Emterra Group to add Mack EV

Canadian hauling and recycling firm will add vehicle to fleet dominated by CNG trucks.

Mack Trucks, Greensboro, North Carolina, says Emterra Group, one of the largest recycling and resource management companies in Canada, has ordered a Mack LR Electric Class 8 refuse vehicle to deploy in the Peel, Ontario, region.

“Emterra has been a company on the leading edge of providing progressive green solutions for a number of years, and we are pleased that they chose the Mack LR Electric as its first electric vehicle in the fleet,” says Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president. “Mack is pleased we are delivering Mack LR Electric refuse vehicles to customers to meet their timetables and their sustainability goals.”

The Mack LR Electric will be the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in Emterra’s fleet, according to Mack. In 2019, Peel’s Regional Council declared a Climate Change Master Plan that has an interim target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030. This “was the primary reason Emterra chose to operate the vehicle there,” Mack says.

Emterra currently operates 150 refuse vehicles in Peel Region, most of which are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

“Reducing emissions and ensuring waste is collected in an environmentally responsible manner are important outcomes for the Region of Peel,” says Norman Lee, director of waste management for the Region of Peel. “Having the first Mack LR Electric vehicle servicing our community brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions from residential waste management.”

Paulina Leung, Emterra chief sustainability officer, says, “This is a pivotal moment for Emterra to reinforce our commitment to be a catalyst of change since our founding in 1976, with one woman and a truck collecting cardboard and newspaper from back alleys.”

She continues, “Since then, we’ve expanded our mission of transforming waste into resources in the circular economy across Canada and into the state of Michigan. We chose to order the Mack LR Electric because of Mack’s leadership in producing reliable and durable refuse vehicles, and we are confident that they can match our execution timelines to receive the vehicle this year.”

Leung concludes, “Nobody doubts the environmental impact, and we are excited to learn how the LR Electric will help us recruit and retain the next generation of drivers.”