Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently announced their collaboration to develop a new safety and best practices guide for fueling and maintaining natural gas-powered refuse trucks. According to the companies, the document will provide the latest information used by fleets for safely operating collection and transfer vehicles that run on natural gas.
“NGVAmerica is the leading association working to promote the use of natural gas refuse vehicles, and SWANA is the largest association for the waste and recycling sector in North America, and we both have a strong commitment to safety,” says SWANA’s executive director and CEO, David Biderman. “By working together and taking advantage of each association’s expertise, we expect the guidance document will provide critical information for members of both associations and others in the waste and recycling industry.”
Biderman adds that SWANA and NGVAmerica worked together last year on federal advocacy issues relating to the tax treatment of natural gas-fueled vehicles.
“The refuse segment continues to be a strong growth driver in America’s fleet of natural gas vehicles. Communities are demanding cleaner, quieter, more cost-effective options for the refuse vehicles running through their neighborhoods, and natural gas delivers the best option,” says NGVAmerica’s president, Matthew Godlewski. “Our goal in partnering on this new document is to bring further awareness to best practices and demonstrate that safety continues to be the industry’s top priority.”
NGVAmerica’s Technology and Development Committee, comprising over 70 natural gas vehicle stakeholders, is leading the collaborative effort with SWANA.