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Montgomery County Embraces CNG

August 3, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Just outside Washington’s famous Beltway, Montgomery County has completed a transition to all natural gas vehicles for garbage collection, having begun in 2010 to require its contractors to use CNG trucks.

Ecology Services of Columbia, Md. is one of three haulers now operating on CNG on behalf of Montgomery County, northwest of Washington, D.C.

Carters were given free reign on their equipment buys with one major caveat: “The only thing we told them was that they had to be powered by compressed natural gas,” says country collection section chief Robin Ennis.

The result is that approximately 125 CNG trucks are now in operation by three Maryland haulers: Unity Disposal and Recycling of Laurel, Ecology Services of Columbia, and Potomac Disposal of Gaithersburg.

Clean Energy Plays a Role

Each is building its own CNG fueling facility, Ennis says.

She’ll detail Montgomery County’s experience with its transition to CNG in a Collection Technology Innovations session at the Solid Waste Association of North America’s WasteCon 2012 show in Washington, D.C. beginning at noon Thursday, August 16.

Ecology Services said last year that it would build a CNG fueling station in partnership with Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE)

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Source: CTN Publishing’s ShowTimes Daily in cooperation with Fleets & Fuels

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