“Rogue Disposal and Recycling’s overall goal is to be the leading environmental company in Southern Oregon, and the CNG truck allows our company to convert to a cleaner burning fuel which will improve the air quality of the Rogue Valley while lowering our fuel expenses for collection,” said Wendel Smith, Rogue Disposal & Recycling General Manager. “In addition, once the Dry Creek Landfill, in conjunction with Jackson County, completes a feasibility study to determine the economics of using methane as a fuel in local fleets, the possibility exists to have a renewable clean energy source here in the Rogue Valley for the next century.”
The company spent two years researching manufacturers of equipment and companies that have converted fleets to CNG. Staff visited facilities in three states and interviewed collection company drivers, mechanics, and management that had in depth experience with this type of equipment.
The truck Rogue Disposal purchased features a Wittke 40 cubic yard frontload body with a Cummins ISL-G 320 horsepower engine coupled to an Allison 6-speed refuse special transmission. The new truck is currently filling at the Rogue Valley Transit District fuel station, which is being updated to a 3600 psi fast fill site.
Source: Rogue Disposal & Recycling Inc.