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Waste Management to expand natural gas-powered fleet in Houston area; CNG to be 80% of US new truck purchases in NA in 2012

Waste Management plans to expand its fleet of natural gas-powered collection vehicles in the Houston area and open a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Conroe.

Waste Management currently operates five CNG-powered collection vehicles in Houston’s north suburban communities and expects to roll out an additional 35 in the area by the end of 2012. The public fueling station will refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets. Soon, it will also open to retail consumers with CNG-equipped vehicles.

The Conroe fueling station and local CNG vehicles are one element in Waste Management's larger sustainability efforts. In 2007, the company set a goal of reducing fleet emissions by 15% and increasing fuel efficiency by 15% by 2020.

Waste Management already operates over 1400 CNG vehicles, the largest fleet of CNG recycling and waste collection trucks in North America. In 2012, natural gas vehicles will represent 80 percent of our annual new truck purchases and continue for the next five years. We also have 28 fueling stations in North America and plan to have 50 in operation by the end of 2012.

—Eric Woods, vice president of Fleet & Logistics, Waste Management


Henry Gibson

Please consider hydraulic hybrids as well to save on fuel even if it is cheap natural gas. ..HG..

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