Emterra is taking a leadership position after winning the Winnipeg contract by supplying a complete CNG powered fleet of trucks and building out associated infrastructure to support services, which includes a CNG refuelling station at Emterra’s Winnipeg-based material recovery facility operation. The new fleet will be cleaner burning and quieter than standard waste collection vehicles. Fuel costs are projected to be half that of diesel without compromising truck work performance.
The City of Winnipeg contract calls for the collection of single-stream recyclables, waste, yard/organic waste and bulky items. The fleet is in line with the City’s environmental consciousness, “…to opt for trucks that matched our new attitude and that promised a cleaner environment”
Emterra Environmental (http://www.emterra.ca) suggested a CNG fleet to service the contract although it was not a stipulated requirement. It reflected Emterra’s commitment to contributing to healthier, greener communities and not driven by any prospect of government-backed financial subsidies. The CNG vehicles employed are said to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20 percent. According to the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, that means approximately 2,400 fewer tonnes of GHG will be released into the environment.
Solid Waste and Recycling magazine also reports that Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada are considering implementing a study to monitor the performance of this innovative initiative, particularly as it relates to winter performance of CNG waste collection trucks.
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