As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, there is increasing pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint. Waste collection is one area where this pressure has led to innovation. One such innovation is the use of recycled vegetable oil to power bin lorries. In this blog post, we will explore how these vehicles work, the benefits they provide, and their potential impact on the environment.
How do recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries work?
Recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries work in a similar way to other vegetable oil powered vehicles, but instead of using fresh vegetable oil, they use recycled vegetable oil. This is oil that has already been used for cooking and would otherwise be discarded. The oil is filtered and cleaned before being used to power the lorry. The engine then converts the vegetable oil into energy, which is used to power the lorry.
Scarborough and Sommerset are already using vegetable oil powered bin lorries
Benefits of recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries
One of the main benefits of recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries is their reduced impact on the environment. Using recycled oil helps to reduce waste and prevent it from ending up in landfill, where it can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, like other vegetable oil powered lorries, recycled vegetable oil powered lorries produce significantly fewer emissions than diesel lorries, meaning that they have a smaller carbon footprint and are better for the environment.
The bin lorries run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which generates 90% less carbon than a diesel-powered vehicle. Other district councils like Wealden and East Cambridgeshire are expected to begin trialing the new lorries.ULSOCO
Another benefit of recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries is their reduced noise levels. Like other vegetable oil powered lorries, they are much quieter than diesel lorries, meaning that they are less disruptive to local residents.
Potential impact on the environment
The potential impact of recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries on the environment is significant. By using a waste product as a fuel source, these lorries help to reduce waste and prevent it from contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, by reducing emissions, recycled vegetable oil powered lorries can help to improve air quality, which is important for both human health and the health of the planet.
District Councils will also use HVO on other vehicles such as mowers and street sweepers to further cut down emissions and move toward carbon neutrality
In conclusion, recycled vegetable oil powered bin lorries represent an important innovation in waste collection. By using a waste product as a fuel source and reducing emissions and noise levels, they provide significant benefits for both the environment and local communities. As more companies look to reduce their carbon footprint and move towards a more sustainable future, it is likely that we will see more and more of these vehicles on our roads in the coming years.