Waste Management helping Detroit area to be greener and cleaner

Waste Management will dedicate its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet and CNG fueling facility in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, September 25. The 38 CNG trucks service the Detroit area making it a greener and cleaner community thanks to the environmental benefits of CNG. This is Waste Management’s first fleet of compressed natural gas trucks in Michigan.

The Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon-cutting will take place on Thursday, September 25 at Noon at Waste Management’s Detroit/Southfield facility (19200 W. Eight Mile Road, Southfield). Featured speakers for the dedication include Southfield City Council President Sylvia Jordan and Waste Management Area Vice President Denise Gretz.

“This new fueling facility gives us the direct capability to fuel a CNG fleet in the Detroit area, and our CNG fleet will lower fleet emissions, helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This demonstrates our commitment to being a positive environmental contributor to the communities we serve,” said Sam Caramagno, District Manager for Waste Management. “The transitioning of our 70 trucks to CNG fits within our sustainability goals and our company’s overall strategy to minimize our environmental footprint,” Caramagno added. In the next few months, five (5) more CNG trucks are expected to arrive. The transition of the rest of the fleet to CNG will occur over the next couple years.

The trucks emit nearly zero air particulates and up to 25 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The engines also run quieter than traditional diesel engines, reducing noise during collection operations on community streets. The trucks, which use a “slow-fill” method, carry approximately 50 gallons of CNG.  This capacity allows them to run 10 to 12 hours and complete a typical day’s waste or recycling collection route.

Waste Management’s fleet of over 3,000 CNG and liquefied (LNG) 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 new collection vehicle purchases to be natural gas powered trucks. It currently has natural gas fueling stations at over 50 facilities throughout North America and more under development.

Waste Management is embracing clean fuel technology across North America and part of its sustainability goals include lowering emissions by 15 percent and increasing the fuel efficiency of its fleet by 15 percent by the year 2020.

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