February 25, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff
VANCOUVER: Waste Management is deploying 20 new “clean air” trucks to collect commercial recycling, food waste and garbage throughout the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver area.
The new trucks are part of a larger move to convert Waste Management’s entire Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver fleet—100 recycling and waste collection trucks—to compressed natural gas (CNG). The trucks produce a smaller carbon footprint, according to Waste Management, with the environmental benefits include close to zero air particulate and 23 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The engines also run quieter than traditional diesel engines.
“This initiative is all about clean air for the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver,” said Dean Kattler, vice president for Waste Management-BC and Pacific Northwest.
A contribution from Terasen Gas helped offset the incremental cost of the clean air trucks. Terasen, which will be renamed and operate under the name FortisBC, has finished construction of a CNG fueling station at the Waste Management site at Coquitlam, where the trucks will fuel up.
“With significantly lower emissions and lower fuel costs, natural gas vehicles have a role in helping BC meet its environmental goals,” said Doug Stout, vice president, energy solutions and external relations at Terasen Gas and FortisBC. “Our collaboration with Waste Management is an excellent opportunity to showcase the technology in the region where it is developed and encourage greater adoption of natural gas for transportation.”
Deploying the new CNG fleet in Vancouver will help Waste Management achieve its sustainability goal of reducing fleet emissions by 15 percent and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 percent by 2020, the company said.