Four new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations have opened to support refuse companies in Florida, New Jersey, Idaho and California. The stations, built by Clean Energy Fuels Corp., will provide fueling for fleets operated by Choice Environmental Services, Central Jersey Waste, Allied Waste Services and South County Sanitary Co.
Choice Environmental, located in Fort Lauderdale, is the first privately owned fleet to run natural gas refuse trucks in South Florida. The company plans to expand the use of CNG vehicles in the near future. Central Jersey Waste in Hamilton Township is the first refuse company in New Jersey to start moving to a natural gas truck fleet.
Allied, Boise, ID, provides solid waste and recycling services for the Greater Boise area, including the city of Boise. The fueling station there will also offer public access early this year, allowing individuals and other fleet operators access to CNG fuel. In San Luis Obispo, CA, South County plans to convert its entire fleet to natural gas power, and the opening of the CNG facility is the first step in that direction.
“CNG trash trucks reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23% compared to conventional diesel-powered models and are quieter,” said Raymond P. Burke, vp of Clean Energy. “CNG fuel costs significantly less, on average, than diesel.”