A long-time leader in protecting the environment, Republic Services today announced that 20 percent of the trucks it is adding to its fleet in 2010 are natural gas vehicles (NGV).
Beginning in April, the Company will be adding 226 NGV trucks to 10 facilities in its Western region. Republic's Allied Waste divisions in Gardena, Sun Valley, Anaheim, Long Beach, Pacheco and Chula Vista, California; Bellevue and Kent, Washington and Boise, Idaho will be receiving the vehicles.
The Company will support this major fleet upgrade by constructing compressed natural gas fueling stations at Gardena, Sun Valley and Chula Vista, California, and Bellevue, Washington. Clean Energy, , the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, will facilitate the design and construction of the new fueling infrastructure.
Republic operates and maintains one of the largest private fleets in the country. The addition of 226 NGVs will bring the total number of Republic's alternative fuel vehicles to more than 459 vehicles.
"Dedicating 20 percent of our 2010 new truck orders to NGVs definitely makes a statement about our commitment to protecting the environment," said Jeff Andrews, senior vice president, West Region, Republic. "It's only fitting that we start deployment of these fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly vehicles in April, the month of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day."
Ray Burke, Clean Energy vice president, said, "We congratulate Republic for its demonstrated commitment to environmental quality and its choice of clean-burning CNG trucks. We are proud to work with them in California, Washington and Idaho to both support these NG-powered trash truck fleets and build the fueling stations. We believe it takes this type of leadership to get America moving toward using this cleaner, domestic fuel, and look forward to helping Republic implement its NGV growth in these states."
Of the 226 NGVs, 173 are compressed natural gas and the remaining 53 are liquefied natural gas. The terms liquefied and compressed refer to the method of storage on the vehicle. Traditionally, liquefied natural gas is stored as a cryogenic liquid in a single tank and compressed natural gas (CNG) is stored in multiple high-pressure tanks. Vehicle chassis are built by Autocar and the engines by Cummins Westport.
Using CNG helps lower harmful emissions like nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in the air. The addition of the NGVs in California will assist in meeting the state's "Diesel Risk Reduction Plan," the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and support the efforts to reduce green house gas emissions growth as established under state legislation. The new trucks will also reduce noise pollution.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. provides recycling and solid waste collection, transfer and disposal services in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company's various operating units, including collection companies, transfer stations recycling centers and landfills, are focused on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. For more information, visit the Republic Services Web site at www.republicservices.com.
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