The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority has earmarked $2.5 million that will be used to acquire 14 new refuse vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), as well as to develop a CNG refueling station.
Other Pennsylvania municipalities, such as East Hempfield and Manheim, have expressed interest in converting their own vehicles to CNG, according to a local report. These and other townships, along with commercial fleets, would benefit from Lancaster County's first CNG station.
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority estimates that with a switch to natural gas, it could save up to $4.8 million in fuel costs over the next decade. The project would pay for itself in as little as six years, the agency added.