Waste management provider Cleanaway has began trialling a new kerbside collection vehicle that is powered with converted cooking oil.
Showcased during a demonstration at Cleanaway’s depot on February 2, two garbage trucks were fuelled with a low carbon, circular fossil fuel replacement called ‘HVO100 – hydrotreated vegetable oil’.
The fuel alternative is made from used cooking oils and fats collected from commercial kitchens, restaurants and shopping centres and then refined to produce the low carbon HVO100.
The new alternative reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 91 percent compared to fossil fuel, and also reduces the smell and black smoke emitted from vehicle tailpipes.
The heavy vehicle industry is one of the major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, with many companies beginning to focus on more sustainable and environmentally friendly options and alternatives.
Trialled in the City of Casey, it will include the use of a Volvo FE 2020 council truck and a Volvo FM11 front lift organics collections vehicle that services Coles Supermarkets in South-East Melbourne, among other customers.
One unique difference with this new alternative is its ability to be used as a “drop-in” alternative to fossil diesel.
This means you don’t need to modify the vehicle, the engine or the refuelling infrastructure in order to use it.
City of Casey chair of administrators Noelene Duff says the innovative vehicle is a welcome change.
“We are proud to support Cleanaway with the launch of the kerbside collection vehicle powered using low-carbon, diesel alternatives,” she says.
“This emission reduction initiative is another step in the right direction in Council’s commitment towards zero net corporate emissions by 2030 in line with our Climate Action Plan.”
One truck has been added to the existing Cleanaway fleet that services Casey as Council continues to explore innovative ways to improve energy efficiency across its services.