Council has cut engine idling by 29% across its mixed fleet of 320 vehicles, which includes HGVs, LCVs and cars, thanks to a tailor-made telematics solution from MICHELIN Connected Fleet.

Preston City Council trials electric bin lorry


Preston City Council is currently trialling an electric refuse collection vehicle on waste and recycling collections to get a better idea of the pros and cons of electric vehicle technology.

Council welcomes Jaguar’s all-electric facility


Knowsley Council has welcomed a decision by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to convert its production plant in Merseyside into the firm's first all-electric facility.

Lewes DC installs new road safety gear across fleet


Lewes District Council has commissioned Vision Techniques to install a range of its road safety equipment across its fleet of 40 vehicles.

New electric minibus arrives in Islington


Islington Council has welcomed a new electric minibus to its accessible community transport fleet.

Hackney Council to roll-out 2,500 chargers


Hackney Council has signed a contract with charging infrastructure provider Zest to provide and operate its charge point roll-out of 2,500 fast and slow chargers.

Tower Hamlets welcomes first electric RCV


Tower Hamlets Council has taken delivery of its first electric bin lorry as part of the local authority’s effort to replace its existing fleet of diesel and petrol cars, vans and scooters.

Council set to invest £1.5m in new RCV fleet


More than £1.5m is to be invested in refuse collection vehicles, North Lincolnshire Council has confirmed.

Council adds insured vehicles to electric van trial


Sheffield Council is introducing fully insured vehicles as part of its popular electric van trial.

Enfield Council launches first fully electric Renault Trucks E-Tech refuse truck


Enfield Council has taken delivery of its first fully-electric 26 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide Low Entry Cab rear steer axle refuse truck.

Bury takes delivery of 15 electric vans


The first of a new fleet of electric vehicles has arrived at Bury Council as the borough strives to reduce its carbon emissions.

Surrey CC begins rollout of record 10,000 EV chargers


Electric vehicle owners in Surrey will soon have access to 10,000 public EV chargers as the county council announces the largest deployment of charge points by a UK local authority.

Around 40% of councils failing to engage with fleet sector


An estimated 40% of local authorities in the UK are yet to engage with the fleet sector when considering electric vehicle (EV) charging needs, according to new research.

Somerset West and Taunton welcomes new van fleet


A new fleet of vans, featuring the latest electric and next generation diesel vehicles, has arrived at Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) this month as part of the council’s plans to transition to sustainable vehicle technology.

Rotherham Council set to buy 64 EVs in fleet ‘refresh’


Rotherham Council’s cabinet is set to approve plans to commit to buy 64 new electric vehicles as part of the next stage of the vehicle fleet refresh.

Council goes green to sweep the streets clean


Test Valley Borough Council has taken delivery of three new electric powered pedestrian sweepers as part of the local authority’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

Sunderland City Council takes delivery of 12 Hako sweepers


Sunderland City Council has taken delivery of 12 new compact sweepers from Hako Machines Ltd.

Council adds green pedal power to StreetCare fleet


Cheshire West and Chester Council’s StreetCare Service has added two e-cargo bikes to its fleet.

Charge point roll out gets £56m cash injection


Sixteen local authorities are set to benefit from a £56m injection of cash aimed at driving forward the roll out of thousands of new electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

Council announces £500,000 boost to improve air quality


Blaby District Council has received more than half a million pounds to help reduce harmful vehicle emissions under the banner of Let’s Go Electric.

Aberdeen awards contract for largest fleet-wide hydrogen conversion


ULEMCo, the hydrogen fuelled vehicle pioneer, has been awarded a major fleet-wide contract by Aberdeen City Council for its hydrogen dual-fuel utility vehicle conversions.

Wolverhampton launches new fleet of accessible minibuses


Wolverhampton’s pupils will be able to travel to school in style thanks to a brand new fleet of accessible minibuses, the council has announced.

Denbighshire CC rolls out largest EV charging hub in Wales


Denbighshire County Council has rolled out a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Rhyl with the help of the charging infrastructure business SWARCO Smart Charging.

Essex County Council takes delivery of new fleet from NRG Riverside


NRG Riverside has recently delivered sixteen hook loaders and eleven trailers to Essex County Council on a long-term contract hire basis, including a full maintenance programme from NRG Riverside’s Colchester workshop and depot.

Council chiefs hit back at Defra’s air quality demands


Councils do not hold the ‘important levers to tackle air quality’, local authority leaders have said in response to the environment secretary’s clean air plans.

Islington Council adds eSwingo to growing electric fleet


Islington Council has added an all-electric eSwingo compact sweeper from Aebi Schmidt to its growing electric fleet as it moves towards its net zero carbon target in seven years’ time.

Wolverhampton launches four electric cleaning vehicles


The city of Wolverhampton will now be both clean and green thanks to a quartet of zero emission road sweepers.

Council takes delivery of ‘Community Roots’ van


Dover District Council has taken delivery of a fully kitted out ‘Community Roots’ van which will enable local residents to access council services out on the road.

Council apologises after RCVs struggle to reach bin stores


Brighton & Hove City Council has apologised after its refuse collection vehicles were unable to reach the sites of bin stores that were approved by council planners.

Havering Council awards new waste and recycling contract to Urbaser Ltd


Havering Council has announced that its new waste and recycling collection contract has been awarded to Urbaser Ltd.

LocalGov editor Laura Sharman dies after short illness


It is with great sadness that LocalGov announces that its editor, Laura Sharman, has died after a short illness.

Council’s £8m EV programme branded a ‘fiasco’


City of York Council’s electric vehicle (EV) programme has been branded a ‘fiasco’ after it spent £8m on a fleet of electric vehicles without having the right charging infrastructure in place.

Ryedale council agrees deal to deliver 10 rapid charge points


Electric vehicle charging infrastructure specialist Zest has announced a partnership with Ryedale District Council to deliver 10 rapid charge points.

Council launches survey to help boost EV infrastructure


West Dunbartonshire residents are being asked to help the council boost the uptake of electric vehicles.

Copeland brings vehicle maintenance in-house


Copeland Borough Council has taken its vehicle maintenance service in-house.

Belfast ready to make the HVO switch


Belfast City Council is set to begin to transition the majority of its diesel-powered fleet to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

Council celebrates launch of first drone logistics hub


Planning permission for the UK’s first drone logistics hub at Oban Airport has been granted the local council has announced.

Shared fleet moves to HVO


Bromsgrove and Redditch councils’ shared fleet is saying goodbye to fossil fuels and welcoming hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

Council grants planning permission for Europe’s largest lithium refinery


Planning permission has been granted to develop Europe’s largest lithium hydroxide refinery in Teesside, a move aimed at boosting the burgeoning electric vehicle battery industry.

Nottingham council set to launch fleet of 700 e-bikes


A fleet of over 700 electric bikes are set to hit the streets of Nottingham next Spring, the city council has confirmed.

Hartlepool commissions Vision Techniques to boost fleet safety


Vision Techniques has been commissioned by Hartlepool Council to improve the safety of its fleet of 52 HGVs and passenger transport vehicles.

Rochford welcomes new RCVs


Rochford District Council has taken delivery of some new refuse collection vehicles from their waste contractor Norse Group Ltd, following the launch of their partnership earlier this year.

Trafford connects first tranche of 100 new charging bays


Trafford Council yesterday connected the first tranche of a planned 100 new charging bays – the biggest local authority roll-out in Greater Manchester.

Wakefield set to spend £5m on zero emission vehicles


Wakefield Council is set to replace petrol and diesel cars and vans with electric vehicles in a bid to reduce the local authority’s carbon emissions.

Driver COVID cases causing collection delays


Powys County Council has warned residents that difficulties in recruiting HGV drivers and a rise in COVID cases are causing ‘significant disruptions’ to waste and recycling collections.

Nottingham council celebrates £34m electric bus investment


Nottingham City Transport’s first zero-emission electric single deck buses will soon hit the city’s streets thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by the transport operator.

Councils set to double number of EV chargers


Local authorities are set to double the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points they install over the next 12 months, according to new data released today.

The benefits of a council-owned fleet


The environmental services contractor, Ubico, is owned entirely by local authorities and is going from strength to strength. LAPV reports.

Eco-friendly cleaning machines roll into Hounslow’s estates


Hounslow Council have added four new Glutton H2O cleaning machines to the estate management fleet.

Council launches longest electric circular bus route


Leicester City Council has launched the UK’s longest electric circular bus route, which is the fifth new service to be launched using the new council-owned electric buses.

Warrington council becomes first to produce all its own electricity


Warrington Borough Council has become the first local authority in the UK to produce all of its own electricity with the completion of a new hybrid solar farm.

Council warns of £560,000 additional fuel costs


Derry City and Strabane District Council estimates an additional cost of up to £560,000 to pay for the fuel needed to run its fleet of vehicles.

Fleet replacements in turbulent times


Phil Clifford asks if now is the time to rethink your fleet replacement plans.

Blaby fleet moves to HVO


Blaby District Council’s fleet have had up to 90% of their emissions wiped with the move to alternative fuel.

Bradford welcomes first eCollect


The first eCollect has hit the streets of Bradford after the electric refuse collection vehicle was successfully trialled earlier this year.

Bury spends £10m on fleet renewal


Bury Council has taken delivery of 10 new vehicles as part of its £10m fleet renewal programme.

Dawsongroup emc: what is in a name?


Dawsongroup sweepers has changed its name to Dawsongroup emc. LAPV sat down with sales director Paul Beddows to discuss the name change, net zero and what ‘de-risking’ ownership means.

Councils trial plant-powered bin lorries


A trial to power eight of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City’s bin lorries using biofuels has taken place – cutting their net carbon emissions by 90%.

Council invests over £1m in new fire service vehicles


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is set to acquire three new and more modern specialist vehicles.

Teignbridge DC extends contract with SFS after 20-year partnership


Teignbridge District Council has decided to extend its current contract hire arrangement with Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) to continue their two-decade long partnership.

Slough aims to save over £400,000 with new collection schedule


Slough Borough Council’s scrutiny committee is today discussing a proposal to move to alternate weekly collections of rubbish and recycling bins.

Nottingham orders seven electric eSwingos


Nottingham City Council has ordered seven fully electric eSwingo compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt as it works towards its target of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city.

Stockport bin lorries fitted with solar panels


Six bin lorries in Stockport will run on solar power thanks to a link-up with a leading technology company.

Hako welcomes Cyril Johnston as Northern Ireland distributor


Hako Machines UK has welcomed Cyril Johnston as a distributor of its world class cleaning machines for Northern Ireland in a new partnership.

Welsh council to invest in a bigger green fleet


Swansea Council is pushing ahead with its plans to operate a whole new generation of electric vehicles.

Warwick and Stratford district councils take delivery of 33 new bin lorries


A new fleet of 33 Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) has been put to work in the very neighbourhood in which they were built, the manufacturer has announced.

Government needs ‘cohesive strategy’ to help councils with EV roll-out


Only 14% of local authorities in the UK have a dedicated resource for implementing a new electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, EV charging experts warn.

Council vehicle technicians complete new EV maintenance scheme


Vehicle technicians employed by City of Wolverhampton Council are among the first in the UK to complete a new scheme training them for electric vehicle maintenance.

A rural fleet transformed: Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s HVO journey


Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils were the first rural councils to use Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in their fleets and they haven’t looked back. LAPV reports.

Hampshire council ‘extremely impressed’ by HVO pilot


Hampshire County Council has managed to reduce the emissions of its fleet by over 1,200 tonnes thanks to a scheme trialling Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

Greenwich council orders 27 complete Dennis Eagle bin lorries


The Royal Borough of Greenwich has for the first time ordered a fleet of refuse collection vehicles entirely made up of Dennis Eagle and Terberg products, including the new Elite+ cab.

Three new eCollects to start work in Exeter


Exeter is set to welcome three new electric refuse collection vehicles as part of the local authority’s efforts to reduce the levels of noise and air pollution in the city.

West Sussex set to welcome largest-ever EV charger roll-out


Local authorities in West Sussex are celebrating the largest-ever local authority roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK.

Enfield Council finalises order for electric Renault bin lorries


Enfield Council has finalised an order for its first four fully electric Renault Trucks E-Tech D26T Low Entry Cab refuse trucks which are due to go into operation later this year.

Council takes ‘massive step’ towards net zero with new fleet plans


Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have put the seal on plans that will lead to a new fleet of ultra-low emission refuse and recycling vehicles by 2030.

Conwy gets Wales' first electric recycling truck


Wales’ first electric powered recycling truck has joined Conwy County Borough Council’s fleet of vehicles.

Bath council installs 30 new charge points


Drivers in Bath can use 30 new electric charging points following the expansion of the Revive vehicle charging network across Bath and North East Somerset.

Clackmannanshire Council partners with Vision Techniques to deliver safer fleet


Vision Techniques has completed a project with Clackmannanshire Council that sees the company provide a full suite of road safety systems for the council’s latest DAF gully tanker.

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone leads to fall in emissions


The number of the most polluting vehicles entering Birmingham city centre has fallen by more than half since the Clean Air Zone was introduced a year ago, the council has reported.

Council green lights biofuel to cut 600 tonnes of CO2


An estimated 600 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved after plans to transition Broxtowe Borough Council’s vehicle fleet to biofuel were given the green light.

Barnsley council approves decision to buy £450,000 electric bin lorry


Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet has approved the purchase of a new fully-electric refuse collection vehicle (eRCV) as part of its fleet replacement programme.

New EV chargers rolled out in Banbury and Kidlington


Drivers of electric vehicles will soon be able to top up their batteries at 22 new park and charge sites in Banbury and Kidlington.

Peterborough City Council adds five new Swingo compact sweepers to its Streetcare fleet


Peterborough City Council has purchased five new Swingo 200+ compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt for its 10-strong Streetcare sweeper fleet after going out to tender for replacement vehicles.

Council smashes glass recycling target


Mansfield District Council has smashed targets it set for glass recycling three years ahead of schedule and within a year of starting free kerbside collections.

Electric vehicle charging contractor appointed by Wealden


Wealden District Council has appointed a provider to boost public electric vehicle charging availability in the district.

Lichfield and Tamworth councils take delivery of Twin Pack refuse vehicles


Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough councils have brought in a new fleet of refuse vehicles to collect paper and card separately from other dry mixed recyclables such as glass, tins, and plastic.

Transitioning council RCVs to low carbon alternatives


Abi Ademiluyi, APSE’s principal advisor for the South of England, and Rob Bailey, APSE’s principal advisor for fleet and transport, discuss fleet decarbonisation.

West Yorkshire’s charge point journey


Local authorities thinking about making the transition to electric fleets require reliable EV charging infrastructure. EQUANS EV Solutions and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have been working together to deliver just that. LAPV reports.

Solar system supports council's fleet electrification journey


Bassetlaw District Council is one step closer to being able to transition its fleet to electric vehicles (EV) thanks to the installation of its new charging points.

Only a quarter of councils published EV strategies


Only a quarter of local authorities in the UK have published electric vehicle (EV) transition strategies, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

Derby City Council goes for like-for-like Swingo replacements


Derby City Council has replaced the Swingo 200+ compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt on its street cleansing fleet with three, brand new Swingos on a like-for-like basis.

Councils ‘shafted’ over £1bn bus funding allocations


The Government has announced a raft of local transport cash allocations but the news was overshadowed by angry local reactions, notably from South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis who exclaimed: 'We have been shafted'.

Ubico takes on waste service for Gloucester City Council


Ubico has taken over Gloucester City Council’s waste service and has ordered a number of electric vehicles to help deliver the local authority’s green commitments.

Charity calls for ‘mobility credits’ to promote shared transport


England’s councils have been urged to introduce incentives for people to give up private vehicles to help increase the use of shared transport.

Sheffield CAZ delayed until 2023


Sheffield City Council has announced that the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be delayed until 2023.

Air quality consultations launched


The Government has launched two consultations on proposals to make it easier for local authorities to tackle poor air quality in their areas.

Bury Council invests £225,000 in three Schmidt Swingo sweepers


Bury Council has invested £225,000 in three Schmidt Swingo 100 mechanical compact sweepers in order to provide an enhanced street care service.

New EV charge point pilot launched


Flowbird Smart City UK has completed its first local authority electric vehicle (EV) charge point pilot project for Wokingham Borough Council.

Sheffield City Council launches new shuttle bus


Sheffield City Council has announced plans to provide free travel around the city centre with a new shuttle bus.

Council chiefs welcome £1.6bn EV charge point strategy


Local authorities have welcomed a new Government strategy designed to boost the roll-out of 300,000 electric vehicle charge points by 2030.

Greenwich council launches driver apprenticeship


The Royal Borough of Greenwich is launching a new apprenticeship to train its staff to drive large goods vehicles (LGVs) and help address a national shortage of skilled drivers.

Glasgow council fleet to be emissions free by 2029


Glasgow City Council is aiming to ensure its 2,000 strong fleet will be emissions free by the end of the decade, the local authority says.

Bucks Council awarded nearly £600,000 to upcycle RCV


Buckinghamshire Council has been awarded more than half a million pounds to upcycle its first refuse collection vehicle to electric.

Veolia announces launch of Kingston Council's first fully electric collection fleet


Kingston Council has approved Veolia’s proposal to introduce a fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles (eRCVs), which will take to Kingston’s streets in the autumn.

Red diesel ban ‘tangible threat’ to waste strategy


The Chancellor has been warned that the red diesel ban is ‘counter intuitive’ and presents ‘a tangible threat’ to the Government’s waste strategy.

Waste food oil-powered bin lorries take to the streets in Leicestershire


Waste food oil now powers bin collections and street cleaning in North West Leicestershire, the local council has confirmed.

Wrapped vans to raise awareness of suicide prevention


North Lanarkshire Council’s drive to raise awareness about suicide prevention has taken to the streets as four specially wrapped vehicles will be displaying helpline numbers.

Council’s first electric vehicle hits the road


Mansfield District Council’s first electric vehicle has hit the road as part of its ambition to be a carbon neutral authority by 2040.

Rod Stewart video prompts warning about DIY pothole repairs


Essex County Council has urged residents not to try and fix potholes themselves after Sir Rod Stewart was filmed carrying out repairs.

Five new Dennis Eagle RCVs start work with Ards and North Down BC


Five new Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have started work with Ards and North Down Borough Council.

SUEZ and Kirklees Council agree two-year interim contract


SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and Kirklees Council have agreed a two-year interim contract on waste management that will see a greater emphasis on recycling and energy recovery.

Aberdeen council’s budget includes ‘strong focus’ on fleet decarbonisation


Aberdeen City Council has approved a budget which it describes as ‘very much a budget for the future’ and which includes a ‘strong focus’ on greening its fleet.

Bury Council to spend £10m to replace 91 vehicles


Bury Council is spending £10m over a three-year period to replace 91 vehicles and reduce CO2 emissions in line with its climate action strategy.

Countrystyle Recycling brings in EPIC for vehicle livery


Kent based waste management firm, Countrystyle Recycling Ltd, selected EPIC Media Group to provide vehicle livery for the company’s first ever domestic waste collection contract for the London Borough of Bexley.

District council forced to pause food waste collections


Derbyshire Dales District Council has been forced to pause its food waste collections after the closure of the privately owned Vital Earth reprocessing facility.

Northamptonshire councils join forces to deliver 82 EV charge points


A partnership between two Northamptonshire councils has led to the provision of a new portfolio of on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions.

Green deliveries for meals on wheels in Wolverhampton


Meals on Wheels customers in Wolverhampton will soon be getting their food delivered via zero emission electric vans after the council took delivery of nine brand new vehicles.

Coventry council defends itself against Unite’s pay claims


Coventry City Council has challenged claims by the union Unite that refuse collection drivers doing the same job in neighbouring councils are paid thousands of pounds more than the drivers currently on strike.

New guide launched to help councils deliver charging points


Local authorities are being urged to do more to ensure electric vehicle users have easy access to a reliable charge point in their area.

Harrow Council welcomes first electric sweeper


The first fully electric street sweeper has joined Harrow Council’s fleet in another step forward for the authority’s carbon neutral pledge.

Redditch council puts ‘money where our mouth is’ on decarbonisation


Redditch Borough Council has allocated £1.5m to decarbonising its fleet over the coming year.

Ipswich council takes delivery of 50th electric vehicle


Ipswich Borough Council has taken delivery of its fiftieth electric vehicle (EV), which means that more than half the council’s fleet of vehicles are now zero emission or low emission vehicles.

Aberdeen City Council adds UK’s first hydrogen fuel cell waste truck to its vehicle fleet


The UK’s first hydrogen-fuelled waste collection vehicle was revealed today in Aberdeen, in a move which continues to accelerate the city’s thriving hydrogen economy.

Council to invest £130,000 in new sweepers


Durham County Council is planning on investing half a million pounds in decarbonising its fleet and energy efficiency measures this year.

Coventry council’s purchase of JCB’s PotholePro ‘win, win’


Coventry’s highways service looks forward to rapidly fixing the area’s potholes thanks to its purchase of JCB’s innovative pothole machine.

Swale council trials first electric RCV


The residents of Swale have been able to witness the borough's first electric refuse collection vehicle collecting their refuse, recycling and garden waste.

Behind the Scenes: West Lindsey’s £5m depot


West Lindsey District Council has opened its new multi-million-pound depot, which was two decades in the making. LAPV goes behind the scenes.

Coventry bin lorry driver strike to cost council £1.8m


The dispute in Coventry over the pay of bin lorry drivers is likely to cost the city council around £1.8m if it continues to the end of March, the local authority has warned.

Council drops kerbside collections for engine oil and car batteries


West Oxfordshire District Council has dropped kerbside collections for engine oil and car batteries due to low demand.

bp approved as the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub joint venture partner


Energy company bp has been approved to be the Joint Venture partner to deliver the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub, which will build a solar power facility connected to a green hydrogen production and refuelling facility.

Wolverhampton council takes delivery of two electric vans


City of Wolverhampton Council has taken delivery of two zero-emission, electric vans heralding the start of plans to replace all polluting vehicles from its fleet with green alternatives.

Westminster council switches to EVs


Cllr James Spencer, cabinet member for city management, Westminster City Council looks at the local authority’s switch to electric vehicles for waste collection and street cleansing.

Morgan Sindall Construction appointed for £12m waste services depot


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

BCP Council takes delivery of four new electric RCVs


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

EV loans let Durham businesses try before they buy


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.

Dudley Council opts for Swingo sweepers after top mark tender


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.

Bradford council delays launch of clean air zone


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

London councils well-stocked with salt


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


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.

Council wraps new RCVs with beach scenes


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.

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


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


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.

Isle of Wight announces £1.4m fleet ‘refresh’


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.

Work starts on UK’s largest charging hub


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.

Council goes green with electric mopeds


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.

Council unveils ambitious plan to convert fleet to electric power


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.

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


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.

Brighton council and union reaches deal to end bin strike


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.

Wiltshire Council approves EV charging infrastructure scheme


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.

Dacorum Borough Council makes second major investment in Mercedes-Benz trucks


West Hertfordshire’s Dacorum Borough Council has made a second major investment in Mercedes-Benz’s truck technology as part of a move to standardise its fleet of 32 refuse collection vehicles.

SFS expands operations in the South West


Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) is expanding its operations in the South West following the award of two new seven year (+7) contract hire agreements from Somerset West and Taunton Council and North Devon Council.

North East Lincolnshire mayor goes electric


The mayor of North East Lincolnshire Council is paving the way for a greener borough with a new electric car.

UK’s tallest cherry picker helps to tackle gulls


The tallest cherry picker in the UK is currently in action in the centre of Worcester as part of a programme of measures to control the number of gulls in the city.

Council to trial electric car club with induction charger


Buckinghamshire Council has become one of the first local authorities in the country to trial an electric car club with an induction charger.

Dawsongroup sweepers secures largest Scottish sweeper contract


Dawsongroup sweepers, a rental supplier of industrial and municipal cleaning vehicles, has secured the largest sweeper contract available in Scotland.

Reading council unveils first fully electric RCV in Berkshire


The first fully electric waste collection vehicle in Berkshire has been unveiled by Reading Borough Council this week.

New waste lorries remind people not to feed gulls


Worcester residents will now be seeing regular reminders of how they can help control the number of gulls in the city, with two new waste lorries displaying 3.4-metre signs asking them to dispose of waste food properly.

East Lothian Council set to roll out new fleet of Kerb-Sort vehicles


East Lothian Council is getting ready to roll out their new fleet of Romaquip’s Kerb-Sort vehicles on 20th September.

Game-changing project in Lambeth addresses EV inequality


The London Borough of Lambeth has worked with Connected Kerb, the electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist, to provide public EV charging infrastructure to under-represented communities.

Camden council launches world’s densest air quality sensor network


The world’s densest air quality sensor network, which aims to fundamentally transform how air pollution is monitored and managed, will be installed in the London borough of Camden this summer.

First rural electric bin lorries trialled in Scotland


SP Energy Networks is piloting Scotland’s first rural all-electric refuse vehicles in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council as the region works towards achieving its 2025 net zero emissions target.

How to plan the right EV infrastructure for your local authority


Asif Ghafoor, part of the team working to deliver Greater Manchester’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, shares practical advice for local authorities on how to plan an effective network.

Enfield Council’s small van fleet is going all-electric


Enfield Council has announced that their entire small van fleet is going electric to help the council reach its climate action targets.

Kick starting Oxford’s EV revolution


Oxford City Council’s capital programme project manager Tina Mould and Oxford Direct Services’ (ODS) transport manager Owain Pearce explain how the council and ODS are working together to decarbonise transport across the city.

Charge points go live as EVs added to council pool car fleet


Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) has now completed the installation of five charging points in partnership with EV charge point supplier, InstaVolt.

Birmingham gets first hydrogen bus


Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.

Doncaster’s solar carpark


After declaring a climate emergency in 2019, Doncaster Council is building a 20 space ‘electric only’ carpark as part of its fleet decarbonisation journey. LAPV reports.

Leaders call for new powers to tackle climate change


A cross-party group of 32 mayors and local leaders have called for greater powers and resources to deliver net zero.

It’s time for councils to step on the gas


Chris Hampton, product & business development manager – hydrogen at BOC UK & Ireland, provides a quick guide to hydrogen infrastructure.

Sunderland City Council trials a Dennis Eagle eRCV


A 27 tonne electric refuse collection vehicle (eRCV) is starting its rounds in a 24-month trial in Sunderland.

South Ayrshire Council switches to live camera systems


South Ayrshire Council has switched to live camera systems that are remotely monitored and health-checked after a spate of faulty vehicle cameras and unrecorded footage on waste and recycling vehicles.

Waltham Forest unveils new electric waste and cleansing fleet


The London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) has unveiled its new fleet of electric waste and recycling collection, street cleansing and grounds maintenance vehicles.

Hambleton accommodates new homes with greener waste and recycling fleet


Local population growth, increased recycling quantities and extensive new residential developments have led Hambleton District Council to expand its refuse and recycling collection fleet with vehicles part-powered by electricity to reduce carbon emissions.

City Corporation to become first UK authority to run fully electric refuse truck fleet


The City of London Corporation will become the first UK governing body to run a full fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles following recent successful trials of the new technology.

Biffa selects EPIC Media Group to fit livery on over 300 vehicles


Waste management specialist, Biffa, has selected EPIC Media Group to supply and fit vehicle livery on over 300 vehicles servicing Cornwall Council’s Waste and Recycling Collection, Street and Public Open Space Cleansing Services Contract.

Urbaser commercial division expands with new waste and recycling contracts


Urbaser Ltd Commercial Services (ULCS) is expanding its portfolio with the addition of new local authority trade waste collection services, which include Eden District, and the management of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) located across Northamptonshire and Central Bedfordshire.

Caerphilly replaces over 300 vehicles


Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) has taken delivery of 315 new vehicles since Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) won a seven-year fleet replacement contract with the authority in 2017.

Carlisle City Council uses electric van to combat ‘enviro-crimes’


Carlisle City Council is using a new electric van to drive forward an eco-friendly way to combat littering and other enviro-crimes.

Southampton City Council selects eSwingos to help meet green objectives


Southampton City Council has taken delivery of the first of four all-electric eSwingo compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt UK to help meet its environmental objectives under its Green City Plan 2030.

Cotswold DC takes delivery of first hybrid vehicle


Cotswold District Council has taken delivery of its first hybrid vehicle as part of its commitment to use 100% clean energy by 2030.

Councils cut number of gritting days by 29% over two years, research shows


The number of days councils spent gritting roads fell by 29% between 2017/18 and 2019/20, according to new research.

Councils join forces with electricity network operator to end EV charging blackspots


Five local authorities are joining forces with the UK’s biggest electricity network operator in a bid to end electric vehicle (EV) charging blackspots.

Redbridge Council lead the charge on greener travel with new EV fleet


Redbridge Council has purchased 12 new electric vehicles which will be charged by the newly created rapid electric vehicle charging bays at the council’s Ley Street Depot.

North Warwickshire Borough Council welcomes three new Mercedes-Benz Econics


Municipal vehicle specialist CP Davidson & Sons (CPD) has delivered its first Mercedes-Benz Econics to North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Siemens Mobility partners with Aberdeen City Council to launch first dual-fuel van


Siemens Mobility has launched its first dual-fuel field-services van in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, introducing hydrogen to its road vehicle fleet.

Worcester City Council adds safety feature to new Schmidt sweepers


Worcester City Council has fitted new safety features to three new Schmidt sweepers that it has added to its municipal fleet to increase driver safety and boost productivity.

Telford & Wrekin Council buy six new electric vans


Telford & Wrekin Council has made a further step on its journey to become carbon neutral by 2030 this week as six new electric vehicles join its fleet.

Hounslow council welcome UK’s first autonomous road delivery vehicle trial


Hounslow is to be the first location in the UK to trial autonomous electric delivery vehicles on its roads.

Northumberland council makes ‘green fleet promise’ to replace diesel vans


Northumberland County Council has begun replacing its fleet of small diesel vans with electric vehicles as part of an effort to future proof its fleet.

Cambridgeshire councils take delivery of first all-electric bin lorry


Two local authorities in Cambridgeshire have taken delivery of their first all-electric bin lorry as part of their drive to go green.

Test Valley council buys three Dennis Eagle RCVs with electric bin lifts


Test Valley Borough Council has purchased three refuse collection vehicles from Dennis Eagle as it continues its drive to become carbon-neutral.

Holyrood funding brings zero emission vehicles to council fleet


Aberdeenshire Council has taken delivery of five new electric vehicles and two hydrogen vehicles.

Hydrogen buses coming to Birmingham next Spring


Birmingham City Council has purchased 20 new hydrogen double decker buses as part of their Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot.

Council adds ‘eye-catching’ whale to RCVs to encourage recycling


Copeland Borough Council has put an eye-catching image of a whale on the side of three of the council’s refuse vehicles as part of a campaign to encourage recycling.

Councils opt for bespoke Volvo L110H for waste recycling centre


A Bespoke Volvo L110H loading shovel takes charge at Nuffield Road Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Council deploys Videalert electric mobile enforcement vehicle


Bath and North East Somerset Council is extending its Videalert CCTV enforcement platform by deploying a new electric mobile enforcement vehicle (MEV).

Highways England to invest £9m in EV ‘try before you buy’ scheme


Highways England has announced that it is investing over £9m in a local government electric vehicle (EV) ‘try before you buy’ scheme as part of World EV day.

East Suffolk Council introduces six ‘carbon-emission free vehicles’ to fleet


East Suffolk Council is taking steps to reduce its carbon emissions by introducing six new electric vehicles to its fleet run by partners, East Suffolk Norse.

Cardiff council pilots the rollout of rapid EV chargers


Cardiff City Council has joined forces with Engenie to rollout a rapid EV charging network across the city. LAPV reports.

Go Plant Fleet Services awarded Ealing council maintenance contract


Go Plant Fleet Services has been awarded the contract to provide maintenance provision to the London Borough of Ealing via their local authority trading company, Greener Ealing Limited.

Kirklees Council invests in vehicle safety technology


Kirklees Council is equipping its new waste and recycling fleet with the latest vehicle safety technology.

Councils could 'save millions' with help of electric charger surgeries, company claims


UK Power Networks says that local authorities could collectively save millions if they use the electricity company’s free advice surgeries when installing electric vehicle chargers.

England’s top recycler praises 100% Dennis Eagle & Terberg fleet


England’s official number one local authority for recycling has been named as East Riding of Yorkshire for the third year running. And the council has praised the role Dennis Eagle & Terberg Matec play in its outstanding operations.

Scottish council purchases 11 more Mercedes-Benz RCVs


Fife Council has purchased 11 more Mercedes-Benz refuse collection vehicles (RCV).

Hydrogen for transport


Mark Griffin explains why Aberdeen City Council has introduced a fleet of hydrogen fuelled buses to help reduce emissions.

Electric refuse vehicles could cut pollution and costs, report says


A Bristol-based environmental consultancy has called for the roll out of electric refuse vehicles to help cut air pollution and local authority costs.

West Yorkshire council launches EV trial scheme


Leeds City Council has launched a new scheme giving businesses, organisations and charities in West Yorkshire the opportunity to drive electric vans free of charge for up to two months.

Aberdeen City Council bags Fleet Operator of the Year Award


Aberdeen City Council has been awarded Local Authority Fleet Operator of the Year at the Transport News Scottish Rewards held on 9 November 2019 in Glasgow.

First Bus partners with Yutong and Zenobe Energy in Leeds


First Bus is partnering with Yutong and Zenobe in an exciting and innovative approach to vehicle electrification. Together they will roll out nine new electric buses, produced by Yutong UK and Pelican Engineering, in Hunslet Park, Leeds in May 2020.


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