CONTRA COSTA, Calif., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services announced today the addition of 40 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks serving customers in Central Contra Costa County. The new CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered collection trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic in Contra Costa County to 123.
"We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service while doing business in the most sustainable manner possible," said Mike Caprio, area president of Republic Services. "This expansion embodies the responsibility we assume, as a large vocational fleet operator, to do our part to preserve the natural beauty of Northern California for future generations. It also represents a company-wide effort to reduce carbon emissions whenever possible."
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting over 600 mature trees annually. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions reduction benefits from Republic's CNG-powered fleet in Central Contra Costa County are equivalent to planting 73,800 mature trees per year.
In Central Contra Costa County, Republic has more than 200 employees who proudly serve approximately 125,000 residential and 6,000 commercial customers in the communities of Antioch, Benicia, Clayton, Danville, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pacheco Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek. Republic operates 10 hauling divisions, six landfills, four transfer stations, and two recycling centers in the area, as well as numerous CNG fueling stations to support its expanding Northern California-based fleet.
Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of approximately 2,500 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic's CNG-powered fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. Approximately one-third of all replacement vehicles purchased by Republic last year were CNG-powered vehicles.
In 2015, Republic Services was among the top companies recognized by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a leading international non-profit organization dedicated to measuring and disclosing environmental information, in the 2015 CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report. Republic earned a score of 98 out of 100, which reflects its strong commitment to transparency, quality and completeness, and an A- in Performance. Achieving an A is the highest Performance score possible.
Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through reduced emissions from operations, materials management, safety, community engagement, and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic's Sustainability Report, go to RepublicServices.com/sustainabilityreport.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and oilfield customers. We'll handle it from here.TM, the brand's tagline, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
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