News in Brief - 17/02/2021

Wychavon Council trials electric vehicles for waste collection

Wychavon District Council has tried out the use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles to collect waste across the district.

FCC Environment, the Council’s contracted waste management company, were supplied with an electric refuse collection vehicle in December last year and completed a two-day trial with the vehicle across the district on 22 and 23 December.

The e-One RCV truck has been created by Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) and Dutch electric power train developers EMOSS who repower and convert diesel refuse vehicles into electric vehicles. It is one of the first fully electric conversions in the UK and operates with zero emissions.

FCC Environment was also supplied with a fully electric sweeper, known as the Bucher V65e, which was taken out for a trial on 26 and 27 January and swept in Pershore, Evesham and Broadway.
The sweeper, which produces zero tailpipe emissions and low noise, can run for up to 200km on a single charge.

Wychavon District Council has advised that despite the cold weather, which reduces the range of all electric vehicles, both vehicles performed well in their short demonstrations close to the depot.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment at Wychavon District Council, said: "As part of the Intelligently Green Plan, the council aims to lead the Wychavon District to be carbon neutral as quickly as possible and by 2050 at the latest.”

“By using electric vehicles, this is one of the potential ways to mitigate climate change.”

Trials of the two vehicles are expected to continue across Wychavon later in 2021.

Ocado launches largest online B-Corp aisle

Ocado has launched a dedicated B-Corp aisle, which will feature around 1,100 products from more than 35 B-Corp certified suppliers.

The aisle makes up part of Ocado’s online Eco Shop..

In order to receive B-Corp certification, companies must pass an impact assessment over several months which evaluates how a company’s operations and business model impacts workers, customers, community and the environment.

The B-Corp movement began in 2007 and has gained significant momentum in recent years, having now certified 3,790 companies across 50 industries in over 70 countries.

Ocado’s B-Corp aisle will include brands such as Alpro, Ben and Jerry’s, Cheeky Panda, Ella’s Kitchen and Innocent.

Ocado has said the new B-Corp aisle is part of Ocado Retail’s wider commitment to sustainability, which includes an ambition to become net zero by 2040.

Jo West, Head of Sustainability at Ocado Retail, added: “Our B-Corp aisle is a really positive step for both our customers and our sustainability efforts.

“We’re delighted to be making greener choices easier for Ocado customers by gathering all these amazing brands that have made a commitment to building a more sustainable future, in one easy-to-find place.”

Grundon Waste Management supports FareShare South West with waste services

FareShare South West is receiving support from Grundon Waste Management with a team of volunteers and a new waste disposal contract.

Grundon has committed to 160 hours, or 20 days, of volunteering for FareShare South West. The team has helped lay rubber tiles for the new mezzanine floor at the warehouse where FareShare packages meals for its frontline partners.

The charity has been using additional warehouse space since the outbreak of the pandemic, which has allowed it to run its FoodStock 2020 operation – a campaign that has seen extra food for over 1 million meals reach people in need.

This emergency operation is now set to continue until the end of March.

Grundon has also committed to collecting recyclable and non-recyclable waste from two FareShare South West sites across Bristol.

Daniel Peacey, Regional Sales Manager for the South West at Grundon said: “We want to support our community and the great charities in the SW to make a positive impact in the local area.

“The work that FareShare South West undertakes to combat food poverty has been even more critical during the current pandemic, and so we wanted to contribute to the brilliant work that they undertake.” 

Simon Jarvis, Head of Operations at FareShare South West added: “Because of the lockdown many more families and individuals are finding themselves in tough circumstances, and demand for our food has skyrocketed.

“We are incredibly grateful for the volunteers and organisations, like Grundon, that are helping us to deliver food to those most in need.

“These are tough times for everyone and it’s so heartening to see the community and local businesses pull together to support other local businesses and get food out to people who need it during this crisis.”