Liverpool is investing £3.4 million to introduce new compressed natural gas vehicles in a bid to reach a target of recycling more than 55% of waste across the city.
The fleet of 20 vehicles will replace the previous diesel vehicles and produce 80% fewer carbon emissions and 90% less nitrogen oxide.
According to government statistics, ‘the city has already achieved an 18% reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 and is on course to hit 35% by the end of 2020’.
The new vehicles, reportedly, cost 35% less in fuel, compared to diesel vehicles.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “The council inherited a tired and rundown fleet which was inefficient, unreliable and costly. Having a brand-new refuse fleet that is bigger, more efficient and safer gives our collection teams the right tools to ensure residents receive a more reliable service.”
The city will also see a more extensive use of electric taxis, LED street lighting and the creation of a new bus hub, all of which is estimated to take a combined 5,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere annually.