Green cars go on the road for recycling team

Mayor Dave Hodgson.
Mayor Dave Hodgson.

The team charged with keeping Bedford clean is driving down its environmental impact with a new electric car.

Bedford Borough Council’s Waste and Recycling Team has taken delivery of the first of two electric vehicles for staff to use.

The ultra-low emission vehicles will produce less air pollution, less noise and help to cut CO2 emissions by using the council’s ‘Plugged in Places’ charging points located across the borough. They will also help the council to meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 40 per cent.

The vehicles have been paid for using part of an £3.14million grant received from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Weekly Collections Support Fund. This was awarded to local authorities which it kept weekly “black bin” collections.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The council is committed to cutting its carbon emissions by 40 per cent and finding new and unique ways of working, such as the introduction of these electric vehicles, will help us to reach our target.

“The Waste and Recycling Team can now minimise its carbon footprint as it carries out its work with homes and businesses across the borough to help boost recycling rates and reduce black bin waste.”