Monday, June 28, 2010
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help improve local air quality and save money, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Solid Waste Services has put into service the first 20 of 100 refuse and recycling collection trucks powered with compressed natural gas (CNG).
The first 20 trucks were used for the first time in April. Twenty additional trucks will enter service July 1, and the remaining 60 vehicles will be phased in over the next two years.
Because they are powered with compressed natural gas, the trucks will be much quieter than their diesel-powered predecessors. But the brightly colored blue and white trucks displaying the message “Think Green, Breathe Clean, Compressed Natural Gas” will be very easy to see in Montgomery County neighborhoods.
Nationwide figures indicate that, on the average, CNG costs are 15 percent less than diesel fuel. Moreover, 97 percent of the natural gas used in the U.S. is produced in this country.
The environmental benefits of compressed natural gas include:
- Reducing smog-causing nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by 80 percent;
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 10 to 15 percent;
- Reducing asthma-causing particulate matter by 74 to 90 percent; and
- Providing cleaner air for collection personnel and residents.
POSTED AT: 4:00:00 AM