FAIRBORN — Waste Management is working to create a greener and cleaner community with the environmental benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG).
The local waste disposal, collection and removal conglomerate, located at 1700 North Broad St., dedicated its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet and fueling facility on Thursday, June 19 in Fairborn. The 33 new CNG trucks service the Dayton area and make up Waste Management’s second fleet of CNG trucks in Ohio, the first being in Columbus.
“We’re very excited about our new CNG fleet and the fueling station,” said Waste Management Area VP Denise Gretz. “The first 33 CNG trucks hit the Dayton area streets a few months ago proudly serving our customers. Another 25 CNG trucks will be in action by this fall.”
As of Thursday, Waste Management has over 3,000 trucks running on CNG company-wide, and every year their “green” fleet will grow with their ultimate goal being to move towards a true zero emissions vehicle.
According to Gretz, the company has, since its beginning, invested in the newest systems and technologies that have advanced the industry, including curbside recycling, single-stream recycling, new container and lift systems to make waste collection more efficient, and landfill gas-to-energy plants, where they recover methane gas from landfills and use it to generate electricity.
“This new CNG fueling facility here in Fairborn really represents the future for Waste Management,” Gretz said. “Company-wide, we operate a fleet of more than 32,000 trucks across North America, and we’re undertaking the process of moving from diesel fuel to natural gas and other fuels that are plentiful and better for our environment.”
One of Waste Management’s key sustainability goals is to increase their fleet fuel efficiency by 15 percent and also reduce emissions by 15 percent by the year 2020. To accomplish this, the company is investing each year in new cleaner burning vehicles with a goal of 80 percent of new vehicles purchased being CNG vehicles.
“Our customers and our company agree on the environmental benefits of CNG. More and more, our customers are telling us they are interested in finding solutions to achieve more environmental sustainability, and they want us to use fuels that lower emissions and protect the air in their communities,” Gretz said.
These CNG trucks represent a significant improvement over diesel-powered vehicles with regards to air quality. The CNG benefits over diesel-powered vehicles include 80 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions, 25 percent lower greenhouse gas emission, and up to 86 percent lower emissions of particulate matter.
The CNG trucks are also about 50 percent quieter than the standard diesel and weigh less, reducing noise and wear on community streets. The new fleet has also helped Waste Management become more cost effective.
“Whether you think the C in CNG stands for compressed, clean, or cheap, our use of domestically produced and plentiful natural gas will help to reduce long term operating and maintenance costs,” said Gretz. “This is a terrific environmental story, and we’re very proud of this facility. More importantly, we are proud of what it means to the Dayton area communities we serve – making it cleaner and ‘greener’ for all.”
The trucks, which use a “slow-fill” method, carry approximately 50 gallons of CNG. This capacity allows them to run 10 to 12 hours and complete a typical day’s waste or recycling collection route.
Because the new fueling facility gives Waste Management the direct capability to fuel a CNG fleet, it reduces dependence on foreign fuels, according to Kirk Ramsey, District Manager for Waste Management.
“This demonstrates our commitment to being a positive environmental contributor to the communities we serve,” Ramsey said. “The transitioning of our 96 trucks to CNG fits within our sustainability goals and our company’s overall strategy to minimize our environmental footprint.”
To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.