PURPLE ON THE OUTSIDE – GREEN ON THE
Bedford Borough Council’s “Waste &
Recycling Team” are doing their bit for the environment as they
have now taken delivery of one of two electric vehicles which they
will use to travel around the borough.
The ultra-low emission vehicles will produce
less air pollution, less noise and help to cut CO2 emissions by
utilising the Council’s ‘Plugged in Places’ charging points located
across the Borough. The vehicles will also help the Council to meet
its target of reducing carbon emissions by 40%.
The vehicles have been paid for using part of
the successful grant award of £3.14million received from the
Department for Communities and Local Government’s ‘Weekly
Collections Support Fund’. This was awarded to local authorities
who have kept weekly ‘black bin’ collections.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“The Council is committed to cutting its carbon emissions by 40%
and finding new and unique ways of working, such as the
introduction of these electric vehicles, will help us to reach our
“We were awarded these funds in recognition of
the fact that we have saved weekly black bin collections, and we
are using them to reduce the Council’s environmental impact.
“The Waste & 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.”