Limiting global warming will require major transitions in the energy sector. This will involve a substantial reduction in fossil fuel use, widespread electrification, improved energy efficiency, and the use of alternative fuels. The waste and recycling industry is also following the trend of moving towards electrification and renewables.
Republic Services, an American waste disposal company, has announced plans to significantly scale its electric truck fleet through a long-term deal with Oshkosh Corporation. The company will begin operating two fully integrated electric recycling and waste truck prototypes this fall. It expects electric trucks to represent half of the new trash truck purchases by 2028.
Republic Services operates the country’s fifth largest vocational fleet with 17,000 trucks, with electric collection trucks currently operating in two states. The company has made the industry’s largest commitment to creating a sustainable world by laying down a clear plan to electrify its fleet.
It worked with Oshkosh Corp on the operational, safety, and ergonomic features of the truck. The chassis and body are designed as a single unit, maximizing interior space and creating a unique, streamlined exterior. The safety features include an enlarged windshield for improved visibility, 360-degree cameras, lane-departure sensors, and automated braking.
“As the operator of 17,000 trucks, Republic Services is uniquely positioned to advance decarbonization through our commitment to electrification, delivering meaningful environmental and economic benefits,” said Jon Vander Ark, president, and chief executive officer. “Our engagement with Oshkosh on the truck of the future will accelerate the transition of our fleet while providing advanced safety features and technology. We’ll continue to invest in innovations that will help reduce emissions, benefit the environment and help our customers meet their own sustainability goals.”
As the company explains, the recycling and waste collection business is well-suited for electric vehicles, with trucks operating consistent routes and returning to a base to recharge overnight. This new truck leverages Republic’s environmental services leadership and Oshkosh’s experience with purpose-built heavy-duty EVs, including fire trucks, aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, defense vehicles, access equipment, and concrete placement vehicles.
Republic Services is putting sustainability into action through industry-leading commitments to advance circularity and decarbonization. The company set a goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030.