Waste Management is expanding its operations by constructing a new, cutting-edge facility utilizing CNG at RiverPort Business Park in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The company will create 53 new jobs and invest $23 million at the new 25,000-square-foot site, which will be located in Jasper County. Construction for the project began last December, with hiring expected in July 2018.
Pursuing carbon footprint reduction, Hardeeville facility will boast an entire fleet of new trucks, all of which operate using CNG instead of diesel. The facility will also serve as a CNG fueling station for the fleet. Waste Management’s project received funding in partnership with the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta and as part of a competitively selected U.S. Department of Energy cost-shared award for its focus on using CNG.
Tracey Shrader, Area President for Waste Management, said: “This facility is a very exciting project for Waste Management, the Lowcountry, our employees, and our customers. We continue to be a leader in our industry by investing in CNG infrastructure and trucks fueled by CNG, a win for our customers, the environment, and us. For every diesel truck we replace with natural gas we reduce our use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Our vehicles powered by CNG emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 20%, and are quieter than diesel trucks.”
“Hardeeville is proud to welcome Waste Management as the city’s newest business landowner,” said Mayor Harry Williams. “We are excited that high-quality companies like Waste Management recognize our market potential and are investing capital to be part of our growth. We thank them for recognizing Hardeeville’s advantages, and there is no doubt that their presence will attract other first-rate companies.”
Source: SouthernCarolina Alliance/Waste Management