Construction took about 3 months
WM opens Illinois’ largest commercial compressed natural gas fueling facility
Located in Stickney, it is equipped with 55 "slow-fuel" stations for the Waste Management’s growing CNG-powered fleet of trucks, and will also serve public and independent fleets. The company currently operates more than 30 NGVs in the Chicago area, and will have more than 80 in the area by year end, making it Illinois' largest commercial clean-fuel refuse truck fleet.
"We are rapidly transitioning to using clean-burning fuels like CNG in our collection vehicles in the Chicago area," said Steve Batchelor, Waste Management area vice president for Illinois and Indiana. "Our new Stickney CNG facility represents a substantial commitment that will allow us to independently support our growing CNG fleet in Chicago and across northeastern Illinois."
According to Batchelor, the transition to natural gas vehicles will improve air quality in communities Waste Management serves and help the company achieve its sustainability goals to reduce its overall fleet emissions by 15 percent and increase its fuel efficiency by 15 percent by the year 2020.
The approximately 57,000-square-foot fueling facility, which is the second in the Chicago area following Wheeling site
, receives natural gas from a NICOR gas main nearby and features dual compressors feeding gas to the stations. It also includes a public, easy-access "Clean N' Green" retail station that is equipped with four "fast-fuel" pumps that can be used by individuals, companies or municipalities operating NGVs. Source: Waste Management