Electric bin lorries are set to be trialled in East Sussex later this year, councillors have heard this week. 

At a meeting of the East Sussex Joint Waste and Recycling Committee on Friday (January 8), representatives of the waste contractor Biffa confirmed it planned to trial electric vehicles in the county later this year. 

The move follows on from a discussion at the committee’s last meeting in October where councillors expressed support for a move to electric vehicles.

Initially the plan had been to run a trial in Hastings alone, but Biffa says it now plans to run trials in all three areas covered by the contract – Hastings, Rother and Wealden.

Speaking at the meeting, Biffa’s regional general manager Fabrice Bouchon said:

“We had a really lively conversation last time. Since then we have been arranging for a couple of trials that we will be doing in each of the three authorities. 

“We are firming up the dates but so far we believe that one trial will take place in April, or by the end of April, and then another trial will be more around mid-July. 

“Again, we have not yet fully confirmed the dates but they will be around three week trials of electric RCVs (refuse collection vehicles).

“Because the configurations are different within Hastings, Wealden and Rother, we will have a better understanding about the vehicles; what their technical performances can be, their autonomy, their weight, quality etc.”