Garbage companies switching to natural gas fleets

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Allied Waste Services, which contracts with Lake Forest Park, is introducing compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to the LFP service area. CNG has the lowest emissions of all fossil fuels. This will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint and help create a healthier, more sustainable environment. CNG is significantly quieter than diesel and gas-operated vehicles. This will certainly help reduce noise in neighborhoods and reduce noise pollution.

The fuel tanks on the trucks are mounted on top of the vehicle. At full height, the truck stands 13 feet, 6 inches. This may create a challenge for areas with low utility lines. Allied Waste is working with utility providers to raise the lines to accommodate the trucks. The routes in some areas may change.

CleanScapes, which contracts with Shoreline, has over 40 CNG powered vehicles that operate in Seattle, and their own CNG fueling station. They do not currently have CNG vehicles servicing the City of Shoreline. However, they are very pleased with the performance of the CNG vehicles and continue to acquire new CNG vehicles as they add to their fleet.


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