The company has 31 fueling centers in North America
WM opens Louisville's first public-access filling station and introduces 25 NGVs
The fleet launched by this leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America is the first of its kind in Kentucky, replacing heavy-duty collection trucks with new state-of-the-art vehicles that run on CNG. The new filling station provides first-of-its-kind infrastructure in the state’s largest city to serve commercial fleet managers and private individuals a ready supply of natural gas.
Mayor Greg Fischer, along with other civic, community and sustainability leaders, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstration of the new facility a few days ago at Waste Management's 7501 Grade Lane location. The company is adding up to 25 CNG-powered collection vehicles in Louisville and will roll out additional NGVs in the area in the future. The public fueling station will refuel WM's local fleet as well as sell CNG to commercial fleets and retail consumers with methane-equipped vehicles.
"Since natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, we've made the commitment to use more in our local operations and support sustainability in this community by opening a public CNG station," said Tim Wells, area vice president for Waste Management in Kentucky as well as Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. "We are dedicated to providing our greater Louisville area customers with outstanding service while doing business here in the most sustainable manner possible."
Waste Management collaborated with PetroCard to develop the first CNG fueling station in Louisville. The new Clean N' Green Fuel facility was funded by Waste Management and PetroCard.
In 2007, the company set a goal of reducing fleet emissions by 15 percent and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 percent by 2020. "Waste Management already operates nearly 1,700 CNG vehicles, the largest fleet of CNG recycling and waste collection trucks in North America," Wells concluded.
Source: Waste Management.