New Public Access Station Is to Support Company Trucks
Waste Management of Southern California opened a new compressed natural gas fueling station in Chino this week. The public access facility is to support more than two dozen company trucks as well as area fleets and retail consumers.
“By increasing accessibility to cleaner burning compressed natural gas fuel to fleets in Chino and beyond, we are taking positive steps to protect Southern California’s air quality as we work toward achieving greater sustainability,” Chino Mayor Dennis Yates says in a Waste Management release.
Yates is vice chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s governing board.
Waste Management currently operates 24 CNG trucks in Chino and said it plans to replace its few remaining diesels there later this year, “making its entire fleet serving in the City of Chino 100% CNG-powered” – 30 vehicles in all.
Cheaper and Quieter
The new station has two fueling lanes, each with one dispenser with standard NGV2 Type I fueling nozzles. CNG is produced via two 150-horsepower IMW50-5500DA-150-4500-4AC compressors yielding a flow rate of 316 scam/standard cubic feet per minute.
Each diesel refuse truck replaced with natural gas can reduce diesel use by an average of 8,000 gallons per year and cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22 metric tons, the company says. “CNG offers cost savings compared to traditional fuels and its trucks run quieter than diesel equivalents.”
“We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service while doing business in the most sustainable manner possible,” said area VP Larry Metter.
Waste Management says that in 2007 it set a company-wide goal of reducing fleet emissions by 15% by the year 2020 – and achieved the goal in 2011.
The firm claims the largest fleet of heavy-duty natural gas trucks in the waste industry in North America with more than 4,000 units, including more than 1,100 in Southern California.
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Source: Waste Management with Fleets & Fuels follow-up