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Solid Waste Services Launches Additional CNG Trucks

July 17, 2012

Contact: Charita Curtis, 704-432-3538

CHARLOTTE - The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services has added four new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet. The vehicle purchases were supplemented from funds awarded to Solid Waste Services through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities grant, Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative, administered locally by Centralina Council of Governments.

The additional CNG trucks are part of Solid Waste Services’ commitment to the environment and bring the department’s total CNG truck fleet to six (two CNG trucks were purchased through an awarded grant in 2009). Using CNG as fuel offers lower emissions than standard diesel trucks and is less expensive than diesel, offering fuel cost savings.

“The two original CNG vehicles provided a cost savings in maintenance and fuel of $83,000 after the first fiscal year,” said Victoria O. Johnson, Solid Waste Services Director. “We are optimistic about the cost savings the additional four vehicles will provide, as well as the additional environmental benefits.”  

The 31 cubic-yard side-loading automated CNG vehicles will collect residential waste throughout the city and be fueled daily at Piedmont Natural Gas.

For more information on Solid Waste Services, please visit http://curbit.charlottenc.gov or call 311 (704.336.7600).