Waste Management introduces eco-friendly trucks

CNG waste management trucks

The Crestview Chamber of Commerce welcomed the addition of new, environmentally-friendly Waste Management garbage trucks with a recent ribbon cutting. The new garbage trucks run on compressed natural gas. Check Saturday's edition for a full article.

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 09:52 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Waste Management is replacing diesel garbage trucks with vehicles running on compressed natural gas, or CNG.

"CNG vehicles reduce diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons a year per vehicle, along with a reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle, annually," a company news release stated.

The new trucks — which cost about $350,000 each — are more fuel-efficient and quiet than their diesel counterparts, the company stated.

The company's environmental sustainability initiative requires phasing out its current trucks, 80 percent of which will switch to alternative burning fuels by 2020.

"Natural gas is so much better for the environment," said Crestview resident Lynn Yort, of Waste Management's Gulf Coast region. "We plan to have all of the (local) diesel trucks replaced with the CNG trucks by the end of this year."

More than 30 such vehicles — some of which were displayed Friday at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce office — will collect garbage for thousands of residents in Okaloosa County, including Crestview.

Waste Management serves nearly 4,000 north Okaloosa County residents who get pick-ups twice a week: once for garbage, and once for recyclable products, Yort said.

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