Compressed Natural Gas Now Powering N.J. Garbage Trucks

Blue Diamond Disposal, a Mount Arlington, N.J.-based recycling and garbage collection company, has taken steps to replace the gas in its tanks by adding compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered trucks to its fleet.

The New Jersey Herald reports that the company added 14 CNG-powered dump trucks on Thursday, with plans to add three more. The company's fleet, spread across Mount Arlington and Cape May County, comprises 100 trucks.

John Shortino Jr., president of Blue Diamond Disposal, told the Herald high gasoline prices and pressure to comply with Environmental Protection Agency standards inspired the company to make the switch. According to the report, the company received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, administered by the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, to help pay for the CNG trucks.

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