Waste Management announced a significant milestone in its natural gas fleet journey, opening its 100th natural gas fueling station, located in Oklahoma City. The company also celebrated a significant milestone of operating 6,000 natural gas trucks, which is the largest heavy-duty fleet of its kind in North America. “We invest in building our own fueling infrastructure to refuel our vehicles, while making CNG available to other commercial fleets and individuals,” said Marty Tufte, Waste Management corporate fleet director.
“Waste Management’s mission is to maximize resource value, while minimizing environmental impact so that our customers, our company, our economy and our environment can thrive,” said Jim Trevathan, Waste Management executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This milestone is certainly a stellar example of this, and we’re proud to be the leader in the adoption of natural gas for our heavy-duty fleet and we plan to do even more!”
Waste Management operates 100 fueling stations in North America, with 25 open to the public. It constructs its fueling stations, which it owns and operates, purchases the fuel, and finances the construction of the facilities. Waste Management trucks connect to fuel systems at the station and are refueled via a slow overnight fueling process. At the company’s public access fueling stations, dedicated fast-fill pumps serve both commercial and consumer vehicles.
As a pioneer in the use of natural gas in its fleet since the early 1990’s, Waste Management established a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve the efficiency of its on-road fleet by 15% by 2020 (based on 2007 levels). The goal was achieved in 2011, and with the increasing adoption of NGVs, the company continues to exceed this goal each year.
Source: Waste Management