Electric waste trucks powered by collected waste

WIN Waste Innovations, a recycling and waste services provider based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the United States, has become the first company to operate fully electric trash trucks in the city of Boston. The vehicles will be powered exclusively by the energy generated from collected waste.

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“Our customers are looking to us to help them reduce their environmental impact, and this project does just that,” says Dan Mayo, CEO of WIN Waste Innovations. “We are very proud to take another step in advancing sustainable waste practices by being the first company to invest in the circular economy in this unique way – collecting waste with electric trucks, then converting that waste into renewable energy and using that energy to charge the trucks back up.”

“As an environmental company, we are excited about investing in innovation-based solutions that protect the planet while giving our customers and partners the opportunity to meet their sustainability goals,” he adds.

The Mack LR Electric vehicles will each collect 431 tonnes of waste daily. In addition to powering the trucks themselves, the waste they collect will help provide converted renewable energy to local homes and businesses in the region. This electrification will avert the need for approximately 45 429 litres of diesel fuel and 122 tonnes of CO2 each year.

In addition to WIN Waste’s investment, the trucks received funding through a competitive grant programme operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

“As a leading truck manufacturer and a leader in refuse and sustainable transportation solutions, Mack is proud to partner with WIN Waste to help them achieve their sustainability goals,” says Jonathan Randall, President of Mack Trucks North America. “This partnership is particularly exciting because not only will we be transitioning two collection routes to the Mack LR Electric, but they will be powered by their collections operations.”

WIN Waste’s waste-to-energy facilities convert 6.4 million tons of waste each year into renewable energy. WIN Waste’s curb-to-grid approach diverts waste from landfills, avoiding thousands of heavy truck trips and helping to reduce greenhouse gases, lessen the burden on roadway infrastructure and offset the need for fossil fuels, the company says.

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