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An operator unloading a blue bin into a parked recycling truck on a London road.

Why Does the Recycling Truck Look Different?


Same program, new brown trucks. 

The need to Sort it Right is as important as always. 

New brown recycling trucks have arrived on London streets. Miller Waste Systems, the City's contractor for recycling services, has brought in new vehicles as the existing recycling trucks have reached their end of life.

What's different?

Recyclables will be collected in the rear of the truck in two compartments.  The new trucks are ‘rear loading’ similar to garbage trucks. This is very different than the current recycling trucks in which drivers drop recyclables into one of two large ‘buckets’ on the side of the truck. 

These trucks have greater capacity which will increase the efficiency of the collection operation. They have a larger opening to accept recyclables. That combined with a compaction mechanism in the truck means that the drivers can collect more recyclable materials in each load.

What hasn’t changed?

Recyclables still need to be sorted and collection staff will continue to place them in separate compartments on the truck, which are visible from the rear of the truck.

The recycling industry has faced numerous challenges in the past couple of years. Please continue to Sort it Right to help us better able to recycle more materials and find sustainable end-markets that will receive our recyclables and turn them into new products and packages. 

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