WILMINGTON, N.C., May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Waste Industries will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet on May 12, 2016 from 10am to 12:30pm at their Wilmington facility located at 3618 US Highway 421 N, Wilmington, NC 28401. Speakers will include Ven Poole, Chairman and CEO of Waste Industries.
The May 12th unveiling marks the launch of the largest private CNG operation in New Hanover County and adds 21 new collection vehicles. Waste Industries currently has CNG operations in Wake, Durham, Wilson, Pitt, Greene, Brunswick Counties, totaling over 190 trucks.
The project, which cost $7 Million, includes a state-of-the-art filling system with dual compressors, shop upgrades, and vehicles. The Wilmington Environmental Campus was completed in 2013 and, with the CNG conversion, represents over a $15 Million investment in the County.
The implementation of the CNG fleet in New Hanover County will reduce Waste Industries' carbon footprint by lowering carbon monoxide emissions by approximately 77 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 87 percent, particulate matter emissions by 95 percent, and cut greenhouses gases by over 20 percent.
Since Waste Industries first moved to New Hanover County in 1973, the Company has grown to employ 104 people and provides services to almost 34,000 customers.
Waste Industries is a regional provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. The company currently operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
Media attendance is welcome at the event.
Waste Industries' Wilmington Compressed Natural Gas Fact Sheet
- May 12th is the launch date of the largest private Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) facility in New Hanover County and an unveiling of the latest addition to the leading waste fleet fueled with CNG in North Carolina. Waste Industries has CNG operations in Wake, Durham, Wilson, Pitt, Greene and Brunswick Counties that includes over 190 trucks.
- This is a $7M project, including the filling apparatus, shop upgrades and vehicles.
- From start to finish, the project took just over a year, but the actual construction time was roughly four months.
- There are 40 filling hoses attached to the CNG compressor station.
- The filling station is not open to the public at this time.
- There are 22 CNG vehicles in the initial investment – 21 collection vehicles and one service truck.
- A CNG truck costs approximately $35,000 more per unit than a standard garbage truck.
- The implementation of the CNG Fleet in New Hanover will reduce Waste Industries' carbon footprint by lowering carbon monoxide emissions by 77 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 87 percent, particulate matter emissions by 95 percent, and cut greenhouse gases by 20 percent.
- Currently, CNG fuel costs $1.86 per diesel equivalent gallon.
- Waste Industries expects to save on fuel expense for the long term, but much of this savings will be offset by the cost to build the filling station.
- Advantages to a CNG truck include:
- Readily available fuel source
- Reduced fuel cost
- Quieter, more efficient operation
- Lower emissions
- Less maintenance cost over time
- BTU value of CNG versus Diesel – 139,000 BTU/gal.
- Since Waste Industries first moved to New Hanover County in 1973, the WI branch has grown to employ 104 people and services almost 34,000 businesses and homes in the Cape Fear region. The whole environmental campus was completed in 2013 and with this recent addition represents a total investment of over $15 million in the County.
- This green project is an expansion of Waste Industries' existing campus and another example of the company's commitment to environmental friendly innovations.
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SOURCE Waste Industries