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National Clean Fleets Partner: Waste Management

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Waste Management has more than 3,000 heavy-duty natural gas trucks in North American cities today and plans to ultimately convert its entire fleet of 18,000 collection vehicles to natural gas operation. The company is on target to purchase 800 natural gas trucks per year, about 90% of its new truck purchases. Waste Management has 58 natural gas fueling stations across North America, 19 of which are publicly accessible. By 2020, the company expects its efforts to have saved 350 million gallons of fuel, about 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and $1 billion in operational costs.

Fast Facts

  • Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: March 2013
  • Headquarters: Houston, TX
  • Operations: Waste Management serves residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.
  • Strategies and Technologies: Heavy-duty natural gas collection trucks, natural gas fueling infrastructure, landfill-gas-to-fuel, idle reduction, driver training

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For additional information contact the Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership account manager, Mark Smith.

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Clean Fleets News

July 31, 2013

Waste Management opens 50th natural gas fueling station

JACKSON, Miss. – Waste Management announced the opening of its 50th natural gas fueling station, a further move toward the company's sustainability goals of reducing its fleet emissions and increasing its fuel efficiency. At a ceremony in Jackson, Miss., state, county, and local officials joined the company to dedicate the fueling station and the fleet, which will service routes in the communities in and around the city.

"This is a significant milestone for us as we convert our heavy-duty collection fleet to natural gas," said Eric Woods, vice president of fleet supply chain for Waste Management. "For each diesel truck produced in 2006 or earlier that we replace with a natural gas one, we see an average annual reduction of 8,000 gallons of diesel and 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases."

Woods added that, with the company's 32,000 collection and support vehicles, the conversion makes good business sense because of the significant maintenance and diesel fuel costs savings.

Considered one of the cleanest alternative fuels available for heavy-duty trucks in the transportation industry, compressed natural gas (CNG) will also be made available to Jackson municipalities, businesses, and the public through the new CNG retail station.

Of the company's 50 fueling stations across North America, 19 are accessible to the public. Waste Management owns the stations, purchases the fuel, and funds their construction, a strategy that allows the company to secure competitive prices.

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