Chicago awarded $51,840 grant for garbage trucks
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region
5 has awarded a $51,840 grant to the city of Chicago for an idling reduction
project to cut diesel emissions from city garbage trucks.
The grant was made to the Chicago Department of Environment and the Chicago
Department of Fleet Management to install diesel-fired engine coolant
and hydraulic system heaters on 13 heavy-duty garbage trucks used daily
by the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
In addition to cutting air pollution, the project will demonstrate the
effectiveness of idling reduction technologies on diesel engines, conserve
fuel and reduce wear and tear on vehicles.
“EPA is working with the city of Chicago to upgrade its vehicles and
to increase public awareness of problems caused by diesel emissions,”
said regional Administrator Mary A. Gade.
The grant was provided under EPA’s Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative, a
collaborative of government, industry and non-profit organizations to
reduce diesel emissions in the Midwest. More information on the initiative
is at www.epa.gov/midwestcleandiesel.