Solid Waste Services adds lower-emissions trucks to fleet

CHARLOTTE – The city’s Solid Waste Services put two compressed natural gas vehicles in service on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

The new vehicles were purchased with a grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. These vehicles have several environmental benefits including having lower emissions than standard diesel trucks. The department will collect garbage with the trucks throughout this year and into 2011 and will determine if the city should purchase more trucks.

Compressed natural gas vehicles may also save money because the fuel is cheaper than diesel. Some industry professionals have noted savings in vehicle maintenance on compressed natural gas trucks when compared to diesel trucks.  Staff will advise the city council about the results of the pilot study.

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