More Than 40% of New Route Trucks Are Natural Gas-Fueled
Republic Services, the nation’s second-largest refuse company, operates some 12,000 route trucks, with approximately 2,500 running on compressed natural gas fuel. The company expects to buy about 250 CNG-fueled route tucks in 2017, says maintenance and digital operations VP Darrell Reno.
“Overall about 40% to 45% of our trucks that will be purchased year over year will be CNG,” he says. Roughly 70% of the CNG trucks are for residential route collection, he told F&F.
Republic’s CNG trucks are deployed nationwide: Reno names California, the area around Fort Lauderdale, and the Northeast as CNG hot spots. Republic Services uses CNG trucks from Autocar, Mack and Peterbilt.
Significant Diesel Displacement
The CNG trucks allow Republic to avoid the use of some 21 million gallon of diesel annually.
Republic has 38 CNG fueling facilities, with Clean Energy its principal supplier. Republic makes use of public CNG infrastructure where it can, Reno says.
RNG in California
Republic is currently engaged in 70 LFGTE/landfill-gas-to-energy projects around the U.S., collecting and delivering upwards of 100 billion cubic feet of landfill gas per year, mostly for electricity generation.
Republic has five projects that produce pipeline quality gas, commonly referred to as high-Btu projects. “This type of gas, using certain certified pathways, can be marketed and sold as transportation fuel,” the company says. “Using these pathways, we are currently fueling approximately 800 heavy-duty route trucks in California with certified RNG” – renewable natural gas.
Recent CNG Growth
Recent Republic Services CNG announcements include 56 new trucks in Long Beach, Calif. for a total of 147 there (F&F, August 9) and, to celebrate Earth Day this year,
- 62 new solid waste collection trucks in Florida’s Broward and Dade Counties, bringing the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic in South Florida to 127;
- four new solid waste collection trucks in metropolitan St. Louis, bringing the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic there to 107;
- 16 new solid waste collection trucks to the fleet in the greater Portland area, bringing the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services in Oregon to 35; and
- 40 new solid waste collection trucks in Central Contra Costa County outside San Francisco, bringing the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic in Contra Costa to 123 (F&F, April 18).
Republic’s total fleet numbers around 16,000 units. It is the nation’s eighth largest vocation fleet, the company says.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview with Republic Services