Upcycled bin lorries powered by household waste are being trialled in Sheffield and Westminster – the first local authority schemes of their kind in the world.
The vehicles start life as diesel lorries that are rescued from the scrapyard to be turned into the electric bin wagons that councillors hope will help lower both areas’ high levels of air pollution.
Four of the vehicles have been fitted out for the pilots by Sheffield firm Magtec, which unveiled the first at the city’s Energy Recovery Facility.
Magtec director Marcus Jenkins said converting one lorry was equivalent to removing 30 diesel cars from the roads.
Councillor Mark Jones, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for environment and climate change, said the scheme puts the city “at the forefront of the green energy revolution”.
The city council declared a climate emergency in February and pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2030.