“We are very proud to be the first solid waste company in the region that has fully committed to the cleaner burning CNG as its fuel of choice for all heavy-duty vehicles,” said Craig Hutchison, general manager of Republic Services of Denver, which wants to achieve a significant reduction in harmful vehicle emissions and support Colorado’s natural gas industry.
Several local officials were in attendance at the September 22nd opening to celebrate this environmental milestone. “The benefits of CNG are widespread and address the GEO’s main goals of promoting energy security, environmental sustainability, lower consumer costs and job creation, so we really see this is a step toward the future,” said Director of the Governor’s Energy Office TJ Deora.
Republic Services, which has already switched over 17 trucks and has 60 more units scheduled for conversion in 2012, spent about USD 3 million on the CNG station, and expects to recoup its investment through lower fuel bills in four or five years. The refuelling point will serve Republic’s trucks only.