February 08, 2016
The arrival of the Ultra Low Emission Zone to London in 2020 will be a challenge for most waste management companies but an opportunity for Quantum Waste light and local waste collection systems. The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is an area within which all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay an additional daily charge to travel. The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ), and comes into force in 2020. The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements. The introduction of the ULEZ will reduce exhaust emissions of NO2 and particulate matter PM10/PM2.5, making central London a more pleasant place to live, work and visit. However, it will force a radical change to the way waste is currently being collected in Central London where compactor trucks will have to be either renewed or will need to pay a hefty £100 fee on a daily basis. Quantum Waste makes a point not to compact waste during collection to facilitate the separation and recycling of quality materials later on. As we operate locally we can work with smaller lighter vehicles that will more easily comply with ULEZ. Quantum Waste is also ideally placed to introduce the use of electric vehicles into waste collection activities in the city of London. Despite the rapid growth in the use of electric vehicles, this would be the first time that electricity alone is used to power a vehicle for the collection of waste in London. Quantum Waste was born into innovation and looks forward to growing through innovation. We will be analyzing the possibility of introducing reliable 100% electric waste collections in London by 2020.