Climate Clips: Fairfax County to unveil its first all-electric trash truck

The unveiling falls in line with the county’s strategy to make government operations carbon-neutral by 2040. The truck will “pick up residential trash and yard waste on routes throughout the county,” DPWES announced. The county says the truck is “a move that will save money and protect the environment.”

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