From Iceland — Reykjavík Buys Fleet Of "Green" Garbage Trucks

Reykjavík Buys Fleet Of “Green” Garbage Trucks

Published May 5, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Malcom Kenneth Fraser

The city of Reykjavík has bought 12 new garbage trucks, all of which run solely on methane.

RÚV reports that the first four garbage trucks will hit the streets this October. Three of these trucks are also specially designed to be able to pick up two sorts of garbage simultaneously, i.e., recyclables from the “blue cans” and regular garbage.

Guðmundur Benedikt Friðriksson, department head of the Environmental and Planning Department for the city, believes that the vehicles will prove efficient, both in terms of time saved collecting waste, and in terms of emissions.

It should be noted as well that, two years ago, Akureyri began the collection of methane from their garbage landfills, for the purpose of using the gas for vehicle fuel. Whether or not this domestically-created methane will help fuel these trucks remains to be seen.

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