Waste Management recently implemented a new CNG fleet of garbage trucks which will service several parishes in Louisiana. WM is replacing diesel trucks with 24 trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead, reducing diesel usage by about 400.000 gallons a year.
“Waste Management is pleased to announce our latest local sustainability efforts as we convert our service fleet to alternative fuels,” the company said in an announcement.
The trucks will service Calcasieu Parish, Westlake, Vinton, Iowa and Cameron Parish residents, and other customers throughout southeast Louisiana.
Each diesel truck replaced with a CNG-powered vehicle reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 22 metric tons, which means this fleet will have a total reduction of 1,100 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. According to their website, Waste Management estimates that in their overall fleet of collection vehicles across the country, about “2,000 natural gas collection vehicles have been put into operation-making ours the largest heavy-duty natural gas fleet in the country.”
“This is Waste Management’s third fleet conversion in Louisiana,” said Beverly Gilchrist, district manager of WM Lake Charles, “and it brings us another step closer to reaching Waste Management’s overall sustainability goals.”