Oregon’s first electric garbage truck brings cleaner air, quieter collections, and job training opportunities to Portland

Nov. 02, 2023

Feature photo above: The electric garbage truck performed its first pickup in downtown Portland on Nov. 2, 2023.

PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 2, 2023) – The state’s first all-electric garbage truck completed its first pickup in downtown Portland this morning, representing a milestone in Oregon’s clean energy transition and an important step for the local waste & recycling collection industry. COR Disposal & Recycling debuted the Peterbilt truck at an event in the North Park Blocks featuring local sustainability leaders and elected representatives, highlighting the truck’s significance to emissions-reduction efforts and the green economy.

“As COR continues to drive innovation in the solid waste industry, it would be impossible to build sustainable communities without great leadership at the City of Portland and tremendous partners like PGE and Columbia Willamette Clean Cities, who made this fully electric truck a reality for the residents of East Portland,” said Alando Simpson, CEO of COR, the only African American-owned certified B Corporation in the waste and recycling industry. “This milestone for COR will create green jobs for our community, while linking together social, economic and environmental justice in ways our economy has never witnessed.”

COR purchased the truck with support from DEQ’s Oregon Clean Fuels Program via Portland General Electric’s Drive Change Fund. Since its inception in 2019, the Drive Change Fund has awarded millions of dollars to local businesses, municipalities and nonprofits to accelerate transportation electrification in Oregon. PGE also helped with the installation of the necessary charging infrastructure through its Fleet Partner program, which aids businesses and municipalities seeking to electrify their fleets.

According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, more than a third of Oregon’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. “Supporting industry leaders like COR in electrifying their vehicles is a priority for Clean Fuels Program funds,” said Nik Blosser, PGE’s Vice President of Public Affairs. “We’re proud to work together with customers and community members to demonstrate what’s possible in diverse industries in building an economy increasingly powered by electricity from renewable resources.”

The Peterbilt 520 EV will complete pickups in East Portland, an area disproportionately affected by climate change and air quality concerns. In addition to reduced emissions, the truck offers additional benefits for the neighborhood, including quieter operations and EV training opportunities for waste management employees.

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In addition to reduced emissions, the electric truck is quieter.

PGE executives Nik Blosser and Ben Felton, along with representatives from PGE’s Transportation Electrification and Community Engagement teams, showed up to support this milestone.

Elected representatives, electrification advocates, and other community stakeholders attended the event in the North Park Blocks to celebrate the new truck.

COR purchased the EV with support from PGE’s Drive Change Fund.

The Peterbilt 520 EV will complete pickups in East Portland, an area disproportionately affected by climate change and air quality concerns.

COR Disposal & Recycling CEO Alando Simpson speaks about the benefits the truck will bring to East Portland and the broader community.

City of Portland Commissioner Carmen Rubio highlighted the city’s support for electrification efforts.

PGE Vice President of Public Affairs Nik Blosser described the role of communities and customers in helping us create a cleaner Oregon.

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company's commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit PortlandGeneral.com/news.

About COR Disposal & Recycling
COR's mission is to divert waste from landfills. COR is the only minority-owned waste & recycling company in the country, holding a B-Corp certification that balances profit with purpose. We're proud to be implementing the next generation of sustainability solutions in our community and growing the circular economy in Oregon + beyond.

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