Author: U.S. Gain
U.S. Gain

Natural Gas: Fuel Choice for Refuse

Did you know that roughly 60 percent of all new refuse trucks run on compressed (CNG) and renewable (RNG) natural gas – not diesel? Fleets across the country have made the switch and are committed to a future with natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Waste Management has, for years, made headlines through use of natural gas within their “Think Green, Think Clean” fleet. But they aren’t the only ones – countless other public and private refuse fleets are raving about the benefits natural gas brings their business.

What kind of benefits?

Reduced Fuel Spend: Natural gas features a lower price per gallon and far less price volatility as compared to diesel. As for taxation, instead of paying high diesel taxes, natural gas fleets pay a much smaller tax and may qualify for an additional tax credit of $0.50/gallon. Further, if refuse fleets are able to use RNG within their fleet, they can monetize federal credits available. They can do this through the renewable fuel standard and if in California, low carbon fuel standard. Together – a change to natural gas provides incredible savings to fleets currently running on diesel.

Reduced Emissions: Natural gas refuse trucks directly improve air quality for communities in which they operate. CNG provides significant Nitrous Oxide (NOx), Particulate Matter (PM), Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and other smog-precursor emission savings. RNG further amplifies emission reductions. It is by far the cleanest pathway to lower emissions, providing up to 125 percent emission reductions. Transportation is one of the leading contributors to unhealthy air quality across the nation. A fuel change can significantly benefit company sustainability goals and more importantly, quality of life for communities that they serve.  

Reduced Fueling Time: Refuse fleets can benefit from time-fill fueling stations, due to their return-to-base application. Instead of paying either drivers or a fuel attendant to fuel the trucks after each shift, drivers can simply park, plug in and let the vehicles fuel by themselves overnight.

Easier Maintenance: Natural gas refuse trucks are actually easier than diesel trucks to maintain. You don’t need diesel particulate matter filters, diesel emissions fluid (DEF) or selective catalytic reductions. And – natural gas is a colorless, odorless fuel, characteristics appreciated by maintenance technicians.

Improved Operator Experience: Natural gas refuse trucks feature capabilities similar to diesel trucks, pertaining to both power and miles per gallon. The difference? Natural gas refuse trucks are extremely quiet. Operators could have a conversation next to the truck without earplugs – this goes a long way!

Join leading fleets – choose natural gas.

Natural gas simply put, makes sense for refuse fleets. From financial benefits, emission savings and even a boost in operator morale – it’s worth considering how a change in fuel will impact your fleet.

Reach out: we have the experience and tools to answer your questions and maybe even bring up a few points that you haven’t thought of. Bottom line, we’ll work on a transition to natural gas that you can’t afford to pass up. And – we can even discuss developing your landfill waste to profitable RNG.

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