Waste Management Teams with Terasen Gas to Bring 20 New "Clean Air"
Trucks to Vancouver
VANCOUVER, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Life in downtown Vancouver and throughout
Lower Mainland communities will soon be cleaner and quieter, thanks to
a new sustainability initiative from Waste Management and Terasen Gas.
Beginning this week, Waste Management will deploy 20 new "clean air"
trucks to collect commercial recycling, food waste and garbage
throughout the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver area.
The new trucks are part of a larger, long-term initiative to convert
Waste Management's entire Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver fleet --
100 recycling and waste collection trucks in all -- to compressed
natural gas (CNG).
The trucks are powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) for
a smaller carbon footprint. They will deliver distinct environmental
benefits for the Lower Mainland, including nearly zero air particulate
and 23 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The engines also run
quieter than traditional diesel engines, resulting in quieter trucks
and less noise in Vancouver's urban core.
"This initiative is all about clean air for the Lower Mainland and Metro
Vancouver," said Dean Kattler, vice president for Waste Management-BC
and Pacific Northwest. "Transitioning to clean air trucks to serve
Lower Mainland communities and businesses shows Waste Management is
listening to our customers and championing BC's bid to sustain its
position as a world-class sustainability leader."
The contribution from Terasen Gas helped offset the incremental cost of
the clean air trucks. Terasen, which recently announced it will be
renamed and operate under the brand name FortisBC, just completed
construction of a state-of-the art CNG fueling station at the Waste
Management site at Coquitlam, where the trucks will fuel up.
"With significantly lower emissions and lower fuel costs, natural gas
vehicles have a role in helping BC meet its environmental goals," said
Doug Stout, vice president, Energy Solutions and External Relations at
Terasen Gas and FortisBC. "Our collaboration with Waste Management is
an excellent opportunity to showcase the technology in the region where
it is developed and encourage greater adoption of natural gas for
Waste Management operates the largest fleet of clean air CNG recycling
and waste trucks in North America. Deploying the new CNG fleet in
Vancouver will help WM achieve its sustainability goal of reducing
fleet emissions by 15 percent and increasing fuel efficiency by 15
percent by 2020.
Throughout the Lower Mainland, WM provides innovative recycling services
as well as waste collection for single-family, multi-family, commercial
and industrial customers.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste
management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the
company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery,
and disposal services. It is the largest recycler in North America and
also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and
landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company's
customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal
customers throughout North America. For more information about Waste
Management, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
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Jackie J. Lang