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Having a Gas

Republic Services and Veolia add natural gas vehicles to their fleets.

Stephen Ursery

December 1, 2010

1 Min Read
Having a Gas

Republic Services has added 41 natural gas vehicles to its Lakeland, Fla., area collection fleet. The trucks feature chassis by Mack Trucks and engines by Cummins Westport. Nationwide, Republic has approximately 500 alternatively fueled vehicles.

Republic also recently opened a $4.1 million materials recovery facility in Polk County, Fla., that will process single-stream residential and commercial recyclables from the nearby central Florida cities of Lakeland, Tampa and Orlando.

“The new recycling facility will play a critical role in the management of solid waste and recyclables in central Florida,” said Mark Talbott, general manager of Republic Services, in a press release. “It provides a valued service for the businesses and residents who rely on a convenient and cost-effective solution for their recycling, and it adds 18 new jobs.”

In other alternative fuel news, Veolia ES Solid Waste has begun using a fleet of 32 compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled vehicles in its Fort Myers, Fla., service area. The firm also has opened an on-site CNG fueling station that uses a technology that allows trucks to fuel during overnight hours to minimize downtime.

According to Veolia, CNG produces 29 percent less carbon dioxide than oil, and its CNG-powered trucks — which feature Autocar chassis and McNeilus bodies — are 15 percent quieter than trucks with diesel engines.

“A CNG-powered fleet is a win-win for Veolia and for Lee County,” said Jim Long, president and CEO of Veolia ES Solid Waste, in a statement.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Ursery

Editor, Waste Age Magazine, Waste360

Stephen Ursery is the editor of Waste Age magazine. During his time as editor, Waste Age has won more than 20 national and regional awards. He has worked for Penton Media since August 1999. Before joining Waste Age as the magazine's managing editor, he was an associate editor for American City & County and for National Real Estate Investor.

Prior to joining Penton, Stephen worked as a reporter for The Marietta Daily Journal and The Fulton County Daily Report, both of which are located in metro Atlanta.

Stephen earned a BA in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

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