US recycling trucks switch to compressed gas to cut emissions

An American recycling and waste firm has traded its diesel trucks for new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vehicles to cut its fuel use and save emissions. Indianapolis firm Republic […]

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By Vicky Ellis

An American recycling and waste firm has traded its diesel trucks for new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vehicles to cut its fuel use and save emissions.

Indianapolis firm Republic Services rolled out 79 CNG solid waste and recycling trucks. It has installed two natural gas fuelling stations to support the new fleet.

Travis Simpson, area president of Republic Services said: “With these new trucks, we are reducing ozone-forming emissions to levels equal to removing 395 automobiles off local roads this year and in the next year 70% of our local fleet will be powered by compressed natural gas.”

Bringing in new trucks to the fleet equates to planting 47,400 trees in terms of carbon emission reductions, claimed the firm.