Compressed natural gas powers recycling, trash trucks

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by Joe Flanagan

WVEC.com

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 6:18 PM

CHESAPEAKE - Recycling trucks for Hampton Roads are "going green" and so are the trash trucks in Chesapeake.

The City will be the first in Hampton Roads to covert its 53 trash trucks from gas to Compressed Natural Gas.  The process will be done over five years.

Officials say it will save $14,000 a year per vehicle.

"The trucks won't look any different. They will look like the trucks we have right now. You might notice on the top the cylinder is located up there, but most times they are encapsulated with sheet metal so you don't see them," explained George Hrichak, the city's fleet manager.

TFC Recycling now has a truck powered by Compressed Natural Gas.

The vehicle is environmentally friendly because it burns 30% cleaner than diesel fuel and makes less noise.

TFC plans to add more trucks to the fleet.

“Maintenance costs are lower and unlike petroleum fuels, the price of CNG can be fixed. But beyond the business benefits, this renewable energy source is just better for the community because of its lower emissions,” said says Michael Benedetto, President of TFC Recycling,

The first truck is already on the road.

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