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CNG powered trucks now in service in Gardena

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Republic Services has announced the addition of 11 compressed natural has (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers in the Gardena, California, area. The CNG trucks replace older diesel powered trucks and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic in Gardena to 176.

"These new vehicles support our efforts to reduce carbon emissions from our fleet vehicles," said Ron Krall, Area President of Republic Services. "It means that almost 200 of our collection vehicles serving the Gardena and surrounding areas are fuelled by CNG, which aligns with Republic's long term sustainability strategy."

Republic's Gardena division has 243 employees who serve over 1.049 million Homeowners Associations and municipalities, as well as more than 171 329 commercial customers. Republic Services operates a fuelling station at its Gardena location to support its expanding CNG fleet. 76% of Republic's fleet serving the Gardena community is now powered by this domestic fuel source. Republic also owns and operates one landfill, six transfer stations, one recycling centre and six hauling operations throughout Los Angeles County.

According to the US 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 from Republic's CNG powered fleet is equivalent to planting 105 600 mature trees.

Nationwide, Republic Services operates a fleet of more than 2200 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fuelling stations. Republic's CNG fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gal. of diesel fuel annually. As the operator of the 8t 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 3% by 2018.

Republic Services is dedicated to maintaining a balance between its business operations and protecting the environment and communities it serves. Known as the Blue PlanetT 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.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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