TFC Recycling Adds CNG Trucks to Fleet

Recycling company also opens a compressed natural gas maintenance shop.

February 16, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
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One of TFC's new CNG trucks.
4th District Congressman Randy Forbes addressing the audience.

TFC Recycling, a privately owned recycling company headquartered in Chesapeake, Va., has added five new compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to its collection fleet. The company says that with the addition of the new trucks it is now the largest private owner and operator of CNG collection trucks in Virginia. TFC adds that it also opened a fleet maintenance shop capable of working on CNG vehicles in Hampton Roads, Va.

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Energy Cathie France and Congressman Randy Forbes recognized TFC Recycling for its role in using alternative energy at a news conference Feb. 13, 2012, at TFC’s facility.

"One of our greatest demands for clean, reliable, affordable energy in Virginia and our nation are the fuels needed to move people, goods and services," said Virfinia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a statement. "That is why the commonwealth takes an 'all fuels' approach to transportation energy. I'm pleased to see companies like TFC Recycling making efforts to embrace and use alternative fuels such as natural gas, which means cleaner air in Virginia, reduced dependency on oil and gas and more American jobs."

In one year, TFC Recycling estimates that its six CNG trucks will displace 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

TFC Recycling adds that its new 20-bay maintenance facility is CNG-compliant and the first of its kind in Hampton Roads. Mechanics there are certified in alternative fuels, which means the maintenance facility can help other businesses that are interested in CNG conversion and maintenance.

“Recycling paper, glass and metals is our principal line of work,” says Michael Benedetto, president of TFC Recycling, “but we are equally committed to new technologies that promote a cleaner environment and demonstrate corporate leadership. We believe that having six CNG trucks is a good example, and we look forward to adding even more as well as a natural gas filling station in the near future.”