Monday, April 15, 2013

Wasatch Front Waste Celebrates Earth Day by Switching to Natural Gas

Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District is celebrating Earth Day this year by rolling out their first five Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and plans to have their entire fleet of 45 vehicles switched over by 2016. They also announced new initiatives to reduce idling time and use alternative fuels.

“Our goal is to improve the environment and make life better here in the Salt Lake Valley,” said Executive Director Pam Roberts. “Besides our improved vehicles, last year we saved over $6,000 in fuel by reducing idling time.”

In 2009 Wasatch Front Waste began using bio-diesel fuel for their area clean-up vehicles and now all their entire fleet uses alternative fuels with bio-diesel or CNG. Purchase of the CNG vehicles was supplemented by a $79,000 Clean Fuels Grant awarded to Wasatch Front Waste by Utah’s Division of Air Quality.

“We applaud Wasatch Front Waste for being proactive in using vehicles that not only reduce air pollutants, but noise pollution as well,” said Taylorsville City Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach. “Clean air is a concern for all of us, and Earth Day is a great time to step up our stewardship.”

CNG is one of the cleanest fuels currently available for use in heavy-duty trucks. Compared to diesel, CNG powered trucks have enormous environmental benefits:
  • Carbon monoxide emissions are reduced by up to 80 percent.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by up to 25 percent.
  • Nitrogen oxide emissions are reduced by up to 32 percent.
  • Hydrocarbon emissions are reduced by up to 64 percent.
  • Particulate matter emissions are reduced by up to 86 percent.
  • CNG trucks also run 50 percent quieter than diesel trucks

    “Our mission is to provide sustainable, integrated collection services for the health and safety of the community,” Roberts said. “We will continue to work towards doing our part to help the environment.”

    WASATCH FRONT WASTE AND RECYCLING DISTRICT, formerly the Sanitation Division of Salt Lake County, manages weekly waste pickup, recycling, and area cleanup for 81,000 customers in the Salt Lake Valley, including Taylorsville, Herriman, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, a portion of Murray, and unincorporated Salt Lake County. 

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