Electric rubbish trucks in New Plymouth

Electric rubbish trucks are the latest weapon in NPDC’s zero waste arsenal, and they’ve already hit the streets around New Plymouth.

The six new electric trucks will be used for the new landfill and food scraps bin collection service when New Plymouth moves from bags to bins on September 30.

Infrastructure manager David Langford says the revamp of the collection service was the perfect opportunity to look into using electric trucks as NPDC ramps up its efforts to cut emissions.

“We take the issue of climate change seriously and we strive to cut NPDC’s carbon footprint wherever possible,” Langford says.

“It’s a balancing act between our aspirations to cut emissions, while ensuring we invest ratepayers’ money wisely.

“We think these trucks tick all the boxes when it comes to a long-term solution to cutting CO2 emissions and we’re considering replacing the current diesel-powered recycling and bottle collection trucks with electric trucks when the contract finishes in 2024.”

The new electric trucks and bins are part of a $4.8 million investment into the kerbside collection service in 2019.

The trucks are funded through existing budgets and are already being trialed on the district’s roads, while the bins are part of $20 million NPDC is investing over the next decade as part of the journey to Zero Waste 2040.

From September 3, the food scraps bin will be collected weekly and the glass and landfill bin collected one week, recycling the next.

Food scraps previously made up 40 per cent of rubbish going to landfill but the new bins will divert this waste which will be used to make useful compost.

Other zero waste projects will include the opening of recycling and repurpose facility called The Junction on Colson Road and community conversations about extending the collection service into the CBD.