Leach & Co Chief Operating Officer Steven Hill says replacing a diesel loader with an electric one is the most meaningful thing they can do to reduce their carbon footprint on the site.
“The new loader will cut emissions from the operational side of the landfill by 10 to 15 percent, which is a significant reduction from just this one change to our operations.
“We’re keen to get more electric vehicles working at the landfill, but it depends on how this one works out as not all electric machines can be used in that environment with the really heavy duty stuff.”
A charging station has been installed at the landfill to charge the loader, which takes up to four hours. It has the capacity to charge two vehicles at once if another electric loader or similar joins the team.
Manager Landfills Operations Darren Hoskins says he’s delighted to welcome the first electric front-loader to the Southern Landfill.
“Anything that helps reduce our emissions is a big win, and we’re looking forward to getting more electric vehicles where it’s appropriate.”