Waste Management launches new fleet, fueling station

Waste Management of Middle TN will launch today its new fleet of natural gas-powered collection vehicles and open a new compressed natural gas retail fueling station at its 1428 Antioch Pike location.

The company, the national headquarters for which is based in Houston, did not disclose in a release a cost for the fleet or the station.

The CNG stations will increase access to clean-burning fuel, according to the company.

Waste Management operates 25 CNG-powered collection vehicles in Middle Tennessee and will be rolling out 45 more CNG-powered collection vehicles in the area by 2017. The public fueling station will refuel Waste Management's local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets as well as to retail consumers with CNG-equipped vehicles.

"Since natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, we've made the commitment to use more in our local operations and support them, and our community, by opening a public CNG station," Tim Wells, Waste Management area vice president, said in the release. “We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service while doing business in the most sustainable manner possible.”

The Antioch fueling station and CNG vehicles are part of Waste Management's larger sustainability efforts, according to the company. In 2007, Waste Management set a goal of both reducing fleet emissions and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 percent by the year 2020. The company exceeded that goal eight years ahead of schedule, saving 350 million gallons of fuel and reducing 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2012, the release notes.

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