March spring clean
Plans for a new “green fleet” of vehicles to help improve Islington’s air quality have been announced by the council on the first day of its March spring clean campaign
Throughout the month street cleaning services will be targeting town centres and grot spots around the borough – and schools, businesses and residents are encouraged to get involved.
Almost half of Islington Council’s car fleet is already electric or hybrid, but the new green fleet will make Islington one of the first council’s in the country to start buying larger vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG.
Most of Islington’s CNG will be fuelled by biomethane, which is produced entirely from waste food. The council will spend around £3million in total this year trialling greener vehicles, including three refuse and recycling trucks, five heavy vans, an accessible community transport bus and a street sweeper, all powered by CNG. A further 60 light vans and cars will also be replaced this year with full electric or hybrid models.
The green fleet is part of Islington’s commitment to reducing air pollution and carbon emissions and having a zero-emissions fleet once technology allows.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “Larger vehicles can’t yet be run on electricity, but we are investing in compressed natural gas technology to power our larger vans and trucks, and will keep searching out the greenest possible ways to do things.
“Polluting diesel vehicles will soon be a thing of the past in our own fleet – the next step is to introduce new vans for the street cleaning service and new accessible community transport buses, both powered by compressed natural gas.”
If you are interested in one of the Community Clean-ups, please get in touch.