Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver’s garbage trucks are “going green,” as Waste Management and Terasen Gas launch 20 new “clean air” trucks to collect commercial recycling, food waste and garbage throughout the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver area.

The new trucks are part of a larger, long-term initiative to convert Waste Management’s fleet of 100 recycling and waste collection trucks in the area to compressed natural gas (CNG). The trucks produce nearly zero air particulate, 23 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and run quieter than traditional diesel engines.

“This initiative is all about clean air for the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver,” said Dean Kattler, vice-president for Waste Management-BC and Pacific Northwest. “Transitioning to clean air trucks to serve Lower Mainland communities and businesses shows Waste Management is listening to our customers and championing B.C.’s bid to sustain its position as a world-class sustainability leader.”

The contribution from Terasen Gas has helped to offset the incremental cost of the trucks. The company, which will be renamed and operate as FortisBC, has just completed construction of a new CNG station at the Waste Management site at Coquitlam, where the trucks will be refuelled.

Waste Management operates the largest fleet of clean air CNG recycling and waste trucks in North America and has announced a goal of reducing its fleet emissions by 15 per cent and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 per cent by 2020.

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