Phoenix, Arizona based waste and recycling firm Republic Services has added eight Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area.
The CNG trucks replace older diesel powered trucks, the company said, bringin the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic throughout North Carolina to 25.
Republic's Raleigh Hauling Division has 100 employees who serve approximately 8000 local Homeowners Associations, municipalities, and commercial customers.
The company added that it also owns and operates six landfills, eight transfer stations, four recycling centers, and 18 hauling divisions throughout the state of North Carolina.
Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) highlighted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures claiming that each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting over 600 mature trees each year.
Based on EPA calculations, the company said that the carbon emissions reduction benefits from CNG powered refuse collection fleet in North Carolina is equivalent to planting 15,000 mature trees or removing 137 cars off the road annually.
Across the U.S. the company said that it now operates a fleet of more than 2200 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic's CNG fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.
“Natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter,” explained Drew Isenhour, area president of Republic Services. “This also embodies the responsibility we assume for doing our part to preserve North Carolina's natural beauty for future generations.”
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