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October 2007

Allied Waste converts trucks to use biodiesel

Allied Waste announced that it plans to convert its fleet of 225 diesel garbage trucks in San Mateo County, California to run on a blend of petroleum diesel and cleaner-burning biodiesel.

Allied began testing the fuel in August by filling 16 of its trucks with B20, a mixture combining 20 percent pure biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.

With the change, Allied Waste says it will reduce its carbon footprint by 3.3 million pounds, the equivalent of taking 315 cars off the road or powering 650 homes for a year.

Chairman and CEO John Zillmer indicated, “We are doing our part locally to fight climate change by transforming our entire San Mateo County fleet to biodiesel as quickly as fuel supplies allow.”