HOUSTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services, Inc. today announced the deployment of an additional 49 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout greater Houston. The Company has introduced a total of 104 new CNG trucks in greater Houston within the past year, replacing older diesel powered trucks.
"We are serious about reducing ozone-forming emissions whenever possible," said Greg Rutherford, area president of Republic Services. "The new trucks represent a significant investment in the local environment, as well as in safer and more efficient operations. Our employees are proud to live and work here, and we are excited to do our part to leave a cleaner and healthier community for future generations."
Republic installed two natural gas fueling stations to support its CNG fleet in greater Houston. 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 operates two divisions in greater Houston. The Company employs more than 140 team members at its West Houston-Fondren division, and serves more than 80,000 residential and 5,000 commercial customers in southwest Houston and Fort Bend County. At its North/Little York division, Republic employs more than 200 team members and serves more than 68,000 residential and commercial customers throughout greater Houston.
Both divisions serve several municipalities in the area, to include the cities of Conroe, Houston, Richmond, Roman Forest, Rosenberg, Shenandoah, and Sugar Land. In addition, Republic provides service to the Conroe Independent School District, Houston Airport System and Houston Independent School District. Through its subsidiaries, Republic has been proudly serving customers in greater Houston and Fort Bend County for more than 25 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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