In a move to reduce gases from landfills and carbon emissions, Pensacola, Fla. garbage and recycling trucks are switching to renewable natural gas for fuel.
Pensacola has 87 vehicles, which includes garbage and recycling trucks that use to be powered by compressed natural gas. In a new move, the trucks will now use renewable natural gas for fuel.
Pensacola Energy has made an agreement with BP to use renewable natural gas at no extra cost.
The renewable natural gas is produced from natural decomposition of organic material in landfills. Methane is captured and converted to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas.
“[We’re] re-capturing gas from a landfill that would be going to the atmosphere so therefore we’re kind of killing two birds with one stone,” Pensacola Energy Director Darryl Singleton said. “We’re not wasting methane from a landfill and we’re not producing any toxins out of the tailpipe.”
Pensacola has a goal of using 30% renewable energy by 2030.