Waste Management Inc., headquartered in Houston, has announced the introduction of a new fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in Louisville, Ky. Additionally, the company says that it is opening a new fueling station in Louisville that will serve commercial fleet managers and private individuals with CNG fuel.
Waste Management is adding up to 25 CNG-powered collection vehicles in Louisville and will roll out additional CNG-powered collection vehicles in the area in the future. The public fueling station will refuel Waste Management's local fleet as well as sell CNG to commercial fleets and retail consumers with CNG-equipped vehicles.
"Since natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, we've made the commitment to use more in our local operations and support sustainability in this community by opening a public CNG station," says Tim Wells, area vice president for Waste Management in Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. "We are dedicated to providing our greater Louisville area customers with outstanding service while doing business here in the most sustainable manner possible."
Waste Management collaborated with PetroCard to develop the first CNG fueling station in Louisville. The new Clean N' Green Fuel facility, funded by Waste Management and PetroCard, makes CNG available to commercial fleets--transit agencies, school districts, taxis, cities and municipalities -- as well as private individuals with CNG-equipped vehicles.
"Waste Management already operates nearly 1,700 CNG vehicles, the largest fleet of CNG recycling and waste collection trucks in North America," says Wells. "Each additional Class 8 diesel truck we replace with natural gas reduces diesel use by an average of 8,000 gallons per year and cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22 metric tons."