The Refuse and Recycle industry has changed significantly over the years in the way of worker / neighborhood safety and their overall reduced impact on the environment. Not only do Refuse and Recycle companies work under adverse conditions to remove and properly dispose of home, business and factory waste, many waste trucks are operating in our neighborhoods without the previous roaring Diesel engine sound as they start and stop at every address.
The compelling case:
Due to their start-and-stop routes, Refuse and Recycle trucks are notorious for getting very low gas mileage from 2.5 to 5.0 MPG. Their routes typically serve an area of less than 50 mile radius, many times within a much smaller area. Refuse and Recycle trucks typically use 30-40 gallons of fuel per day between 5 AM and 6 PM, go back to their home base for preventive or repair maintenance, then the trucks typically sit from 10 PM until 5 AM when the next shift begins. As such, they are the perfect candidate for a dedicated time-fill CNG station. However, many Refuse and Recycle companies host Private-Public stations for their fleet on the private side and the public on a fuel island located on the other side of their fence.
According to a report by Waste Management, President and CEO David Steiner said: "Looking to the future, 90 percent of our entire corporate-wide truck purchases will be natural gas vehicles; an investment surpassing $1 billion. Because of this, Waste Management will displace an estimated 30 million diesel gallons annually and reduce 80 thousand metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. By the end of this year, we will also have 75 natural gas fueling stations throughout North America, 47 of which will allow third-party access. Good for business. Good for communities. Good for the environment. That's why we'll continue to be a leader in the alternative fuel space and why all of us at Waste Management are excited about the transformation of our fleet. It's been quite a journey, and we're looking forward to the road ahead."
Today, many refuse companies are using the methane that emits from their landfills to use for electric power generation or even as a vehicle fuel such as Waste Management does in Oakland, CA from their landfill in Livermore. Bio-Methane is a valuable fuel due to its reduction in Greenhouse Gases (GHG).