The Hague introduces the sustainable Cargo Bike
Last July 10, the electric CargoBIke for the collection of so-called lost plastics in The Hague was presented to Liesbeth van Tongeren, Alderman for Energy Transition and Sustainability at the City of The Hague.
The electric Cargo Bike will visit companies to collect their plastic waste. Doing so, the PlastiCity project wants to test the possibilities of making new recycled plastic products from these waste streams. The first such product is the fully recycled face shield that is used in the Haga Hospital.
This unique collection vehicle was developed by the Grondstoffenfiets Den Haag (The Hague Raw Material Bicycle) as part of the PlastiCity project. The aim is to introduce new sustainable logistics concepts for the circular city.
The electric Cargo Bike has a maximum range of approximately 150-200 kilometers, depending on the load. It has a capacity of almost 7m³ and is equipped with an electric compactor, which can reduce the volume of plastic commercial waste by more than 40% to 50%. The Cargo Bike is able to collect approximately 190 kg of plastic waste. It can collect and compress all types of plastics, except hard plastics such as PVC pipes. With a few simple adjustments it is also possible to use the commodity bicycle for the collection of other industrial waste streams.
The Cargo Bike will be equipped with a module to label and recognize plastic. This allows the project to give companies specific advice on how to (better) separate their plastic waste. Better separation will increase the quality of the collected plastic waste and thus the chance of recycling.
With the introduction of this sustainable Cargo Bike, the PlastiCity project partners are marking a new step in the process of valuating and using plastic waste as a raw material.
Electric CargoBike for the collection of so-called lost plastics – An interesting and good application area – city logistics is far more than just delivering packages!
I am curious to know how the process of collecting plastic is arranged.
Does the vehicle and driver wait long periods at collection points and how can people be reached in a limited time?
Why couldn’t a the collection container alone be dropped on the ground for a day, for example to support asynchronous mode of operation?
Hi Seppo, agree with you! Cargobikes can be used for many types of logistics. I’m responsible for the collection of plastics. We can have a talk about your questions. My email is email@example.com. Best regards, Marcel Kleizen