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  • GENeco win Rushlight's Organic Resource Award

    An awards night recognising the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives among organisations across the world saw GENeco pick up the Organic Resource Award.

    Rushlight Award

    The accolade, part of the Rushlight Awards event held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, recognised GENeco’s Bio-Bee truck – the UK’s first waste-fuelled refuse collection vehicle.

    The Bio-Bee demonstrates a real alternative to diesel RCVs and HGVs by running on clean biomethane.

    The annual food waste per capita in the UK could power the refuse truck for 50 miles, equivalent to a day’s work collecting waste. 

    This ground-breaking refuse truck is quieter than diesel equivalents, produces less than 90% less 'well-to-wheel' CO2, and has measurable reductions in PM and NOx emissions. There is a huge potential for expansion of this scheme to help improve air quality and promote sustainable circular economies.

    It also offers a cost-effective and more sustainable way for food waste to be collected and recycled, and it follows in the footsteps of GENeco’s Bio-Bus – or 'poo bus' – which ran on human waste and was trialled in Bristol in 2015.

    Bio Bee outside Boston Tea Party

     In its first six weeks of operation, the Bio-Bee collected over 28,000kg of food waste from commercial customers in Bristol including Boston Tea Party and St Monica Trust nursing homes. Diversion of this material from landfill resulted in CO2 savings of over 17,000kg, and generated enough fuel to power the Bio-Bee for 12,500 miles.

    At the same event, GENeco was also commended in the resource innovation category.