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Waste Management dedicates Illinois’ largest commercial CNG fueling facility in Stickney

STICKNEY, Ill. April 19, 2012 Illinois Illinois

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Batchelor said converting to CNG trucks will improve air quality in communities Waste Management serves and help the Company achieve its sustainability goals to reduce its overall fleet emissions by 15 percent and increase its fuel efficiency by 15 percent by the year 2020.  Construction of the facility took about three months to complete. 

The approximately 57,000-square-foot fueling site receives its natural gas from a NICOR gas main nearby.  The site is equipped with dual compressors feeding gas to the fueling stations.  CNG is the same gas used in homes for heating and cooking.

The facility includes a public, easy-access "Clean N’ Green" retail station along Pershing Road that is equipped with four "fast-fuel" pumps that can be used by individuals, companies or municipalities operating CNG vehicles. The unmanned retail facility will be operated by PetroCard for Waste Management.

Trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) achieve a smaller carbon footprint. They deliver nearly zero air particulates and up to 23 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The engines run quieter than traditional diesel engines, reducing noise during collection operations on community streets.

The Waste Management trucks are fueled using a "slow-fill" procedure to improve efficiency and carry approximately 58 diesel equivalent gallons of CNG.  The CNG trucks have a capacity to carry between five and eight tons of material — the same payload as traditional collection vehicles — and can run 10 to 12 hours, completing a typical day’s waste or recycling collection route.

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Waste Management’s fleet of over 1,400 natural gas vehicles is the largest in the North American waste industry. As part of the company’s annual fleet conversion, Waste Management expects 80 percent of its annual new collection vehicle purchases to be natural gas-powered trucks.



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