PHOENIX, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services announced today the addition of four Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Phoenix area. The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services throughout Arizona to 34.
"Natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, providing our customers and the communities we serve with a top-notch level of customer service and minimal impact on the environment," said Alberto Guardado, area president of Republic Services. "This CNG fleet expansion represents a significant investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles in our local Phoenix Metro area."
Republic Services operates a natural gas fueling station at its Lower Buckeye location to support its expanding Phoenix-based CNG fleet. 19% of Republic's fleet serving the greater Phoenix metropolitan area is now powered by the domestic fuel source. Republic operates a total of 178 collection trucks within the Phoenix area and 280 collection trucks statewide.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting over 600 mature trees each year. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions reduction benefits from Republic's CNG powered fleet in Arizona is equivalent to planting 20,400 mature trees.
Republic Services employs 256 people in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area who serve multiple Homeowners Associations and municipalities and more than over 14,000 commercial customers throughout the Valley. Republic also owns and operates three landfill, six transfer stations and three hauling division in the Phoenix area.
Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of more than 2,200 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic's CNG fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. As the operator of the 8th largest vocational fleet in the country, Republic has a number of initiatives to reduce overall fuel usage, including its continued commitment to operating CNG powered trucks. Together, these initiatives will help Republic reach its goal, outlined in its 2014 Sustainability Report, of reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions by three percent by 2018.
Republic is dedicated to maintaining a balance between its business operations and protecting the environment and communities it serves. Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic's 2014 Sustainability Report, go to RepublicServices.com/sustainabilityreport.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and oilfield customers. We'll handle it from here.TM, the brand's tagline, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
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