Management opens first public CNG fueling station in New Jersey
Waste Management of New Jersey celebrated
the grand opening of the first public-access compressed natural
gas (CNG) fueling station in Camden and announced plans to convert
its regional fleet to this clean-burning, environmentally-friendly
The new “Clean N’ Green Fuel” public fueling station, to be operated
by PetroCard, is the first such facility in Camden County and
will sell CNG to commercial fleets as well as individuals with
CNG-equipped vehicles, at prices typically one-third below the
cost of gasoline and diesel. In addition to cost savings, the
Department of Energy estimates that the use of CNG reduces particulate
matter emissions by 86 percent, carbon monoxide emissions by
80 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 32 percent, and
greenhouse emissions by 25 percent. As an additional benefit,
CNG trucks run 50 percent quieter than diesel trucks.
Waste Management of New Jersey recently acquired 14 CNG collection
trucks and expects to have 45 CNG vehicles in service by the
end of the summer, representing nearly half its Camden-based
fleet and covering routes in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester
Counties. Deploying these vehicles will help Waste Management
achieve its sustainability goal of reducing fleet emissions by
15 percent and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 percent by 2020.
Waste Management currently operates the largest fleet of CNG
recycling and waste collection trucks in North America.
CNG is sold in gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs), with each
GGE having the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline. Vehicles
using CNG typically have similar or better fuel economy ratings
than standard gasoline or diesel vehicles. Current pricing at
the Camden “Clean N’ Green Fuel” station is in the range of $1.759/GGE.
The self-service station will be open 24/7 and will accept major
credit cards as well as PetroCard fleet cards.
Diesel and gasoline have jumped 40 percent in price over the
past year despite flat demand. In comparison, CNG is a domestically
sourced fuel with stable supplies and more predictable long-term
The Camden CNG fueling facility was built by Clean Energy. Construction
was funded by Waste Management and PetroCard with financial assistance
from the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition.