Brent the first for electric salt spreader operation

Veolia's Gisela Endres and Joe Cockram with (centre) Cllr Krupa Sheth.

Veolia's Gisela Endres and Joe Cockram with (centre) Cllr Krupa Sheth. - Credit: Veolia

This winter, Brent will be the first area in the UK to operate an entire fleet of electric salt spreaders.

Brent Council's contractor, Veolia, will grit the borough’s 1,700 roads with the new equipment.

The five electric salt spreaders will be mounted to existing vehicles, replacing diesel powered spreaders. 

Gisela Endres, senior contract manager for Veolia Brent, said: “We are very excited to be launching a fleet of new electric spreader bodies which will help our dedicated street cleansing teams carry out their work efficiently and sustainably.

"As the temperature drops, it’s incredibly important for streets, especially outside schools, hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries and main roads, to be safe and clear of ice.”

Joe Cockram, Veolia Brent operative, with an electric salt spreader.

Joe Cockram, Veolia Brent operative, with an electric salt spreader. - Credit: Veolia

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Cllr Krupa Sheth, lead member for environment, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with Veolia to get our hands on these new eco-salt spreaders, bringing us another step closer to our ambition of being a carbon neutral borough by 2030.

"The fact that they are quieter than other gritters is a great example of the added bonuses that often come with going green.”

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