POMPANO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waste Management recently announced a significant milestone in its natural gas fleet journey, opening its 100th natural gas fueling station. The company also celebrated a significant milestone of operating 6,000 natural gas trucks, which is the largest heavy-duty fleet of its kind in North America.
In Florida, Waste Management’s 11 natural gas fueling stations supports a fleet of 525 trucks serving customers throughout the state.
A WM Clean ‘N Green public fueling station is also available in Pompano Beach for commercial fleet vehicles to access cleaner burning fuel.
“Natural gas trucks are good for our customers, good for the community, good for the environment, and good for our business,” said Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “We are pleased to be a community partner operating natural gas-powered collection trucks that run cleaner and quieter, while providing our customers with superior customer service with minimal impact on the environment.”
Waste Management Natural Gas Fleet Benefits
Waste Management vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and are quieter than diesel trucks.
For every diesel truck replaced with natural gas, the company reduces its use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year (the equivalent of a 15 percent emissions reduction per truck).
Waste Management Natural Gas Fueling Stations
Following a busy day of servicing customers, Waste Management’s compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks connect to fuel systems at the station and are refueled via a slow overnight fueling process. Located adjacent to the Waste Management operation in Pompano Beach is the company’s public access Clean ‘N Green fueling station where dedicated fast-fill pumps serve commercial fleet vehicles.
Waste Management, A Leader in the Adoption of Natural Gas
As a pioneer in the use of natural gas in its fleet since the early 1990’s, Waste Management established a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve the efficiency of its on-road fleet efficiency by 15 percent by 2020 (based on 2007 levels). The goal was achieved in 2011, and with the increasing adoption of natural gas vehicles, the company continues to exceed this goal each year.
“Waste Management’s mission is to maximize resource value, while minimizing environmental impact so that our customers, our company, our economy and our environment can thrive,” said Jim Trevathan, Waste Management executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We’re proud to be the leader in the adoption of natural gas for our heavy-duty fleet and we plan to do even more!”
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Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.