Electric rubbish trucks hit the road in Palmerston North

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Words: Robert Barry   |   Photos RB
24 Aug 2018

Palmerston North residents will have to remind themselves to put the wheelie bins out early because the city council has just brought the sound of silence to rubbish collection.

Two brand new electric rubbish trucks officially went into service on August 20, a group of councillors and the Mayor of Palmerston North gathered in the city’s main square to mark the occasion and watch the vehicles in action.

The glass recycler and the rear packer are 100% electrically powered and were constructed for Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) by Auckland-based Manco Environmental Ltd.

Manco Environmental has a long-standing relationship with Council and these vehicles replace two leased diesel trucks.

PNCC received funding of $350,000 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund towards their $736,000 cost.

The trucks were displayed at EV World Expo in Auckland before they started working on Palmerston North streets. Council staff were fully trained in their operation in the lead up to the official launch last Monday.

“Staff are really looking forward to working in clean and quiet vehicles around the city,” says PNCC acting chief infrastructure officer Ray McIndoe.

“We’re a little concerned people have got used to the noise of our diesel trucks to signal the collections were happening – but I’m sure people will be delighted with the reduction in noise while they’re operating.”

PNCC staff designed the truck’s signage. The phrase “keeping it clean”, has a double message – not only are the trucks keeping the city clean through collecting refuse and recycling, they’re also keeping the wider environment clean, reducing carbon emissions, and reducing noise pollution.

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