SPRINGFIELD, MO., Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services announced today the addition of 20 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield area. The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of CNG trucks operated by Republic throughout the state of Missouri to 119.
"We have a history of commitment to Springfield and the state of Missouri, and we are serious about reducing carbon emissions whenever possible," said Jeff Kintzle, area president of Republic Services. "This fleet addition represents a significant local investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles. It will also make a difference in preserving everything we love about the local environment for future generations."
Republic Services installed a new natural gas fueling station at its Springfield location to support its fleet of CNG powered trucks. One-third of the waste and recycling collection trucks serving the Springfield area are now powered by the domestic fuel source.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each new CNG solid waste and recycling truck reduces carbon emissions by as much as 80 percent in comparison with 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 planting 600 mature trees.
Republic Services operates a fleet of more than 2,200 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations nationwide. Approximately 50 percent of all Republic vehicles purchased in 2014 are powered by this domestic fuel source.
Republic Services employs 130 people at its Springfield location who serve 20 municipalities and more than 5,000 commercial customers in the area. Republic also operates two transfer stations in the area, as well as the Prairie View Landfill. The Landfill is home to a renewable energy project that harnesses landfill gas into energy that is supplied to the local electric grid. This project generates enough electricity to power 4,500 area homes.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. non-hazardous recycling and solid waste. 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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