A new, environmentally friendly refuse truck fueled by CNG is rolling through Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming. The park recently purchased this vehicle through a grant and it contributes to the park and community’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In May 2019, Grand Teton National Park received a grant from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to replace its refuse truck with one fueled by natural gas. The park worked closely with Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities to develop the grant proposal.
The truck is more environmentally friendly than its predecessor, running entirely on CNG, and will reduce approximately 2,250 pounds of NOx emissions annually. In 2016, the park conducted an alternative fuel feasibility study that found they could significantly reduce emissions through the implementation of alternative fuels in their fleet, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The latest natural gas engines provide near zero tailpipe emissions.
The truck will be filled while on regular runs to the Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Center south of Jackson, at Lower Valley Energy service station.
This is the first vehicle in Grand Teton’s fleet to use natural gas, while some local Jackson, Wyoming, businesses are utilizing this technology with their respective fleets as well.
Source: National Park Service