The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, bringing the total number of CNG vehicles operated by Republic throughout North Carolina to 25.
“Natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter,” says Drew Isenhour, area president of Republic Services. “We’re dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service while doing business in the most sustainable manner possible. This also embodies the responsibility we assume for doing our part to preserve North Carolina’s natural beauty for future generations.”
Republic says its Raleigh Hauling Division has 100 employees who serve approximately 8,000 local homeowner associations, municipalities and commercial customers. Republic also owns and operates six landfills, eight transfer stations, four recycling centers and 18 hauling divisions throughout the state of North Carolina.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting more than 600 mature trees each year. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions reduction benefits from Republic’s CNG-powered fleet in North Carolina is equivalent to planting 15,000 mature trees or removing 137 cars off the road annually.
Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of more than 2,200 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic says its CNG fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. As the operator of the eighth largest vocational fleet in the country, Republic says the company has a number of initiatives to reduce overall fuel usage, including its continued commitment to operating CNG-powered trucks. Together, these initiatives will help Republic reach its goal, outlined in the 2014 Sustainability Report, of reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent by 2018, according to the company.
Through Republic’s Blue Planet™ sustainability initiative, the company says it is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic’s 2014 Sustainability Report, visit www.republicservices.com/sustainabilityreport.