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Waste Management adds 13 CNG fueling stations

Waste Management (WM) has opened 13 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across the country in the first half of 2012, of which 9 have public accessible fueling stations. This brings WM’s natural gas fueling stations to 31 with another 17 either in operation or in construction by the end of 2012. Waste Management’s new CNG fueling stations were located in the following communities:

  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Venice, Florida
  • Stickney, Illinois
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Blaine, Minnesota
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Washington, Pennsylvania
  • West Jordan, Utah
  • Conroe, Texas
  • Auburn, Washington
  • Woodinville, Washington

Waste Management owns the stations, purchases the fuel and finances the construction of the stations. It also enters into maintenance contracts with third party companies. This strategy allows WM to secure better natural gas prices in the long run.

To optimize costs, the company’s preferred platform for these stations is to time-fill its trucks according to a set schedule. The trucks use a slow-fill method, which carry approximately 70 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG – a capacity that allows them to run for 10 to 12 hours and complete a typical day’s waste or recycling collection route.

For public accessible fueling stations that serve commercial and consumer vehicles, fast-fill capability is installed. The self-service Clean N’ Green Fuel stations are open 24/7 and accept major credit cards as well as fleet cards.