Republic Services has announced that it is adding 62 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks serving customers in Broward and Dade counties in Florida. The new CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered collection trucks and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services in South Florida to 127.
In addition to expanding its South Florida CNG fleet, Republic is also adding four CNG-powered solid waste collection trucks to its St. Louis fleet. This grows Republic’s St. Louis fleet to 107 CNG-powered vehicles.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting over 600 mature trees annually. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions reduction benefits from Republic’s CNG-powered fleet in South Florida are equivalent to planting 76,200 mature trees per year. The St. Louis fleet carbon emissions reduction benefits are equivalent to planting 64,200 mature trees per year.
Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of approximately 2,500 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. According to Republic, its CNG-powered fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. Approximately one-third of all replacement vehicles purchased by Republic last year were CNG-powered vehicles.