Aebi Schmidt aims for safety heights with new Street King 660 truck-mounted sweeper


Aebi Schmidt UK is aiming to take safety to another level with its new Street King 660 truck-mounted sweeper which is jam-packed with the very latest safety features.

Calderdale agrees £3m spend to buy its own fleet


Calderdale Council has agreed to buy its own fleet of 13 refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).

New waste service for west Cornwall


Cornwall Council has launched food waste collections for the first time in the west of the county.

Council to consider paying £47m extra for waste service


Somerset Council will consider paying an extra £47m over six years for waste services after its contractor disclosed it was making significant losses in the area.

‘End in sight’ over waste dispute, council says


All refuse workers’ strikes in South Tyneside that had been due to take place this month have now been called off.

Bin strikes could hit Edinburgh Fringe Festival, union says


Waste and recycling workers in Scotland have voted to go on strike during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Renfrewshire adds three diesel bin lorries to fleet


Renfrewshire Council has signed off the purchase of three new diesel refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).

Major disruption to waste collection after motorway accident


Refuse collection rounds in Taunton have been severely disrupted by a serious accident on the M5 this morning.

Refuse workers’ strike escalates


Refuse workers in the London borough of Redbridge are to escalate their industrial dispute with a ban on overtime working, trade union Unite has announced.

Council plea for landfill ban funding


The Scottish Government has been asked for funding to implement a looming ban on sending biodegradable waste to landfill.

RWM: Are you ready?


The Resource & Waste Management Expo (RWM) is where you'll connect with the biggest players in waste, recycling and resource.

Surrey installs pop-up solar car park and EV charging hub


Surrey County Council has installed a pop-up solar car park and electric vehicle (EV) charging hub.

Councils to change tack on paper recycling


Three local authorities in the north east of England are considering alternative approaches to paper collection after a drop in recycling levels.

Union announces strike over working conditions


Refuse workers in the London borough of Redbridge will strike next month over a ‘deterioration’ of working conditions.

Thousands of bins missed as council rolls out new service


Denbighshire County Council has apologised after waste from thousands of households was not collected as a new recycling service was rolled out.

Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire to cooperate on net zero


A cooperation agreement between Glasgow City Council and West Dunbartonshire Council has been developed to improve services relating to the net zero transition.

Blackburn with Darwen buys four minibuses


A local authority in Lancashire has bought four new minibuses for its youth and community transport services.

EXCLUSIVE: Councils consider legal advice over waste guidance


Councils are considering seeking legal advice over statutory guidance that will tell local authorities to collect residual waste at least every two weeks, The MJ understands.

Broxbourne awards contract to Fiveways


Broxbourne Council has awarded vehicle hire company Fiveways Group a new five-year contract.

Preston adds safety technology to new fleet


Preston City Council has added safety and tracking technology to its 14 new refuse collection vehicles.

Rushcliffe’s HVO-powered bin lorries rolled out


Rushcliffe Borough Council’s new hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) bin lorries have been rolled out across the borough.

Council for Net Zero Transport established to support new government


The full membership of the new independent Council for Net Zero Transport has been announced by Zemo Partnership.

Tidenham residents welcome new e-van


Residents of Tidenham parish are celebrating the launch of a new electric van which is enabling residents to make local journeys that are cost free and less harmful to the environment.

McCann adds three new Mercedes eVito vans to fleet


National infrastructure solutions firm McCann has added three new Mercedes eVito vans to its ever-expanding fleet of company cars, vans, trucks and plant.

Biffa buys Renewi business


Biffa has today entered into an agreement to acquire Renewi’s municipal business in the UK.

Council leads charge point installations in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire


Nottingham City Council is leading a programme installing charge points across the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) region to encourage public sector bodies to use electric vehicles (EV).

Edinburgh launches charging bays for electric car club


The City of Edinburgh Council is rolling out 72 electric charging bays to be used by its car club provider.

Cambridgeshire councils issue bin lorry fire warning


Residents of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire have been reminded to dispose of batteries safely and responsibly after seven fires involving bin lorries so far this year.

Brighton adds new EVs to fleet


Four electric heavy goods vehicles have joined Brighton and Hove City Council’s refuse and recycling service.

Glasgow to spend £5.3m on 22 diesel vehicles


Glasgow City Council plans to spend £5.3m on 22 vehicles that are compliant with its low emission zone (LEZ) – almost a year after enforcement of the zone began.

Great Yarmouth welcomes two diesel road sweepers


Great Yarmouth Borough Council has taken delivery of two diesel mechanical road sweepers for its street cleansing fleet.

Edinburgh fleet breaches council’s own LEZ rules


The City of Edinburgh Council’s fleet still contains 41 vehicles that operate within its low emission zone (LEZ) but are non-compliant, with enforcement of the zone to begin next week.

RS Recovery invests in Totalkare workshop equipment


West Midlands’ RS Recovery has invested in a range of Totalkare equipment as part of a multi-bay workshop refit project that will enhance their fleet repair and maintenance operations.

Sutton council appoints Veolia to deliver waste and street cleansing services


The London Borough of Sutton has appointed resource management experts Veolia to deliver waste and street cleansing services as part of a new eight-year contract starting in April 2025.

North Norfolk trials electric pool vehicles


North Norfolk District Council is piloting two electric pool vehicles to reduce its business travel emissions.

Micro lorry helps council access narrow streets


King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council has added a micro lorry to its fleet to help access narrow streets.

Biffa sues Scottish Government for £55m over DRS


Waste management company Biffa has confirmed it is taking legal action against the Scottish Government for losses incurred after the scrapping of the deposit return scheme (DRS).

Epping Forest starts new era for waste & recycling collections with SFS


Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has announced a new partnership with contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).

Battery fires in waste systems up 70%


There has been a 70% increase in the number of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries thrown in household bins.

All-terrain vehicle gets stuck in sand


A council vehicle got stuck on a beach in Poole last week and a second vehicle, sent to the rescue, was also unable to get off the sand.

Somerset’s £24m-a-year waste contract at risk


Somerset Council’s waste collection contract is at risk after Suez disclosed ‘significant losses’ and said it may have to end the deal early.

Simpler Recycling: Recyclables to be collected in one bin


Councils in England will be able to collect recyclables, such as plastic, metal, glass, paper, and card, in one container as part of the Simpler Recycling reforms, recycling minister Robbie Moore has confirmed.

Go Plant sold to Sweeptech saving 116 jobs


Vehicle hire and waste services specialists, Go Plant, has been bought by Sussex-based Sweeptech Environmental Services.

Medway Council replaces bin lorries in ‘expensive headache’


Medway Council has purchased 46 new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) for £5m less than was budgeted for last year.

E-cargo bikes take to Bournemouth seafront


Two new pedal assist e-cargo vehicles are being used to restock catering outlets and public toilets along the coast in Bournemouth and Poole.

Rutland welcomes 10 diesel RCVs


Rutland’s new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have made ‘significant improvements’ to a service that had been hindered by regular breakdowns, the county council has said.

North Devon takes delivery of 16 kerbside recycling vehicles


A convoy of 16 brand new kerbside recycling vehicles has arrived in North Devon ready to carry out weekly collections across the district.

Investigation launched after bin lorry worker hit by refuse truck


A council investigation has been launched after a bin lorry operative was run over by his own refuse collection vehicle in Walsall.

St Helens expands its electric fleet


St Helens Borough Council has procured 32 new electric vehicles (EVs).

Serco trials EVs in three Hampshire councils


Public services provider Serco is trialling refurbished electric vehicles (EV) across Basingstoke and Deane, Rushmoor, and Hart councils.

Rushcliffe BC’s bin lorries go veggie


Rushcliffe Borough Council’s refuse collection vehicles are going veggie soon with most of its fleet switching to operate on hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).

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.

New fleet of zero emission buses set to arrive on Isle of Wight


The Isle of Wight Council and Southern Vectis have been successful in their bid for funding that will see a new fleet of 22 zero emission buses arrive on the Island.

Pothole-preventing robot passes first road test


An autonomous robot designed to detect and fill cracks on roads has passed its first test outside of a laboratory.

Hunt confirms fuel duty freeze and wider energy investment


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has once again frozen fuel duty for 12 months - a move that has been a staple of Conservative governments since the start of the coalition.

Council to fine drivers who block waste collections


North Somerset Council has launched a trial to stop ‘inconsiderately parked cars’ blocking refuse and recycling collections.

Progress stalls on EV charge points


Many local authorities have fallen significantly behind on their electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plans, new research has found.

Veolia launches safe treatment of nitrous oxide canisters


The first process lines for the safe treatment of nitrous oxide canisters in the UK have been launched by waste management company Veolia.

Council leader welcomes £4bn EV battery factory


The leader of Somerset Council has welcomed the confirmation that Bridgwater in Somerset will be the location of a new £4bn electric vehicle (EV) battery factory, expected to generate around 4,000 jobs.

Councils call for ‘autonomy’ under EPR


Councils must still have the autonomy to run waste services according to local need under new packaging reforms, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

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.

Coffee pod recycling scheme hits million milestone


An initiative run by Cherwell District Council has seen more than a million coffee pods – weighing 16.4 tonnes – recycled in eight months.

Thurrock bin crews trapped wheelchair user


Bin crews in Thurrock have repeatedly trapped a disabled woman in her home by not returning her bins to the proper place, an ombudsman has found.

Rotherham trials HVO


Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is trialling the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to fuel 10 of its vehicles.

Cumberland looks to ‘streamline’ waste collections


Cumberland Council has launched a consultation on the future of its waste collection service following the reorganisation of Cumbria’s authorities.

Council asks for Cornish-themed gritter names


Cornwall Council has asked the public to help name its gritter fleet, and wants to see suggestions that reflect the county’s ‘distinctiveness’.

Council maintenance fleet to go electric


Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is looking to replace its maintenance fleet with electric vehicles.

New electric vehicles to clean up Wood Green


Electric-powered equipment will soon be cleaning the streets of Wood Green, Haringey Council and resource management firm Veolia have 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.

Biffa launches takeaway cups recycling scheme


A nationwide recycling service for takeaway drinks cups has been launched by waste management firm Biffa.

Disposable vapes to be banned


Disposable vapes will be banned in the UK to protect children’s health and tackle the growing stream of waste they create, the Government announced today.

Waste collections cancelled after council’s licence revoked


Uttlesford District Council has called off its domestic, trade and garden waste collections after its fleet vehicle operator’s licence was revoked.

Fully electric gritter in ‘landmark’ contract


UK highways specialist Ringway has signed a ‘landmark’ contract to take delivery of Econ Engineering’s fully electric-powered gritter.

CVW awarded two major certifications


Commercial vehicle wrapping company Creative Vehicle Wrapping (CVW) is celebrating achieving two major certifications.

Veolia awarded Haringey contract for ‘ecological transformation’


Veolia has been awarded a two-year contract extension to continue its waste management work in the London Borough of Haringey.

Brent rolls out new electric vehicles


Brent Council is rolling out nine electric collection and street cleansing vehicles in partnership with Veolia.

Major new Oxford electric bus fleet launches


The first of 159 electric buses have gone into service as part of a £82.5m project run by Oxfordshire County Council in partnership bus operators.

Stratford-on-Avon to power refuse fleet with HVO


Stratford-on-Avon District Council's cabinet has approved in principle the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) for its refuse collection fleet.

Battery causes blaze in recycling lorry


A refuse collection vehicle caught fire in Portsmouth last week after a lithium-ion battery was incorrectly disposed of in a household recycling bin.

MPs at odds with public on packaging measures


Appetite for government intervention to reduce the use of packaging, either through taxes or bans, is lower among MPs than with the public, new research has found.

Veolia completes ‘pioneering’ RCV vehicle-to-grid trial


The batteries in two bin lorries powered 110 households for more than two hours in a ‘pioneering’ application of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

‘Staggering’ two million vehicles damaged by potholes last year


The AA attended more than 600,000 incidents involving vehicles damaged by potholes last year, new figures released on National Pothole Day today reveal.

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.

Refuse workers strike over alleged 'bullying culture'


Bins across South Tyneside could go uncollected for eight weeks as refuse workers strike over what has been called a ‘toxic bullying culture’.

Pothole claims up record 40%, insurer reveals


The number of pothole-related claims increased by a record 40% last year when compared to 2022, the latest data from Admiral Car Insurance has revealed.

World's first pothole repair robot hits the roads


The world's first autonomous pothole repair robot, developed by tech company Robotiz3d, is about to undergo its first road test on the network in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire to introduce first electric buses


Hertfordshire County Council and bus operator Uno have agreed a deal to phase out part of their diesel fleet and introduce 27 new electric buses.

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.

Swindon’s new recycling fleet wrapped ready for Christmas


A brand-new fleet of 22 Romaquip Kerb Sort recycling vehicles have been wrapped and personalised with their own names before going into service for Swindon Borough Council in time for Christmas.

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.

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.

Council denied injunction to stop bin strikes


Warrington Borough Council has lost a High Court bid to stop its refuse workers going out on strike.

Oxfordshire councils install vape recycling bins


Three local authorities in Oxfordshire have joined forces to install 60 new recycling collection points for vapes across the county.

'Lack of clarity' puts recycling reforms at risk


A ‘lack of clarity’ around the Government’s recycling reforms is preventing councils from preparing for the upcoming changes, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Fleetclear welcomes new business development manager


Fleetclear has appointed a new business development manager to focus on the expansion of the company’s fleet management software solution, Fleetclear Connect.

Fleetclear helps Osmonds maintain the Gold standard


Osmonds Transport & Planing Ltd has teamed up with Fleetclear to ensure its sweeper fleet maintains the Gold membership standards as required by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS*).

New EV charge bays in first-of-kind partnership


The first on-street electric vehicle charging bays as part of a collaboration with Uber and charge point provider Zest have been launched in Brent.

Warwickshire Libraries unveils first electric vehicle


Warwickshire County Council has introduced an electric van to its home library service fleet.

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.

SSE Energy Solutions to build first electric HGV charging hub


SSE Energy Solutions is set to build its first fully electric charging hub for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) at Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham, West Midlands.

Wolverhampton welcomes new electric minibus


The school run in Wolverhampton just got greener thanks to a new electric minibus operated by the city council.

Isle of Wight motorists told to 'keep your crew safe'


Isle of Wight Council has urged motorists to 'keep your crew safe' by showing patience when following waste collection trucks.

Autumn Statement: Planning system to prioritise EV charging


The Autumn Statement gave a major boost to the electric vehicle (EV) market with £2bn of investment and a pledge to reform the planning system to prioritise the roll-out of charge points.

‘Toxic’ environment at council waste service


A report that describes a ‘toxic’ working environment at Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste service includes accounts of staff bringing weapons into the depot.

Report reveals emissions cuts of Lunaz upcycled EVs


An upcycled electric vehicle produced by the clean technology firm Lunaz saves 344 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions compared to a new diesel equivalent, according to a new study.

£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.

APCOA to deliver EV charging across Hillingdon


Hillingdon Council has selected parking operator APCOA to deliver an electric vehicle (EV) charging network by 2030.

Hull adds three accessible buses to fleet


Hull City Council has acquired three new accessible buses for its school transport services for young people with disabilities.

Taunton Recycling Site to reopen after fire


Taunton Recycling Site is set to reopen after a month-long closure caused by a major fire.

CTS Hire granted O licence


Vehicle rental company CTS Hire has been granted an operator’s licence by the Traffic Commissioners.

RAC sees record third quarter 'pothole call-outs'


The RAC has dealt with the highest number of pothole-related breakdowns seen in any third quarter since its records began in 2006.

London borough trials pothole patching machine


Redbridge Council is trialling a spray injection patching machine to fix potholes across the borough.

New electric excavator for Wolverhampton


City of Wolverhampton Council has taken delivery of a new electric mini excavator to replace its old diesel version.

Islington completes £5.7m electrification project


Islington Council has completed works that it says will eventually support the electrification of its entire vehicle fleet.

‘Little meaningful change’ to recycling rates


The proportion of waste that is recycled has remained almost unchanged, meaning the Government has still not met its target to recycle 50% of household waste, a report has found.

Bury switches to electric


Bury Council has taken delivery of 10 electric vehicles, which will replace old diesel versions.

Jack Whitehall explains Lunaz’s upcycled EVs


Comedian Jack Whitehall has presented a new video which explains how clean-technology firm Lunaz creates upcycled electric vehicles.

Totalkare announces Hunter partnership on wheel alignment equipment


Workshop equipment providers Totalkare have announced a partnership with wheel alignment manufacturers Hunter Engineering Company.

Bedford procures eight Schmidt sweepers


Bedford Borough Council has purchased eight sweepers from Aebi Schmidt.

City of Wolverhampton Council trials HVO


City of Wolverhampton Council is trialling the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to fuel its fleet as a way of reducing carbon emissions.

Councils welcome waste reform flexibility but await details on costs


Councils were relieved not to lose all local discretion in the Government’s waste collection reforms but have said questions remain, including over funding.

Reading adds to EV fleet with road line marking machine


Reading Borough Council has announced an ‘innovative’ fully electric road line marking machine.

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.

Recycling company fined £40k after bin lorry crush death


A recycling company has been fined £40,000 after its failure to maintain the lifting equipment on a refuse vehicle caused the death of an employee.

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.

New fleet on the horizon for Teignbridge


A new fleet is due to arrive at Teignbridge District Council in Spring 2024, as part of the council’s ongoing contract hire agreement with fleet and workshop management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).

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.

Number of ultra-rapid charging hubs doubles in year


Charge-point mapping service Zapmap has published statistics on the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which shows there were almost 50,000 installed public charging devices as of September 2023.

Sinkhole swallows up bin lorry


An investigation has been launched after a refuse collection vehicle in North Wales was partially swallowed up by a sinkhole.

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.

GRS Fleet Graphic announces acquisition


Vehicle graphics firm, EPIC Media Group, has been acquired by GRS Fleet Graphics, part of the Tosca Capital Group.

£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.

Kingston secures electric fleet in ‘huge milestone for climate action’


Kingston Council is rolling out electric recycling and refuse collection vehicles in partnership with Veolia.

Cornwall exceeds EV charger installation target


Cornwall has installed 184 electric vehicle charge points as part of a plan aimed to improve coverage in rural parts of the county.

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.

PM delays new petrol and diesel ban to 2035


Prime minister Rishi Sunak has delayed the Government's ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 to 2035, potentially slowing the transition to electric vehicles.

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.

Biffa places order with Lunaz to convert 10 diesel trucks


Waste management company Biffa has placed an initial order with Lunaz to convert 10 of its diesel refuse trucks to clean-air electric powertrains.

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.

Fleet transformations hindered by consistent collection delays


Delays to waste collection reforms are seeing authorities hold back on transforming their fleets and procuring electric vehicles.

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.

Green Machines take to the streets of West Oxfordshire


The job of keeping the towns of Carterton and Woodstock clean will be greener following the purchase of two new fully electric street sweepers by West Oxfordshire District Council.

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.

Six-in-10 drivers support ‘noise cameras’


The majority of drivers want to see cameras installed to catch drivers who rev their cars unnecessarily or whose vehicles have illegally loud exhausts.

Webfleet and VEV announce partnership to optimise fleet electrification


Webfleet, Bridgestone’s fleet management solution, has entered into a partnership with new e-fleet solutions provider VEV to accelerate commercial EV fleet adoption.

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.

Argyll and Bute nominated for innovation award


Argyll and Bute Council’s use of drones to deliver critical services to remote and rural communities has been nominated for a COSLA Excellence Award.

Refuse workers in Cumbria on strike


Refuse workers in the Workington area of Cumbria went on strike yesterday as part of a long-term dispute with the local authority.

Telford & Wrekin introduces EV library van


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

MPs launch electric vehicle (EV) inquiry


An inquiry into electric vehicles (EVs) has today been launched to help the Government better understand how the UK will reach net zero.

Webfleet sets new Guinness World Record for electric van range


Webfleet, Bridgestone’s fleet management solution, has smashed the Guinness World Records title for the greatest distance travelled by an electric van on a single charge.

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.

ULEZ scrappage scheme extended


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) scrappage scheme will be expanded, with grants of £2,000 being made available to all Londoners who own a non ULEZ-compliant car or motorbike.

Horsham adds two electric sweepers to fleet


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

Council installs EV chargers across Scottish Highlands


Highland Council said the installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the region has enabled it to make significant progress in decarbonising its fleet and responding to the climate emergency.

Horsham coffee pod recycling scheme reaches half million milestone


A scheme in Horsham has seen half a million coffee pods collected and recycled in its first six months of operation.

Recycling truck fire prompts battery warning


Stroud residents are being warned not to discard batteries at home after a fire was started in a recycling truck.

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.

Cheshire West and Chester Council introduces electric mobile library


Cheshire West and Chester Council has replaced its mobile library vehicle with an electric version.

Durham expands electric vehicle fleet


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

Councils call for urgent clarity after further EPR delay


Local authority leaders have called for ‘clear, realistic timelines’ on waste policy after the Government announced a further delay to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

Blackburn with Darwen boosts fleet safety


Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has partnered with Vision Techniques to install new safety equipment.

Westminster unveils ‘trailblazing’ fleet electrification


Westminster City Council and Veolia are rolling out the UK’s largest electric refuse collection fleet, with vehicles powered by the waste they collect.

SSE tests ‘first of its kind’ hydrogen-powered vehicle


Energy firm SSE has become the first UK utility to trial First Hydrogen’s hydrogen-powered van.

Lewes trials all-electric collection vehicles


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

Work begins on ‘world-leading’ electric charging hub in Oxford


Work has begun to install one of the biggest electric charging hubs in the UK, which will be located at the depot of Go-Ahead Group’s Oxford Bus Company.

Blackpool launches fleet of tricycles


Tricycle manufacturer, Jorvik Tricycles, has partnered with Blackpool Council’s waste and environmental services company, Enveco NW Environmental Services, to provide them with a range of tricycles.

Brand new electric buses hit the streets of Aberdeen


First Aberdeen has taken delivery of 24 brand new electric buses ensuring its fleet is now 40% emission free.

Veolia introduces first UK electric 360 telehandler


Resource management company Veolia has installed its first electric 360 telehandler in the UK.

CTS Hire buys 10 new RCVs


CTS Hire has purchased 10 new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) in what it describes as its most significant fleet investment to date.

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.

Supporting local authority plans for EV charging


Automotive trade association, the BVRLA, has launched a campaign that will support more local authorities in developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure strategies.

FZUK acquires C P Davidson & Sons Ltd


FAUN-Zoeller UK has announced the acquisition of C.P. Davidson LTD as part of its UK strategic plan.

Grundon unveils first eRCVs powered by waste


Grundon Waste Management has unveiled its first electric waste collection vehicles powered directly by electricity generated from customer waste.

Believ chosen as sole supplier of EV charging facilities to SGL project


Charge point operator Believ has been chosen by London’s Cross River Partnership (CRP) as the sole supplier of EV charging facilities to the Defra-funded Smarter Green Logistics (SGL) project.

West Lindsay District Council installs solar panels


West Lindsey District Council has successfully installed solar panels on six of their waste collection vehicles.

Watchdog warns councils still in dark on waste reforms


The Government ‘still lacks effective long-term plans to reduce waste,’ according to a watchdog’s new report.

NRG Riverside awarded eight-year contract-hire agreement by Urbaser


NRG Riverside has been awarded an initial eight-year contract-hire agreement to supply 40 vehicles with complete repair and maintenance support by Urbaser.

Thousands more green buses needed to reach net zero


More than 5,800 extra green buses are needed in England by 2030 to reach net zero and support the levelling up agenda, according to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

North West Leicestershire council connects to Fleetclear software


North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is switching its fleet to the Fleetclear Connect software platform.

Fleetclear launches tracking device for lone workers


Fleet solution provider Fleetclear is launching a personal tracking device to improve safety for lone workers.

EV technician shortage creating postcode lottery


A new analysis has revealed that the shortage of technicians who are qualified to work on electric vehicles has created a postcode lottery that could undermine consumer confidence.

Dawsongroup emc eyes new Brighouse site following major growth


Dawsongroup emc, the contract hire supplier of industrial, municipal and specialist vehicles, has broken ground on a new purpose-built site in Yorkshire, following a 42% increase in turnover in the past two years.

Council marks Clean Air Day by going electric


Telford & Wrekin Council has marked Clean Air Day today by announcing that it has added a further eight electric vehicles to its fleet.

Test Valley Borough Council slashes emissions with HVO


Test Valley Borough Council’s fleet of vehicles have now all switched from using diesel fuel to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), cutting carbon dioxide fuel emissions by up to 95%.

Webfleet’s OEM.connect programme to include Renault Group vehicles


Webfleet, Bridgestone’s globally trusted fleet management solution, has announced that Renault Group vehicles will participate in Webfleet’s OEM.connect programme.

North Northamptonshire awards SFS new contract


North Northamptonshire Council has awarded a 7-year contract to Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) for the provision and maintenance of around 45 vehicles.

Leeds green lights e-bike scheme


Leeds City Council has given the green light to a new public e-bike hire service.

Enfield adopts AI-powered vehicle cameras


Enfield Council has had AI-powered vehicle cameras fitted on its first fully-electric refuse collection vehicle (eRCV).

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.

Applied Driving and VisionTrack team up to develop safe driving solution


Applied Driving has teamed up with telematics experts VisionTrack to develop a video-enabled safe driving solution.

Retailers criticise ‘extended producer responsibility’ scheme


A plan to make food manufacturers pay councils for the collection and recycling of packaging waste is facing opposition from retailers and manufacturers.

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.

Leeds EV charging hub receives ‘overwhelming’ approval


Plans for a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub near Leeds have been submitted to the city council following ‘overwhelming’ public approval.

City West Commercials and Scarab team up to create Atego sweeper


Mercedes-Benz Truck Dealer City West Commercials has joined forces with leading sweeper manufacturer Scarab to build a one-of-a-kind demonstrator vehicle.

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.

Fiveways steps in to give Havering a lift


Waste collection vehicle specialist, Fiveways Group, has been awarded a short-term contact to empty new underground bins installed by the London Borough of Havering.

New e-fleet launched in Camden and Islington


The Central District Alliance (CDA) has announced the deployment of its new fleet of zero emission, electric assisted vehicles (EAVs) in Holborn and Clerkenwell.

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.

Trakm8 partner with City Fibre to support fleet growth


Trakm8 and CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, have partnered to equip City Fibre’s fleet of vans with the RH600 4G Integrated Telematics Camera to help monitor driving behaviour and improve fleet safety.

Ashcourt Group rolls out its first fully electric skip loaders


The Ashcourt Group UK has taken delivery of its first two fully electric 18 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide skip loaders.

Eastleigh chief exec joins waste crew


Eastleigh Borough Council’s chief executive James Strachan joined the council’s waste and recycling crew last week to lend a hand with our garden waste collection service.

North Somerset Council trials innovative bins


North Somerset Council is claiming a first with an innovative new way to collect recycling and waste.

W H Malcolm commissions Vision Techniques for fleet safety products


W H Malcolm has partnered with Vision Techniques to install road safety equipment across its fleet of 45 vehicles.

Urbaser pulls out the stops for King’s Coronation celebrations in Windsor


Staff at Urbaser Ltd, the environmental services company responsible for delivering street cleaning for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM), worked tirelessly over King Charles’ Coronation weekend to ensure the Borough remained in good order throughout the festivities.

Fleets and OEMs invited to join battery partner network


A pioneering company that gives electric vehicle (EV) batteries a second life is inviting fleet operators and automotive OEMs to join its supplier network.

North Tyneside fights anti-social behaviour with new camera system


North Tyneside Council is using LIVE camera systems from fleet technology company Fleetclear to counter anti-social behaviour in the district and protect crews.

The Devourer takes to the streets in Northumberland


Northumberland County Council’s new food waste vehicle has been named by some keen students who took part in a competition as part of the council’s food waste recycling trial.

Longer lorries set to hit GB roads this month


Ministers are to lay legislation on Wednesday (10 May) to allow longer lorries to operate on roads in Great Britain.

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.

Electra launches the UK's first compact 12.5-tonne electric waste fleet platform


Electra Commercial Vehicles, the zero-emissions OEM based in Lancashire, has launched its all-new, 12.5-tonne eCargo, electric waste vehicle platform.

Dawsongroup emc to showcase fleet at APSE Scotland


Dawsongroup emc, the UK’s leading contract hire supplier of industrial, municipal, and specialist vehicles, is set to showcase its fleet at the APSE Scotland Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar this May.

Number of public EV charge points up 3,000


The number of public electric vehicle (EV) charge points increased by over 3,000 in the first quarter of this year, up 8% compared to the start of January.

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.

Street King 660 helps win extra business for Shorts Group


Independent family-owned Shorts Group has been able to win extra business after adding two truck-mounted Street King 660 sweepers from Aebi Schmidt to its hire fleet.

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.

Biffa teams up with Lunaz to electrify fleet


Biffa and the vehicle electrification and upcycling business Lunaz have teamed up to convert one of Britain’s largest fleet of bin lorries to electric – a move that received a thumbs up from David Beckham.

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.

Durham adds three road sweepers to fleet


The North East’s largest council has bolstered its road sweeping fleet in order to keep communities clean and tidy.

Veolia launches nationwide vape collection scheme


Veolia has launched a national vape collection service to help provide safe disposal and recycling routes for the 143 million vapes thrown away each year.

HGV sector calls for strategy to drive uptake of zero emission trucks


The heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector has called for an urgent, Government-led strategy to drive uptake of zero emission trucks to meet decarbonisation targets.

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.

Workington waste service workers announce strike


Workers employed by Allerdale Waste Services will begin strike action later this month in a dispute over pay, Unite have announced.

Dawsongroup orders 270 IVECO Daily vans


International supply chain company Dawsongroup plc has placed an order for 270 3.5-tonne IVECO Daily vans to give its customers further choice in 2023.

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.

Council continues HVO drive


Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is putting new purchasing arrangements in place as it buys increasing amounts of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

Burnley equips fleet with live camera systems


Burnley Council has equipped its entire refuse collection vehicle (RCV) and sweeper fleet, comprising 17 vehicles, with live camera systems.

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.

Veolia achieves 7.5% emissions reduction in Dover contract


A decrease of 7.5% in carbon emissions has been achieved in Dover as part of the local authority’s new environmental services contract with Veolia.

Stoke man arrested after bin crew attack


A 27-year-old man has been arrested after a number of refuse collectors were assaulted in Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire Police have confirmed.

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.

Spelthorne awards second contract to SFS


Spelthorne Borough Council in Surrey has retained Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) as its fleet provider after announcing the award of a second contract commencing in June 2023.

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.

Gloucester City recycling fleet transformed with vinyl wrapping


Gloucester City Council, the latest shareholder in environmental services company Ubico, has given its kerbside recycling fleet a vinyl wrapping makeover.

Nottingham launches vehicle-to-grid demonstrator project


Nottingham City Council has launched a UK-first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstrator project to show how technology can be used to improve energy demands during fleet electrification.

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.

Suffolk residents have been asked to name new waste lorry fleet


Eight new waste lorries are on their way to Suffolk and the public is being asked to think up some names for them.

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 trials hi-tech drones for bridge inspections


Worcestershire County Council has started to use hi-tech drones fitted with cameras to carry out bridge inspections.

Nicole Saltslinger and Usain Salt to grit the streets of Leeds


Leeds residents will soon see Nicole Saltslinger and Usain Salt gritting their streets thanks to the creativity of the city’s school children.

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.

East Hampshire council announces ‘major re-organisation’ of collections


East Hampshire District Council has announced a ‘major re-organisation’ of garden waste collection rounds which will include the introduction of a third vehicle.

RCV operators urged to review safety of bin lifts


Operators of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have been urged to review their use of semi-automatic and automatic bin lifting equipment against published guidance.

Liberty Charge and Brentwood council roll out rapid charging infrastructure


Liberty Charge, the electric vehicle (EV) charge point operator (CPO), is working with Brentwood Borough Council to roll out fast and rapid charging infrastructure for local residents.

Multi-million-pound grant delivers over 117 electric buses


A £25m Government grant has supported the production of 117 new British-made zero emission electric buses.

Fuel costs top challenge to fleet operators, poll finds


A survey of fleet operators has revealed that rising fuel costs, disruption due to the impact of COVID-19, and supply chain pressure, are the top challenges they currently face.

Council puts new pothole repair vehicle to the test


Cheshire West and Chester Council is assessing a new vehicle to join its fleet in the fight against potholes.

Mechanics warned of the life-threatening dangers of working under vehicles


Leading voices in motor vehicle repair have teamed up with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to warn of the dangers of working under vehicles without proper equipment.

Fiveways expands hire fleet ahead of mandatory food waste collections


Fiveways Group has taken delivery of the first of ten dedicated food waste collection vehicles as the vehicle hire specialist continues to expand and diversify its fleet.

Three-weekly waste collections boosts Mid Devon’s recycling rates


The recycling rates in Mid Devon have increased in the first three months since new three-weekly waste collections were introduced, the district council has reported.

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.

Brighton & Hove depot ‘transformed’ with over £390k boost


Electric vehicle charging capabilities at Brighton & Hove City Council’s Hollingdean depot have been ‘transformed’ by a £392,000 investment from the Carbon Neutral Fund, according to the council.

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.

New e-bikes arrive in Hereford


Herefordshire Council added 47 additional Beryl e-bikes to their fleet this week, according to the local authority.

Councils pay £150,000 each towards new recycling fleet


Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells councils are set to contribute towards their recycling and waste contractor’s new vehicle fleet in an effort to make collections ‘more reliable and more efficient.’

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.

Hertfordshire County Council trials cycle path gritter


A new gritter, specially designed for cycle paths, is being trialled by Hertfordshire County Council.

DCW gets connected with Fleetclear


The South West’s leading zero to landfill waste management and recycling company, DCW, has teamed up with fleet solution provider, Fleetclear to enhance safety and keep track of its fleet and driver workforce.

VisionTrack launches AI-powered video analysis


VisionTrack, the AI video telematics and connected fleet data specialist, is transforming commercial fleet safety with the launch of a sophisticated AI-powered post-analysis solution.

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 secures funding to deliver automated shuttle routes


Solihull Council has secured funding to deliver automated shuttle routes between Birmingham International rail station and Birmingham Business Park.

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.

Fleetclear appoints scheduling controller


Neil Holding has been recruited by Fleetclear as a scheduling controller, to help manage the company’s growing fleet of engineers, plan equipment installations and handle enquiries from customers across a diverse range of sectors.

Second Renault E-Tech refuse truck leaves RHCV’s depot


The second Renault E-Tech D Wide 26-tonne refuse collection vehicle (eRCV) for CTS Hire has left RH Commercial Vehicles’ (RHCV) depot. The truck is the second of two vehicles for their hire fleet.

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.

South Tyneside first to hire electric bin lorry


South Tyneside Council has become the first local authority in the country to hire an electric refuse vehicle of this type, from CTS Hire, on a short-term arrangement.

EV fleet specialists Zenobe open Innovation Centre


Electric vehicle (EV) fleet and battery storage specialist Zenobe today welcomed Penny Mordaunt MP to open its brand-new Innovation Centre in Portsmouth.

Connected EVs annually save fleets 15 tonnes of CO2


A new analysis has revealed that European fleets using electric vehicles (EVs) have cut their carbon emissions by more than 15 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle, per year.

Dawsongroup takes delivery of five more Pothole Pros


JCB has struck a further deal with commercial asset supplier Dawsongroup for five more of its pothole fixing machines.

Coventry bin collections halted after tragic death


Bin collections in Coventry are to restart today after a senior member of the city council’s bin crew tragically lost their life while undertaking their duties.

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.

Ed Sheerbin & bin lorry ‘friends’ make an impact


Ed Sheerbin, Gary Bineker and Binnie the Pooh are just some of the new bin lorries making an impact in Suffolk thanks to residents’ creative name suggestions and a vehicle wrapping company.

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.

Pink bin lorry raises breast cancer awareness


Breast cancer awareness across South Kesteven has moved up a gear with the launch of an unmissable pink refuse collection lorry.

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.

Ringway Jacobs adopts video-enabled lone worker service


Ringway Jacobs has become the first UK fleet operation to adopt Peoplesafe and SureCam’s high-tech video-enabled lone worker service.

Fleetclear recruits project manager for software development team


Sai Prudhvi Potta has joined the Fleetclear software development team as project manager, to help with the continuing progression and enhancement of the company’s fleet technology platform – Fleetclear Connect.

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.

Sheffield drivers offered support ahead of CAZ rollout


People can apply for financial support to help them upgrade their vehicle ahead of the introduction of Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ), the city council has said.

Whitespace launches embedded camera and tracking solution for councils


Whitespace has launched a new comprehensive integrated camera and tracking solution for recycling collection vehicles (RCVs) in its latest product release – v11.1.

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).

Britain faces EV mechanic shortage


Britain will run out of mechanics to service the growing number of electric vehicles on its roads by the end of the decade, a think-tank has warned.

Councils stockpile salt as temperature plummets


Local authorities have nearly 1.5 million tonnes of salt stockpiled across the country ready to treat icy roads and pavements this winter, a new survey has revealed.

Veolia completes £2bn SUEZ sale


Veolia has announced the completion of its sale of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK back to the French-owned Suez.

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.

Norfolk fire service first to adopt electric cars


Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has become the first fire service in the country to move to a fleet of electric emergency response cars.

Man fined after crashing into bin lorry


Lewes and Eastbourne councils have told motorists to ‘drive safely’ near waste vehicles after a resident who drove his car into a bin lorry was fined £660.

Online hub to help councils with charge point roll out launched


A new online resource to help local authorities navigate the roll out of electric vehicle charging points has been launched.

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.

London’s ULEZ to expand city-wide


London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be expanded city-wide as part of the drive to tackle air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion.

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.

New bus drives activities to young people


A youth bus has been launched by Enfield Council, offering a safe place for young people to gather with friends and supportive adults.

Hydrogen think tank to examine issue of refuelling in the UK launched


A new think tank dedicated to exploring standardisation across hydrogen refuelling in the UK has been launched.

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.

South Gloucestershire launches fleet of new gritters


South Gloucestershire Council has launched a fleet of nine new gritters as part of a £1m investment to keep roads safe this winter.

Coventry set to become UK’s first all-electric bus city with £150m investment


A £150m project to create the UK’s first all-electric bus city by 2025 has taken a major step forward with 50 new greener buses on the streets of Coventry.

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.

Keenan Recycling chooses 'game-changing' waste management software


Keenan Recycling has invested in a 'game-changing' ERP waste management & recycling software system to digitise its business.

West Sussex Chargepoint Network secures £1.8m funding boost


West Sussex County Council has welcomed government funding of up to £1.8m to help fund 450 on-street chargepoints and 100 in public car parks.

Adequate bus funding 'crucial for survival of network'


Campaigners have warned the chancellor that the country ‘cannot afford’ to lose more bus routes and called for more cash support, including targeted funding for councils that missed out on recent funding to improve bus services.

Top local authorities for boosting public charging provision named in new research


Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire is the best performing local authority in terms of recording the highest percentage growth in public charging provision per 100,000 people, according to new research.

Peers call for more grant funding to improve transport projects


The Government should improve the way transport projects are funded as the current system of local authorities bidding for capital funding is 'costly and inefficient', according to a new report.

The North needs 470 electric charge points per week by 2025, new analysis reveals


Up to 470 electric vehicle charge points per week must be installed across the North by 2030 to meet decarbonisation ambitions, a new report has said.

Council invests in a rapid road repairer


Northumberland County Council has invested in a rapid road repairer following a successful trial of the machine.

Local roads at 'great risk' of becoming dangerous


The AA has warned that England’s local road network ‘cannot take another round of cuts’ after official figures showed that a third of English councils' B and C roads were rated in amber or red condition in the last year.

EVs energise new car market


The UK new car market recorded a third month of growth in October, with registrations rising by more than a quarter (26.4%) thanks in large part to hybrid and battery electric vehicles, new figures reveal.

ODS charges EVs for nearly 300 days, data reveals


New data has revealed that electric vehicles (EV) owned by Oxford Direct Services (ODS) have been charged for 7,185 hours over a one-year period – equal to 299 days in total.

Portsmouth and Biffa launch HVO trial


Portsmouth City Council has partnered with waste collection specialist Biffa to trial hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in its fleet in an effort to put the brakes on the council’s use of diesel.

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.

Council chiefs call for better net zero guidance


Local authority chiefs have urged the Government to introduce a clear policy and investment framework that can help councils measure and reduce carbon emissions.

North Northamptonshire proposes 80 new charge points


North Northamptonshire Council is proposing to install on-street electric vehicle charging points at 21 new sites across the region.

Electra and Guest Truck & Van announce sales distribution agreement


Zero-emission HGV manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles and Guest Truck & Van have signed a sales distribution agreement, which sees Electra's trucks becoming a standard element of the distributor's product offering.

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.

Expansion of London’s ULEZ generates £93.6m


The expansion of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) a year ago has generated an estimated £93.6m of additional revenue from drivers of non-compliant vehicles.

Upcycled eRCV passes hill-climb test


Lunaz Applied Technologies (LAT) has finalised the hill-climb component of an extensive testing programme of its Upcycled Electric Vehicles (UEVs) at the test and development facility, Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, UK.

Eco-friendly cleaning machines roll into Hounslow’s estates


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

Highland Council to expand in-house school transport service


The Highland Council will be running a pilot project to expand its in-house school transport provision.

EPIC signs partnership contract with Biffa


Vehicle graphics provider, EPIC Media Group, has signed a three-year contract as a preferred supplier for the waste management specialists, Biffa.

Council launches £1.35m rural minibus pilot


Gloucestershire County Council is set to launch its £1.35m rural minibus pilot to deliver more transport options in the county’s most rural areas.

CTS Hire adds two Renault Trucks eRCVs to fleet


Municipal vehicle hire company CTS Hire has joined forces with RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) to add two brand new all-electric Renault Trucks 26-tonne refuse collection vehicles (eRCV’s) to its rental 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.

First Hydrogen’s zero emission LCVs certified legal


The automotive and energy developer First Hydrogen has announced that its first zero emission light commercial vehicles (LCVs) have been certified legal on British roads by the Vehicle Certification Authority.

Bucks council reports over 50% reduction in fleet emissions


Buckinghamshire Council has reported a 52% reduction of its fleet’s CO2e emissions over the last two years.

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.

Biffa adopts ‘game-changer’ health and safety software


Sustainable waste and recycling firm Biffa has launched a new health and safety platform that will be a ‘game-changer’ in how it manages risk.

County council takes further steps towards fleet electrification


Gloucestershire County Council has installed its first charging points and taken delivery of six new electric vehicles.

Dawsongroup takes delivery of six JCB Pothole Pros


JCB has struck a major new deal with Dawsongroup, a leading commercial asset supplier, for six of their pothole fixing machines to help tackle Britain’s nine-year backlog of road repairs.

North Yorkshire welcomes electric-bodied gritters


North Yorkshire County Council has added two electric-bodied gritters to their fleet in preparation for winter.

Vision Techniques installs safety equipment on electric skip transporter trucks


Vision Techniques has installed their safety equipment on waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives’ new electric skip transporter trucks.

CTS Hire takes delivery of four new 26t RCVs


Municipal vehicle hire company CTS Hire has expanded its fleet with the arrival of four new 26t refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).

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.

Binned batteries cause Cambridge RCV fire


Residents in Cambridge have been reminded of the importance of disposing of batteries responsibly after a fire in the back of a bin lorry this morning.

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.

Renault Trucks supplies UK’s first electric skip transporter trucks


Waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives has begun zero tailpipe emissions skips services with the UK’s first 100% electric skip transporter trucks.

eSwingo electric sweeper wins award for Excellence in Innovation


Aebi Schmidt’s hugely acclaimed eSwingo all-electric compact sweeper scooped the award for Excellence in Innovation at this year’s RWM and Let’s Recycle Awards.

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.

Veolia rolls out fleet of e-street cleansing bikes


Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, have rolled out their new fleet of electric street cleansing bikes in time for World EV Day.

Staff praised for ‘speedy response’ to bin lorry fire


Waste collection staff in Exeter have been praised for acting quickly to prevent a serious bin lorry fire last week when they noticed smoke coming from the back of their vehicle.

Cost to use public charge points up over 40%


The cost to charge an electric car on a pay-as-you-go basis at a publicly accessible ‘rapid’ charger has increased by 42%, the RAC reports.

Majority of EV drivers ‘dissatisfied’ with charging infrastructure


Three-quarters of electric vehicle owners say that they are dissatisfied with the charging infrastructure available, new research has revealed.

Hydrogen-fuelled RCV hits the streets in St. Helens


The UK’s first custom-built, hydrogen-fuelled waste collection vehicle has arrived in St Helens Borough, ahead of its integration into the council’s fleet.

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%.

Glasgow and Aberdeen to get new electric buses


First Bus Scotland is to spend £35m on 74 new electric buses and infrastructure, taking emission free buses in Aberdeen to more than 50% of the city’s fleet.

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.

Council bin workers secure 10% pay rise


Around 100 waste workers employed by Bath and North East Somerset council are set to receive a 10% pay rise.

Go-Ahead launches new Voltra electric buses in North East


Go-Ahead’s largest electric bus operator, Go-North East, has taken delivery of nine Voltra electric buses to expand its fully electric bus fleet in the North East region.

First Bus places UK’s largest ever electric bus order


First Bus has placed one of the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) bus orders following successful bids with local authorities to a Government scheme aimed at promoting the roll-out of zero emission buses.

Northumberland council launches HVO trial


Northumberland County Council today announced it is trialling a Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in one of its refuse vehicles as a cleaner alternative to diesel.

Drone and electric van freight trials successfully completed


A pilot demonstration for a set of drone and electric van freight trials was successfully completed at the science, technology and business community Milton Park, Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed.

Keenan Recycling to unveil first-of-its-kind hybrid vehicle


National food waste recycling business, Keenan Recycling, will be unveiling a first-of-its-kind hybrid vehicle at RWM & Letsrecycle Live this September in Birmingham.

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.

Spelthorne Direct Services takes delivery of custom-made crane vehicle


A custom-made crane vehicle to empty underground bins has gone to work with Spelthorne Direct Services Ltd (SDS) the commercial waste arm of Spelthorne Borough Council.

Councils hire HGV trainers to tackle driver shortage


HGV training specialist HGVC has been appointed by four local councils to help address driver shortages for local authorities across the country.

Nine councils set to benefit from £20m EV charge point pilot


A multi-million-pound electric vehicle (EV) charge point pilot looks set to deliver an estimated 1,000 new chargers across the country.

Vehicles ‘prone to breakdowns’ cause missed collections


Residents in Epping Forest have been forced to put up with missed waste and recycling collections because of the HGV driver shortage and vehicles ‘prone to breakdowns’, the district council says.

Renault Trucks named Electric Commercial Vehicle Sector Lead for World EV Day


Renault Trucks has welcomed the announcement that they will be Electric Commercial Vehicle Sector Lead for World EV Day 2022.

Drivers 'crying out' for chargers close to home


Research by the AA has revealed huge gaps across the UK where there is little to no residential on-street electric vehicle charging, with government schemes making limited progress.

Waste company fined £190,000 after contractor death


A waste management company has been fined £190,000 after a contractor died when he fell seven metres while carrying out maintenance work.

Calls for tech companies to support the fleet sector.


Fleet tech experts Digital INNK has said it will freeze its prices for the next 12 months to help fleet companies manage the challenges of rising energy costs and is asking other tech companies to follow its example.

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.

Planning approval granted for council’s new depot


Outline planning approval has been granted for City of Wolverhampton Council’s redevelopment of a wholesale market site to deliver a city centre living scheme and the new home of the council’s fleet services operation.

Exeter’s solar farm ready to power electric fleet


Exeter’s solar farm and battery storage facility will soon be powering the city’s electric fleet of vehicles, the local authority has announced.

Waste workers announce strike action across 15 Scottish councils


Waste workers in 15 councils across Scotland will walk-out for a week this month in protest over the 'pitiful' 2% pay offer.

Council approves £1.3m fleet replacement programme


Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive board has approved a £1.3m fleet replacement programme to replace ageing and hired vehicles.

Holyrood launches £500,000 scheme to boost zero-carbon bus sector


The Scottish government has launched a £500,000 scheme aimed at helping local authorities and smaller operators work towards a zero-carbon bus sector.

New tool to ‘revolutionise’ EV charger planning


Midlands Connect has launched a new electric vehicle planning tool which they argue will ‘revolutionise’ the installation of public charging points.

Bywaters’ first eCollect starts work in Central London


Independent waste management company Bywaters has put its first eCollect to work on collection rounds in Central London as it begins its journey towards acquiring an all-electric fleet of collection vehicles.

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.

Coventry bin lorry drivers win 13% pay boost


The long-running dispute between Coventry council and local bin lorry drivers has now ended with a pay rise for the drivers worth up to 12.9%.

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).

Birmingham trials first all-electric eCollect


Birmingham City Council is trialling its first eCollect in a bid to combat climate change and air pollution.

Fleetclear launches latest upgrade of Anti-Roll and Driver ID solution


UK fleet technology and software solutions company Fleetclear has launched the latest version of its anti-roll away and driver ID solution for commercial vehicles.

Urbaser takes delivery of seven new RCVs


Waste collection vehicle hire specialists, Fiveways Group, has completed the delivery of seven new 26 tonne refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to Urbaser Ltd.

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.

Labour warns of bus service cuts as COVID cash ends


Labour has warned that a wave of bus service cuts will hit the country this summer as COVID support funding ends, and has written to transport secretary Grant Shapps calling for action.

Sandwell refuse workers secure 9% pay rise to avoid strike action


Refuse workers in Sandwell MBC have called off a planned strike due to start next week after accepting a 9% pay increase and securing additional annual leave.

Hydrogen powered sweeper delivers record emission savings for Scottish council


A sweeper converted to run on hydrogen dual-fuel has achieved daily diesel displacement rates nearing 50% for Aberdeen City Council.

Council to pilot fleet of grocery delivery robots


Residents across Bedford will benefit from quick grocery deliveries as part of a pilot project between Bedford Borough Council and Starship Technologies.

Wakefield Council trials electric bin wagon


Wakefield Council is trialling an electric bin wagon over the next 12 months to assess and understand its performance in different scenarios.

Highland Council signs £58m waste contract


Highland Council has awarded a £58m contract to Viridor for the treatment and disposal of residual waste.

Councils bring forward bin collections to protect staff during heatwave


Councils across the country will be collecting bins, garden waste and recycling an hour earlier over the next two days to limit staff exposure to high temperatures.

Nearly half of local authorities yet to set a date for electrifying fleets


Almost half (46%) of local authorities in England have yet to set a date for when they expect their vehicles to be electric, new research has found.

City region decarbonisation 'lacks cohesion'


A more cohesive approach to accelerating the uptake of zero emission vehicles across the UK’s city regions is vital if decarbonisation targets are to be achieved, a new report argues.

Welsh council signs memorandum of understanding for hydrogen energy plant


A new 5MW-class hydrogen energy initiative could be developed in Bridgend after the council signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese green energy specialists Marubeni.

Whitespace to revolutionise missed bin management


Whitespace, the leading provider of waste management software to local authorities and the public sector, has become the UK’s first tech provider to offer users a fully automated system for managing missed bins and help them realise the associated operational and environmental benefits.

Council to trial eco-friendly recycling vehicle


St Albans City and District Council and its waste contractor Veolia are trialling an eco-friendly recycling vehicle with high-tech safety equipment.

Gloucestershire council to roll out 1,000 EV chargers


Gloucestershire County Council is moving forward with plans to install 1,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points over the next three years.

Latest DVLA figures confirm Licence Check as number one


Licence Check has been officially confirmed in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) annual figures as the UK’s leading provider of licence checking services, taking the number one spot for the first time in its history.

Blakedale joins Redde Northgate family


Traffic management vehicle supplier Blakedale has been acquired by Northgate Vehicle Hire at an initial cost of £11m.

Council trials HVO in push for ‘one of the greenest vehicle fleets’


Scarborough Borough Council today announced a new biofuel trial as part of its effort to cut its fleet vehicle emissions.

Oxford opens one of Europe’s most powerful EV charging hubs


Oxford City Council and partners today officially opened what is billed as Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging hub.

North Yorkshire council to consider fleet decarbonisation measures


North Yorkshire County Council is working on a new climate change strategy that will look at decarbonising its highways fleet and offering electric vehicle pool cars to its staff.

East Lothian Council commissions Vision Techniques for new fleet safety equipment


East Lothian Council has appointed Blackburn-based Vision Techniques to install a range of safety equipment to its latest addition of six new Dennis RCV vehicles.

Magtec leads over £3m project to turbo-charge take-up of zero emission trucks


Magtec, the designer, manufacturer and integrator of drive systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, is heading a Government-backed project to accelerate the adoption of zero emission trucks for NHS Wales and to support uptake across the UK.

Cambridgeshire councils welcome second electric bin lorry


The second fully electric refuse collection vehicle to collect waste from residents in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire has hit the streets, as local authorities continue their fleet decarbonisation drive.

Greenwich council reduces waste collections in move to net zero


The Royal Borough of Greenwich is reducing the number of general waste collections it offers as part of the effort to cut carbon emissions and increase the rate of recycling.

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.

Fiveways Group joins fight against Alzheimer’s with £60K donation


Waste collection vehicle hire specialists, Fiveways Group, has announced that it will be donating all the revenue generated from the hire of the company’s brand-new Dennis vehicle to Alzheimer’s Society.

Welsh county welcomes £26m hydrogen demonstrator project


A hydrogen demonstrator project that could see the generation of clean fuel for council fleet vehicles could bring an investment of £26m into Bridgend county in Wales, according to the local authority.

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.

Scotland's bus sector gets a £26m lifeline


The Scottish Government has confirmed an additional £25.7m to extend recovery funding for the country’s bus sector but the current support scheme will end in October.

Portsmouth council set to bring waste services in house


Portsmouth City Council’s domestic household waste and recycling collection service is set to be delivered in house following a cabinet decision yesterday.

SWARCO and Cornwall Council sign EV charger deal


Electric vehicle charging experts SWARCO Smart Charging has signed a new partnership agreement with Cornwall Council to supply, install, maintain, and operate electric vehicle (EV) charge points throughout the county.

Scottish council to deliver school meals by drone


Pupils in remote parts of Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland could soon have their school meals delivered by drone.

Liverpool council considers subterranean super-bins in UK first


Liverpool City Council is to consider beginning consultations on the installation of underground bins in an effort to clear streets of black bags and litter.

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.

Nearly a quarter of drivers admit to idling engines


Over 20% of drivers admit to regularly leaving their engines running while their vehicle is stationary despite the impact this has on air quality, new research has revealed.

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.

Plug-in grant comes to an end


The Government is today closing the plug-in grant for cars and says the focus will now be on expanding the public charge point network.

District council ‘swept away’ by electric sweeper trial


Blaby District Council has said it was left ‘very impressed’ after a successful trial of an electric road sweeper.

‘Clean Air Net Zero’ approach could boost local areas by £1.6bn


Local and regional policymakers must consider the air quality impact of net zero policies to save billions of pounds and to avoid another ‘dieselgate scandal’, a new report has said.

Dennis Eagle launch smaller all-electric eCollect for urban rounds


A new model of the all-electric eCollect refuse collection vehicle designed for collection rounds in urban areas has been launched by Dennis Eagle.

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.

Charge point operator warns of £1.5bn shortfall in EV funding


A public charge point operator has warned of a more than £1.5bn shortfall in Government electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure funding and called on the private sector to step in.

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.

ISS rebrands to Fleetclear


Leading fleet solutions provider Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) is bringing together its technology and software services under one new company brand – Fleetclear.

Coventry bin lorry drivers renew strike


HGV drivers in Coventry have voted to renew their strike mandate and continue industrial action into the summer over a pay dispute with the city council.

Reading residents called on to name RCVs


Residents are being given the chance to name Reading’s food waste collection trucks, with a competition launched today.

Council saves £27,000 with milk float-to-street cleaner conversion


An old milk float in poor condition and destined for scrappage has been given a new lease of life as part of ODS’ growing electric vehicle fleet.

Councils secure extended fuel protest injunction until May 2023


Two councils have seen their fuel protest injunction extended until May 2023 to prevent protestors blocking roads and vehicles.

LCV registrations down -25.1%


UK light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations recorded their fifth consecutive month of decline in May, falling -25.1% to 22,000 units, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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.

Biffa named waste management provider for Commonwealth Games


Biffa has been appointed as the Official Waste Management and Recycling Provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Causeway Technologies acquires software provider Yotta


Construction technology provider Causeway Technologies has acquired Yotta, which provides councils with software for refuse collection services.

Rugby waste and street cleaning strikes end with new pay deal


Industrial action affecting Rugby Borough Council’s waste and street cleaning services is set to end today as the council and Unite reach an agreement.

Council to save £180,000 with climate-friendly depot upgrade


Cherwell District Council’s waste and recycling depot in Banbury has been refitted with air source heat pumps and innovative batteries as part of a project to slash the local authority’s carbon emissions.

Councillor hails plans to replace diesel bin lorries as ‘game changer’


A cabinet councillor has hailed plans to replace all the diesel powered waste and recycling lorries, as a ‘game changer’ in the drive to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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.

Automotive industry calls for electric ‘van plan’


More than half of van owners say they are discouraged from switching to an electric van due to a lack of charge point infrastructure, according to new research.

Totalkare launches new all-in-one vehicle test solution


Workshop equipment experts Totalkare have introduced a unique, all-in-one packaged solution for fleet operators and repair specialists alike.

Mayor Khan launches consultation on ULEZ expansion


A consultation on plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to cover almost the whole of London has been launched as part of the effort to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion across the capital.

Regulator finds ‘competition concerns’ with Veolia and Suez merger


A merger of the waste management companies Veolia and Suez could lead to a loss of competition and an increase in costs for local authorities, regulator warns.

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.

UK’s biggest flexible plastic collection and recycling pilot launched


The industry-led consortium Flexible Plastic Fund today launched the biggest ever flexible plastic collection and recycling pilot seen in the UK.

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.

HGV registrations down -2.3%


UK heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations declined by -2.3% to 9,837 registrations in the first quarter of 2022, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Somerset council launches new funding round for EV charge points


Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council has launched a new round of grant funding to support the installation of electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs) across the district.?

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.

Robo Street Sweeper takes to the roads


Chinese autonomous vehicle company WeRide is running a huge road test of its Robo Street Sweeper, the country’s first mass-produced and purpose-built self-driving sweeper.

Newcastle and Gateshead clean air zone postponed


Plans to introduce a clean air zone (CAZ) in Newcastle and Gateshead are to be postponed to allow more time for people and businesses to get ready.

DfT spent 15 times more on private than public EV chargers


An analysis of Department for Transport (DfT) figures has revealed that public money spent on installing off-street residential electric vehicle (EV) chargers is over 15 times what has been spent on public on-street residential chargers.

Transport minister announces £200m for zero emission road freight programme


Transport minister Trudy Harrison today revealed over £200m of Government funding will be injected into a zero emission road freight demonstrator programme.

The HATS Group selects DAVIS for driver compliance as fleet grows due to Covid


Specialist transport provider, The HATS Group, which provides over two million passenger movements a year, has selected the award-winning DAVIS solution from Licence Check to meet all its driver compliance requirements as the business grows because of the Covid pandemic.

Government misses 50% recycling target


More than 100,000 extra tonnes of rubbish was sent to landfill during lockdown, the latest figures reveal as Government misses 50% recycling target.

Faun Zoeller awarded silver status from Investors in People


Waste management company FZUK Ltd has been awarded the silver accreditation from the Investors in People scheme.

Brighton & Hove to vote on over £2m electric side-loading RCV purchase


Brighton & Hove City Council will be voting this week on plans to procure four electric powered side-loading RCVs worth £2.4m.

Hydrogen combustion important for delivering net zero


Funding and legislative support is required to enable hydrogen combustion to play an important role in fuelling vehicles in the future, hydrogen trade association says.

Anglesey trials new electric vehicles for recycling collections


Anglesey Council is supporting the future development of electric recycling collection vehicles across the UK as it steps up its own efforts to become net zero by 2030.

Electric vehicle charging contractor appointed by Wealden


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

Wolverhampton council to relocate fleet depot


City of Wolverhampton Council has submitted an outline planning application for a scheme that will see the council’s depot move as part of a wider transformation of fleet services.

April sees record increase in electric vehicle chargers


Last month saw a record number of new charging devices installed across the UK bringing the total number of charge points to over 30,000.

Van registrations fall nearly 30% amid supply challenges


UK light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations declined to 21,597 units in April, down -29.1% year-on-year, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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.

Leading waste management company invests in live camera safety solution


Recycling and waste management company, Mr. Binman has opted to install live camera technology from CameraMatics across its fleet of waste collection vehicles to protect its drivers, crew and other road users.

City council invites businesses to test-drive electric vans


Nottingham City Council is inviting businesses to test-drive a new electric van before taking a fully-funded one-month trial.

Shapps confirms e-scooter legalisation in Queen’s Speech


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed he will make an announcement about the legalisation surrounding e-scooters in next month’s Queen’s Speech.

Veolia launches its first HVO-fuelled fleet in UK


Broadland District Council and Veolia have announced the launch of a new contract for all waste collection services which includes a fleet entirely powered by Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

Government struggles to assess scale of waste crime


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) does not have the data it needs to assess the scale of waste crime in England and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, auditors say.

Doncaster couple plead guilty to ‘shocking assault’ on collection crew


A Doncaster woman and her partner pleaded guilty yesterday to a shocking and violent assault on a SUEZ recycling and recovery collection crew.

Northumberland set to be ‘greener’ thanks to new road cleaners


Northumberland County Council has unveiled its new fleet of greener road cleaning machines.

Campaigners call for e-scooter regulation to improve safety


Campaigners have joined forces and written an open letter to call for e-scooters to be legalised across the UK in order to dramatically improve safety.

Isle of Wight Council to pilot e-cargo bikes


Electric cargo bikes will be used in a two-month pilot scheme by the Isle of Wight Council for its internal mail runs.

Rugby workers will be latest to strike


Refuse, recycling and street cleansing workers at Rugby BC are among the council employees who will walk out on strike this week.

Dennis Eagle and Ubico team up to launch Gloucester service


A new fleet of ultra-modern Dennis Eagle RCVs has started work in Gloucester with Ubico, after the city council became the eighth local authority shareholder of the environmental services company.

South Derbyshire council to trial hydrogen-powered bin lorries


Hydrogen-powered bin lorries are to take to the streets in South Derbyshire as part of a trial to help the local authority reach net zero.

Live testing of UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus begins


The UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus will take to the roads of Scotland for the first time this week as live testing begins for project CAVForth.

St Helens council’s fleet modernisation to save carbon and money


A plan to replace ageing council vehicles with modern and electric alternatives will save money and cut emissions by nearly 100 tonnes every year, says St Helens Borough Council.

Geotab and SureCam launch new generation of video telematics


Geotab Inc., a leader in IoT and connected transportation and SureCam, a leading provider of connected dash cameras and fleet management solutions, have partnered to bring a new generation of video and telematics capabilities to fleet operators.

Adur and Worthing bin strike ends with pay deal


The long-running Adur and Worthing bin strike has ended after a new pay deal was reached with the local authority.

Vast majority of EV drivers use public chargers


The majority of electric vehicle (EV) drivers use public charge points with 40% using them once a week, a new survey has revealed.

Council warns spike in bin fires costing taxpayers over £3,000


Newcastle City Council has warned of a spike in wheelie bin fires which has cost local taxpayers over £3,000.

Canterbury turns to ‘solutions-minded’ Contel for joined up approach


Canterbury Environment Company (Canenco), which was launched in 2021 to transform the city’s services and secure more flexibility and control, has partnered with fleet safety specialist, Contel to improve operational efficiency and traceability.

Fleet decarbonisation toolkit published


The Department for Transport has published a toolkit to help local authorities transition their fleets away from diesel and petrol.

Second RVS Dennis Twin Pack electric conversion hits the road in Islington


Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) has successfully delivered the second electric conversion of a Dennis Twin Pack refuse collection vehicle to Islington Council.

Interim fleet delivers new ‘in house’ services in Wellingborough


North Northamptonshire Council has taken delivery of an interim fleet of 30 vehicles to carry out the local authority’s new 'in-house' waste, recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance service.

GreenFlux and Osprey agree to offer charge points to 90,000 drivers


Electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist GreenFlux has signed a roaming agreement with Osprey Charging Network, opening the UK rapid-charging network to nearly 90,000 EV drivers.

Oxfordshire councils trial first electric refuse truck


Waste crews in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse will use an electric waste truck for the first time over the next few weeks.

Councils to be banned from charging for disposal of DIY waste


The Government has proposed banning local authorities from charging for the disposal of DIY waste from households.

Government urged to tackle ‘unprecedented skills shortages’ in motor industry


Motor industry representatives have urged the Government to do more to tackle the ‘unprecedented skills shortages’ the sector currently faces.

DfT launches ZEV mandate consultation


The Government has launched a consultation on the design of the UK’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate for cars and vans.

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.

Veolia launches world's largest biorefinery project


Veolia has launched the world's largest biorefinery project producing CO2-neutral bio-methanol from a pulp mill located in Finland.

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'.

Council depots see attempted fuel thefts in wake of price hikes


A Warwickshire council has been forced to step up security at depots following attempted fuel thefts.

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.

Shapps launches £10m pilot EV charging fund


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has written to local authority chief executives to launch a pilot £10m bidding scheme to boost local EV infrastructure.

Carbon cutting fuels trialled by FCC Environment in Wychavon


New ways to power street cleaning and waste and recycling collection vehicles are being trialled in Wychavon as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Greater Manchester secures £35.8m to enhance green bus fleet


In a major boost to Greater Manchester’s net zero ambitions the combined authority has secured £35.8m in funding to introduce 170 green buses to the region.

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.

Consultation on end date for sale of new non-zero emission buses launched


The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on setting an end date for the sale of new non-zero emission buses, coaches and minibuses.

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.

West Midlands gets ready for fleet of 124 hydrogen buses


A fleet of 124 new environmentally friendly hydrogen fuelled buses will be taking to the streets of the West Midlands following the approval of a £30m Department for Transport grant.

Local areas to share £200m to help fund zero emission buses


Twelve areas in England will share grants totalling nearly £200m to help fund zero emission buses and charging or fuelling infrastructure.

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.

Ratio of public chargers to EVs ‘rapidly deteriorated’


The ratio of public standard chargers to electric vehicles has ‘rapidly deteriorated’, the automotive industry has warned.

Spring Statement: Fleets’ fuel bills to fall by £500


Fleets’ fuel bills could fall by more than £500 this year thanks to the fuel duty reduction announced in the Spring, say experts.

Energy storage can future proof EV charging against grid constraints, Connected Energy says


Storage solutions can help fleet managers avoid the costly impact of grid limitations, Connected Energy says as grid capacity challenges top the bill at a CENEX and Welsh local authorities meeting.

Waste businesses warn of closures due to red diesel ban


The end of the red diesel tax rebate could result in redundancies and closures, businesses warn.

Solihull Council announces trial of self-driving shuttle


A state-of-the-art self-driving shuttle is set to transport passengers around Birmingham Airport as part of ground-breaking trials getting underway in Solihull.

Industry leaders call for ‘step change’ in EV charger roll-out


Industry leaders have called for a ‘step change’ in the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging roll-out to deliver the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars.

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.

New fast electric vehicle charging points unveiled in Sunderland


Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities in Sunderland have been given a boost with the unveiling of new fast EV charging points.

Clean air zones creating North/South electric vehicle divide


The roll-out of clean air zones by councils is creating a dramatic North/South divide when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) take-up, new figures suggest.

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.

Wiltshire refuse workers win 7% pay rise


A long running bin strike across Wiltshire has been resolved after GMB members accepted a new deal from the council.

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.

Government proposes new targets to protect environment


New legal targets on air quality and the waste that ends up at landfill or incineration have been proposed by the Government as part of its Environment Act.

Green hydrogen vans to begin demonstrator testing


Two new green hydrogen vans are set to begin demonstrator testing in June, the zero emission vehicle company First Hydrogen has announced.

Veolia advances health and safety for vehicle crews


Resource management company, Veolia, working through its specialist health and safety teams, has launched a range of initiatives that will further boost the company's stringent health and safety record.

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.

St Albans City and District Council bags recycling trophy


St Albans City and District Council in Hertfordshire has been presented with the Letsrecycle Trophy for being the highest performing council in England for recycling in 2020/21.

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.

Waltham Forest Council announces new plans for EV charge point roll out


Electric vehicle (EV) charge point infrastructure in Waltham Forest is set for a boost with the installation of new on-street charge points, owned and operated by Liberty Charge and delivered via its sister company Virgin Media O2.

Council announces ‘major expansion’ of plastics recycling


East Dunbartonshire Council has announced a major expansion of the types of plastics that can be accepted for recycling.

Local authorities awarded £11.6m to improve air quality


The latest round of Air Quality Grants have been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects to improve air quality.

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.

Electricity networks collaborate to support decarbonisation of Scottish fleets


Fleet operators in Scotland are to be supported in their transition to net zero by new guidance on fleet decarbonisation.

New RCV in-cab technology saves council £52,000


Cotswold District Council has reported savings of over £52,000 and an overall collection rate of 99.9% as a result of new in-cab technology installed in its waste collection vehicle fleet.

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.

Bin strike hitting 220,000 homes begins in Wiltshire


A two-week bin strike in Wiltshire affecting 220,000 homes began yesterday after GMB members turned down a new pay offer.

Mayor Khan requests consultation on ULEZ expansion


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today announce in a keynote speech in Forest Hill that he is asking Transport for London (TfL) to consult on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide in 2023.

Delay to EPR will create 'vacuum of uncertainty' for councils


Councils will be forced to award waste management contracts in a 'vacuum of uncertainty' following the delay to the introduction of extended producer responsibility (EPR), the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has warned.

Top industry certification for vehicle wrapping company


Vehicle wrapping and graphics company, Creative Vehicle Wrapping (CVW) has become a certified Specialist Installer for Avery Dennison graphics solutions.

London council launches community municipal investment for green projects


Camden Council has launched the Camden Climate Investment to help fund the replacement of its diesel and petrol vehicles with green alternatives.

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.

Tax break on red diesel vital in wake of Russian sanctions


SME builders are lobbying the Government to hold off scrapping the tax rebate on red diesel due to the war in Ukraine.

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.

ODS partners with Webfleet Solutions


Urban infrastructure maintenance providers Oxford Direct Services (ODS) has teamed up with telematics specialist Webfleet Solutions to support a trailblazing fleet electrification project for Oxford City Council.

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.

Britain's first Zero Emission Zone pilot goes live


Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) has begun today in Oxford in an effort to tackle toxic air pollution in the city.

Liverpool City Region takes steps to bring bus services under public control


Plans to franchise bus services across the Liverpool City Region have taken a step forward, said mayor Steve Rotheram.

Sussex councils agree pay rise for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff


Adur & Worthing Councils have agreed to a wage increase for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff following a review of pay and conditions.

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service to trial EVs


Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service (WFRS) are trialling the introduction of electric vehicles with the aim of reducing carbon emissions.

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.

Council announces largest change to bin collections in 10 years


Oxford City Council has announced the largest change to bin collection rounds in a decade to help tackle the climate emergency.

Zero Emission Zone to be extended across Oxford city centre


Plans to extend the Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) from the current pilot area to cover the entire city centre in Oxford have been unveiled.

HGV registrations increase by over 12%


New heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations rose by 12.9% year-on-year in 2021, according to new figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Legislation changed to allow aerodynamic features and elongated cabs on HGVs


The Government this week changed the legislation to permit the use of aerodynamic features and elongated cabs on lorries.

Newcastle and Gateshead councils call for £23m to support CAZ roll-out


Councillors in the North East are calling for urgent action to enable a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) support scheme for taxi drivers and small businesses to go ahead.

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.

Portsmouth gives green light to citywide food waste recycling


Portsmouth is set to see citywide food waste recycling as well as new mixed plastic recycling banks after funding was approved in the city's budget.

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.

Automotive industry calls for mandated targets to boost EV infrastructure


The UK automotive industry has called for mandated targets for the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure supported by ring-fenced funding for local authorities.

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.

Fleet managers urged to increase safety measures around mobile phone use


Fleet managers are being urged to take action to protect their staff from the risks posed by using a mobile phone while driving in light of imminent changes to the law.

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone set to launch


A pilot of Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) is ready to launch in Oxford at the end of this month.

Government urged to ‘level up’ public charge point infrastructure


The Government has been urged to ‘level up’ charge point infrastructure after reports that the London Borough of Westminster has more public charge points than six major UK cities combined.

South Cambridgeshire DC allocates over £1m for new eRCVs


South Cambridgeshire District Council has allocated £1.3m to its shared waste services with the purpose of purchasing equipment, such as new electric bin lorries, that can help reduce carbon emissions.

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.

Ban on red diesel ‘ill-conceived’


Plans to end the red diesel exemption for several industry sectors will impact on the UK’s cost of living crisis and threaten the journey towards net zero, resource managers say.

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.

Glencore and Britishvolt to build battery recycling plant


Mining company Glencore and its strategic partner, battery cell specialist Britishvolt, have agreed a joint venture to build a battery recycling plant in the UK.

St. Helens invests in OEM hydrogen fuel cell RCV


The North West local authority, St. Helens Borough Council, has invested in the UK’s first true OEM hydrogen fuel cell powered refuse collection vehicle, the Faun Bluepower.

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.

Shapps urged to adopt vehicle safety measures


Six Former transport ministers have written to the current transport secretary Grant Shapps urging the Government to adopt new vehicle safety measures to help ‘reduce deaths and injuries’ on UK roads.

TotalEnergies and Veolia sign biomethane deal


Energy provider TotalEnergies and Veolia, a leading waste management company, have signed an agreement to produce biomethane from the latter’s waste and water treatment facilities.

Scotland back to dangerous levels of air pollution, data shows


Air pollution in Scotland has once again breached legal limits following a historic low during lockdown, campaigners have revealed.

Council-owned bus company welcomes new fleet of zero-emission buses


Council-owned bus company Cardiff Bus has taken delivery of a new fleet of 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission single-decker buses as the operator strives to reduce its carbon emissions.

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.

Coventry council hires private contractor amid bin strikes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Keenan Recycling announces key acquisition


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

LondonEnergy awarded FORS Gold


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Barnet to install 500 EV charge points


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


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


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

Coventry bin lorry drivers strike proposal ‘impractical’


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


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


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


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.

Dawsongroup sweepers goes green with electric fleet


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


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


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’


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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%


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


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


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’


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


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


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

District council opens new £5m depot


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


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


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


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


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

Havant introduces two new electric cleaning machines


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Top safety accreditation for ISS


Vehicle safety technology and software company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

BEV sales overtake PHEV sales for the first time


The total number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) on the roads has overtaken the number of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for the first time, a new analysis has revealed.

Council chiefs warn driver shortages could hit gritting services


Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

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.

Multevo launches the multi-purpose Hydrohog


Multevo has launched a new multi-purpose and ultra-low emissions highway maintenance machine which displaces diesel by up to 40%

Councils face legal obligation to plan and deliver for EVs


The Government is considering imposing a statutory duty on local authorities to plan and deliver for electric vehicle infrastructure.

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.

Wates introduces first fleet of electric vehicles


Wates Property Services has taken delivery of its first fleet of electric commercial vehicles as part of its effort to eliminate waste and carbon from its operations by 2025.

Recycling Lives to operate UK’s first all-electric waste skip trucks


National waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives has signed a contract with Renault Trucks to deliver the UK’s first 100% electric skip-transporter trucks.

District boosts pay to tackle shortage of bin drivers


South Holland District Council has agreed to increase pay for its waste and recycling teams in response to the national shortage of drivers.

Westminster City Council and Veolia unveil 60 strong electric fleet


Westminster City Council and Veolia have unveiled a 60 strong fleet of new and upcycled electric vehicles.

Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils announce new waste contractor


Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils have awarded a joint refuse and recycling services contract to Biffa Waste Services Ltd.

Engine production falls -23.6% in August


The latest data has revealed that UK factories made 81,266 engines last month, a decline of -23.6% over a COVID-19 impacted August 2020.

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.

Free online tool to boost chargepoint installations launched


SP Energy Networks has announced the official launch of the Charge Project’s ConnectMore Interactive Map (CIM).

Solihull trials autonomous shuttle bus


Solihull has become one of the first places in the UK to see driverless vehicles take to its roads as part of new passenger trials.

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.

England's first retrofittable AI waste-picking robot


The country’s first retrofittable AI-powered robotic waste picking system has been installed in a Material Recycling Facility in Reading, Berkshire.

World’s most advanced digital twin helping to predict EV battery lifespan


A research programme has managed to create and trial the world’s most advanced ‘digital twins’ of real EV batteries, capable of predicting battery lifetime.

Keenan Recycling celebrates reaching full national coverage


Keenan Recycling has managed to achieve full UK coverage after investing over £4m in new trucks and adding six new depots in the last 12 months.

Wrightbus to showcase two new zero-emission buses


The manufacturer of the world’s first hydrogen-powered double deck bus will unveil two new single deck zero-emission buses at the Millbrook Proving Ground this week.

Council set to discuss £500,000 loan to support EV battery production


Coventry City Council is to discuss a £500,000 loan to help the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) take on new business.

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.

County council leaders call for more support in reducing emissions


The Government risks undermining its net-zero target by focusing on reducing emissions in cities instead of England’s counties, report warns.

Mindfulness course for professional drivers launched


A new programme focusing on fleet safety and the wellbeing of professional drivers has been launched this week.

New whitepaper to help manage risk of grey fleet


A whitepaper to help organisations manage the risk of the rising grey fleet, which has been accelerated by the pandemic, has been published by DriveTech.

Launch of first hydrogen Dynamic Purchasing System for councils


The first hydrogen generation and fuelling Dynamic Purchasing System for the public sector has been launched by the Highland Council and The Procurement Partnership Ltd (TPPL).

Greater Manchester seeks vehicle dealers to join clean air plan


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is seeking vehicle dealers to join the GM Clean Air Plan accredited dealership scheme.

Council to run on eco-friendly fuel


East Suffolk Council is taking further steps to reduce its impact on the environment by switching to an eco-friendly fuel for its fleet of vehicles.

Fairfax adds seven new Isuzus to its fleet


The Northern plant hire company Fairfax Plant Hire has added three Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne trucks and four Isuzu 7.5 tonne trucks to its fleet.

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.

£1bn hydrogen investment fund launched


Green entrepreneur Jo Bamford has joined forces with multi-family office Vedra Partners to launch HYCAP, a hydrogen investment fund which has set its sights on raising £1bn.

TfL opens £2m EV charging hub in Woolwich


Transport for London (TfL) has opened a new rapid charging hub in Woolwich.

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.

Vehicle industry calls for decarbonisation plans before bans


Motor manufacturers have called on the Government to work with industry to develop a plan that facilitates the transition to zero emission HGVs, before it commits to an end of sale date for conventionally fuelled trucks.

Shell aims to install 50,000 EV chargepoints


Shell has announced that it aims to install 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers through their company ubitricity across the UK by the end of 2025.

Food waste returns to pre-lockdown levels


The latest UK Food Trends Survey shows that self-reported food