The City of London Corporation has awarded a new tech-driven waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services contract to Veolia.
As part of the contract, the City Corporation aims to become the first authority in the UK to run a fully electric fleet of Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs).
Veolia's RCVs will be equipped with 360-degree cameras and audible warning reversal systems to improve safety.
The vehicles will use onboard weighing equipment to digitally record bin weights at residential properties, enabling recycling performance to be efficiently calculated. And street cleaners will carry handheld devices for on-the-go reporting and job completion.
All vehicles will be digitally tracked to monitor and auto-allocate cleansing tasks depending on geographical location and capacity.
The contract will deliver 74 solar auto-compacting BigBelly bins, which send notifications to collection crews when they are full, allowing more waste to be collected.
The new portfolio will see Veolia managing the following tasks in the Square Mile:
domestic waste collection
special event preparation and clear-up operations
Jeremy Simons, chair of the City Corporation's port health and environmental services committee, said: "This pioneering technology-driven contract aims to exceed the high standards people expect of our waste and cleansing services whether they work, visit or live in the City."
Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president for Veolia UK & Ireland said: "The new tech-driven service will bring significant benefits to the community and the environment.
"The new fleet of electric vehicles will play a significant role in improving local air quality, with real-time data technologies delivering greater synergies between collections and street cleansing operations.
The service involves looking after 63 km of the City's public roads and 15 km of public footpaths, covering signposts to fountains and paving to streetlighting, working to make the City's streets clean, safe and well-managed.