12 Clean-burning Waste Collection and Recycling Vehicles funded.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Jan. 24, 2010
Waste pickup that is far cleaner, far less costly to fuel and an even lower cost to maintain. Win – Win – Win!
Waste Management announced the deployment of 12 new compressed natural gas (CNG) collection trucks in the cities of Santa Ana and Irvine, CA. The trucks were purchased with a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) in an effort to improve air quality in the Southern California region.
Switching to CNG vehicle operations provides significant environmental, public health and community benefits to the region.
Together, the 12 trucks will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 218 metric tons each year as compared to their diesel counterparts. The trucks emit zero diesel particulate emissions and the equipment upgrade will reduce smog-causing nitrogen oxide emissions by 3.6 tons a year. The collection trucks are quieter and will reduce noise pollution.
"We are happy to work with Waste Management on their continued effort toward cleaner air in the communities they serve," said MSRC Vice-Chair Greg Winterbottom, who represents Orange County Transportation Authority on the MSRC. "Their leadership in clean truck technology is gratifying to us at MSRC and we enjoy our partnership with them."
MSRC granted Waste Management $384,000 to purchase seven trucks for Irvine and five trucks for Santa Ana ($32,00 per truck). The MSRC's sole mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution from motor vehicles within the South Coast Air District in Southern California.
"We are committed to helping our region improve air quality and with our new trucks, we are investing in cleaner air," said David Ross, senior district manager of Waste Management of Orange County.