MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services, Inc. today announced the deployment of 67 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout southern New Jersey and in Philadelphia. The new CNG fleet will replace older diesel powered trucks, and represents a significant local investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles.
"One of the more lasting contributions we can make in our community is to protect the environment by reducing ozone-forming emissions wherever possible," said Michael Murphy, general manager of Republic Services. "Three out of every four trucks in our local fleet will be powered by natural gas by the end of this calendar year. These trucks run cleaner and quieter, and will help to make the local environment healthier for future generations."
Republic installed a natural gas fueling station to support its new fleet of CNG powered trucks in Mount Laurel. Natural gas fueling stations enable CNG trucks to fuel during non-peak hours, which has the added benefit of reduced energy consumption during the refueling process.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each new CNG solid waste and recycling truck reduces ozone-forming emissions by as much as 80 percent when compared to older diesel powered trucks. In addition, each new CNG truck deployed is equivalent to removing five passenger vehicles from local roads for one year, or to adding 600 mature trees into the local environment.
Republic operates a fleet of more than 1,400 CNG vehicles and 26 natural gas fueling stations nationwide. Approximately 50 percent of all Republic vehicles purchased in 2013 are powered by the domestic fuel source.
Republic Services employs 200 team members at the Mount Laurel location, and serves more than 78,000 residential and 8,000 commercial customers in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey, and in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Company provides service to several municipalities in the area, to include Cherry Hill Township, Gloucester Township, Willingboro Township, Mount Laurel Township, Pemberton Township, Delran Township, and Merchantville Borough. Through its subsidiaries, Republic has been proudly serving customers in southern New Jersey and in Philadelphia for more than 50 years.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. non-hazardous solid waste and recycling. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. Republic and its employees believe in protecting the planet and applying common sense solutions to customers' waste and recycling challenges. For more information, visit the Republic website at republicservices.com.
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