“Currently, the entire garbage-collecting fleet is powered by diesel and contributes a significant amount of Salinas emissions. Now, we are doing our part to help the city overall reduce its carbon footprint. It’s a commitment by this new company Republic Services to really try to be a green partner in the community,” said Doug Kenyon, general manager of Republic Services.
According to Richard Stedman, executive director of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, the switch from diesel to compressed natural gas “is a good move” toward reducing emissions.
Moreover, Republic Services also plans to build its CNG refuelling station by the time the first batch of the new refuse trucks arrive, reported local newspaper The Californian. The waste management firm will pipe the gas directly from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and then compress it onsite.