Boise's First Electrified Recycling Vehicle Hits the Streets Launch Reflects Shared Vision to Reduce Environmental Impact of City Services

August 18, 2021

Republic Services, Inc. and the City of Boise today launched the first regular service electric vehicle (EV) in Republic’s fleet. This 21 ton, fully-electric, recycling rear-load vehicle is collecting commercial recycling throughout Boise, with more EVs scheduled to join the fleet in the future.

The City of Boise and Republic Services have long partnered to deliver reliable, modern collection services to Boiseans. Republic’s decision to launch its first electric vehicle in Boise reflects the strength of this partnership and the shared goals to deliver services and solutions for a more sustainable world.

“This is a great example of how innovation and partnerships can help us achieve our broader climate goals. Clean air, less reliance on fossil fuels and a firm commitment to transitioning to clean electricity benefits all residents and businesses in Boise,” said Mayor Lauren McLean.

Fleet electrification provides environmental benefits like energy efficiency, quieter streets, and significantly lower emissions on a per-mile basis. Electric trucks powered by the grid in Idaho will see a 93 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus diesel, and a 91 percent reduction in emissions versus Compressed Natural Gas.

“The environmental services industry is well-suited to take advantage of electrification, and Republic Services is leading these efforts,” said Ryan Lawler, Republic Services’ director of Northwest operations. “We’re honored to partner with a forward-thinking municipality like Boise, and believe this truck will benefit local residents, our employees and the environment.”

Collection trucks drive short and consistent distances, make hundreds of stops throughout the day, and return to a base where they can recharge overnight. The commercial recycling rear load vehicle can run for 10 hours and complete an entire route. EVs also promise a superior customer experience, with cleaner and quieter operations in communities like Boise that are committed to sustainability.

Republic Services was able to leverage grant funding through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Idaho Power. The funding was offered to reduce emissions from transportation sources associated with diesel engines as well as provide infrastructure funding for vehicle charging at Republic’s Boise transfer station.

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