Progressive Waste Solutions yesterday announced the official opening of its natural gas fueling station facility in Coquitlam that services the NGV largest fleet of waste and recycling collection vehicles in BC and Canada.
The company services the cities of Coquitlam and Surrey, and commercial customers with 77 trucks powered by CNG, which deliver distinct environmental benefits to the local communities and Lower Mainland as they reduce smog-causing nitrogen oxides and diesel particulate matter by over 90 percent and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 25 percent when compared to older diesel trucks.
“We’re pretty proud to have this natural gas fuelling station right here in Coquitlam, fuelling the trucks that serve our residents,” said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart. “Natural gas provides many benefits over other fuels; it’s a progressive fuel choice that we’re happy to embrace for our waste collection.”
The trucks are powered by technology developed by Cummins Westport of Vancouver and fueled with natural gas from FortisBC.
The CNG-powered collection vehicles are part of a corporate initiative announced in Vancouver in May 2013 to convert the Progressive Waste’s collection fleet to natural gas powered vehicles from diesel powered trucks. Since announcing the conversion just over a year ago, the company has added nearly 250 natural gas-powered trucks to its waste and recycling collection fleet and now has close to 400 CNG vehicles on the road in 11 different markets throughout North America.
Source: Progressive Waste Solutions.