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Purchase of 40 Natural Gas Refuse Trucks

Republic Services received $1.28 million in Clean Transportation Funding from the MSRC to purchase 40 new CNG refuse collection vehicles, which all were placed into service by the fall of 2010. These vehicles were funded through the MSRC’s Solid Waste Collection Vehicle Natural Gas Engine Program, which offers co-funding for the purchase of new, lower-emission refuse haulers equipped with natural gas engines certified at the California Air Resources Board’s 2010 standards or to re-power existing natural gas solid waste trucks with these engines. The trucks funded by the MSRC serve the greater Los Angeles area and operate primarily in the San Fernando Valley and in the cities of La Cañada Flintridge, Santa Clarita, and Alhambra. The emissions reductions provided by these CNG refuse haulers are especially critical because the trucks drive in these neighborhoods every day. Just one clean-fuel refuse hauler can remove 400 pounds of pollution a year – that’s 2.4 tons of emissions eliminated over a typical 12-year life span of a single truck. The MSRC-funded refuse haulers help bring the total number of alternative fuel vehicles in Republic Services’ fleet to more than 450 vehicles nationwide, enabling the company to further its commitment to building a cleaner fleet.

Republic Services (dba Allied Waste Services) has been serving the communities in the South Coast Air District for more than five decades, providing refuse collection service to more than 2.5 million customers each month. Republic recognizes its responsibility to minimize its environmental impact in the communities it serves. Waste collected by Republic collection divisions is initially brought to Republic Material Recovery Facilities so that reyclables can be removed from the waste stream and converted back to useful products and materials. In addition to recycling, the use of low emission vehicles is an important enviromental strategy for Republic Services. Republic operates and maintains a fleet of 459 natural gas vehicles and is one of the largest private CNG fleets in the nation. This summary describes the recent acquistion of forty compressed natural gas refuse collection trucks, each equipped with a state of the art low emission natural gas engine.

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  • Contractor

    Allied Waste Services of North America, LLC
    9200 Glenoaks Blvd
    Sun Valley, CA 91352
    Contact: Greg Loughnane - 818-504-3077

    MSRC Award Value

  • Project Implementation

    Republic Services has taken delivery and placed into revenue service all forty new CNG refuse collection trucks. Each vehicle is equipped with the Cummins ISL G natural gas engine. This engine is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at 0.1 g/bhp-hr for nitrogen oxide emissions, making this engine the lowest-emitting heavy-duty engine commerically available at this time.
  • Project Objective

    Republic services sought to expand their fleet of low-emission compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse collection trucks and sought funding assistance to partially offset the cost of acquiring new, state-of-the-art natural gas engines.
  • Status

    As of September 1, 2010, Republic Services has received and placed into revenue service all forty (40) new CNG refuse collection vehicles. Republic has not encountered any major problems with the CNG vehicles since deployment. The new vehicles have performed reliably and Republic has received positive feedback from both drivers and customers.
  • Project Costs

    The total project cost exceeded $5.24M. The MSRC awarded $1.28M in Clean Transportation Funding to partially offset the cost of equipping each truck with a low emission natural gas engine.
  • Project Results

    The use of advanced technology natural gas engines results in significant reductions in both criteria air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. The forty natural gas trucks will displace approximately 364,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. Over the lifetime of the fleet, the forty new vehicles will reduce air pollutant emissions by over 80 tons. This is shown in greater detail in the Emisson Benefits section, below.
  • Air Quality Benefits

    Emission Reduction (tons)
    ROG: 0.00
    NOx: 8.16
    CO/7: 0.00
    ROG: 0.00
    NOx: 0.00
    CO/7: 0.00

  • Project Expansion & Replication Potential

    As of April 2010, Republic Services has acquired 226 new CNG refuse trucks, bringing their fleet total to 459 vehicles.

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