Waste Management has launched a $13 million new fleet of compressed natural gas fueled trucks in Waterloo, Iowa.
Waste Management has been a pioneer in the use of natural gas in its fleet since the early 1990s. The company’s North American fleet includes more than 32,000 collection and support vehicles, 18,500 of which are dedicated to collection activities.
With the largest heavy-duty truck fleet in North America, the company now has nearly 4,100 of its vehicles running on natural gas. In Ontario, WM has 79 CNG-powered vehicles and is expecting to grow that to 111 later this year.
Waste Management operates 73 CNG fueling stations in North America, two of which are in Ontario. As part of the company’s continuing commitment to natural gas vehicles, over 90 percent of its new truck purchases each year will be natural gas vehicles.
For every vehicle that is converted to natural gas, use of diesel fuel is reduced by an average of 8,000 gallons per year, the company says. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 22 metric tons per year, per truck.