Advanced Disposal, a refuse and recycling company that operates in more than a dozen states, recently opened its seventh compressed natural gas (CNG) station, located at its hauling facility at 2201 Trade Dr. in Macon, Ga.
Fifteen of the company’s trucks currently refuel at the private slow-fill station every night, and Advanced Disposal plans to expand its CNG fleet in the region as diesel trucks reach the end of their useful life.
The company operates more than 3,100 trucks in its entire footprint, and approximately 12% of those vehicles run on CNG. Advanced Disposal suggests that although a CNG truck costs between $30,000 and $40,000 more than a comparable diesel one, the overall benefits are worth the extra cost.
“We will increase our CNG fleet to 15 percent by the end of 2015,” notes company CEO Richard Burke. ‘CNG is a cleaner fuel source than diesel, which lowers our company’s carbon footprint while reducing costs of operations. This helps us achieve our goals of being good stewards of the environment while enhancing stakeholder returns.”
The Macon CNG station was a $1.6 million investment, and about 25% of Advanced Disposal’s collection routes in the Macon area are powered by CNG. The company says customers will notice that the logos on the trucks read “powered by CNG.”