Residents of Toowoomba Region will soon notice an electric waste truck on the streets of Toowoomba’s CBD thanks to a new initiative.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) awarded a new waste contract to JJ Richards Waste and Recycling at this week’s Ordinary Meeting, which includes emissions reductions thanks to an electric truck which will be included in the new fleet.

Water and Waste Portfolio Lead Councillor Nancy Sommerfield said she was delighted the new long-term waste contract had been approved which included the new electric park, street and CBD collections vehicle.

“Not only has TRC managed to secure a high quality waste and recycling service for our residents, but the new contract will ensure an environmentally friendly service thanks to the inclusion of the electric truck in the fleet.

“The 12-year contract which was confirmed at this week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council will ensure the Toowoomba community continues to receive a high-quality service by a valued local contractor.

“This was a rigorous tender process as waste collection and recyclables is one of our biggest operations as a local government and I’m delighted to see greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced thanks to the new electric truck,” Cr Sommerfield said.

TRC also confirmed the short-term contract to Re.Group for the provision of recycling processing services.

“The short-term contract was awarded for recycling processing services because TRC intends to provide for a Materials Recovery Facility in the very-near future,” Cr Sommerfield said.