to utilize compressed natural gas
Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc., the solid waste
division of Veolia Environmental Services North America (VESNA),
introduced a new fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered
trucks to its Fort Myers, Florida, service area.
The new fleet of 32 CNG-powered refuse collection trucks, built
by manufacturer McNeilus, began serving residential and commercial
customers across Lee County in October. Veolia ES Solid Waste
has also invested in a CNG fueling infrastructure system on-site
in Fort Myers, which utilizes time-fill fueling technology that
allows drivers to fuel their trucks during overnight hours, minimizing
administrative and operational downtime.
The Veolia-owned fueling station is the first privately owned
CNG fueling station in southwest Florida, and was constructed
by Vocational Energy, a general engineering contractor that specializes
in CNG infrastructure construction for the waste industry.
In addition to a reduction in pollution, the new trucks are approximately
15 percent (8-10 decibels) quieter than trucks powered with diesel
engines. The trucks will also come equipped with automated collection
arms that will increase efficiency and further reduce emissions
and the number of hours they are in operation.
CNG technology is a key part of Veolia’s long-term sustainability
strategy and the company intends to expand its CNG fleet into
other markets in early 2011.