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NZ waste collection firm going electric

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/05/2017

New Zealand's first electric truck dedicated to waste collection has begun operations, Auckland-based Waste Management says.

The company, which runs more than 200 cars and 800 trucks across the country, announced its move to electric vehicles last September.

Managing director Tom Nickels says new trucks are being trialled as part of the plan to shift progressively to electric vehicles over the next five years.

The first truck, which was converted from diesel, is operating as a partnership with Countdown supermarkets and is collecting food waste from some of the chain's stores.

It will be joined this year by the first side-loader waste collection truck, which will be used for residential roadside wheelie bin collection in Auckland.

Waste Management, which generates electricity from the gas it captures from its landfill and energy parks, plans to launch another electric truck in Christchurch later this year.

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