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April 1, 2015
The Vaughan, Ontario-based Progressive Waste added 25 CNG vehicles to its St. Louis fleet. Progressive also has its own fueling station there, according to a news release.
By the end of the year Progressive expects to operate 40 CNG trucks, which would comprise about 50 percent of its fleet.
Progressive Waste operates the largest landfill in Missouri and collects more than 4,000 tons of trash daily. Progressive, like other haulers, has not let a recent drop in diesel costs affect its plans to convert at portion of its fleet to CNG.
“The addition of CNG trucks furthers our commitment to the environment and sustainability in the St. Louis area,” said John Drier, area manager for Progressive. “This adds to our list of green initiatives such as our LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified office building, our Methane to Megawatts program (converting landfill methane into a clean renewable energy source), and the thousands of tons of recycling processed each year.”
Progressive now has added nearly 250 natural gas vehicles to its waste and recycling fleet since it announced a corporate plan in May 2013 to convert to CNG. It expects to have as much as 55 percent of its fleet replaced by CNG vehicles annually in the United States and Canada. By 2019, it plans on having 18-20 percent of its fleet powered by natural gas.
News Editor, Waste360
Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.
Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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