Waste Management (WM) is introducing 25 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled trucks to collect waste and recycling in 2012 as a result of being awarded a collection district by the City of Ottawa. Waste Management also plans to convert its current commercial collection fleet to CNG as part of the company’s North American fleet conversion strategy.
The CNG powered trucks will contribute to a smaller carbon footprint, including nearly zero air particulate and up to 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The trucks also run quieter than traditional diesel engines, resulting in less noise pollution.
For each truck converted to CNG, the use of diesel fuel is reduced by an average of 8,000 gallons per year delivering a reduction of 22 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
WM will be constructing a CNG fueling station at the Westbrook Road facility in Stittsville. WM operates 17 CNG fueling stations in North America with plans to have nearly 50 operational by the end of 2012.
Introducing CNG trucks is an important part of our long-term sustainability strategy to reduce emissions by 15% and increase fuel efficiency by 15% by 2020. We are also working with truck and engine manufacturers to test hybrid systems, and continue to make our routes and fleets more efficient. This means fewer miles driven and fewer emissions.—Sherry Stevenson, municipal affairs manager for WM
Earlier this year, Waste Management announced the conversion of its 100 truck commercial fleet in Vancouver to CNG with a fueling station at its collection facility in Coquitlam.
The company has also implemented route optimization software that will reduce driving time by several million hours each year. And all truck engines are programmed to shut down automatically after idling for five minutes to save fuel and further reduce emissions.
WM has received a 2011 NVG Achievement Award for the innovative leadership of its North American sustainability strategy. In addition the company received the Energy Vision’s Corporate Leadership Energy Vision Award for its strategic vision and leadership.