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Electric vehicles pilot for food waste collections in Lewes district

Cabinet councillor hails greener food waste strategy

Electric food waste truck

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

Under the pilot by Lewes District Council, refuse crews are collecting food waste using the electric vehicles on selected rounds. This first stage of the scheme is providing important insights on recharging requirements and waste tonnage that will inform the district-wide roll out of the scheme from September. 

Councillor Wendy Maples, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Wellbeing, said: "Using electric vehicles to collect food waste - and then composting it - is an important step in our ambition of becoming carbon net zero and fully climate resilient in Lewes district by 2030. 

"As a council we are committed to making the fundamental changes needed to prevent climate change, and using ultra-low emission vehicles for food waste collections is a significant part of our plans." 

The current EV trial means weekly food waste and other refuse are being collected separately in some parts of the district. These are Mondays in Ringmer village; Tuesdays in Landport, Lewes; Wednesdays in Peacehaven North; Thursdays in Peacehaven South and Fridays in Seaford East and Seaford West. 

Councillor Maples added: "Residents in these areas may notice that their regular refuse crews are taking household rubbish and leaving behind food waste - but be assured this is because they are being collected separately."

To sign-up for free food waste collections, including all the kit to get started, visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/foodwaste

Published 18 July 2023

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