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Republic adds natural gas powered vehicles to fleet

Republic Services, Inc. deployed 56 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout the South Shore and South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The new CNG fleet will replace older diesel powered trucks, and represents a significant local investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles.

Republic installed a natural gas fueling station to support its new fleet of CNG powered trucks in Fall River, Massachusetts. Natural gas fueling stations enable CNG trucks to fuel during non-peak hours, which has the added benefit of reduced energy consumption during the refueling process.

Republic also deployed 49 CNG solid waste and recycling trucks in the greater Houston area. Republic installed two natural gas fueling stations to support its CNG fleet in greater Houston.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each new CNG solid waste and recycling truck reduces ozone-forming emissions by as much as 80 percent when compared to older diesel powered trucks. In addition, each new CNG truck deployed is equivalent to removing five passenger vehicles from local roads for one year, or to adding 600 mature trees into the local environment.

Republic operates a fleet of more than 1,400 CNG vehicles and 26 natural gas fueling stations nationwide. Approximately 50 percent of all Republic vehicles purchased in 2013 are powered by the domestic fuel source.