LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services unveiled today its latest Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. The new fueling station is designed to support the recent addition of 56 new CNG-powered collection trucks that serve customers throughout greater Long Beach. The additional CNG trucks have replaced older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of alternative fuel vehicles operated by Republic Services of Long Beach to 147.
"Everything we do is for our customers," said Heath Eddleblute, area president of Republic Services. "Our growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles in Long Beach enables us to offer cleaner and quieter operations. It also embodies our commitment, as one of the largest vocational fleet operators in the country, to doing our part to reduce carbon emissions whenever possible."
The new fueling station is Republic's second alternative fuels facility in Long Beach. Republic has been committed to introducing alternative fuel vehicles into its Long Beach fleet since 2008.
"Republic's CNG program is a perfect fit with our Sustainable City Action Plan," said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. "Climate change is indeed real and we must adapt the way we produce and use energy, supporting transportation that is not reliant on fossil fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Republic is a leader in sustainability, and I commend them for developing this CNG facility here in Long Beach, which will further aid in the continued conversion of their fleet to natural gas."
Republic partnered with Clean Energy on this new fueling station project. More than 75 percent of Republic's fleet of 191 collection trucks in Long Beach is now powered by this clean, domestic fuel source.
"I have always believed that with the right leadership in government and the private sector we can be both business and environmentally friendly," said State Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell. "Republic has demonstrated that leadership by developing this CNG fueling facility and transitioning their fleet to clean natural gas. This is just one more example of how Republic Services has been an excellent community partner for Long Beach and the region."
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 alternative fuel-powered fleet in Long Beach is equivalent to planting more than 88,200 mature trees.
Nationwide, Republic operates a fleet of nearly 2,500 CNG-powered vehicles which are supported by 38 natural gas fueling stations. Last year, Republic's CNG fleet helped save roughly 21 million gallons of diesel fuel. Based on EPA calculations, the benefits of Republic's CNG-powered fleet are equal to planting approximately 10.7 million trees annually.
Known as the Blue Planet™ sustainability initiative, Republic Services is defining its approach to corporate responsibility through reduced emissions from operations, materials management, safety, community engagement and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic's Sustainability Report, go to: https://www.republicservices.com/sustainability.
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 its 14 million customers. We'll handle it from here.™, the brand's promise, 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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