JUNE 2008

Casella Waste puts hybrid collection vehicle in service

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. deployed its first hybrid diesel electric collection vehicle.

The company expects the vehicle, an International DuraStar Hybrid diesel electric hybrid truck, to reduce fuel consumption by 30 to 40 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent. The vehicle was put into service on an organics recycling route in the greater Burlington, Vermont market in early May.

Earlier this year, the company installed an on-board oil refining system on over 800 of its vehicles, significantly extending time between oil changes, reducing oil consumption and maintenance costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Combined with the commitment to deploy hybrid truck solutions, the company expects to make further strides toward adopting innovative technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Casella expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 8 to 11 metric tons of CO2 equivalents annually with this single hybrid vehicle through reduced vehicle emissions.