ST. LOUIS, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services announced today the addition of four Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout metropolitan St. Louis. The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic in metropolitan St. Louis to 107.
"Everything we do is for our customers," said Tim Trost, market vice president of Republic Services. "We take tremendous pride in serving this community, and are serious about doing our part to protect St. Louis' considerable natural beauty for future generations. As one of the larger vocational fleet operators in the area, we recognize that we can make a positive, lasting environmental impact through reduced carbon emissions. This Earth Day, we are proud to expand our use of alternative fuel vehicles in St. Louis."
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting over 600 mature trees annually. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions reduction benefits from Republic's CNG-powered fleet in St. Louis is equivalent to planting 64,200 mature trees per year.
In metropolitan St. Louis, Republic has more than 630 employees who serve approximately 300,000 residential customers and more than 20,000 commercial customers. Republic operates four hauling operations, four closed landfills, three transfer stations, two recycling centers, and one active landfill in the area, as well as a CNG fueling station to support its expanding St. Louis-based fleet.
Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of approximately 2,500 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic's CNG-powered fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. Approximately one-third of all replacement vehicles purchased last year by Republic were CNG-powered vehicles.
In 2015, Republic Services was among the top companies recognized by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a leading international non-profit organization dedicated to measuring and disclosing environmental information, in the 2015 CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report. Republic earned a score of 98 out of 100, which reflects its strong commitment to transparency, quality and completeness, and an A- in Performance. Achieving an A is the highest Performance score possible.
Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through reduced emissions from operations, materials management, safety, community engagement, and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic's Sustainability Report, go to RepublicServices.com/sustainabilityreport.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. 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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