Boston waste trucks powered by the trash they collect

WIN Waste Innovations has become the first company to operate fully electric trash trucks in the City of Boston. The vehicles are powered exclusively by energy generated from the waste the trucks collect.

“Our customers are looking to us to help them reduce their environmental impact, and this project does just that,” says Dan Mayo, CEO of WIN Waste Innovations. “We are very proud to take another step in advancing sustainable waste practices by being the first company to invest in the circular economy in this unique way — collecting waste with electric trucks, converting that waste into renewable energy, and using that energy to charge the trucks back up.”

“As an environmental company, we are excited about investing in innovation-based solutions that protect the planet while giving our customers and partners the opportunity to meet their sustainability goals,” he adds.

A WIN Waste Innovations electric trash truck in front of TD Garden in Boston, Mass. WIN Waste is the first company to launch electric trash trucks that run on the waste they collect.

The Mack LR Electric vehicles will each collect 220 cubic yards of waste per day. In addition to powering the trucks themselves, the waste they collect will help provide converted renewable energy to local homes and businesses in the region. This electrification will avert the need for approximately 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 122 metric tons of CO2e each year.

In addition to the company’s own investment, WIN Waste received funding to purchase the trucks through a competitive grant program operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Mack is proud to partner with WIN Waste to help them achieve their sustainability goals,” said Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America. “This partnership is particularly exciting because not only will we be transitioning two collection routes to the Mack LR Electric, but they will be powered by their collections operations.”

The use of electric trucks is one part of WIN Waste’s broad commitment to sustainable waste-handling. WIN Waste’s waste-to-energy facilities convert 6.4 million tons of waste each year into renewable energy that powers local communities. The company’s curb-to-grid approach diverts waste from landfills, avoiding thousands of heavy truck trips and helping to reduce greenhouse gases, lessen the burden on roadway infrastructure, and offset the need for fossil fuels.

WIN Waste operates a platform of 50 strategically located collection, transfer, and disposal assets, including waste-to-energy facilities, transfer stations, ash monofills, and landfills, as well as fleets of rail cars and collection vehicles, including electric trash trucks. Annually, WIN Waste recycles more than 400,000 tons of plastic, paper and metals from the waste stream .